WebMD is full of disinformation about kratom. While WebMD has many good articles, the one on kratom sucks. There’s no excuse for this shoddy reporting.
Using kratom can also be unsafe. Kratom use has been linked to serious side effects including hallucinations, seizures, liver damage, withdrawal, and death. Due to these and other serious safety concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to warn people to avoid using products containing kratom or its ingredients.
Serious side effects belong to pharmaceutical drugs, not kratom.
FDA persecutes kratom due, not to science, but to incessant bullying by Big Pharma.
Withdrawal from kratom is non-existent, or extremely mild – nothing at all like withdrawals from opioids, alcohol, gabapentin, cocaine, Xanax, Adderall, etc.
There are zero cases of anyone dying from kratom. The only time kratom has been associated with death is when the person was also taking hard drugs, alcohol, and/or other truly dangerous substances.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse debunked this stupid allegation about kratom being dangerous and lethal. Hallucinations, seizures, liver damage, withdrawal, and death are extremely RARE among kratom users. Here’s exactly what the NIDA stated:
The FDA reports note that many of the kratom-associated deaths appeared to have resulted from adulterated products or taking kratom with other potent substances, including illicit drugs, opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, gabapentin, and over-the-counter medications, such as cough syrup.
Also, there have been some reports of kratom packaged as dietary supplements or dietary ingredients that were laced with other compounds that caused deaths.
But why stop here? WebMD continues with its vicious, biased ranting. Let’s read on.
Alcoholism: People with alcohol dependence who use kratom appear to have an increased risk of suicide compared to those who use kratom but are not dependent on alcohol.
Mental disorders: In theory, kratom might worsen existing mental disorders. Also, people with mental disorders who use kratom appear to have an increased risk of suicide compared to those who use kratom but do not have a mental disorder.
Where on earth did WebMD obtain all this nonsense?
“Appear to have”, stated twice above, says a lot. But look more closely.
WebMD states that “people with alcohol dependence who use kratom appear to have an increased risk of suicide compared to those who use kratom but are not dependent on alcohol.”
I’m sure the same could be said about people with alcohol dependence who use…Adderall, Ritalin, Xanax, cocaine, Oxycontin, and other mind-altering drugs. But WebMD is trying hard, grasping at straws, to make kratom seem bad.
WebMD states that “people with mental disorders who use kratom appear to have an increased risk of suicide compared to those who use kratom but do not have a mental disorder”.
In other words, the mental disorder is dangerous, and kratom use is just a coincidental aspect of their lives. People will mental disorders, in general, are more prone to suicide than people without any mental disorder, kratom has nothing to do with it. Notice that WebMD does not link to substantiating information for this silly claim.
It’s really disappointing to see WebMD play games with language and facts.
You may find good information about other things on WebMD, but when it comes to kratom, there is a concerted, organized, aggressive campaign to denounce kratom and make people afraid of it.
This is not science. It’s anti-science fearmongering.
Be thankful you’re not being duped by such false information!