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The Kratom Guy Show

The Kratom Guy Show

By Mike Overstreet
The Kratom Guy Show w/ Mike Overstreet is a podcast where experts from around the nation discuss kratom news & current events, the latest in kratom science and other herbal alternatives, w/ frequent interviews from influential doctors and advocates. Support our work on Patreon: Please come say hello, or any questions, comments, concerns! Call or text (617) 917-5242 Please get in touch if you would like to be a guest or interested in sponsoring the show
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Episode 15 - Kratom News & Current Events with Special Guests, Wade Harman, The Botanical Resistance Podcast
Welcome back! It’s been a little while and I’m so excited to be back with such an awesome guest! This episode is all about the most recent in kratom news and current events. We start the show going into a quick update, as far as what we have going on personally and the latest Mass Herbal business updates. Then I am joined with Wade to discuss the wrongful death lawsuit in Washington in depth and related topics. We go through the court filing and discuss the mistakes Kratom Divine made in their marketing, and what both vendors and consumers can do to ensure safe access. I then finish the second half of current events on my own covering topics ranging from the latest studies supporting kratom for relieving opioid dependence to the Mississippi legislative actions both for and against kratom, and much much more! Wade Harman is the host of The Botanical Resistance podcast. Wade has been drinking Kratom tea for 18 years and is passionate about educating people with facts about Kratom. Wade's influence in the Kratom industry has allowed him to introduce this plant to thousands of people whose lives have changed because of this plant.  Full show notes & sources: This episode is sponsored by: Mass Herbal Market! Online herbal shop specializing in kratom products. Supporting small businesses with unique & amazing products, even better people! & Candid Orange Flavored Kratom! Ask your favorite retailer for Candid Flavored kratom! Support our work on Youtube Channel! Timeline: 8:28 - Business update 23:55 - Kratom News & Current Events w/ Wade Harman 1:08:15 - News continued Music by: Lion Heights Tracks: “Good One” | “Ain't What It Seems” | “Dread Step”
February 4, 2021
Episode 14 - Special Guests, Dr. Marc Swogger, Clinical Psychologist; Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Welcome Back! This week on the show we are joined by special guest, Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Marc Swogger!! Before our interview I will be getting into some business and personal update, with some very special announcements! Our updates are followed by our preview look into our next show where we will be dissecting the latest in anti-kratom propaganda, misinformation and flat out lies perpetrated by Angela Kennecke's in her 6-part South Dakota KELO news series.  Dr. Marc Swogger is a clinical psychologist. He’s an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His research focuses on therapeutic and harmful substance use, as well as psychopathy and violence among justice-involved people. Clinically, Dr. Swogger specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. He studies both therapeutic and harmful substance use. Recently, his research has focused on the potential individual and public health effects of kratom use. Dr. Swogger's research background includes numerous studies of violence, suicidal behavior, and recidivism among justice-involved people. Since 2017 he has been doing Pro-bono consultation for the Drug Policy Alliance, policymakers, and the American Kratom Association as a science expert on kratom. This work includes co-writing science letters to Senators, the Executive Branch, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the government of Indonesia. He has met with senior staff of nine US Senators concerning kratom. He has been featured in Business Insider, VICE, Washington Post, New York Times, New Scientist, Live Science, HowStuffWorks, Healthline, Wired and More! This episode is sponsored by: Candid Orange Flavored Kratom! Ask your favorite retailer for Candid Flavored kratom! . Check out our shop! Support the show w/ excellent Indonesian kratom & cool kratom t-shirts! Youtube Channel! Timeline: 7:10 - Dr. Swogger preview 8:15 - KELO anti-kratom propaganda preview 10:15 - Business update 19:20 - KELO anti-kratom propaganda 30:50 - Interview w/ Dr. Swogger Music by: Lion Heights Tracks: “Good One” | “Aint What It Seems” | “Dread Step”
October 14, 2020
Episode 13 - Special Guest Army Captain Veteran, Chris Reading! Featuring interview with Libertarian, Kratom Activist, Vicky Rose
We have another great show! (Catch the full timeline below.) First we start out with an intro and overview of the show, followed by our Mass Herbal business update. Then we go into kratom news and current events where we had a great chat with Vicky Rose who was one of the activists who was critical in Monroe County, Mississippi rescinding their ban! Then we finish up the news and on to our main interview with Chris Reading! Chris Reading: Chris is a kratom advocate from Maryland. He’s an Army Captain veteran, M.B.A and has been employed as a financial analyst since leaving active duty in 2003. Chris spoke out at both the Maryland House Judiciary Committee and the Senate against a ban. He says kratom has become a part of his life, which he uses for various aches and pains that comes with triathlon and has had a positive experience Chris Reading's Article: This episode is sponsored by: Candid Orange Flavored Kratom! Ask your favorite retailer for Candid Flavored kratom! Check out our shop! Support the show: buy excellent Indonesian kratom & cool kratom t-shirts! Youtube Channel! - Intro/ business update 22:45 - News & Current Events: 57:10 - Vicky Rose Interview (news cont.) 1:42:15 - Chris Reading Interview Music by: Lion Heights Tracks: “Aint What It Seems” | “Dread Step”
July 30, 2020
Episode 12 - Special Guests, American Kratom Association Original Board Member, Paul Kemp!
We have two amazing guests for this week's show, Paul Kemp and Mac Haddow! In the first half of the show I talk kratom current events with Mac Haddow, Senior Fellow on Public Policy of the AKA. He clarifies his statement aimed at Trump regarding Hydroxychloroquine and how ‘the right to try’ should apply to chronic pain. We also talk about the latest in kratom (during Covid), the new AKA National Kratom Consumer Advocacy Council (KCAC), Matt Salmon replacing Dave Herman as the AKA Chairman, and much more. Then for our main guest we are joined by Paul Kemp, who was the first board member chosen for the American Kratom Association in 2014! We had such a great talk, discussing a range of topics from big pharma control, FDA, sugar, diabetes, exercise and natural remedies and more. Paul is 71 is in great shape, takes no medications and does not go to see doctors. He is a daily kratom consumer and advocate. He helped grow the AKA and encouraged consumers to support the organization as the most viable group to keep kratom legal. Paul says he always had an interest in writing and health. After benefitting immensely from kratom and finding the need to build the conversation and consumer-base around kratom, and if we were going to avoid another disastrous prohibition such as we've seen with the prohibition of cannabis Paul chose to start his blog, There he posts articles promoting natural products, herbal remedies, healthy eating, cannabis, CBD, kratom and more. It was because of his writing about kratom, is what led him to join the AKA. This episode is sponsored by: Candid Orange Flavored Kratom! Ask your favorite retailer for Candid Flavored kratom! . Check out our shop! Support the show w/ excellent Indonesian kratom & cool kratom t-shirts! Youtube Channel! Timeline: 3:40 - Paul Kemp preview 5:05 - Chris Reading preview 26:00 - Kratom current events, featuring Mac Haddow 1:03:50 - Interview w/ Paul Kemp Music by: Lion Heights Tracks: “Good One” | “Aint What It Seems” | “Dread Step”
May 18, 2020
Episode 11 - Special Guest, Brave Botanicals Owner/ Operator, John Bush!
This episode is action packed! We have special guest John Bush, owner/ operator of Brave Botanicals in Austin, TX and a fierce kratom advocate and activist! I will also be going over the latest in kratom legality with none other than Mac Haddow, Senior Fellow at the American Kratom Association (AKA)! I saw Mac at the Rhode Island Health & Human Services hearing for the Kratom Consumer Protection Act (KCPA - HB728) and was able to get a quick interview with Mac after the hearing in the hall! We will also hear from an anonymous advocate in Mississippi about their recent Senate & House hearings to ban kratom (schedule I) in her state! Over the past 17 years, John has been involved in various organizations and efforts aimed at creating greater peace and freedom in our world. After dealing with chronic fatigue and constant discomfort for years, he began exploring natural remedies for his health problems. His first big "ah-ha" moment came when, under the direction of my naturopath, which helped him beat back a major throat infection by nebulizing colloidal silver. He says, it was then that he finally understood the power the human body has to heal itself when given the proper nutrients and w/ the help of natural remedies. Years later he took over a bookstore and natural health shop called Brave New Books and began supplying the local community w/ a wide variety of natural and often controversial supplements. It was at this time that he discovered kratom, which changed his life. This episode is sponsored by: Candid Orange Flavored Kratom! Ask your favorite retailer for Candid Flavored kratom! . Check out our shop! Support the show w/ excellent Indonesian kratom & cool kratom t-shirts! Youtube Channel! Timeline: 8:00 - John Bush preview 9:00 - Paul Kemp preview 21:40 - Mac Haddow (RI-HB7289) 30:00 - Advocate in Mississippi 37:00 - Interview w/ John Bush Music by: Lion Heights Tracks: “Good One” | “Aint What It Seems” | “Dread Step” RI-HB7289 replay (44:48)
March 24, 2020
Episode 10 - Special Guest, Molecular Biologist, Flux Odyssey Founder, Nick White
This week on the show very special guest Nicholas White, founder of Flux Odyssey supplements company. I go into the latest in kratom news and current events. I went down to Maryland for HB0283 attempted kratom ban and big win from Maryland, they will regulate for 18 plus. Excerpt with my interview with kratom, addiction, and harm reduction advocate and activist, Lisa Lowe from FACE Addiction Maryland; Heroin Action Committee. View all full interview videos on our new Youtube Channel! An update about Missouri, Thailand to decriminalize kratom,  San Diego County attempted ban, KCPA being enacted in Oregon and more! Nick holds a BS in Chemistry and a minor in Neuroscience. At 18 he was diagnosed with ADD and cyclothymia, a form of bipolar disorder, and told he’d never be able to graduate college without taking medication like Ritalin and Lithium. Nick discovered how to solve his own health complications with supplements, nootropics and natural products. He now works as a genetic engineer at a biotech company on the cutting edge of science and has 4+ years experience as a molecular biologist.  Nick started Flux Odyssey to pass his knowledge onto others and create natural products to help people improve their health using science-backed research.  This episode is sponsored by: Candid Orange Flavored Kratom. Ask your favorite retailer for Candid Flavored kratom!  Support the show with awesome Indonesian kratom and cool kratom t-shirts  Pick up a bottle of Golden Hour from Flux Odyssey and get 15% off with discount code; kratomguy  Youtube Channel! Timeline: 3:45 - Nick White preview 5:50 - Biz Update 11:35 - News & current events 17:00 - Lisa Lowe (FACE Addiction Maryland; Heroin Action Committee) (News cont.) 1:02:20 - Nick White Interview  music from: "Zigzag" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Music by
February 16, 2020
Episode 9 - Special Guest, Medical Marijuana Doctor, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan MD MPH FAAFP MRO CMS
This week we have endocannabinoid specialist, cannabis reform rock star and overall awesome human being, Dr. Uma on the show!  We also have an update from Maryland on the bills to schedule kratom from advocate and activist Chris Reading. As well as news from Oregon, Vermont, Missouri and Mississippi. Dr. Dhanabalan also known as Dr. Uma is a highly respected and educated physician. In my opinion she played and continues to play a major part in international and local cannabis reform. For more info on Dr. Uma or if you are in Massachusetts and interested in becoming a Massachusetts medical marijuana patient you can go to their website,   This show is brought to you by:  - Mass Herbal Market and for awesome t-shirts and excellent kratom  - Candid Orange Flavored Kratom. Ask your favorite retailer for Candid Flavored kratom! Timeline: 5:40 - Dr. Uma preview 7:20 - Nick White preview  14:00 - Chris Reading MD testimony and call  32:40 - Kratom news & current events  56:00 - Dr. Uma interview
January 30, 2020
Episode 8 - Special Guest Libertarian Presidential Nominee Adam Kokesh
Welcome back!! This week on the show we have Libertarian presidential nominee Adam Kokesh joining us! Tune in and we’ll be talking about his book, FREEDOM!, his take on kratom and self ownership along with what’s in store for his presidential run! But first I’ll give you guys a quick business update, Mass Herbal Market is now open for business! Plus the rundown with the latest kratom news and current events. Welcome to 2020, kratom is now banned in France and bills have been filed in both Maryland and Mississippi to designate kratom as a schedule I narcotic. (use the coupon code: kratomguy20 to save 20% off your first purchase) Welcome!  Adam Kokesh teaser  Dr. Uma Dhanabalan teaser  Business Update  Kratom news and current events  Adam Kokesh Interview  2020 Kratom ban in France  Legiscan: MD SB147 | 2020  Bill to ban kratom to be considered by Maryland Judiciary Committee  50 years in prison for drug possession is wasteful
  Monroe County legislators look to 2020 session in Jackson  
Supervisors approve countywide ban on kratom 
 Update on Indonesia & their proposed kratom export ban  
Justice minister says he'll speed up kratom decriminalisation | The Thaiger  
Kratom leaves to be left out of new narcotics list in Thailand, Asia News - AsiaOne
January 18, 2020
Episode 7 - Special Guest, Reporter Nick Wing
Welcome Back! Thank you so much for checking out this latest episode w/ former Huffpost reporter, Nick Wing!!  Nick Wing in my view and many others in the kratom community has been instrumental in helping to keep kratom legal in the US. He has done FOIA requests and uncovered in many instances where the government was reporting deaths caused by kratom or kratom associated deaths, were actually caused by other substances found in the body, serious underlying health conditions or extenuating circumstances. He is a journalist who covered the campaign to ban kratom for years as a reporter at HuffPost. He recently jumped ship to do criminal justice reform advocacy work at a nonprofit, but is still keeping an eye on the kratom world.  (617) 917-5242  | For full show notes:  Timeline:  :50  - Nick Wing Teaser  2:11 - Adam Kokesh Teaser  3:24 - Update  8:30  - Nick Wing Interview  The Debate Over Kratom, An Opioid-Like Plant  Legal In Massachusetts  Parents Sue Kratom Company After Son Dies in Car Accident; Coroner Fought to Keep Autopsy Secret  FDA Fails to Follow the Science on Kratom, Jane Babin, Ph.D., Esq.  FDA Releases Kratom Death Data, Undermines Its Own Claims About Drug’s Deadly Harms  Ohio Pushes Kratom Ban With Disputed Claims About Deaths, Use Trends  Georgia, John Grove Overdose story: Does Kratom Really Kill? Officials Aren't Telling Us The Whole Story.  New Kratom Death Reports Still Leave More Questions Than Answers  CDC: Notes from the Field: Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths with Kratom Detected — 27 States, July 2016–December 2017  The New England Journal of Medicine: Deaths in Colorado Attributed to Kratom  Feds Declare War On Herb Touted As A Solution To Opioid Addiction  Feds Prepare For A New War On Kratom, An Herbal Drug Many Swear By  Kratom Users In States That Ban It Discuss How Prohibition Has Made Life Worse   Music from "Zigzag" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Music by
October 21, 2019
Episode 6 - Special Guest, NY Kratom Activist, Keith Kaspucci (@Kpascuch)
This week on the show I have the pleasure of having a great conversation with Keith Pascucci (Twitter: Keep Kratom Legal @Kpascuch) We discuss his story and how his experience with the mainstream media also didn’t turn out like he expected.     [full show notes and timeline:]     We have an info packed show, First I go into a business update, followed by kratom news & current events. With some rants in between! Thank you so much for listening and your support!  Don’t miss the preview clip for next show’s special guest NICK WING!  All the links to related articles below and since this show is so long a timeline is included along with the notes.  (Note: repeated a short clip by accident 25:54 but not editing and rewrite the timeline.)  We are still experiencing some audio issues and will hopefully be fixed with the new USB mic coming soon!) Intro:   :36 Keith interview preview   5:14 Nick Wing interview preview   6:54 Business update News & Current Events:     27:14 Kratom News & Current Events  1:31:52 My experience being interviewed by WBZ (Boston CBS)   1:37:55  The Debate Over Kratom, An Opioid-Like Plant Legal In Massachusetts – CBS Boston   1:43:36 INTERVIEW WITH KEITH!!!!  Articles Keith was featured in: PIX11 | NBC | Huffpost   Music from Zigzag" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( 
June 17, 2019
Episode 5 - Special Guest Brian Gallagher From Kratom Science!
This week on The Kratom Guy Show we have special Brian Gallagher from Kratom Science on to discuss kratom current events! Also in this show I talk about my recent WBZ (Boston CBS) interview and my experience with kratom. Closing out the show is a little bit about specialty kratom strains as well as my recent own business development.  Thank you so much for listening. I just turned on listener support, so if you like the show any contributions would be greatly appreciated!  Kratom Science - Kratom Stories   (Instructions for Ohio residents: Comments on the proposed rules will be accepted until close of business on April 30, 2019. Please send all comments to the following email address:   In addition, please copy your comments to: )  Kratom Science - Ohio Deadline Kratom Science - Parents Sue Company After Son    Kratom Science -  URGENT! PA House Rep Wants to Ban Kratom in Pennsylvania  American Kratom Association -  Arizona Kratom Consumer Protect Act Update  American Kratom Association -  Oregon State Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Kratom Protection Act  American Kratom Association -  Georgia State Senate Approves Kratom Consumer Protection Act  CDC - Notes from the Field: Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths with Kratom Detected — 27 States, July 2016–December 2017  American Kratom Association -  A Reply to CDC Report on Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths with Kratom Detected (2019)   American Kratom Association - New England Journal of Medicine;  Deaths in Colorado Attributed to Kratom   American Kratom Association Twitter: @TheKratomAssn     Harvard Medical School; Harvard Health Blog -  Access to medical marijuana reduces opioid prescriptions  Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality in the United States, 1999-2010   University of Florida; College of Pharmacy - UF College of Pharmacy receives $3.5 million NIDA grant to bolster kratom research
April 28, 2019
Episode 4 - NEW STRAINS ARE HERE!! Business Development & Updates, plus Kratom Current Events
This week on the The Kratom Guy Show I will be discussing the latest with my business development with opening my online herbal shop. Import/ export trouble and seized packages. As well as kratom current events, like the good news of the Kratom Consumer Protection Act being passed in Utah!  Thank you for listening! Please get in touch to purchase kratom or if you have any questions, comments, concerns.  Also if you would like to be on the show please get in touch! (617) 917-5242 or on Notes:  2017 Poison Control calls:  2016 Poison Control calls:  AKA Update on FDA misleading claims:  AKA Update on Utah Kratom Consumer Protection Act:
April 19, 2019
Boston Kratom Guy Updates: E3
Welcome back! For this week's update you'll hear about; What is kratom and what kratom is not. The latest in kratom news and legality. How you can join the conversation and fight for truth! NEW FREE SAMPLES and more! Thank you all so much for tuning in and stopping by! I hope to speak to you soon! Show notes below. Peace! -Mike Jane Babin, Ph.D., Esq. 11pg white paper 
September 24, 2018
Friday Update #2 9/7
What's in stock, where does the kratom come from, kratom legality and new (must watch) outstanding kratom documentary, Leaf of Faith
September 14, 2018
Friday Update #1: 8/31 NEW STRAINS ARE HERE!
This was the first "audio update" I made for my text list. This is not a real episode, this was before I realized I would be making a podcast. Thanks for listening!
August 31, 2018