Is Kratom Opioid?

US FDA warned the public about the herbal supplement kratom saying it contains chemical compounds to opioids.

Kratom is a plant native in Malaysia, the leaves of arotom is traditionally crushed and made into tea to treat pain. The supplement of Karotom can be found in head shops and gas stations, there’re 3 to 5 million users in the United States.

FDA claimed that “kratom compounds are predicted to affect the body just like opioids”. There’re death cases related to Kratom usage.

Researchers, however, question FDA, saying it’s making too broad of a statement. Researchers say it’s true that kratom compounds bind to opioid receptors, acting very much like opioids do, providing some pain relief effect and causing a release of dopamine, but at a much more toned-down level than prescription pills or heroin. The element in Kratom that may have addictive qualities is 7-hydroxymitragynine, when looking at the plant as a whole, 7-hydroxymitragynine accounts for a very small ratio, so the crushed leaves of Kratom has very low abuse potential.

Furthermore, researchers who had the chance to analyze the samples of Kratom from emergency room patients found that the samples the patients claim to be Krotom are not Krotom, the researcher found morphine in some samples, and oxycodone in a few samples.





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