Do You Know ....

what KRATOM is?

Native to Southeast Asia, the kratom tree's leaves have been used for centuries as an herbal drug by laborers and farmers. Today, kratom leaves are ground into pills and powders, and sold as a dietary supplement in head shops and online. However, kratom is banned in six states (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin) and the Drug Enforcement Administration says there is "no legitimate medical use in the U.S." There are concerns that it could be addictive and have other risks that aren't well-known.

When taken at low dosages, kratom can act like a stimulant, heightening alertness. At higher doses, kratom is a sedative, producing opioid-like effects that dull pain. Overall, though, the effects of the plant aren't well understood. There have been a handful of reports of seizures related to kratom use.

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