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Kratom gains more Supporters in the race to replace opioids

“Researchers with the American Osteopathic Association co-sign on the hotly contested shrub…“Kratom doesn’t produce an intense euphoria and, even at very high doses, it doesn’t depress respiration, which could make it safer for users,” Walter Prozialeck, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, said in a release.”

“What kratom represents is another perfect illustration of the toxicologist’s mantra: The dose makes the poison. As the New York Botanical Garden poisonous plant expert Michael Balick, Ph.D.previously told Inverse in a discussion on natural poisons, plants and the compounds they contain are themselves neutral; what makes them dangerous is our own irresponsibility in administering them to ourselves.”.. Prozialeck and his co-authors aren’t alone in their support the drug. Other academic scientists, like University of Florida toxicologist Oliver Grundmann, Ph.D. and pharmacologist Jay McLaughlin, Ph.D., have also advocated for more kratom research. To them, kratom represents what could be a new type of painkiller, one that’s significantly less dangerous than the drugs that are currently available. The thing is, nobody knows for sure yet; that’s what they’re trying to figure out.

Original Article (Inverse):
Kratom Gains More Supporters in the Race to Replace Opioids
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