Medicine/Healing

Could Kratom be a weapon in the fight against opioid addiction?

The compounds in kratom are also classified as “partial agonists,” meaning, in Kruegel’s words: “They don’t turn on the receptor as fully as you would with morphine or fentanyl, for example. You only get a partial response. That is also protective in terms of respiratory depression side effects.”

“If you could come up with a drug that either got rid of the addiction liability or got rid of the respiratory depression… you would have a serious leg up on what’s out there right now,” Andrew Kruegel, PhD, an associate research scientist in the department of chemistry at Columbia University in New York, told Healthline … “I want to emphasize that we don’t know that much about it,” said Kruegel. “What data we do have seems to indicate it’s very promising and I’d like to see more research on the subject and avoid any kind of regulatory framework that would kill that.”

Original Article (Healthline News):
Could Kratom be a weapon in the fight against opioid addiction?
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