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Inaugural kratom leadership summit showcases collaboration between scientists, advocates, community

More than 50 leading kratom vendors and advocacy groups gathered to discuss the future of kratom in America at the first Kratom Leadership Summit on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Henningfield told attendees that the FDA and those fighting to ban kratom are misguided in their understanding of the plant’s effects and its purported opioid-like qualities. “Kratom is no more addictive than a cup of coffee — and the available data show as much,” said Henningfield. Dr. Henningfield discussed at length the four scientific surveys conducted on kratom and kratom users. Citing these surveys as well as his own peer-reviewed research, he said that the FDA and other kratom opponents mislead the public and lawmakers when they compare kratom to traditional opioids. “To compare this slight possibility of mild addiction, on par with caffeine, to the devastating and deadly addictions found in real opioids is to drive a lot of the fear and misunderstanding prevalent in the media.”

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Inaugural Kratom Leadership Summit showcases collaboration between scientists, advocates, community
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