• Anutin, Somsak push for removal of kratom, cannabis from drugs list

    Anutin, Somsak push for removal of kratom, cannabis from drugs list0

    Mr Anutin, also deputy prime minister, and Mr Somsak on Friday (Dec 27) signed two memoranda of understanding on the procedures to remove kratom and marijuana from the narcotics list.

    Mr Anutin said the two plants were listed as Category 5 drugs, but they had many medical properties.

    The possession, planting, use and trade of plants or substances on the list are illegal.

    In several countries, kratom is not on the narcotics list, nor is it on the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs. This made it easier to remove kratom from the narcotics list than delisting marijuana, said the public health minister.… Continue reading.

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  • Users cite benefits of kratom, but substance abuse organizations warn of dangers

    Users cite benefits of kratom, but substance abuse organizations warn of dangers0

    Kit Coward, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in Longview, said she began having a hard time sleeping after a house fire about eight years ago.

    Coward, 50, said she chose alternatives to anti-anxiety prescription medications.

    “I was searching for all-natural, homeopathic — emphasis on non-addictive — approaches,” she said.

    That is how she found out about kratom, which is made from the leaves of a plant from Southeast Asia that has been used in that region to sustain energy during hard labor and as an opioid-like pain reliever and sedative.

    Coward said kratom appealed to her because it “was all natural … from a plant.

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  • How Addictive is Kratom: The Important Facts to Know

    How Addictive is Kratom: The Important Facts to Know0

    Have you heard of Kratom? Its history in southeast Asia stretches back hundreds of years but it’s recently started popping up in “head shops” and other smoke shops in the U.S.

    What is Kratom? Is it safe to buy and use? Is it illegal?

    Most importantly, how addictive is Kratom? We’re going to answer all of these questions and more, so keep reading.

    What is Kratom?

    Kratom comes from a tree that grows in Southeast Asia. Places like Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia have been using the leaves as medicine for hundreds of years.

    Today, Kratom is extracted from the leaves and packaged as a recreational drug.… Continue reading.

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  • Anutin, Somsak push for removal of kratom, cannibis from drugs list

    Anutin, Somsak push for removal of kratom, cannibis from drugs list0

    Marijuana plant for medical use. (File photo)

    Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin have inked two agreements to push for the removal of kratom and marijuana from the narcotics list as a New Year’s gift for the people.

    Mr Anutin, also deputy prime minister, and Mr Somsak on Friday signed two memoranda of understanding on the procedures to remove kratom and marijuana from the narcotics list.

    Mr Anutin said the two plants were listed as Category 5 drugs, but they had many medical properties.

    The possession, planting, use and trade of plants or substances on the list are illegal.  

    In several countries, kratom is not on the narcotics list, nor is it on the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom for Chronic Pain?

    Kratom for Chronic Pain?0

    Lower Risk than Opiods

    by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.

    With one third of Americans suffering with chronic pain, approximately 50,000 preventable U.S. deaths each year from arthritis medications (e.g. NSAIDs like ibuprofen), and 5,000 yearly deaths from prescribed narcotics used as directed, we clearly have a major problem in how we treat chronic pain.

    Having effectively treated thousands of people with fibromyalgia and other forms of severe chronic pain, and published a number of studies and textbook chapters on this, one simple fact has become very clear: Virtually all pain can be effectively treated, by using the entire healthcare toolkit. This includes both natural and prescription options, as well as socially controversial natural treatments such as marijuana, hemp oil, and kratom.… Continue reading.

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  • Justice minister says he’ll speed up kratom decriminalisation

    Justice minister says he’ll speed up kratom decriminalisation0

    PHOTOS: Thousands gathered in the first large anti-government rally in over five years – Khaosod English

    He tried to do it legitimately by running for office in the March election. His party performed above expectations, garnering the third highest number of votes after less than 12 months of existence. And Thanathorn was just votes away from being elected Thailand’s Prime Minister.

    Now he’s back on the streets fighting what he, and his supporters, describe as “anti-democratic forces”.

    Thousands of people rallied in support yesterday in the largest street protest in more than five years. Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit threatened “it’s just the beginning”.… Continue reading.

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