How Psychedelics Can Cure Our Collective Insanity

Amber Lyon, 3-time Emmy award winning journalist, describes how her work as a journalist covering social justice issues lead to her suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and how experience with Ayahuasca cured her of the disorder and led to a radical spiritual and career shift. For more visit reset.me

Kratom Tea Is the Beverage of Recovering Heroin Addicts

Someone told me about a place in Wilmington, North Carolina, that sells tea brewed from “some weird drug called kratom that’s illegal in Thailand.” The place—a tiki bar called Kat 5 Kava that doesn’t serve alcohol—is like some sort of toned-down methadone clinic or legal opium den, I heard. I was intrigued. Even though it’s been around for some time, the media is calling kratom a “new legal drug.” A tree native to Thailand, kratom leaves are harvested and dried to create the drug, which was banned there in 1943, after people had started to use it as an opium alternative and the government realized it wasn’t being taxed. Last week, I was out drinking at a bar down the street from Kat 5 Kava, so I stopped in to try a cup of kratom tea. Inside the establishment, a group of people sat sluggishly at a table near a bar that was surrounded by multiple screens playing nature videos of whales swimming in the ocean and deer frolicking in the woods. I looked at the menu on the wall. Half of it …

The Internet Turned Kratom, a Medical Plant, Into an Oxy-Adderall Lovechild

Advocates say kratom’s valuable as a natural painkiller, especially for patients suffering long-term discomfort from conditions like multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia, and as an aide to those looking to fight addiction. It’s also touted as an herbal treatment for anxiety and attention deficit disorder and, in lower doses, as a stimulant that avoids the jittery feeling caused by too much caffeine. “The best way I can compare to it is kind of the feeling you get after you work out,” said Phil Hackley, whose company Divinity Products sells kratom capsules as well as packaged teas and sweetened drinks containing kratom. Hackley told me he’s long been in the food business, making and distributing products like salsa and barbecue sauce, and makes kratom products to the same quality standards as any other food. “It wouldn’t be so popular if it was a dangerous LSD-slash-heroin mixture of drugs that the media makes it out to be,” he said. “It wouldn’t be so popular throughout mainstream America.” Chemicals in kratom do, in fact, bond to opiate receptors in the brain, medical researchers have …