What is the AKA?
The American Kratom Association or AKA is an organization that advocates and supports the use and sale of the herb, Kratom. This organization was founded in 2014, and they are dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting public access to the sale of Kratom in the United States. Unlike other countries who have determined the sale, distribution, or consumption of Kratom as either prohibited or permitted, the laws regarding Kratom in the United states are not uniformly determined. This means each state has a slightly different legal stance on access and sale as some states have banned its use. However, online sale and distribution has made access more readily available to consumers. The AKA works with state and local officials and congressional members to try and educate them about the benefits and safety of Kratom, to sway or influence policies, laws and regulations pertaining to Kratom’s distribution, sale, and consumption.
What Does The AKA Do? And What Are Their Goals?
- To educate the public and regulators about the benefits and attributes of the natural herbal Southeast Asian plant, Kratom.
- To protect and support consumer access to Kratom which may be hindered by certain policies that seek to limit this access.
- To amplify the assenting voices who advocate for Kratom’s use.
- To educate and bolster awareness regarding Kratom on a global scale.
- They also seek to support the preservation of Kratom and its natural habitat as it is a natural resource. They advocate for reforestation and sustainable farming techniques.
How Does The AKA Work?
Their basis for operation to attempt to achieve these goals, is made possible through donations they receive on their website and through volunteering. Their organization is a tax-exempt, social welfare body under the tax code section labelled 501(c)(4). They advocate for the sale, consumption, and distribution of Kratom, but also promote the safety, efficacy, and potential for the medical utilization of Kratom. These potential effects include enhanced alertness, improvements in mood, analgesia and alleviation of chronic pain, insomnia, and depression due to its dose-dependent stimulate and opioid-like effects.
They also offer numerous publications and/or position statements by a consistent, small body of scientists and legal professionals who are either volunteering or employed by the AKA. These publications or releases pertain to numerous subjects including state and local legalities surrounding Kratom, health claims, Kratom overdoses and Kratom-related deaths and the validities surrounding these issues. There is contentious debate between members of the AKA and federal regulatory bodies including the FDA, the DEA as well as the NIDA regarding the safety and efficacy surrounding the ingestion of Kratom, as these drug and pharmacology federal regulatory bodies are dissenting voices against the broad and unregulated use of Kratom. The American Kratom Association, again, seeks to change this perspective and the collective health authority view on lack of controlled human studies and safety concerns and ultimately the DEA’s decision tittering on classifying Kratom as a class 1 drug.
They also provide updates and media files (videos, and publications), regarding congressional and state standpoints on Kratom’s use. They provide links to several scientific publications that assess for instance, the actions and physiological effects of the various active alkaloids the Kratom plant offers.
What is the AKA GMP Program?
The American Kratom association is the biggest organization working for the betterment of the Kratom community. They have enacted their own standards of Kratom manufacturing, called the AKA GMP program. This codifies the best manufacturing processes for Kratom processors, and after passing an audit, a Kratom company will get the AKA GMP seal. We at Kingdom Kratom are in the process of the final changes to our manufacturing process before we get our final audit to be fully compliant with this program. We are here to make sure that you know you are getting the freshest, high quality purely Organic Kratom on the market.
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