• Kratom, CBD and cannabis: How we got here and what’s next

    Kratom, CBD and cannabis: How we got here and what’s next0

    It started with medical marijuana.

    Now, as consumers have embraced medical marijuana as a legal way to treat chronic pain, the taboo is lifting on other substances that proponents say have medical uses, such as CBD and kratom. As more consumers and doctors accept those substances, they increase demand, raise awareness and influence legislation.

    It has helped lighten attitudes about the recreational use of marijuana as well, as more consumers call for an end to its prohibition. Here’s what to look for this year.

    Medical marijuana

    When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took office in 2011, he opposed a medical marijuana program proposed for people with certain health ailments.… Continue reading.

  • Kratom set to be legalised in parts of the country

    Kratom set to be legalised in parts of the country0

    Somsak: Decision still pending

    The Narcotics Control Board is planning to relax the legal prohibition on kratom and permit the consumption of the plant in certain areas.

    The move is part of the Justice Ministry’s push to reclassify the drug in the narcotics bill after its categorisation as a Type-5 narcotic for the past 78 years.

    The initiative was backed by 95% of participants at public hearings on the subject. The majority agreed kratom should be legalised. About 5% expressed concerns over the impact of legalisation on young people, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin said on Thursday.

    “The board is also likely to decide on a proposal to legalise kratom in designated locations in due course,” he said.… Continue reading.

  • Vermont lawmaker says psychedelics should be accessible and decriminalized

    Vermont lawmaker says psychedelics should be accessible and decriminalized0

    “Plants, especially plant medicines, should be accessible to people.”

    The proposed legislation refers to the three psychedelics (and kratom) as being “commonly used for medicinal, spiritual, religious or entheogenic purposes.” eskymaks / iStock / Getty Images Plus

    Brian Cina has drawn a line in the soil.


    The Vermont lawmaker introduced legislation this week that would remove psilocybin, ayahuasca, peyote and kratom from the list of substances regulated by the state. Cina said the move was based on a “belief that I share with many people around the world that plants are a gift from nature and they’re a part of the web of life that humans are connected to,” according to Marijuana Moment.

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  • 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.