Pro-Kratom Scientist blasts Denver ban, federal policies as recipe for death
All four experts delivered the same basic message: Rather than outlawing kratom or treating it similarly to narcotics such as heroin and cocaine, the FDA and other agencies in the federal government should regulate it to guarantee its quality, purity and consistency — and if they don’t, a black market will develop that would likely put consumers at greater risk … The speakers stressed that while kratom binds to the same receptors as heroin and fentanyl, it is [almost] infinitely less addictive than those substances.
“This really brings me back to my concern about the advisories issued by the FDA. The science out there doesn’t support the assertion of the risks associated with kratom. This is a plant used for more than a century to reduce stress and anxiety, to boost energy and reduce minor pain — and there are few alternatives for reducing minor pain outside of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen. From my perspective, you’re talking about a traditionally used herb that is in the marketplace, and it’s in the best interest of public health to make sure these products aren’t adulterated and contaminated.” -Paula N. Brown, director of applied research and Canada research chair for the BC Institute of Technology and adjunct professor of biology at the University of British Columbia; and Oliver Grundmann, a clinical associate professor with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida.
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Pro-Kratom Scientist Blasts Denver Ban, Federal Policies as Recipe for Death
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