Mitragyna speciosa, otherwise known as Kratom, among other names, is a tropical plant native to Southeast Asia, and is related to the coffee plant. It has a long history for medicinal use, and has recently gained popularity globally for its properties that are similar to opiates, in that it has pain relieving properties as well as euphoric and hallucinogenic potential.
Kratom is a drug of concern for the DEA, but it is not a controlled substance at this time.
Contributed by Michael Palladini, RPh, MBA.
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