• Parker businesses banned from selling kratom

    Parker businesses banned from selling kratom0

    PARKER, Colo. — Businesses in Parker can no longer sell kratom products after the town council recently passed an ordinance banning the herbal drug.

    Kratom comes from a tree that grows Thailand, Malasia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Its leaves have traditionally been used as medicine, and users say kratom is not addictive and helps with a variety of issues, from back pain to opioid addiction.

    But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that it may be addictive. Several coroners in Colorado have linked several deaths to kratom overdoses.

    RELATED | Colorado coroners link kratom to at least 23 deaths since 2016

    Businesses who violate the order can be fined up to $500 per violation.… Continue reading.

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  • Clearwater researching possible ban on kratom sales, possession

    Clearwater researching possible ban on kratom sales, possession0

    CLEARWATER — If they haven’t died from kratom, young people are battling neurological damage, memory loss, inability to concentrate, and other physical ailments that halted their path to a full life.

    Sometimes only their parents are around to testify to what happened.

    “We spent thousands of dollars on neurologists and on psychologists, trying to see if we could help her brain,” Mary Tabar said of her daughter before the Clearwater City Council on Oct. 2. Tabar believes her daughter has been permanently disabled by mitragynine, which frightened parents and young consumers know as kratom. Tabar and her husband Brett described their daughter as a high-achieving student reduced to a shadow of her former self, a young woman permanently damaged by kratom use.… Continue reading.

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  • What Is Kratom? Opioid Alternative Under Fire From The FDA

    What Is Kratom? Opioid Alternative Under Fire From The FDA0

    An increasingly large number of Americans are turning to the supplement known at kratom to treat their pain despite warnings from the FDA.

    The American Kratom Association claims that there are potentially 15 million users in the nation. Those that have used kratom – to treat things like opioid-addiction, alcoholism, and chronic pain – swear by it as a life-saving substance.

    But what exactly is this supposed miracle supplement?

    Kratom is made from the leaves of Mitragyna speciose tree, which is found in Southeast Asia. Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand have used it since the 19th century, either chewing it or brewing into a tea.… Continue reading.

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  • What is kratom? The popular herbal supplement has caught flak from the FDA

    What is kratom? The popular herbal supplement has caught flak from the FDA0

    Bobby DiBernardo credits the herbal supplement kratom with getting him off heroin, oxycodone and alcohol six years ago.

    “It saved my life,” he said. “I could have died any day from a heroin overdose and kratom gave me a new lease. It helped take away the pain of withdrawal.”

    DiBernardo, 41, of Rochester, New York, still mixes a teaspoon of the herbal powder into a glass of water once or twice a day and drinks it even though he says it tastes terrible.

    He is just one of the millions of Americans — potentially upwards of 15 million, according to estimates from the American Kratom Association (AKA) — to use kratom, a supplement made from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree native to Southeast Asia.… Continue reading.

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  • What Is Kratom and Why is It So Controversial in San Francisco

    What Is Kratom and Why is It So Controversial in San Francisco0

    Kratom is a controversial plant which is found in many parts of Southeast Asia. People who use it claim it has healing properties and can be used for recreational purposes, though no solid evidence from scientific research proves it can be used as a medicine. It is illegal in many countries of the world such as Denmark, Malaysia, Australia, Finland, Romania, and the United Kingdom. Even though millions of people continue to use it till this day, yet many countries don’t approve of it. Kratom is infamous because of its notorious nature, but its popularity is enjoyed by makers all over the world.… Continue reading.

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  • New CBD shop officially opens in Warren

    New CBD shop officially opens in Warren0

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    Steel Valley CBD is located on Market Street

    WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A new CBD shop in Warren officially opened its doors to the public on Friday.

    Steel Valley CBD owner Frankie Tempesta said they plan to offer a wide selection of CBD products at reasonable prices.

    The store also carries a selection of kratom, vapes and glassware. Staff members will be available to answer questions about medical benefits of their products.

    They plan to have pop-up events and festivals across Trumbull County.

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