• Here’s what you should know about kratom — the controversial opioid-like plant

    Here’s what you should know about kratom — the controversial opioid-like plant0

    Kratom is an undeniably controversial subject in health and opioid-related arguments.

    Native to Southeast Asia, kratom has slight mind-altering effects, though it’s not an opioid or psychedelic, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. But the plant has resulted in nearly a dozen deaths between 2011 and 2017. Some of those cases involved people with other drugs in their system.

    NIDA adds that people sometimes use kratom as an herbal treatment to help overcome withdrawal symptoms and cravings from dependency on opioids and other substances, though there seems to be a lack of evidence that it helps in that way.… Continue reading.

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  • An Herbal Plant From Southeast Asia Could Be Banned For Being As Addictive As Morphine

    An Herbal Plant From Southeast Asia Could Be Banned For Being As Addictive As Morphine0

    Ilustrasi petani kratom [kiri] dari arsip dokumenter VICE; daun kratom yang telah diulah jadi bubuk [kanan] via akun Flickr

    This article originally appeared on VICE ID.

    At first glance, kratom doesn’t seem like anything special: a light green plant with red veins, about two meters tall. Kratom falls under the tree family and is considered an endemic tropical plant only found in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea.

    There are no historical records indicating when humans began consuming kratom, but the plant’s benefits have been widely known for ages. Its leaves are edible and can be ground into a powder and brewed into a tea.

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  • Addiction Treating Herb Supplement Kratom Found Unsafe

    Addiction Treating Herb Supplement Kratom Found Unsafe0

    William Eggleston, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Binghamton University, had been seeing more and more patients presenting with toxicity or withdrawal from kratom use. Kratom is an herbal supplement derived from a plant that grows throughout southeast Asia. It is well-reported that the active chemicals in the plant act on opioid receptors in the body. Patients report using the supplement to treat/prevent withdrawal, treat opioid use disorder, or treat pain.

    ‘Kratom is not reasonably safe and poses a public health threat due to its availability as an herbal supplement.’


    Eggleston was curious to see what types of toxicities were being reported to Poison Centers nationally in order to better assess whether or not kratom is safe enough to be used as an herbal supplement.… Continue reading.
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  • FDA issues warning letters to companies connected to kratom

    FDA issues warning letters to companies connected to kratom0

    June 26 (UPI) — The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it issued warning letters to two marketers and distributors for making unproven claims and selling unapproved products containing the drug kratom.

    The FDA said Cali Botanicals in Folsom, Calif., and Kratom NC in Wilmington, N.C., illegally sold and misbranded products containing kratom while saying without proof that it could cure things like opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

    Kratom contains the alkaloid mitragynine, which can produce stimulant effects in low doses and some opioid-like effects at higher doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been marketed as a dietary or herbal supplement in the U.S.… Continue reading.

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  • FDA issues warnings to companies that claim an herbal drug can cure opioid addiction

    FDA issues warnings to companies that claim an herbal drug can cure opioid addiction0

    The Food and Drug Administration recently issued warnings to two businesses that are illegally marketing and making “unproven” claims that their products, which contain a drug called kratom, can treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal.

    Kratom, which is an herbal extract that naturally grows outside of the U.S., is not approved by the FDA. The drug acts as a stimulant at low doses, according to the Mayo Clinic, but can reduce pain and potentially cause euphoria when taken in higher quantities.

    Though some advocates say kratom can be used to quell the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and be used as an alternative to pain medications, the FDA says the drug affects the same brain receptors as morphine and can expose users to addiction and abuse.… Continue reading.

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  • FDA warns companies for illegally selling kratom-based products

    FDA warns companies for illegally selling kratom-based products0

    Ned Sharpless

    The FDA announced today that it issued warning letters to Cali Botanicals of Folsom, California, and Kratom NC of Wilmington, North Carolina, for “illegally selling unapproved, misbranded kratom-containing drug products with unproven claims about their ability to treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms.”

    The companies also make claims about treating anxiety, cancer, depression and pain, the FDA said.

    According to the release, the FDA letters request that Cali Kratom and Kratom NC respond within 15 working days with details of how they will address agency’s concerns. The warning letters also state that failure to correct violations may result in law enforcement action such as injunction or seizure.… Continue reading.

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