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Kratom Gets Good Review by Drug Science UK

Kratom often is lied about in the lamestream media, but it gets an incredibly good, unbiased review by the Drug Science organization in the United Kingdom.

It’s so refreshing to see positive, though cautionary, statements about kratom online. Let’s examine a few of the most interesting remarks they make.


“Kratom is a comparatively low-risk substance when taken in small doses. Those who have decided to use kratom are advised to begin with small amounts, as individual tolerance levels will vary. Taking too much kratom can be unpleasant; nausea vomiting and dizziness are common side effects in such instances.”

This sober, fact-based approach to kratom is quite unusual. We should applaud Drug Science UK for such an impartial treatment of kratom. Note that the vomiting of “too much kratom” is one of its built-in mechanisms to prevent overdosing.


“Kratom (Mitrogyna Speciosa) is a tree indigenous to South East Asia, with leaves containing the psychoactive alkaloids mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitrogynine. It has a long tradition of use by farmers and other manual workers in its native region, who claim it increases productivity. In recent years, the leaves of this plant (usually prepared as a tea) have been gaining popularity internationally, especially in the US.“

Again, a sober explanation of kratom, with no undue scare tactics or hysterical warnings.


“Kratom contains over 40 different alkaloids, plus a number of other compounds. The two which attract the most attention are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine; alkaloids that act as partial agonists on the opioid receptors, meaning they produce somewhat similar but milder, effects to opioid-based medications.

This is partly due to the low concentrations of psychoactive compounds within the plant matter (usually 1 – 1.5%) meaning relatively large amounts of kratom needs to be consumed before a noticeable psychoactive effect occurs.

Bodily effects may be noticeable at slightly lower doses; some users report the principal (or only) effect as being an absence of fatigue or pain. Interestingly, mitragynine also has a broad affinity with many other receptors in the body, potentially explaining its complex effect on energy and mood.”

This is a succient, eminently scientific appraisal of kratom’s benign effects on humans. It has similar effects on all mammals.


“Kratom is less likely to cause harm to health than many other illicit drugs and prescription medications, particularly those from the opioid family, of which it mimics some effects.

There have been a small number (this varies according to the source consulted) of fatalities internationally where kratom was implicated.

This was usually because kratom was detected on post-mortem toxicology. However, in almost all cases, a number of different drugs were detected, which may contributed to, or been responsible for, the death.

According to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC)‘Postmortem toxicology testing detected multiple substances for almost all decedents…Fentanyl and fentanyl analogs were the most frequently identified co-occurring substances.’ It also needs to be considered that as the vast majority of regular kratom users report experiencing chronic pain, or are in recovery from addiction to another substance, they are already at increased risk of death in any given year.

Interestingly, no deaths attributed to kratom have been reported in Asia. “

This is a very good explanation of the potential drawbacks of kratom and is not trying to frighten people away from kratom.


Rejoice that there is some reputable, rational reporting on kratom going on. Be sure to read the entire webpage which is set up like an FAQ, you click on a question for a dropdown panel of text that answers it.

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