Science

Kratom: what does science say about the… botanical?

A 2020 survey of 2,798 American Kratom users by Johns Hopkins Medicine found that less than 3% of respondents met the criteria for moderate or severe kratom use disorder… A 2019 study in Preventative Medicine estimated that “the risk of overdose death is >1000 times greater for opioids than for kratom.” While most morphine-like opiate overdoses are…

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Politics

…bills on kratom…

Kratom is a plant… that grows naturally… an herbal remedy to help with pain, fatigue… But she worries about wording in the [Oregon] House bill that puts the Oregon Department of Agriculture, rather than the federal government, in charge of regulating it… …[and currently] believes that the federal Food and Drug Administration is the appropriate…

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Science

Scientific study… suggests that kratom can suppress/kill cancer cells

…the most interesting finding in this study is that Kratom by itself can suppress and kill cancer cells to a certain extent. [University Sains Malaysia study now on Pubmed]… since Big Pharma makes countless billions of dollars on cancer drugs/treatments, it is incredibly unlikely that any company would fund the research necessary to thoroughly ascertain…

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Medicine/Healing

…comments on kratom

…the FDA said the comments will be reviewed as it prepares a response to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is considering whether to place international restrictions on kratom and six other psychoactive substances. Under international treaties, WHO is required to assess the use of psychoactive substances and advise the United Nations on whether they…

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Anthropology

“An unprecedented achievement anywhere”—Thailand’s decriminalization of kratom

The Thai government voted to remove kratom from the nation’s list of “narcotics,” making an unambiguous statement after 80 years of speculation on the plant’s role. In a recently released report published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers surveyed over 1,000 Thai citizens about their views on the plant’s decriminalization. The results showed a majority in favour of…

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Science

Can kratom really help boost your immune system?

As long as the user is careful and maintains small and infrequent doses, [possible deleterious] side-effects should be minor and should subdue on their own… you would want to steer clear of kratom for a while [if not indefinitely] if the symptoms get worse. Upon careful research, scientists [claim they] have found or at least…

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Biography/Memoir

[US marshals office] incinerates 28 tons of kratom

The U.S. Marshals Office paid a hazardous waste company… to transport the kratom from South Carolina to Florida, where it was incinerated at an energy-from-waste facility… Scott Gottlieb resigned as FDA commissioner in March 2019 and weeks later joined the board of directors at Pfizer. Over 28 tons of the herbal supplement kratom were recently…

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Politics

Kratom… [agriculture]

…licensed to package and sell kratom by the Oregon Department of Agriculture… that agency, unlike its equivalent in Colorado, treats kratom like food. The federal government displays even more antipathy toward kratom, regularly issuing warnings about the product’s alleged addictive qualities even as advocates tout it as both a pain reliever and a tool to help opioid users kick…

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Science

User demographics, use patterns, and implications: kratom

Kratom was primarily taken orally in doses of 1−3 g (49 %), with daily use (59 %) being most common. Kratom was used for pain (91 %), anxiety (67 %), and depression (65 %), with high ratings of effectiveness. 1,144 (41 %) used kratom to stop or reduce prescription or illicit opioid use, citing decreased…

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Anthropology

…kratom culture…

“A third of our clientele are looking for a caffeine-free alternative to get them through their day,” Day says. “I’m talking soccer moms.” The image of wealthy moms slurping kratom tea in lieu of a cappuccino, or trendy Bay Area residents popping kratom pills socially just for its mild, mellow body high, cuts strangely against…

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