Mitragyna speciosa

Species of plant

Mitragyna speciosa (Under CC License)

Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. M. speciosa is indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea, where it has been used in traditional medicines since at least the nineteenth century. Kratom has opioid properties and some stimulant-like effects.

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Millions of Americans are using this powdered leaf, saying it alleviates PTSD, addiction and other ills. The federal government may want to ban it.
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Kratom, an over-the-counter herbal supplement, has recently been linked to increased poisonings and fatal overdoses in the United States.
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Kratom is not regulated by the FDA and health officials have expressed concerns about its safety
Credit: CBS News - Published 1 week ago

Kratom, an over-the-counter herbal drug, was a cause of death in 91 overdoses in the United States from July 2016 to December 2017, the CDC said.
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 1 week ago

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