You may or may not be familiar with the green leaf, kratom, that is imported in product forms such as drink form, powdered products, and bars, and have been sold in places like convenience stores, as well as on the internet. Kratom is touted by many as a pain reliever, and even a product to help kick heroin addiction, and hails from Southeast Asia. The green leaf actually alters the mind and can be used for pain or withdrawal, but then hook the user to an addiction to the kratom.
Kratom has resulted in dangerous side effects such as respiratory depression, seizures, and even suicide, but many crave its stated benefits of hitting the opiate receptor of the brain and giving opioid-like effects to the user. Local lawmakers and the U.S Food and Drug administration have experienced some confusion over whether to allow or ban kratom, with Wyoming, Vermont, Tennessee, and Indiana making it illegal. To date, it is still a product that consumers can find access to and further studies and cost benefit analyses will have to be done in the future to determine its fate.
When making decisions about the products you or your loved ones use, the caring professionals at Inserra & Kelley want you to be as informed as possible in regards to product dangers versus possible benefits. It is always wise to contact your medical provider to discuss whether any product like kratom would be beneficial or harmful to your individual health and wellness.