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Kratom: Fear-worthy foliage or beneficial botanical?

Kratom: Fear-worthy foliage or beneficial botanical? By: Peter Grinspoon, MD, Contributing Editor Depending on what you read, kratom is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical utility and severe side effects, including overdose and death, or it is an accessible pathway out of undertreated chronic pain and opiate withdrawal. How can the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), medical professionals, and millions of regular kratom users have such divergent views of the same plant? …

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