A recent overdose in Brooklyn that sent 33 people to the hospital has ignited public fears about the synthetic drugs known as K2 or Spice. K2 is supposed to mimic the psychoactive effects of Marijuana, but in reality it’s often laced with dangerous chemical compounds more akin to PCP and Methamphetamine.
In order to get around the FDA, it is often packaged as “not for human consumption” and hints (not so subtly) at being a “legal high”. With its flashy and shameless tacky packaging geared towards young teens, there is no doubt as to why these street drugs are seen as a threat to society.
Sound similar? These are often the criticisms for Kratom, which due to a lack of public knowledge is commonly lumped in with K2 and synthetic Cathinones, better known as bath salts. Abuse of K2 and Bath Salts have steadily increased across the United States, and are a genuine cause for concern
The criticism will continue if consumers support purchases from vendors similar to ones like The Official K2 Incense.
Please see our How to Pick a Kratom Vendor for how to choose wisely as a conscious consumer.
Two of the main reasons boil down to
A) Public Lack of Knowledge
B) Irresponsible Marketing and Packaging
Combined the two and you provide anti-Kratom legislatures with a solid case on silver platter.
Think about it. If you already lack knowledge on what Kratom is, and then are bombarded with images like these:
All of the above are all publicly sold Kratom products, except for the last image which is K2. Point being, all of their packaging is similar. To the naked eye these are all the same product, with little or no differentiation to K2 and Bath Salts.
On top of that are numerous news headlines of K2:
After seeing this, it becomes conceivable that law makers, most of whom have never had to use Kratom in their lives, would perceive it in a negative light simply due to its package association with K2.
Kratom is mostly known in herbal and naturopathic circles. If you’ve never needed Kratom, there is a high probability you won’t know about its vast spectrum of health benefits and how it truly doesn’t provide the “legal high” or addictive qualities that the media suggests.
Because of this, we as individuals whether consumers, small or big businesses owners, must advocate for ethical and honest packaging. Any packaging that tries to resemble an illegal substance is one that to the uneducated eye, will be treated as an illegal substance.
Not only that, products of this sort run the risk of being adulterated or laced with other harmful contents that cannot be traced back to the source. Shady products will get you shady results, which regrettably people may attribute to the herb itself.
Consumers and vendors alike are in their best interests to stay away from this type of branding because in the long-term, if Kratom becomes illegal in your state, nobody wins.
In an effort to disassociate with such brands, one must know what to look for. Have a look below for guidelines:
Kratom is responsible for improving the quality of life for countless Americans and yet it is casually thrown in the same harmful synthetic drug categories as K2 and Bath Salts. The legality of Kratom depends on its public reputation, which unfortunately stems from a consistently misinformed public opinion. Often, this can be attributed to media titles such as “Is Kratom the New Bath Salts?”, but in the end, the responsibility lies on Kratom consumers and vendors. We all must actively engage in steering the industry in the right direction so one day it will be seen for the multi-purpose beneficial herb that it is.
So, stay educated, and do your part to #savekratom