- Kratom Effects
- November 21, 2018
Kratom, a popular organic substance of Southeast Asian origin, remains controversial thanks to warnings from the federal Food and Drug Administration over questions about safety and claims that the herbal pain reliever is as addictive as the opioids that many users say it helped them stop taking. The City of Denver issued a human-consumption prohibition on kratom in 2017, yet actual tons of the herbal product are being peddled around Colorado.
Could such sales come to an abrupt end in Colorado communities or even the state as a whole? That’s certainly a possibility, say advocates for the Kratom Consumer Protection Act, a proposal crafted by representatives of the American Kratom Association.… Continue reading.READ MORE
Legal amendments to ease the prohibition on kratom leaves are likely to be wrapped up by June, according to a sub-committee studying the issue.
Thepthai Senpong, chairman of the sub-committee tasked with solving problems related to the plant, said yesterday that the Narcotics Control Board has provided information on amendments needed to relax the ban.
These amendments will be put up for concerned agencies to consider before they are handed to the cabinet for deliberation. After that, the amendments will be forwarded to the House of Representatives.
Mr Thepthai said the legislative process is likely to be completed by June.
A public hearing on the amendments was conducted via specific locations and through online channels on Jan 17.… Continue reading.READ MORE
By Kevin Brown
Capital News Service
Kratom, a substance that users told lawmakers they take as a pain and addiction treatment, would see more stringent regulation in Maryland under legislation making its way through the General Assembly. Some government agencies advise against using the substance, calling it dangerous — while opponents of the bill are advocating for safety standards instead.
Originating in southeast Asian countries, including Thailand and Indonesia, kratom is an herbal substance that comes from evergreen trees and has similar effects as opioids.
House bill 283 would categorize kratom as among the most dangerous controlled substances in Maryland, a list that includes heroin, LSD, ecstasy and a hallucinogen called peyote.… Continue reading.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Some Vermont lawmakers have high hopes about passing a bill that would decriminalize some hallucinogenic drugs, but others are skeptical of the drugs’ medicinal purposes.
Our Dom Amato spoke with the bill’s sponsor and Vermonters who had mixed reactions.
The bill proposes decriminalizing psilocybin, the psychoactive substance in “magic mushrooms,” as well as other plant-based hallucinogens like peyote, kratom and ayahuasca.
Medical professionals have concerns about the drugs and most of them are illegal in Vermont.
But Rep. Brian Cina says they hold a higher meaning and purpose than just being drugs.
“The government shouldn’t be criminalizing a plant that was created for us to use to heal ourselves,” said Cina, P/D-Burlington.… Continue reading.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE