Kratom Fact Vs Myth 2020
Kratom has been a controversial topic lately. It has blown up in the news media as more and more U.S.State officials are being asked what their stances are with the herb.
It is very important to be fully aware of the true facts about kratom. It seems like the majority of any articles and posts about it are negative media propaganda, often made to scare the public into believing that prohibition is the only choice. It is incredibly difficult for people to find genuine articles that are not negatively formed opinions.
We want to help as much as we can to help spread the true facts. We want to put content out that researchers and users can find to help guide them to proper resources and information regarding kratom.
Below, we have listed common misconceptions about kratom next to the true fact to correct it.
Myth: There have been 44 kratom deaths between 2009 and 2016
FACT: There actually is not a single documented death that can be linked to kratom alone! The FDA claimed deaths that are said to be caused by kratom , but they are not. In each of the cases, the deaths are actually caused by either: multiple drugs found within the body along with kratom, underlying major medical conditions, or adulterated (untested) kratom products that were laced with toxic levels of dangerous substances such as other opiates like fentanyl. THe National Institutes on drug abuse (NIDA) have newly-updated conclusions that actually AGREE that kratom use does not cause overdose deaths.
Myth: Kratoms primary alkaloids (Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine) are DANGEROUS opioids and have the same effects as opiates like heroin.
FACT: Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, like many other substances like Chamomile, St. John’s Wort, etc. do bind to the mu-opioid receptors in the brain. Kratom’s alkaloids are actually only Partial agonists, with lower dependence and abuse potential. Most importantly, Scientific evidence demonstrates that kratom DOES NOT cause respiratory depression like classic, more dangerous opioids, which is a very common cause of fatal overdoses. Source: https://www.americankratom.org/images/file/Myths_Facts-on-Kratom-Legislative-Day-Handout-Final-2.pdf
Myth: Kratom is highly addictive and a highly abused drug
FACT: Just like coffee, tea, and other caffeinated drinks, consumers can develop a dependency on kratom. A dependency is vastly different from an addiction. TWO scientific studies completely debunk the FDA’s theory. THe Hemby Study in 2018 (http://www.highpoint.edu/blog/2018/06/professors-research-shows-therapeutic-potential-for-kratom/) concluded that “Mitraginyne does not have abuse potential” and the YUE study in 2018 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30039246) reported “limited abuse liability and potential for mitragynine treatment to specifically reduce opioid abuse”
Myth: The kratom industry has no production standards or any consumer safety protocol. FACT: Many kratom consumer advocacy groups and many kratom manufacturer trade associations are committed to providing customers and consumers with safe, high- quality products. The kratom community actually supports adherence to the FDA product protocols that meet or EXCEED “Good Manufacturing Practice” guidelines set by the FDA outline responsible use. Source: https://www.americankratom.org/images/file/Myths_Facts-on-Kratom-Legislative-Day-Handout-Final-2.pdf
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