Bay Area Pushes Back Against Regulation

Used for centuries by people in its native Southeast Asia, the herbal substance known as kratom has arrived on U.S. shores in recent years. Proponents argue that kratom shows promise as a natural means of combatting opioid dependency, particularly in relieving the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Despite evidence that the botanical substance, derived from a…

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Botanical Use Increases Despite Increase In Critisism

Known for centuries in its native Southeast Asia, kratom has enjoyed increasing popularity in U.S. cities. Kratom, a powdered preparation of the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, a close relative of coffee plants, has been imported for a number of years to the United States. But as popularity soars, many states are enacting legislation banning the…

The Future of Kratom

For centuries, people in a number of Asian countries have relied on the natural plant kratom. Native to Thailand, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea, the tropical evergreen tree known as Mitragyna speciosa has been refined to produce kratom, a traditional medicine for a wide variety of health concerns. In recent years, kratom has been imported…