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We've received many questions about Kratom. Many of you have been cut off of your pain medication or have been tapered to a dose that no longer helps. Kratom can be a good option for some, but we know it can be overwhelming to figure it all out. We've included information and links to help you get started in case Kratom is an option you'd like to explore.
Throughout the article, we will link to several websites about Kratom. Kratom IQ and American Kratom Association are two of the main sources we will cite.
What is Kratom?
What Can Kratom Treat?
Please understand Kratom is not FDA approved, but there have been some studies done. People have claimed Kratom has helped them with the following:
How Do I Take Kratom?
What Do The Different Strains Mean?
What Dose Do I Start With?
This varies from person to person. It does take time to find the right strain and the right dose for your body. Don't give up after trying a few times. Keep at it, and you should be able to find a therapeutic dose for you. This dose is often referred to as the "sweet spot."
Most vendors and Kratom organizations will suggest you weigh your kratom instead of measuring it with a spoon because it's more exact. One teaspoon is approximately 2-2.5 grams of kratom. The following are the steps we suggest you take when beginning Kratom taken from Kratom IQ. Keep in mind a typical beginner dose of Kratom is anywhere from 3 grams (1 tsp) - 10 grams (about 1 tbsp):
What Happens If I Take Too Much?
What Happens If If My Dose Is Too Small?
Nothing. You'll get little to no relief. So, keep trying increasing your dose slowly until you find the right dose for you.
Where Should I Buy Kratom?
We highly suggest you don't buy Kratom at a local smoke shop, but instead use a reputable online vendor. Here are some tips on how to pick a vendor:
How Does It Help CPP's?
Will It Help My Pain As Much As Opioids?
For some people it will and for others it won't. It's worth trying to see if you can get some relief using Kratom.
Will My Doctor Test For It At The Pain Management Clinic?
We have heard of some doctors testing for Kratom in their UDT's. Check your pain contract to see if it's listed. Depending on how much you trust your doctor, you may want to discuss it to see what their policy is on Kratom. Since Kratom is considered a supplement and isn't a controlled substance, it shouldn't be against a pain contract unless it's specifically stated. That isn't to say a doctor won't consider it a breach of contract. We've heard of that happening.
Is Kratom Legal?
Kratom is legal in most states. There are currently 6 states where Kratom is banned, and some others with varying laws.
Other Important Information About Kratom:
In March of 2021, Dr. Mark Sullivan, a member of PROP (Health Professionals For Responsible Opioid Prescribing), was published in a journal run by Dr. Jane Ballantyne. Dr. Chad Kollas and a CPP, Carrie Judy, wrote a letter to the editor asking for a correction of Dr. Sullivan's stated COI's. Dr. Sullivan had worked as a paid expert witness in opioid litigation (I know, shocking), and didn't disclose this information in his COI's. It's so ironic because PROP always claims any pain org and patient advocates fighting for CPP's are just paid opioid lobby shills. Yet, the amount of money PROP members have made from the litigation narrative is undisclosed. Thanks to the letter from Dr. Kollas and Carrie, a correction was printed including Dr. Sullivan's updated conflict of interest.
In May of 2022, once again, Dr. Sullivan had several tapering articles in the same PAIN journal run by Dr. Ballantyne. Yet again, Dr. Sullivan didn't list his COI of working as an expert witness in opioid litigation. Dr. Chad Kollas and I sent in a letter to the editor asking for a correction. On May 31, 2022, we received a response (see image below) stating they decided not to publish our letter, but they would print a correction. Again.
On September 15, 2022, PAIN Journal, run by Dr. Jane Ballantyne (also a PROP member) printed this correction stating Dr. Mark Sullivan has, indeed, been a paid expert witness in opioid litigation.
We consider this a success. We are so grateful for the work of Dr. Chad Kollas and other CPP's like Carrie Judy who continue to fight for our community. We will continue to expose their lies and false narrative.