Frequently Asked Questions
What is kratom?
The leaves can be eaten raw, but are more often dried and crushed, then used to make tea and capsules.
In low doses, kratom acts as a stimulant, like coffee. In higher doses, kratom acts as a sedative, aiding sleep, pain relief, and easing the symptoms of acute opiate withdrawal.
Kratom helps those suffering from opiate addiction, but is NOT an opiate! Kratom constituents attach to mu-opioid receptors in the brain, calming the craving for the drugs.
Kratom, as a safe, non-toxic plant does not cause opiate-like side effects such as:
constipation, physical dependence, and respiratory depression - which is what happens when people OD on opiates and forget to breathe.
Is kratom legal in my State?
As of 2020, kratom is legal in all US States except six: Vermont, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arkansas and Alabama.
In some States where kratom is legal, individual cities or towns have banned kratom. Those places are:
These laws and regulations are subject to change, so please consult the kratom legality map at the link below for latest information and status:
What if kratom is banned where I live?
If kratom is banned at your home address that you give us when you enroll at Greener Pastures Recovery, we will substitute an equal therapeutic quantity of kratom-comparable plant medicine, most likely to be akuamma powder capsules or seeds.
There is guidance in the Recovery Portal for use, dosing and effects of akuamma. If you live in an area where kratom is banned, please be sure learn more about the benefits and effects of akuamma prior to enroling at Greener Pastures Recovery and shipment of your HOPE Chest.
Where can I get more kratom?
Our preferred and exclusive vendor is Taunton Bay Soap Company in Sullivan, Maine.
Their product quality is world-class and only offered according to their high, exacting standards. TBSC offers reliable supply of the products you count on, same-day shipping, frequent sales and discounts at the most reasonable prices we've found anywhere.
Not only are their products top-notch, but the people there: owners & crew, are some of the kindest, most authentic people we know. They care about their customers and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
We include a TBSC business card in each shipment for your convenience.
Is cannabis addicting? Aren't you swapping one addiction for another?
While cannabis dependence may not pose much of a health risk, like heroin or alcohol addiction, it can still be problematic if it interferes with your daily life.
The mindful and intentional use of cannabis as a safe, non-toxic harm-reduction tool will not lead to cannabis dependence.
We instruct our clients to be mindful of their usage of plants and supplements, and advise a "re-set" mechanism if usage is escalating. A simple re-set is a 2-3 day abstinence of cannabis, which very nicely adjusts the cannabinoid receptors in the body so a lower therapeutic dose is resumed.
How is cannabis therapy used at Greener Pastures?
Our approach to cannabis therapy is very individualized. Like all plant-medicine, cannabis affects each person differently based on several factors:
1. Each person's unique physiology: body weight, metabolism, Endocannabinoid System (ECS) conditioning, tolerance & interactions of other medicines (including food!)
3. The delivery method: how you consume your cannabis dose impacts the effects and therapeutic duration. Cannabis edibles typically have a delayed onset, yet longer-lasting effects than inhaled cannabis, which has a quick onset of effect. The same cannabis cultivar will produce varying effects when delivered as: smoke, vape, edible, concentrate or oil.
That said, Greener Pastures Recovery advocates for the mindful and intentional use of cannabis in all its forms as both a harm-reduction as well as a health-building essential nutrient for the body's endocannabinoid system.
With all of the plant medicines we use in our protocols, we advise to "start low and go slow" in order to find your ideal therapeutic dose, with the added wisdom that often, "less is more" and "good things come in small packages."
We support our clients' legal and medically-supervised use of non-smokeable cannabis in a harm-reduction treatment protocol. Cannabis extracts often represent the purest expression of the plant and we make great use of their therapeutic and medicinal benefits. Cannabis extracts are used to create non-smokeable cannabinoid delivery methods such as tinctures, oils, capsules, concentrates, edibles and salves.
In the Greener Pastures Recovery protocols, cannabis dosing is recommended as Pro re nata ("PRN") which means "as needed." We encourage all of our clients to obtain a medical cannabis card in their State to enjoy the full scope of cannabis therapy and to ensure the safe & legal consumption of regulated cannabis products.
How To Get A Medical Card In Your State:
CBD is a very big deal at Greener Pastures, and we've done much work and research to ascertain its benefits specifically for addiction recovery, withdrawal symptoms, and long-term recovery. All of the products in our recovery protocols are included as a result of years of research, development, experience, implementation and outcomes data.
The PAT protocols are prescriptional and are intended to be followed closely to produce the best possible outcome for our clients.
Do I need a medical cannabis card to enroll?
No, it's not required that you obtain a medical cannabis card to get the exceptional benefits of our program, nor is it necessary for your successful detox and early recovery, as we provide all of the necessary botanicals for participation in your HOPE Chest.
That said, to fully experience the complex and profound benefits of PAT (Plant-Assisted Therapy,) we enthusiastically recommend that you obtain a medical cannabis card in your State, or avail yourself of the full-spectrum of products found in your local adult-use dispensary or caregiver shop.
Find out about getting a medical card in your State: https://www.greenerpasturesrecovery.com/medical-cards
More than just greater access to the wide variety of cannabis products, with a medical cannabis card, you often will save money on "medical cannabis" rather than "recreational cannabis." Another factor that is sometimes very important to people is the legal protections offered by having a State-issued medical cannabis card in the event you are pulled over or your cannabis possession is challenged in any way.
Greener Pastures Recovery provides all the botanicals we use in our protocols *except* for high THC cannabis, which is legal in many States, either through a medical or adult-use program, but not yet legal to ship across State lines.
The high CBD cannabis products that are included in your HOPE Chest are the same products that we use in our addiction recovery protocols. The HOPE Chest products are quite sufficient in accomplishing your goals to detox and help maintain your long-term recovery from problem substance use.
What is MAT? What is PAT?
It is important to note that PAT is not a stand-alone treatment approach at Greener Pastures, but that the Therapy is Assisted by the use of Plant-based interventions. PAT is an important aspect of the Greener Pastures Protocol for addiction recovery, which is based on mindfulness and community.
Plant medicines ease the painful physical symptoms of Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS,) help alleviate the anxiety and depression that so often are the catalyst for addictions, and work to facilitate and expedite healing in the body and brain damaged by harmful drug use.
Some of the plant medicines in the PAT approach are:
- kratom - cannabis - hemp - ashwagandha -chamomile - st johns wort
- skullcap - passion flower - kava - lavender - moringa - maca - turmeric
What is harm reduction?
Harm reduction can be described as a strategy directed toward individuals or groups that aims to reduce the harms associated with certain behaviours. When applied to substance abuse, harm reduction accepts that a continuing level of drug use (both licit and illicit) in society is inevitable and defines objectives as reducing adverse consequences. It emphasizes the measurement of health, social and economic outcomes, as opposed to the measurement of drug consumption.
What herbal remedies are available?
Some of our most popular are: kratom, cannabis, CBD, passionflower, valerian, ginseng, moringa, st. john's wort, turmeric, elderberry, cats claw, gingko biloba, hawthorne, rhodiola, milk thistle, amino acids, and more.
What's in my HOPE Chest?
All of our botanicals are carefully selected to work syngergistically with eachother, with the effects of one plant medicine building upon and enhancing the effects of the others. Taken individually, all of our botanicals are beneficial to your body, brain and spirit. But, taken together as prescribed in our protocols, they are a potent and powerful KickStart to your Recovery!
Here's some of what you'll discover inside your HOPE Chest:
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