New drugs are continuously entering the spotlight throughout the years. From the unusual Russian drug krokodil to the dangerous flakka outbreak in Florida, frightening substances are emerging all across the world. What is particularly frightening is that some potentially addictive drugs are 100% legal. One example is the Southeast Asian kratom, a psychotropic substance that produces effects similar to stimulants and opioids. Even more disturbing, varieties of this illegal drug contain a deadly illness called salmonella. Here’s a closer look at kratom and the danger it poses in our society.
What is Kratom?
Native to provinces in Southeast Asia, kratom is a psychotropic drug derived from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree. Also known as known as Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, Ithang, and Thom, this substance is converted into a green powder and is consumed as pills, extracts, or capsules. Other people may dry and brew the kratom leaves as a tea or chew the plant to achieve the desired effects.
Basically, kratom affects the brain in the same manner as stimulants and opioids. The drug’s primary components are:
- 7-α-hydroxymitragynine stimulates the brain to produce feelings of empowerment, relaxation, numbness and heightened pleasure (like opioids)
- Mitragynine reacts in the same way as 7-a but also induces a boost of energy (like stimulants)
People who frequently use kratom experience an improvement in social relationships and happiness, but long-term use can also produce severe side effects including:
- Frequent urination and constipation
- Psychotic effects
- Frequent sweating and itchiness
Given its chemical similarities to opium, kratom can potentially induce chemical dependence and, ultimately addiction. As a result of long-term consumption, users have reported experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms after abruptly stopping the use of the drug. Side effects of detox can include mood swings, heightened aggression, and random jerks/twitches.
Dangerous Connection to Salmonella
A recent report revealed a dangerous truth about kratom. Health experts from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) confirmed that several outbreaks of salmonella were connected to the consumption of contaminated shipments of kratom. As a first response, officials instructed civilians to stay away from products that may contain traces of the drug.
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