• Kratom, la misteriosa droga asiática que la DEA intentó prohibir

    Kratom, la misteriosa droga asiática que la DEA intentó prohibir0

    Marihuana, éxtasis, popper… Se podría decir que los nombres de las drogas les dan personalidad y sobre todo, según los casos, contribuyen a cómo son presentadas por los medios de comunicación generalistas: para un redactor de las noticias que leen tus padres, el hecho de tener que hablar sobre una nueva sustancia que está causando problemas y que además se hace llamar, por ejemplo, “droga caníbal” es un auténtico regalo. El terror a lo desconocido vende periódicos y sube las audiencias, pero normalmente no contribuye a que los ciudadanos estén mejor informados para tomar sus decisiones de consumo y reducir riesgos. 

    El kratom, la planta también conocida como Mitragyna speciosa, lo tiene mal en este sentido.

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  • ‘Mr Prima’ held yet again

    ‘Mr Prima’ held yet again0

    A Belgian man has been arrested for illegal entry after having worked here for four years in the entertainment business.

    The man, identified only as “Mr Prima”, 49, was nabbed in a rental apartment in Wang Thonglang district of Bangkok.

    Immigration Bureau (IB) commissioner Sompong Chingduang said yesterday that Mr Prima, who speaks Thai fluently, was arrested in Thailand 20 years ago, then deported, for allegedly forging official documents.

    He attempted to re-enter the country in 2014 but was turned away at Suvarnabhumni Airport because he had been blacklisted.

    He then went to live in Myanmar and Cambodia for two years before sneaking back into Thailand and staying after he was offered roles as an extra in TV series and films.… Continue reading.

  • Kratom Tea Is the Beverage of Recovering Heroin Addicts

    Kratom Tea Is the Beverage of Recovering Heroin Addicts0

    Above, a cup of kratom tea. All photos courtesy of the author

    Someone told me about a place in Wilmington, North Carolina, that sells tea brewed from “some weird drug called kratom that’s illegal in Thailand.” The place—a tiki bar called 1 that doesn’t serve alcohol—is like some sort of toned-down methadone clinic or legal opium den, I heard. I was intrigued.

    Even though it’s been around for some time, the media is calling kratom a “new legal drug.” A tree native to Thailand, kratom leaves are harvested and dried to create the drug, which was banned there in 1943, after people had started to use it as an opium alternative and the government realized it wasn’t being taxed.

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  • Father and son charged after psychoactive substance seized at airports

    Father and son charged after psychoactive substance seized at airports0

    A father and son have been charged after £60,000 of a new psychoactive substance was seized by Border Force at two airports.

    he seizures of Kratom – one of 52 kilos at Edinburgh Airport on April 15 and another of 102 kilos at East Midlands Airport on May 6 – were made as part of a joint National Crime Agency and Police Scotland investigation.

    Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership arrested the two men, aged 60 and 38, in Bathgate, West Lothian, on Tuesday.

    NCA Scotland operations manager John McGowan said: “We estimate these seizures would have had a combined value of around £60,000 once sold on the black market.… Continue reading.

  • Some SF Vape Sellers Hope to Overcome Ban with Kratom

    Some SF Vape Sellers Hope to Overcome Ban with Kratom0

    It’s not a great time to be selling e-cigarettes in San Francisco.

    On Feb. 6, a federal ban on most cartridge-based e-cigarettes went into effect. Prohibiting what have widely been decried as youth-friendly flavors like fruit, mint, and a host of dessert-inspired options (including Juul’s infamous “crème brulee”), the Trump Administration edict notably stopped short of entirely banning vapes.

    While California continues to mull over its own full ban on the industry, e-cigarette users are currently still able to purchase refillable menthol- and tobacco-flavored cartridges as well as single-use devices intended for disposal and available in a veritable candy aisle of tastes.

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  • 5 Reasons Marijuana Industry is Booming

    5 Reasons Marijuana Industry is Booming0

    (MENAFN – MENAFN Authors)

    No one can deny that marijuana producers are having a major moment right now. From cultivating the plant to selling it in most parts of the world, the marijuana industry is thriving.  In a discussion about the industry within the US only, marijuana has experienced a long journey. One year before California joined the movement to legalize marijuana, only 25% of active consumers knew of its recreational uses.  Today most of us are well aware of this plant.  Twenty-three years later, this plant is legal in over 29 US states, marking a milestone for a long journey.… Continue reading.