• Lawmakers hope to restrict use of kratom

    Lawmakers hope to restrict use of kratom0

    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.

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  • Should Vermont decriminalize some hallucinogenic drugs?

    Should Vermont decriminalize some hallucinogenic drugs?0

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Kratom Health Benefits And Possible Dangers

    Kratom Health Benefits And Possible Dangers0

    It’s still illegal to import kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) and manufacture kratom as a dietary supplement in the United States. Kratom is known for its opioid properties and some stimulant-like effects but its usefulness and safety as a therapeutic agent remains unclear.

    This controlled substance is chewed, brewed or crushed into a bitter green powder. Kratom is mostly sold in the U.S. in processed forms such as pills, capsules or extracts.

    Medical professionals say a small amount of kratom can perk you up; a large dose has a sedative effect. Animal studies suggest kratom might be an effective pain reliever but the collection of human data has only just begun.… Continue reading.

  • Trend alert: What’s heating up Miami’s food scene this month

    Trend alert: What’s heating up Miami’s food scene this month0

    Photo: Chica/Yelp

Want the scoop on Miami’s most talked-about local spots?

Yelp to deduce which eateries have been on the tips of diners’ tongues this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Miami businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increased their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

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