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Is Kratom Safe?

por Junior Knowlton (2021-07-16)

"I would say that we have comparatively great anecdotal emerging evidence that kratom has advantages for the ordinary consumer as long as we consider just how much kratom has been used and what goods are being utilized," Grundmann stated.
But while there may be encouraging anecdotal reports of advantages, some experts are calling for more study.

That depends on whom you ask -- and opinions vary widely.
The FDA has issued a strong warning against kratom use. "FDA is worried that kratom, which affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine, appears to have properties that expose consumers to the risks of addiction, dependence and abuse," the group states.
"There are no FDA-approved uses for kratom, and the bureau has obtained concerning reports regarding the protection of kratom," the FDA says in a statement. "FDA is actively evaluating all available scientific information on this issue and continues to warn users to not use any products labeled as containing the botanical substance kratom or its probiotic compounds, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine."
In reality, MIT45 in 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration went as far as temporarily listing kratom as a Schedule 1 controlled substance -- a classification that means it's no accepted medical use and higher potential for abuse -- only withdrawing the decision following a public outcry and a targeted petition campaign from advocates.
The FDA also has expressed concerns that kratom products may be contaminated with heavy metals or salmonella, and that marketers are creating misleading health claims.
In 2018, for instance, the supplement has been connected to a multistate outbreak of salmonella, prompting a compulsory recall from the FDA. (A specific source of that contamination wasn't identified, however, it may have happened during the growing or manufacturing process.) And an April 2019 evaluation of 30 different kratom products discovered traces of heavy metals, such as lead.
Over the summer, the FDA issued warning letters to two firms for selling"unapproved, misbranded kratom-containing medication products with unproven claims in their ability to cure or treat opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms"