Kratom Trade Association: Industry is Prepared to Work with Georgia Lawmakers on Manufacturing, Labeling and Age Oversight of Kratom
- Kratom Products
- December 27, 2018
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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.
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.READ MORE
Kratom is an undeniably controversial subject in health and opioid-related arguments.
Native to Southeast Asia, kratom has slight mind-altering effects, though it’s not an opioid or psychedelic, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. But the plant has resulted in nearly a dozen deaths between 2011 and 2017. Some of those cases involved people with other drugs in their system.
NIDA adds that people sometimes use kratom as an herbal treatment to help overcome withdrawal symptoms and cravings from dependency on opioids and other substances, though there seems to be a lack of evidence that it helps in that way.… Continue reading.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
Senator Pam Helming announced Tuesday that legislation she co-sponsors, which would ban the sale of kratom to individuals under the age of 21, passed the Senate this year. Nearly identical legislation Helming wrote, which would ban the sale of kratom to individuals under the age of 18, passed the Senate unanimously last year. However, neither of these bills came up for a vote in the Assembly. These bills would amend the public health law to define and regulate kratom as well as direct the New York State Department of Health to conduct a study on the benefits and risks of kratom.… Continue reading.