• 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.

  • Somsak says kratom to be legal soon

    Somsak says 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: Healing herb or hidden danger?

    Kratom: Healing herb or hidden danger?0

    Controversy continues to swirl around kratom, an herbal supplement that has risen in popularity in the US. Advocates credit it with ridding them of their opioid addiction and improving their mental health. Yet federal agencies and experts caution that there just isn’t enough research to support its medicinal use, and it doesn’t appear to be without risks, NPR reports.

    But first, some background: Kratom is made from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree, native to Southeast Asia. People usually take kratom in pill or capsule form, although sometimes they chew the leaves or brew them into tea. A compound in the leaves known as mitragynine interacts with stimulant receptors in the brain, boosting energy, alertness, and sociability at low doses of the supplement.… Continue reading.