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New scientific research provides more evidence that the kratom can help treat opioid withdrawal and cravings. The new findings are reported in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol dependence.

Swogger and Walsh report that this study clarifies that there is no good scientific basis for claims that kratom causes psychosis, suicide, or violence, and the available data do not indicate that kratom is a significant public health problem. The study not only points to the potential benefits of kratom as a safer substitute for opioids, but also suggests the plant’s potential to reduce negative mood and relieve anxiety.

FACTS

  • What plant from the coffee family can replace toxic opiod replacement therapies, daily visits to downtown clinics for methadone or bupenorphrine?
  • What plant has been helping heal opiod addiction since the nineteenth century, but only recently has been redsicoverred by Western culture?
  • What plant can help relive pain and suffering , while at the same time providing a stimulating and motivating “caffeine-like” boost to help one move through their day?
  • What plant can help us find relief from depression, anxiety, pain caused by manual labor?
  • What plant grows freely from the Earth, and is available for you to grow in your garden or on your window sill, offering it’s gifts with just a little bit of time and dedication?
  • Biak-biak… known in English as kratom (Mtragyna speciosa).

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE / MEDICINAL EFFICACY

Kratom has harm reduction potential for substance users who want to quit opioids. The report looks at the past 57 years of research and writing about kratom. Kratom users have written that they’ve taken kratom as a replacement for opioids — the way a smoker might chew nicotine gum — slowly replacing their dangerous addiction to heroin or painkillers for kratom’s milder, less-lethal buzz. – Read More

The compounds in kratom aren’t particularly potent opioids like prescription opioids, morphine or fentanyl. In Malaysia people use it as an opium replacement or to wean themselves off of opium–a different type of methadone or Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) maintenance therapy. – Read More

There is no good scientific basis for claims that kratom causes psychosis, suicide, or violence, and the available data do not indicate that kratom is a significant public health problem. Similar to how CBD is more widely and safely tolerated than THC, Kratom may be considered the CBD of the opioid world. – Read More

Kratom gets rid of the respiratory depression [caused by traditional and synthetic opiates], you’re saving 18,000 lives a year from opioid overdose, so that’s a huge improvement. Kratom appears to be that plant. It relieves pain without slowing down breathing, the cause of death in a majority of opioid overdoses. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.10.012