By Philip  |  08-22-2017   News
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Kratom is a tropical plant common to Southeast Asia. A botanical cousin to coffee (both are members of the Rubiacea family) it has been used for hundreds of years as a folk medicine. People all over the world now use kratom and depending on the region and vein color it’s used for energy, sleep, anxiety, mood and most often to assist those living with chronic pain or attempting to wean themselves off of opiates.

The American Kratom Association is a non-profit organization that has been spearheading efforts to keep kratom legal at the federal level as well as to fight state level bans to make sure that the plant panacea is available to all. The American Kratom Association is sponsoring a video contest to raise awareness about the benefits of kratom and normalize the use of Mitragyna speciosa, the kratom plant. The theme for the contest will be "We are Kratom" and "Kratom Changes Lives." Prize money was generously donated by a sponsor who wished to remain anonymous, so no AKA funds will be necessary to pay out the over $13,000 dollars in prize money.

First prize winner will receive $10,000, second prize of $2,000, third prize of $1,000 and there may be some prizes offered to Honorable Mentions as well. Full rules and information about the contest are available at the AKA's website. Video entries can be no longer than 3 minutes and must be in English or sub-titled and cannot promote any specific kratom vendor.

Once all video entries are received they will be judged by an impartial jury not associated with the American Kratom Association. Anyone is free to enter except for AKA board, paid employees and family, dependents and those living with board members and staff. Unpaid AKA volunteers, however, are free to enter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The AKA is sponsoring a Major Video Contest! Read all about it <a href="https://t.co/jxymx9YaXj">https://t.co/jxymx9YaXj</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IamKratom?src=hash">#IamKratom</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KratomChangesLives?src=hash">#KratomChangesLives</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamAKA?src=hash">#TeamAKA</a> <a href="https://t.co/yAOJztv4cW">pic.twitter.com/yAOJztv4cW</a></p>&mdash; AmericanKratomAssoc (@TheKratomAssn) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheKratomAssn/status/899830103043182592">August 22, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Submissions will be accepted between August 28th and September 26th with winners announced October 3rd. The dates are somewhat symbolic seeing as August 28th was the date that the first federal kratom scare occurred with the DEA attempting to ban kratom through extra-legislative emergency scheduling. October 3rd is the date that the comment period resulted in a historic back-down by the organization and momentous win for the kratom community.

Video submissions can be uploaded at your own YouTube channel so you can promote your own channel but a YouTube account is not necessary to enter. Guidelines and privacy policy will be governed by federal and Virginia state laws. For the full guidelines and official rules head to the <a href="https://www.americankratom.org/video-contest">AKA Video Contest Rules</a>

To enter just head to the <a href="https://www.americankratom.org/">website.</a> Directions for entry and submission are available at the website. Entrants must fulfill all contest requirements in order to be eligible for winnings. Only one entry per person, per email address and per household regardless of entry method. Additional entries from any email address or household will be instantly disqualified. Incomplete entries or entries that do not conform to contest guidelines will be considered “void” and anyone using fraudulent means (multiple identities, email addresses or devices used) will be marked void. By entering you agree to allow American Kratom Association proprietary use of your video.

Remember to keep your video under three minutes and based on the message that “Kratom Changes Lives.” AKA planned this as a fun way not only to normalize kratom usage and raise mainstream awareness but also to commemorate our major victory from last year in keeping the DEA from scheduling the plant. Remember, no medical claims are permitted and no vendor promotions. Public voting will be the first round of judging and the second round will be by private judges not associated with AKA.

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