• Herbal drug Kratom may cause serious side effects

    Herbal drug Kratom may cause serious side effects0

    The herbal supplement kratom regularly causes serious side effects and doesn’t appear safe for use, a new study argues.

    Kratom, made from the leaves of a Southeast Asian plant, is usually used to treat pain and addiction. But poison control center data shows it has been tied to seizures, withdrawal, hallucinations, agitation and rapid heart rate, researchers report.

    Kratom is “probably not something that’s safe enough to be available as an herbal supplement,” concluded lead researcher William Eggleston, a clinical assistant professor with the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy in New York.

    Kratom contains compounds that act on the opioid receptors in the brain and the body, according to the U.S.… Continue reading.

  • Dietary substitute kratom stays in legal gray area

    Dietary substitute kratom stays in legal gray area0

    OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — CHI Health Pharmacist Bob Grenier said there’s no clear cut consensus about kratom at the federal level.

    “There are kind of two camps within the FDA,” he said. “One camp who thinks it should be a schedule one or extremely prohibited. And then there is another school who says this compound has some potential for legitimate use.”

    Kratom is a green-brown powder made from the leaves of a plant from Indonesia. Users and distributors say it calms anxiety, helps with depression, and more.

    “We’re seeing people who are using various legal and illegal opioids who are coming in, and they have been using Kratom for a while and we’re seeing them wean themselves off those harder narcotics,” Mike Martinez said.… Continue reading.

  • A Portable Solution for the On-scene Identification of Kratom

    A Portable Solution for the On-scene Identification of Kratom0

    Thought LeadersZachary LawtonAnalytical ChemistPerkinElmer

    In this interview, Zachary Lawton explains the health risks of Kratom and the development of a portable GC-MS solution for the identification of Kratom and other drugs that cannot be identified using traditional colorimetric tests. This interview was conducted at Pittcon 2019.

    What is Kratom and why is it such a big concern for US health officials?

    Kratom is a botanical extract that has existed for hundreds of years in Southeast Asia and is now being used as a legal medical supplement in the US. Health officials are concerned about Kratom because the active ingredients are psycho-active compounds which interact with opioid receptors in the brain and produce stimulant-like effects.… Continue reading.

  • What to know about kratom for depression

    What to know about kratom for depression0

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  • Federal action may stifle Kratom market in Kentucky

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Kratom is a plant from the coffee family. It has been under siege by the Federal Drug Administration for a couple of years now.

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    FDA officials said kratom hits the same brain receptors as morphine and other opioids. Recently, they ordered Indonesia to stop growing the plant. Kratom supporters believe will be a death sentence for kratom in the United States.

    The FDA has continued to push to make kratom a schedule one drug, putting it in the category of heroin and other opioids.

    “If you place these alkaloids on schedule one it eliminates future research, and they are actively researching kratom right now,” explained American Kratom Association’s Mac Haddow.… Continue reading.

  • Kratom Advocates Rip Feds, Media for Alleged War on Controversial Herb

    Kratom Advocates Rip Feds, Media for Alleged War on Controversial Herb0

    A new watchdog group focused on kratom is ripping the federal government for what it characterizes as a full-scale war on the controversial herb, as well as the media, which is accused of simply parroting worst-case scenarios without even bothering to seek out other points of view.

    “There’s been attack after attack,” says Max Karlin, spokesman for the Kratom Information & Resource Center. “That’s why we call it a war. And there’s a danger for the media if they don’t look for a way to balance the attacks with anything other than just the Food and Drug Administration‘s anti-kratom message.”

    Denver has been ground zero for disputes over kratom ever since the city’s Environmental Health department banned the substance for human consumption in November 2017, several days after the FDA issued an alert about alleged risks associated with the herb, which loyalists tout as a pain reliever and aid to fighting opioid addiction.… Continue reading.