An examination of the facts about kratom – a herb you’ve likely never heard of
Mitragyna Speciosa (commonly known as kratom) is a mind-altering drug you’ve likely never heard of. Indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanamar, Papua New Guinea and Thailand, it has stimulant-like effects and is credited with treating anxiety, depression, mental health disorders and severe body pains.
Used in traditional medicine to manage chronic pain and for recreational purposes also, this controlled substance has properties similar to opioid painkillers.
Though banned in many parts of the world, kratom surprisingly doesn’t show up on a drugs test in spite of interacting with the nervous system when taken. Use of it, however, can cause vomiting, nausea and skin rashes and some healthcare experts suggest there are actually no proven health benefits for the body from it.
People who consume kratom often buy it from online vendors such as Kratom Crazy and consume it as powder or by smoking it. It can also be infused into food and drinks.