Kratom: An old plant sparks a new challenge
A new study from researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of British Columbia compiling 57 years of research into the drug and its effects on mental health found the substance “has harm reduction potential for substance users who want to quit opioids.” … The study also found that it can be used to treat anxiety.
While the drug has been used for centuries overseas, it has only recently gained popularity in the U.S. as the opioid crisis has caused many to look to other alternatives for painkillers. As a substance that binds to the opioid receptors, some say kratom lacks the addictive or mind-altering effects of opioid-based painkillers. Some propose it could help wean those addicted to heroin and prescription pain killers off the drugs.