• Ohio lawmaker wants to start discussion over controversial herbal supplement Kratom

    Ohio lawmaker wants to start discussion over controversial herbal supplement Kratom0

    COLUMBUS, Ohio- You may have seen the name Kratom when you are out and about, plastered in store windows, sometimes alongside others prompting potential customers the establishment carries both it and CBD oil.

    Kratom has been around a while. Here in the U.S., it’s only been a few decades. But in Southeast Asia, where it is grown indigenously in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea, it’s been used for medicinal purposes since the 19th century. It comes from the leaves of a tropical evergreen tree from the coffee family.

    Research into its use is hard to come by, but anecdotally some people with chronic pain and opioid withdrawal say it helps them.… Continue reading.

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  • Chemical Analysis Links Kratom to Cases of Severe Liver Injury

    Chemical Analysis Links Kratom to Cases of Severe Liver Injury0

    FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Liver injury episodes due to kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) are increasing in the United States, and chemical analysis can confirm the presence of this botanical in herbal and dietary supplements linked to cases of severe liver injury, according to a case series study presented at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, held from Nov. 8 to 12 in Boston.

    Victor J. Navarro, M.D., from the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and colleagues sought to describe kratom-associated hepatotoxicity with chemical analysis to confirm the presence of Mitragyna.… Continue reading.

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  • Botanical product kratom may cause liver toxicity and injury, study finds

    Botanical product kratom may cause liver toxicity and injury, study finds0

    Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that kratom, a popular and widely available product, may cause liver toxicity and severe liver injury. Kratom has stimulant effects at low doses, and sedative or narcotic, opioid-like effects at high doses. This supplement has abuse potential, a risk that more healthcare practitioners should recognize and discuss with their patients.

    Kratom is a botanical product made from Mitragyna speciosa─ a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family found in Southeast Asia ─ with several active alkaloids driving its activity.… Continue reading.

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  • Is Kratom Safe? New Study Links Substance to Liver Health Issues

    Is Kratom Safe? New Study Links Substance to Liver Health Issues0

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    • Researchers say kratom may cause severe liver injury in some people.
    • They looked at 404 cases of liver injury connected to supplements and reported that 8 cases may be associated with kratom.
    • Experts say it’s too early to determine if kratom causes liver damage or other health problems.

    As a plant-based supplement named kratom increases in popularity, the full picture of its potential benefits and harms is still becoming clear.

    That increase has been attributed to its use as a possible treatment for opioid withdrawal as well as other potential uses.

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  • Kratom Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety

    Kratom Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety0

    This Kratom guide is for educational purposes only. While it is our belief that choosing to consume psychedelics is an inalienable human right, many psychedelic substances are currently illegal in the United States. 

    Our substance guides provide the public with the most accurate and reliable information about psychedelic substances that currently exist. We have compiled research, scientific studies as well as experiences and thoughts from the psychedelic community. We do not include all the scientific research and studies. Rather, we curate each our guides to reflect the most relevant insight backed by the most credible evidence. That being said, we are just at the beginning of studying these substances, and everyday we are learning something new.Continue reading.

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  • Clearwater researching possible ban on kratom sales, possession

    Clearwater researching possible ban on kratom sales, possession0

    CLEARWATER — If they haven’t died from kratom, young people are battling neurological damage, memory loss, inability to concentrate, and other physical ailments that halted their path to a full life.

    Sometimes only their parents are around to testify to what happened.

    “We spent thousands of dollars on neurologists and on psychologists, trying to see if we could help her brain,” Mary Tabar said of her daughter before the Clearwater City Council on Oct. 2. Tabar believes her daughter has been permanently disabled by mitragynine, which frightened parents and young consumers know as kratom. Tabar and her husband Brett described their daughter as a high-achieving student reduced to a shadow of her former self, a young woman permanently damaged by kratom use.… Continue reading.

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