Addictive Substance Called Kratom Becoming Popular in South Florida

A legal, natural and addictive substance called kratom is becoming increasingly popular in South Florida, according to a news report. Kratom comes from the leaf of a tree grown in Southeast Asia, WPTV reports.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), kratom is widely available on the Internet. The DEA notes that kratom is mainly being abused orally as a tea, but some people chew kratom leaves. An investigation by WPTV found that kratom is available in tobacco shops and in Kava Bars in South Florida, where it is mixed into a tea-like drink. Several doctors told the news program they are seeing more patients who are abusing kratom.

The DEA says that kratom has been described as producing both stimulant and sedative effects. Acute side effects include nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, increased urination and loss of appetite. Kratom consumption can lead to addiction, according to the DEA.


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    Stella Evans

    December 2, 2017 at 2:04 AM

    Kratom is not a drug it is a medicinal herb that contains alkaloids which are able to help regulate the amount of insulin and glucose in the blood, effectively preventing the dangerous peaks and troughs that diabetics face. It is natural stimulant utilized for improving physical performance. Kratom is used as a sedative, pain reliever, diarrhea reliever, mood booster and to wean people off of drugs and other opiates.

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    Anne Bryant

    March 15, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    It is NOT addictive! I’m so tired of the DEA trying to control natural remedies! Good grief.

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    alex lewis

    November 20, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Does anyone have any clue what’s goin on with the kratom ban

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    August 8, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Honest to God kratom helped me quit smoking cigarettes which I had been hooked on for 10 years. I can honestly give a rats behind if they ban it because I already used it for its benefits, but I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t feel sorry for those who haven’t yet. The DEA simply wants more power to regulate and more funding to pay themselves. They haven’t been the most honest of people either, just research the scandals they have been involved with lol.

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    June 25, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    I am living proof that kratom is not addictive,it does however have a pain relieving effect and a mood lifting effect.Ive taken it for neck and back pain.Ive run out and nothing happens,no withdraw symptoms.Its not euphoric or high like weed.Makes me wonder what else is out there in the plant world that would be helpfull to us humans.Silly dea need to focus on harmfull substances.

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