Kratom: a harmless stimulant, or dangerous opioid?

The herbal supplement that's taking the US by storm

Stars Insider

22/03/21 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Supplements

Kratom is being used by as many as five million people in the US, but there isn’t much information on what it is, its effects, and whether or not it is harmful. The truth is that no empirical data exists on the plant to date. It is illegal in many countries throughout the world, and indeed in some US states. 

But is this seemingly harmless plant that people use as a stimulant, much like coffee, actually dangerous? And what are the scientific community and governmental bodies’ stances towards it? Click through the gallery to discover why there is so much controversy around it.

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