Kratom: Treating Addiction With Addiction
Kratom is legal in most states and is sold under a variety of names. It is available in powdered form at head shops, convenience stores and online. There are even bars that sell beverages made with kratom in Colorado, Florida, New York and North Carolina. Reports suggest that 40 million Americans have purchased kratom online for the management of chronic pain or to mitigate opioid withdrawal.
Diabetic Treatment with Kratom?
Kratom, the leaf of a tree that is indigenous to Thailand, has been traditionally used to treat diabetes there since before recorded history. Evidently no drug company was interested in the possibility of creating a blockbuster drug to more effectively treat diabetes a major epidemic disease that affects people worldwide.
Kratom: What is it, and why did Alabama ban it?
In the past year, supplement drink shots like Vivazen, Liquid Gold and K Chill have exploded in popularity. These, and numerous others, contain a plant from Asia known in the U.S. as kratom – scientifically it’s called Mitragyna speciosa. The plant has been used since the 1800s in native cultures as a stimulant in small doses and a depressant in higher quantities.
Bill to make kratom a controlled substance clears Legislature
Senate Bill 266 to outlaw the substance was sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur. It was drafted with the help of the Alabama District Attorneys Association.
Kratom, which can be smoked, ingested or steeped in tea, is a tropical plant related to coffee and is legal in most states, except Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee and Indiana. According to local law enforcement, it’s similar to marijuana and often used to skirt Alabama’s current laws that ban controlled substances.
Chronic Pain Patients Discovering Alternative to Opioids
It comes with clever names like KChill, Liquid K, Green Sumatra and Green Joy. An advocacy organization calls it “a natural botanical that’s improving health and wellness from coast to coast.” The Food and Drug Administration calls it a “narcotic” that can cause aggression, hallucinations, delusions, and tremors. What are they talking about and why such radically different views? Kratom is an herbal medicine made from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciose tree that grows in southeast Asia. People in that part of the world have used kratom for centuries as a natural remedy to boost energy, relieve stress and treat addiction. In the United States, kratom is increasingly being used as a pain reliever – a “safer” option than opioid pain medication.
Kratom and The Case for Opiate Abuse
The botanical substance is both a stimulant and a sedative. It is touted as a safer alternative to heroin but it, too, is addictive and potentially life-ruining. It is common and illegal in Thailand, where it grows naturally, but little-known and largely legal in the United States. It has a long and confusing list of possible side effects. And for now, it is relatively easy to obtain—but perhaps not for much longer.
Critics Urge Suffolk to Drop Proposed Kratom Ban
The majority of speakers, including several Long Island residents who use kratom as an alternative painkiller, anti-depressant and anti-anxiety treatment, were opposed to making sales or distribution of the herb a misdemeanor punishable by fines up to $1,000 and one year in jail.
“This legislation, we believe, is misguided, misinformed and unwarranted,” said Chris Cartar, a 40-year-old Greenlawn man, member of the Botanical Legal Defense and kratom user who maintained it helps him manage pain stemming from a hockey injury. “We think that this is just a kneejerk reaction.”