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  • Release the Kratom: Inside America’s Hottest New Drug Culture

    Release the Kratom: Inside America’s Hottest New Drug Culture0

    By her mid-20s, Faith Day was out of jail but homeless. She was also addicted to a substance now too legally compromising to name. When she tried to quit, she couldn’t afford the medication to manage the withdrawal symptoms. She looked to the internet for answers. News about a plant called kratom kept popping up in her social media feeds, alongside claims that consuming it would help her break free of addiction. Desperate, she used her last $140—money that would have otherwise gone to the destructive drug—on an ounce she found at a head shop.

    Two weeks later, she was off the drug.… Continue reading.

  • This popular herb product may harm your liver health

    This popular herb product may harm your liver health0

    Kratom is a herbal product made from Mitragyna speciosa ─ a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family found in Southeast Asia ─ with several active alkaloids driving its activity.

    The most abundant of the alkaloids, Mitragynine, is thought to act as an opioid agonist.

    Kratom use is on the rise as the U.S. opioid epidemic continues to drive more patients to seek herbal supplements as pain-relieving alternatives.

    However, more than 90 deaths have been attributed to kratom use.

    In a recent study from the U.S. Drug Induced Liver Injury Network, researchers found that kratom, a popular and widely available product, may cause liver toxicity and severe liver injury.… Continue reading.

  • Psychoactive substance exposures driving up calls to poison control centers: study

    Psychoactive substance exposures driving up calls to poison control centers: study0

    Columbus, OH — With more states legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the drug – along with other natural psychoactive substances – has caused a 74% increase in exposures since 2000, leading to approximately 10 calls a day to poison control centers.

    Using the National Poison Data System, researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center studied more than 67,300 calls to poison control centers made between 2000 and 2017.

    The overall rate of exposures to all-natural psychoactive substances rose to 30.7 per 1 million people in 2017 from 17.6 in 2000.… Continue reading.

  • Somsak: Medical kratom to be legal soon

    Somsak: Medical kratom to be legal soon0

    Kratom will likely be taken off the national narcotics drug list in June this year, in a move to unlock its medical and economic benefits.

    The plant, known scientifically as Mitragyna speciosa, has long been used as a traditional medicine to treat pain, fever, dysentery and diarrhoea. But after it was categorised as a Type-5 narcotic 78 years ago, the government has spent millions of baht prosecuting people found possessing it or trading in it.

    Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin is pushing ahead with its reclassification in the narcotics bill, even giving the precise date when he expects the bill to sail through parliament.… Continue reading.