Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween To All!

So today is Halloween and I've just finished passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I am so pooped that I about called it a night but I remembered that I wanted to address something.

I get attacked frequently from self-styled witches and especially around this time of year as Halloween is the favorite holiday of many people interested in the occult and especially self-styled witches.

The witches that take offense to my writings are those that operate under the assumption that their religion (Wicca) is "The Witchcraft", as in that they are the "Old Religion", and that all those unfortunate souls who were accused of being witches and executed for such were actually Wiccans. Of course this is 100% incorrect but it is quite a popular belief among Wiccans.

Let me make this very clear. I don't care what your religion is. I don't mind that you call yourself a witch and call what you do as witchcraft. I have many Wiccan and NeoPagan friends and actually was supposed to attend a Samhain celebration last weekend but couldn't as something came up at the last minute.

None of my writings about witches being evil are referring to Wiccans or NeoPagans. Instead, I am referring to the actual witches that people believed in for thousands of years. Yes, you got that right. People have believed in witches for thousands of years and they always viewed them as being evil. Every culture on earth has a belief in witches and in none of them are they considered to figures of goodness. From Native Americans, to Africans, to Asians, to the ancient Europeans, witches were evil. They attacked innocent people. They spread disease. The blighted crops and sickened livestock. They made women miscarry and caused infertility, They drank blood or else sapped the life-force of sleeping victims. They sacrificed humans, often children, to use their body parts in black magic spells. Interestingly, in almost every culture they also flew through the air at night. Sometimes on the back of a wild animal, such as in Europe and Africa, sometimes in the form of a ball of light, as in some Native American tribes, and sometimes as a floating head trailing it's entrails, in some Asian cultures.

I am in no way saying that Wiccans and NeoPagans are evil or that they do these things as I described above. Instead, I'm sticking true to traditions of folk magic which do believe in the existence of witches as figures of evil. Please realize that it wasn't Christians who made witches to be evil. All of the pagan religions believed in witches and they too believed they were evil. Why? Because witches are monsters, just like vampires and werewolves are monsters. Just like we have people today who call themselves witches there are also people who call themselves vampires and werewolves, but they are not undead nor do they actually transform into wolves. Likewise, people who call themselves witches today do not fly through the air and do not drink blood or kill babies.

It may surprise my readers to learn that I am fascinated with witchcraft. I understand the pull or desire for oppressed people to turn to the dark side. There is a sense of freedom and euphoria to be able to escape the shackles of our current existence and to fly free through the air and to gain vengeance on those we perceive to be our oppressors or who appear to have undeserved prosperity. I understand the jealousy and hatred that possess the true witch and causes her or him to attack others. I believe that all spiritual workers walk a fine line and that they can easily fall or be led astray down a dark path. There is a potential to be a witch in all of us.

Every year around Halloween-time I go through my library and re-read some of my books on witchcraft. This year I am re-reading Erica Jong's, "Witches", which I highly recommend for it's poetry and artwork. It's a very beautiful and artistic expose on the archetype of the witch. Since it deal with poetry, I will end with a poem that I wrote back in the 90s. It's called "The Good Witch".

The Good Witch

Candles, incense
I'm visiting the good witch.
The darkness is falling
It's time for magic.

Old one, enchantress
make for me an amulet
with dragon's blood and henbane
to ensure the darkest art.

Black hat, black cat
I'm riding your broom to the sabbat.
Rub the ointment in, I want to fly!
I want to soar, to hover,
take to me a demon lover
and dance with fairies the night away.

We'll sing our spells and incantations
and mortals will follow with lamentations,
for this is the way of our kind. 

Should they catch me?
I shall tell them,
"I'm visiting the good witch",
and I shall never disclose our secrets
even when burning. 


Tomorrow is All Saint's Day and Wednesday is All Soul's Day. These are important days to me as I honor the Saints and spirits I work with, along with honoring my ancestors. I will be taking a breather from blogging and will return when I am refreshed.

Witching All Of My Readers A Hauntingly Horrific Halloween! 


P.S. If you are interested, I highly recommend Erica Jong's, "Witches". It's not a how-to manual and it's not about Wicca. It's an artistic exploration of the archetype of the witch. You can purchase a copy at the below link:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0810939991/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Amish Witches On Lifetime Tonight

Tonight Lifetime is airing two back-to-back programs on "Amish Witches".  I'm assuming the subject will actually be Braucherei or Pow-Wow, the tradition folk magic of the Pennsylvania Dutch.

The Pennsylvania Dutch are a proud people. The "Dutch" part of their name is not a reference to Holland, but rather is a corruption of "Deutch", that is Germany.

Braucherei or Pow-Wow is their traditional folk magic practice that is incredibly similar to Hoodoo/Rootwork/Conjure. It too is Christian and practitioners call upon the Christian God and use the Bible extensively in their practice. It is primarily used for healing work as well as to protect from actual witchcraft.

Practitioners have been falsely accused of being witches, even by their own peers, mostly due to ignorance. Practitioners of Braucherei or Pow-Wow hold to the same view of witches that practitioners of Hoodoo do, mainly that witches are evil and use black magic to harm innocent people, and usually out of jealousy. A Pow-Wow doctor can prevent witches from doing harm or take off witchcraft as well.

The first program, Amish Witches: The True Story Of Holmes County, is based off of the legend of the Chesterfield Ghost, the ghost of a young woman who was rumored to be a witch and who after he death, had a tree planted on her grave in the belief that it would trap her spirit and prevent her from rising from the grave. The second program, immediately following the first, is titled, The Real Amish Witches, which I assume will be on Braucherei/Pow-Wow.

I'm conflicted on these programs. I pray they are given a just presentation. However, this being Halloween season it's very possible that the creators of these programs will use sensationalism to draw in viewers.

Amish Witches: The True Story of Holmes County airs tonight at 7pm CST on Lifetime. The Real Amish Witches follows at 9pm CST.

http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/amish-witches-the-true-story-of-holmes-county/amish-witches-the-true-story-of-holmes-county-preview

Below is a YouTube video of the grave of the Chesterfield Witch.



On a related note, if you have not read nor own a copy of  The Long Lost Friend, then I highly recommend it. You can purchase one at the link below:

Pow-Wows Or The Long Lost Friend by John George Hohman 

You can also read it for free at the link below:

http://sacred-texts.com/ame/pow/index.htm

Now, this is the edited version. The original contained actual herbal recipes which have been removed in subsequent editions. If you can find an old copy that contains all these herbal recipes then do hold on to it as it would be priceless with regards to the information contained therein.

Finally, stay away from and Wiccan or Neopagan websites or books on Braucherei or Powwow as the authors are rarely educated on the true craft and many of them lie and twist the practice around to make practitioners be pagans. They also seem to revel in making shit up. Authors like Silver Raven Wolf published material and even teaches classes on so-called Braucherei and it is a huge fucking joke.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Fake Spell Caster Stealing My Pictures To Promote Their Shitty Business

 A blog reader has informed me that there is a fake Wiccan spell caster who is using my pictures to promote her business.

Not only does stealing from me infuriate me but this bitch is the perfect example of a scammer. Let me break it down for you...

1. She claims to be Wiccan yet is charging for spells. The charging for spells in Wicca is strictly forbidden.

2. She is using pictures of my altar to promote her business. This means this bitch does not have altars of her own to take pictures of. If she doesn't have her own altar then she shouldn't be representing herself as a professional spell caster. To make matters worse, she stole pictures of my free candle service for cancer victims, a service I did for free and which anyone could take part in, and now is using that to try to make money.

3. She is charging $5 for what she calls a "super powerful coven custom spell". Translation: "I'm a scammer!" No way in hell that a legitimate spell caster is charging $5 for spell, especially one that supposedly involves an entire coven!

4. This bitch is using a picture of a sexy woman to represent herself. I'm assuming she stole that picture as well. I'm guessing she looks the opposite of sexy in real life.


If anyone else should happen upon the site of another spell caster who you know is using my stuff without permission, please do let me know. It would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Great Place For Awesome Cauldrons

Want a cool cast iron cauldron but think they are too expensive? Don't know where to look? Well, I've got the website for you.

https://www.potjiepots.com/

I bought the "size 2" model and it just came in today. I had an older, larger, cauldron that didn't have a handle. I bought it from a Botanica and really only used it as decoration. So I'm selling it on consignment and have bought me a replacement that looks way better and is a size I can actually use.

I'm so pleased with them that I'm going to order a couple more of smaller sizes for use in burning papers and other items in my conjure work as well as an incense burner.

These are really awesome for the Halloween season!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

DIY Faux Crystal Ball



I don't know about you but around Halloween-time I get into that "spooky crafts" mood. Many of my readers may love to have a crystal ball and many of my readers may actually own one. For some the price may just be too high as crystal balls, especially large ones, often sell in shops for $300-$600. You can find them cheaper on EBay but even at discounted rates the price may be too steep for some. So I thought I would share some craft ideas concerning making your own crystal ball. The finished result can be used to the same effect as the genuine item.

To start, you will need to purchase something with a glass sphere and a base to set it on. Some people may recommend round fishbowls or even spherical canning jars. However, I do not recommend these because they each have a flat surface at the bottom so that they sit upright. Since these would be turned upside down to make a faux crystal ball then the flat surface on top would be too distracting, in my opinion.

Other people would recommend clear glass Christmas ornaments that you can buy at hobby shops or else larger clear plastic spheres. Technically, the glass ornaments would work. However, they are small. The thought of a plastic crystal ball doesn't appeal to me.

So when making your own faux crystal ball I would recommend the globe light fixtures that come with a base. Here's an example of such:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00002N7BC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I would recommend using the clear glass ones and not the milk or white ones, but if all you can find are the white ones, then so be it.

Step 1:

Get some spray paint and paint the base the color your prefer, if it is not already a color that you like. I prefer gold or silver spray paint but you can use other colors depending on your taste. You can even go for a faux-wood base as well. To make a faux wood base you will need masking tape, a tan or light brown pain, a darker brown pain, and black paint. Or you can just take brown paint and make tints and tones of it by adding white and black paint. Tear off small pieces of masking tape and then place them every which way on the base until it is completely covered. Take an old paintbrush and dip it in the brown or darker brown paint and then whisk it around on a piece of paper or newspaper until most of the paint is off the brush. Then use the brush to paint all over the base that is now covered in the masking tape. Repeat with the lighter brown paint or a tint of the brown paint (add white to it). Then finish with the black paint or a tone of the brown paint (add black to it). Allow to dry. If you do it right it will appear like real wood, especially from a distance. You can varnish or use a sealer on it if you prefer.

Step 2:

Decide on what you want to include inside the glass globe. Here are a few suggestion:

Clear Resin - Use a kit bought at a hobby store. You mix two chemicals together and then pour them into the glass globe. It will harden and become translucent. You can add glitter to the mix if you prefer. If using glitter aim for body glitter or fairy glitter as regular glitter will usually sick to the bottom before the resin hardens. Another technique you can try is to dip a paintbrush in paint or food coloring and then swirl it around in the resin a few times. When the resin cures you will have those swirls of color inside.

Glycerin Soap - Purchase from a hobby store. You want glycerine soap, not regular glycerin. You too can place body glitter or fairy glitter into it if you prefer. You can tint the soap if you prefer as well. You can also dip a paintbrush in paint or food color and make a few swirls in the soap if you like.

Cellophane - You can wad up cellophane and place it inside the glass sphere. I would recommend opalescent or iridescent cellophane but you can use any color your prefer. Even clear cellophane looks cool. By cellophane I do not mean Saran Wrap or plastic cling that you buy in grocery stores. I mean craft cellophane that can be purchased at hobby or craft stores.

Halloween Spider Web - Purchased at any store that carries Halloween decorations. Dollar stores may be best. They even sell glow-in-the-dark spider web so if you use this kind then your crystal ball will glow a bright green in the dark. Unfortunately, spider webs do not look that appealing on their own so you will need to spoof this up a bit. More on this later.

Easter Grass - Purchased at any store that carries Easter decorations. Try to aim for the artificial Easter Grass that gets on every one's nerves, the kind you will still find it in the carpet months after Easter. It used to only come in green but now it comes in a wide range of colors, even metallic ones. Avoid the earth-friendly ones made from paper as they don't look good and just look like you have a ball full of shredded paper.

***NOTE: If you are using glycerin soap you may want to seal the opening of the glass globe with a layer of wax. You can use old candles or canning wax, which can be bought at most grocery stores. You don't have to seal it with wax but keep in mind that glycerin soap can melt if it gets too hot or if exposed to liquid. 

***NOTE: If you are using Cellophane, Halloween Spider Webs, or Easter Grass you can spoof it up by adding a battery operated string of LED Fairy Lights. Fairy lights are just very tiny strings of lights. Here is an example: 

https://www.amazon.com/OFTEN-100LEDs-Christmas-Decorating-Multi-Color/dp/B01IVHV9XK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1477181789&sr=8-3&keywords=Fairy+lights+colored

They come in white, single color, and multiple colors. Pick whichever you prefer. Make sure that it's the battery operated kind. Just arrange everything the best you can until you are pleased with the outcome. Leave the battery compartment outside the globe for quick access.

Step 3:

If desired, secure the globe to the base with hot glue, Gorilla Glue, epoxy. Do not do this if you are using Fairy Lights. If your base has screws, holes or other unsightly aspects, then you can hide such with conveniently placed ribbon or sheer fabric. In my opinion the iridescent or sparkle variety is more visually appealing. If you have a nice scarf or sash you can use that as well.

There you go! You just created your own faux Crystal Ball.

Now, I made one back in the later 90s but I got rid of it years ago. I mostly just used it as a Halloween prop but there's no reason why you can't use one for scrying.

If you don't have a creative bone in your body but still want a DIY faux-Crystal ball then please know that you don't need a crystal ball to scry. Most people could not afford a crystal ball and used bowls or drinking vessels filled with water. Black or dark colored bowls do best. Otherwise, you can darken the water itself by using black food coloring, paint, or black ink. In fact, one of my early teachers taught me to use "India Ink" to use to darken the water to scry with. It looks really cool when you first pour the ink in.

If water scrying doesn't appeal to you then you can also scry using a mirror, gazing ball, witch ball, or glass fishing float. Large crystals can also be used. These alternative suggestions will be subjects for future blogs.

Happy Haunting! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Please Stop Asking Me For A Spell Caster In Your Area

I know people mean well but when a person emails me asking me for the phone number or address of a worker or spell caster in their area/city it immediately sets my warning bells off and here's why.

You don't just call up a spell caster. You don't just pull up in their driveway and knock on their door and say you need help with a spell. You just don't. Anyone who contacts me who is operating under this assumption makes me realize that this person is an outsider, has no experience or understanding of this, and could very well be mentally ill.

I've blogged on this before but I guess I have to continuously repeat myself until certain people get it.

Conjure workers and spell casters are like drug dealers. I'm not saying they are evil or criminals, I'm saying that it's a similar process. A person just doesn't show up at a drug dealer's home and ask for drugs. Anyone who is stupid enough to do that is putting their safety at risk. You could get the shit beat out of you or worse. Likewise you don't just show up on a conjure worker's porch and just assume that you are going to get what you want.

Instead, to get an in-person audience with a conjure worker or spell caster you have to have someone who vouches for you, meaning you were referred by a past client of theirs or you have someone who is acting as a go-between to help you.

If you ask me for the contact information of a worker or caster in your city because you want to see them in person then I will tell you that I may or may not know workers and casters in your city. Assuming I did know some I would never give you their information because I don't know you. I'm not going out on a limb for a stranger and risk upsetting another worker because you turn out to be a raving lunatic or a client from hell.

Also, I've had the pleasure of coming home to find someone on my porch who I don't know and have never talked to who knew me and what I do. This person was a lunatic and was obviously troubled. So I've been on the receiving end of this and I know how it feels and I would never do that to another worker.

Another thing I want to discuss here is why people insist on seeing a worker in person. It's perfectly understandable for an older person to insist on seeing a worker in person. That's how it's worked for centuries. However, today when a young person insists that they have to see a worker in person then it's usually because they believe they can talk a worker into doing shit for them for free or because they are lunatics.

So to sum it up, if you don't know someone who knows a local worker and who can vouch for you then you most likely aren't going to be able to see a worker/caster in person. You can do your homework and research and if you play your cards right you just might get to see one but it's going to take time. Learn the process and play by the rules.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Reminder For The Halloween Season

Every year I remind my readers around Halloween time that now is the perfect time to stock up on some goodies that are available now in local stores but may be hard to find during the rest of the year. Well, today's the time for such reminder!

Some hints of what can be found in stores around Halloween time which can prove useful in your conjure work:

-Black candles
-Orange candles
-Skull candles
-Brooms
-Skulls
-Spooky accouterments (candle holders, altar cloths, & decor) for your altar

Try stores like Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar (and other dollar stores), CVS, Walgreens, Party Galaxy, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, as well as Halloween-themed stores like Spirit.

Walmart has large skull candles for only $3 something. They have both white and black ones. I picked up 6 the last time I went. Some years you can find really interesting stuff. Before I bought my large crystal ball I had a small faux-crystal ball that I bought at Party Galaxy for about $10. It was a glass globe filled with water and secured on a gold-colored base. It looked like a genuine crystal ball. However, some of the other ones had small air bubbles in them that ruined the effect. I ended up giving it as a gift to a friend once I purchase my genuine crystal ball.

Sometimes you will truly hit the jackpot so to speak. One year Dollar Tree had jumbo black candles that came in a pack of two for just $1. I bought all of their stock. The woman who checked me out gave the suspicious look when I unloaded twenty-something packs of candles on the counter! LOL

Now is also the time to stock up on gifts for a magically-inclined friend or loved one. Spirit has a lot of stuff that would appeal to a magical practitioner, such as Ouija board nick-knacks and novelties, actual Ouija boards, Magic 8 Balls, blank spell books, etc. The one by myself has these cool Ouija board hand towels that I thought would be cool. I decided to pass on them as I already have a couple of Halloween hand towels that I use on my altars and work space that I use to clean and dry my hands.

If you have Wiccan friends or family then don't let this opportunity pass you by. Lots of witch-themed gifts and novelties, talking about witch and black cat figurines, jewelry (one year Spirit had some very authentic looking pentacle jewelry), and lots of signs like "The Witch Is In!", "Witches Parking Only: All Others Will Be Toad", and the like. One year Spirit had these awesome staffs for sale. They were reminiscent of something Gandalf from Lord of the Rings would have.

When going shopping just be observant and open minded. You may come across stuff that you may not have thought about before. For example, if you work with Native American spirits then you may be shocked that many Halloween-themed stores will carry things like peace pipes, tomahawks, flutes, medicine bags, dream catchers, and the like which can be used as decorations and offerings.

Happy Haunting! :)



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Make Your Own Broom

Don't want to purchase a broom to use for cleansing? Here's a nifty project that is perfect for Halloween time. I like to make these as decorations for Halloween and for gifts. After you make your broom you can decorate it with Halloween ribbon and fall leaves. I place one outside my front door with a pumpkin and a fake black cat.

What is not shown in the video is that the straw needs to be soaked in water for about 15-30 minutes before you make it. Then you take them out of the water and the pat them dry with an old towel.



If this is not your thing you can also buy a cinnamon broom and then cut it apart. Arrange this around a stick and tie off. You can't really bend these over like with straw so just do your best to arrange them on a stick and tie them off.

You can also use other items like raffia, birch twigs (or other small twigs), or even tall grass with sturdy stems (you have to harvest yourself from nature). If you are making it for decorations birch twigs or any small twigs look really cool for Halloween decorations. However, if you are making it for normal use or for cleansing purposes then you will want something a bit softer.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kratom Update

The DEA has officially withdrawn it's proposal to make Kratom a Schedule 1 drug. Many might claim this as a victory but I assure you that the battle is not over. You see, the reason why the DEA has backtracked is because numerous congressmen and senators advised the DEA that any implementation of their proposed ban on Kratom would be illegal as they did not follow the law with regard to allowing a time for public commentary first. So this is what is happening now.

The DEA has now opened up public commentary with a deadline of December 1, 2016. I will post more links as to how readers may respond and make sure their voices are heard. This also means that it is still perfectly legal to sell, buy, possess and use Kratom at least until December 1.

A good thing about this is that if after the public commentary phase has concluded and the DEA then chooses to disregard public opinion and proceed with a ban, then this leaves them vulnerable to lawsuits which may tie up any implementation of such ban for years to come and may get it overturned.

As I stated in the my previous blog, it's important to strike before the DEA officially classifies a compound as a Schedule 1 as the likelihood of such compound ever being removed from this list is extremely remote. This is how the DEA makes their money and they aren't going to give up their cash cow despite how horribly wrong they would be.

Just to restate a little info about Kratom for my readers who are unaware, Kratom is an Asian herb that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for the treatment of pain. It possesses two molecules that interact with the opiod receptors in the brain which give it it's pain-relieving abilities. Kratom is a relative of the coffee plant and is not dangerous. Ingesting Kratom does not make you high such as other drugs that are currently classified as a Schedule 1 drugs do. Instead, ingesting  Kratom in small doses makes you relaxed and a bit more energetic and helps you to focus, as well as alleviates pain, and ingestion in larger doses invokes a sedative effect. It is perfectly safe and I do recommend my readers to try it out for themselves so that they can see that it is not harmful or dangerous.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/12/497697627/kratom-gets-reprieve-from-drug-enforcement-administration

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/12/497697627/kratom-gets-reprieve-from-drug-enforcement-administration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/12/the-dea-is-reversing-its-insane-decision-to-ban-the-opiate-like-plant-kratom-for-now/

http://www.snopes.com/2016/10/12/dea-withdraws-kratom-ban-notice-after-public-outcry/

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Black Lives Matter and White Privilege

I'm going to intentionally keep this blog entry short and sweet. There's no need for a lengthy essay when it is far easier to communicate my feelings with a few paragraphs.

I've found that many white people have problems understanding the Black Lives Matter movement. Many white people seem to incorrectly perceive that protesters are claiming that black lives are more important than the lives of other people. This couldn't be more wrong. "Black lives matter" is a response to the perceived notion that black lives do not matter, and especially to police who seem to readily shoot and kill mostly unarmed black men and then get away with just a slap on the wrist. Meanwhile, police are perceived to be very hesitant about shooting unarmed white men. It's almost as if police go out of their way to not shoot and kill white men, resorting to using tasers, bean bag guns, and other means, while black men are immediately shot and killed.

The problem here is something called "white privilege". Many white people do not think that such a thing exists but it assuredly does. Many of these people wrongly conclude that since they themselves are not wealthy or have positions of power that such does not apply to them. They would be wrong. Think of it like this. Ask a woman if she thinks that there is such a thing as "male privilege". Most likely she will answer yes. Most women will agree that there is indeed male privilege. However, most men would deny that such a thing exists and even though the double standards imposed upon women are quite blatant. If a man is in touch with his sexuality then he is praised and patted on the back. If a woman is in touch with her sexuality then she is a slut. Males can act horribly and their actions are dismissed with, "Well, boys will be boys!", meanwhile women are taken to task over insignificant character faults.  Well, the same applies for white privilege. So it doesn't matter if you live in a shack, don't have a car, or are on welfare. If you are white you automatically are born into a state of privilege over minorities.

I came across a picture on FaceBook that I can no longer find or else I would post it here. It sums up white privilege by showing how the media treats white and black people different. There were two pictures of looters wading through water after Katrina. One picture had white looters. The second picture had black looters. The captions were completely different. The caption for the black looters correctly stated that they were looters. The caption for the white looters stated that they found supplies. So blacks are looting and whites are just finding supplies. This is white privilege.

Now, the Black Lives Matter movement is not perfect. I openly critique them for not self-censoring certain violent hate-speech that certain protesters have been using. I also find fault with their allowing of uneducated and inarticulate leaders to be their voice. A leader needs to be intelligent and well spoken in order to be effective. Hate speech and threats of violence against white people in retaliation for perceived wrongs will ultimately doom the movement unless members begin to voluntarily clean house and remove people who continue to engage in such behavior. If the Black Lives Matter movement can do this then they will become a power to be reckoned with and will see great strides and victories leading to real change. Failure to do this and the movement will just fizzle out with time. Only time can tell what will be. However, it's time white people wake up to this reality. This only started with how the police are killing unarmed black men at a rate nowhere similar to unarmed white men and is just an introduction to a real problem with our society as a whole, one that can be fixed.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Semi-Victory In Kratom Battle

As my blog readers know, the DEA announced that it was going to classify Kratom, a benign Asian herb that has been used for centuries to treat pain, anxiety, and the stresses of work, as a Schedule 1 drug, putting it in the same category as heroin, cocaine, meth and similar drugs. The change was supposed to take place on September 30, 2016.

As you may have guessed, the public issued forth an outcry. Kratom users banded together and to protest and take action against the DEA and hopefully prevent such from happening. To date, Bernie Sanders and 10 other bipartisan senators have sent the DEA a "Dear Colleague" letter, asking the DEA to delay it's decision to classify Kratom as a schedule 1 drug. Additionally, 51 members of Congress have sent letters to the DEA and to the White House to urge them to stop this ban as well.  So far it seems to have worked. The ban that was supposed to go into effect on September 30, has yet to be enforced.

Although it is still currently legal to sell, buy, possess, and use Kratom, the battle is not over. More than likely the DEA is just taking a breather to give the impression that is considering public opinion. Do not be discouraged if the DEA continues with it's plan in months or even a few years into the future. We will still have to fight to ensure that the DEA does not do what it plans to with regards to Kratom.

The DEA has insisted that Kratom is dangerous and that people have died from taking it. In reality, not a single person has died from taking Kratom alone. All of the handful of deaths have been from persons who had multiple drugs in their system. Some of these cases involved people dying because they thought they were taking Kratom extract but were in fact taking Tramadol, a deceptive and dangerous trick made by certain unscrupulous sellers.

Kratom contains two main molecules that give it's pain-relieving and sedating qualities. These molecules work by interacting with the opiod receptors in the brain. Though Kratom works in the same way that an opiod does, it is in fact not an actual opiod, and as such, does not produce the same high and dependency that opiods can cause, assuming it is not abused. Any substance can be abused and it's been reported that users who take Kratom multiple times a day for extended periods of time may develop withdrawal symptoms similar to caffeine withdrawal. This should not come as a big surprise since Kratom is related to the coffee plant.

I urge all my readers to give the herb a try to see for themselves that this is not a dangerous plant. I've used Kratom off and on for pain relief and it works. When purchasing Kratom I opt for the standard powdered leaf, though extracts and powders that have been sprayed with extracts, are also available. A dose for me is just shy of half a teaspoon. I use a plastic spoon to dump the powder in my mouth and then quickly take a drink and swish it around in my mouth and swallow. This method is called "toss and wash", which is pretty much the easiest way to take Kratom. Other methods of use include making a tea, making a slurry with liquid and then drinking it, or taking it in liquid extract or capsule form. Kratom is not smoked. Those who have tried smoking Kratom have said it was horribly disgusting and it did not produce the pain relieving effects. It's possible that the heat of burning destroys the chemicals.

So what can you expect when taking Kratom? Well, I've taken it numerous times for pain. I have a shoulder injury from my teens that flares up every now and then and have intense back problems from time to time, not to mention migraines. Kratom works wonders for me. So I take a dose of Kratom, always on an empty stomach, and then about 2-4 minutes later I begin to feel relaxed. Within about 20-30 minutes the pain is gone and remains gone for maybe 2-4 hours. You do not get high with Kratom. It's not like marijuana. However, depending on the level of dose you can have different experiences. Smaller doses relax you, give you a bit of energy and help you focus. Large doses are sedating.

It's extremely important that we stop the DEA from classifying Kratom as a schedule 1 drug. Once a substance is classified as a Schedule 1 it is pretty much never going to be removed from such. Because Schedule 1 drugs keep the DEA in business and to lose one off the list means less money for them. I urge my readers to show support to keep this natural substance available to all who can benefit from it.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/869909