Kratom: What science is discovering about the risks and benefits of a controversial herb

Kratom is native to Southeast Asia, where people make a tea from its leaves. Christopher R. McCurdy , CC BY-SA Kratom, a traditional Southeast Asian herbal medicine from the leaves of the tropical tree Mitragyna speciosa, has gained favor in the U.S. as a legal high over the past decade. Almost two metric tons of kratom are imported from Southeast Asia monthly. A typical dose of kratom consists of three to five grams, suggesting over 15 million users in the U.S. In Southeast Asia, people have safely consumed kratom by chewing the leaves or brewing them into tea for centuries. But in the U.S., …

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