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Posted January 12, 2016
Over $400,000 Worth of Kratom Supplements Seized by U.S. Marshals
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), also called mitragynine extract, biak-biak, cratom, gratom, ithang, kakuam, katawn, kedemba, ketum, krathom, krton, mambog, madat, Maeng da leaf, nauclea, Nauclea speciosa, or thang is a tree native to Southeast Asia. Supplements containing kratom typically contain powdered leaves or extract sold in powder, capsules or liquid, and are promoted for pain relief or energy.
Kratom has pharmacological effects similar to morphine and other opiates. Consumption has been associated with respiratory depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, sleeplessness, hallucinations, delusions, tremors, loss of libido, constipation, skin hyperpigmentation, nausea, vomiting, and severe withdrawal symptoms.
"We have identified kratom as a botanical substance that poses a risk to public health and has the potential for abuse," stated Melinda Plaisier, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.
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