Edit 5/2/2018: VICE published an astonishingly honest, in-depth examination of the current state of kratom research and regulation. It may be lengthy, but damnit, it’s worth your time.
Edit 3/18/2018: Marc T. Swogger, Ph.D., published an article, “Is Concern Around Kratom ‘Drug Hysteria’?” via Medscape. Dr. Swogger notes that preexisting studies show people are successfully using kratom as an opioid replacement, and to manage pain. Additionally, there is no scientifically-supported evidence that kratom is linked to liver damage, seizures, or premature death.
Kratom. It’s been in the news lately, and there continues to be a lot of controversy surrounding it’s safety profile and legality. But after further research, I can confidently state that it’s all complete and utter nonsense.
I believe this plant is being painted in an absurdly negative light, and I wish more people took a second to think critically before demonizing yet another resource that appears to have helped people break their opioid addiction.
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