This week, Thailand's government is loosening their kratom legislation, Mississippi's kratom ban bills fail to pass, and a new study finds promise in kratom's pain-relieving properties. And, as always, we've got the latest kratom deals and discounts to round out your week!
On Tuesday, March 10th, 2020, Thailand's Cabinet approved a new Narcotics Act draft that delists kratom as a Category V narcotic and removes all associated criminal penalties. This is a major shift for Thailand's legislation: the country previously illegalized kratom cultivation in 1943 and classified kratom as a narcotic in 1979, enacting severe punishments for anyone caught possessing or distributing the plant.
According to Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul, the new legislation is meant to "align [kratom] with the current environment" where consumption is common, especially in Southern Thailand.
Traisoranakul also noted that the plant's new non-narcotic status will open up commercial and industrial opportunities for Thailand. In the years to come, Thailand could begin exporting kratom in quantities that rival the neighbouring nation of Indonesia — the world's primary kratom supplier.
On March 2nd, 2020, the American Kratom Association (AKA) announced that two proposed kratom ban bills in Mississippi had met their end.
The two bills — MS HB1284 and MS SB2084 — sought to criminalize kratom throughout the state of Mississippi by classifying kratom as a Schedule I substance. In response, the AKA has stated that they'll be working with Mississippi lawmakers to "find common ground" and "properly regulate kratom to protect consumers."
As of 2019, 28 Mississippian counties and cities prohibit the possession and sale of kratom, making the plant's legal status in the state highly contested. However, for now, kratom remains legal elsewhere in Mississippi.
In particular, they assessed the plant's effects on neuropathic pain — an extremely painful condition that affects the somatosensory nervous system, causing painful sensations of stabs, shocks, burns, coldness, itching, or numbness.
After chemically inducing neuropathic pain in rats, the researchers found that mitragynine was effective at reducing it. While these findings don't guarantee the same results in humans, they suggest that kratom could have promising utility for neuropathic pain patients.
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