Pubdate: Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Source: Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Copyright: 2017 Sun-Sentinel Company


Kratom is an herb from Southeast Asia related to the coffee family.

For centuries, people have used the kratom plant as a traditional
medicine for energy, alertness and pain relief.

It's typically either chewed or dried, ground and ingested in capsule,
smoked or served as tea.

The key psychoactive compounds that produce a "kratom high" are
mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

A low kratom dosage produces stimulant effects making people more
talkative, alert and energetic, according to a DEA fact sheet. At high
doses, kratom users can experience the drug's sedative effects, the
report shows.

People can buy kratom online and at head shops, vape shops and more
recently at kava bars that serve herbal drinks.
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