What is kratom? The science behind Mitragyna's strange leaves
Kratom has become popular among opioid users trying to get clean. Meanwhile, researchers push forward as US regulators consider cracking down
The leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, kratom’s Latin name, have been used for centuries throughout Southeast Asia for all of the aforementioned properties. The plants grow wild in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, with related species of the genus Mitragyna ranging as far as India and South Africa.
In the United States, kratom use has surged in the past decade amid the ongoing opioid crisis, which claims dozens of lives each day
The Antidepressant-Like and Analgesic Effects of Kratom
Kratom employed as a traditional medicine to improve mood and relieve pain, has shown increased use in Europe and North America. Here, the dose-dependent effects of a purified alkaloid kratom extract on neuronal oscillatory systems function, analgesia, and antidepressant-like behaviour were evaluated and kratom-induced changes in ΔFosB expression determined.
Kratom-Pharmacology, Clinical Implications and Deep Review
The prevalence of kratom use appears to be increasing in Europe and North America, raising concerns for its possible development into a significant public health threat.
The body of scientific literature concerning kratom is expanding, but has not yet sufficiently characterized the nature and extent of the potential risks posed by kratom.
There is an increasing need for healthcare providers to be familiar with kratom and the management of patients who abuse it.