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November 18, 2017

Kratom; The Natural Disaster By: Dr. Michael Harbison MS, MCS-P, CCCPC


Once thought of as a helpful “natural” alternative to opiates, Kratom has been found to be as destructive as the drugs the user is trying to avoid. Since 2000, there has been a substantial increase in the rates of kratom use in North America and Europe, both as a recreational drug and for the self-management of pain and opiate withdrawal with little attention paid to the extreme side effects this drug has on the person.

Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of years and they have seen the intense damage and side effects of this herb and have outlawed it. They market Kratom as a natural plant to help you get off your opiates and stay out of pain. The problem is that this is very misleading as this herb is just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than the opiates themselves. With the users believing it is natural, they tend to believe there is no harm. Worldwide deaths from Kratom are on the rise and very little is known about the dangers of this drug. Kratom binds to opioid receptors in the human brain and has the potential to lead towards physical dependence and addiction especially in previous addicts.

Kratom contains almost as many alkaloids as opium and hallucinogenic mushrooms. One of the most dangerous effects is how kratom interacts with other drugs. The drug metabolizing enzymes in the liver are, interfered with by kratom, causes dangerous interactions with other drugs or medications. Other than death this also leads to liver damage and cirrhosis of the liver.

The bottom line is that Kratom is very dangerous and the side effects are very real. All the countries that have banned this herb have seen the devastation it causes and know, though it may be natural, it is not beneficial.

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