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The DEA Is Banning a Little Known Medicinal Plant Called Kratom

But there's not much evidence that it's actually dangerous.<p>The US government is set to ban kratom, a medicinal plant and painkiller, even though researchers say it might not be dangerous.<p>Native to Southeast Asia, kratom has traditionally been brewed in tea, or ground up and encapsulated as powder. …

Thailand Legalizes Kratom - You'll Never Guess Who Uses It.

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Why Banning the Controversial Painkiller Kratom Could Be Bad News for America's Heroin Addicts

We need new, more flexible ways of regulating drugs—especially opioids—in order to truly protect the public.<p>It sounds like the perfect drug. At low doses, it's stimulating, like a strong cup of coffee; at higher doses, it's sedating and kills pain. And it's a legal, natural plant that has been used …

Is Kratom the New Bath Salts?

Kratom fans say it’s like a ‘safe opiate,’ but law enforcement paints a picture of addiction and psychosis.<p>Kratom is a drug of paradoxes.<p>The …

Why Is the U.S. Disregarding Plants Like Iboga and Kratom in the Fight Against Overdose and Addiction?

With overdose death rates more than doubling in the U.S. since 2000, we need to be examining every possible avenue to save lives and reduce the harms of drug misuse and addiction.<p>Two medicinal plants, kratom and iboga, have been used for hundreds and thousands of years in other parts of the world …

Some Say Kratom Is A Solution To Opioid Addiction. Not If Drug Warriors Ban It First.

Prohibition is a short-sighted, ineffective policy, but that's not standing in their way.<p>America’s drug war is changing. Marijuana, long demonized without evidence as one of the world’s most dangerous drugs, is now legal, at least for medical use, in 23 states and Washington, D.C. The president has …

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Kratom: Treating Addiction With Addiction

By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog, Medical Discovery News<p>Some who use kratom to ease their withdrawal symptoms from heroin addiction are discovering that this is also an addictive drug that can reignite the cravings for the heroin they are trying hard to conquer. The use of kratom as a …

Kratom: Natural painkiller or addictive drug?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kratom is an opioid-like substance sought out by users to boost energy and manage pain. It's long been considered a supplement, loosely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. In August (PDF), the Drug Enforcement Administration outlined plans to move it to the controlled substances …