Kratom and the Trump administration

On November 14th the FDA attacked a community of users of a botanical supplement called kratom.

On November 14th the FDA attacked a community of users of a botanical supplement called kratom (Mitragyna speciosa).…

The leaves of the herb kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a native of Southeast Asia in the coffee family, are used to relieve pain and improve mood as an alternative to traditional opioids. There is an abundance of anecdotal reporting online by users who say kratom helped them kick heroin and other hard drugs. Ongoing research at the University of Mississippi is studying kratom as an alternative to opioid replacement therapy drugs like methadone. Despite this promising research the plant has come under fire from both the DEA and more recently the FDA.

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