Kratom: Harmful Substance or Safe Drug Addiction Treatment?

Kratom is a plant that is native to southeast asia and has been used for centuries as a drug of abuse and to treat pain.

There is evidence that kratom can be addictive, and there is concern that it could be harmful if used for long periods of time.

Kratom, an herbal extract obtained from the leaves of the Southeast Asian evergreen tree (Mitragyna speciosa), is a substance advertised as a withdrawal treatment. Kratom is sold as a dietary supplement and is currently unregulated in the United States, but federal agencies are taking action against false claims about kratom.

“Kratom” generally refers to an herbal substance that can produce opioid-like and stimulant-like effects. Kratom and kratom-based products are currently legal and available in many regions, although U.S. and international authorities continue to review new evidence to inform kratom policy.

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