The Buddy System

The Buddy System, guest post by Seana Kay of The Holistic News

Plants over poison, graphic by Seana Kay
Plants over poison,
graphic by Seana Kay 

In the kratom community, there seem to be more than a sprinkling arrogant types, sprinkled throughout with a passel of zealot newbies making their way amongst the usual suspects (chronic pain patients, folks with disability or other debilitating conditions, bored hypocritical house wives that get offended from someone else’s personal opinion, giving theirs as freely as gleefully) but, every once in a while, you run into someone who actually knows what they’re talking about, and it’s a glorious breath of fresh air! They speak with a unique voice and have passable grammar skills (sound like they at least graduated high school!) and give back plenty to the community by way of sharing knowledge and attempting to continually help craft a positive image for the growing body of folks interested in learning how to incorporate plants into their life holistically. They know the importance of “the buddy system”. They don’t stay in the safe and familiar waters of their kratom bubble. They realize that branching out to those that have “been there, done that” is important and valuable for our goal as a community.


The MJ community knows what it is like to fight for a plant, to have it taken from you, to have to picket and march, create memes and spread social media campaigns to get their message out. They know how it feels to have the laws go back and forth, for them and against them. It is therefore important that you utilize that similar situation and seek out the knowledge that they have, follow what they did, be encouraged by their example.

What is it about the pot users that speaks wonders as the world slowly begins to accept them? Most professional, reputable people are coming out and representing. That in and of itself is a powerful statement. The image is cleaner now and the sources respectable. It’s proven to be medically important for the majority suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, pain, cancer and so much more.

It’s important to not forget that we have a group of people that understand what we are going through, fighting for a plant. It’s important we educate ourselves and seek their help when we feel the need. High Times featured kratom and supported the cause during the ban scare of 2016. I loved seeing that. That is something we should continue to build on. It’s not just about kratom, it’s about holistic alternatives, choosing plant over pills.