FDA Disapproval

Some people credit the foul-tasting supplement kratom with weaning them off opioids and relieving chronic pain and mood disorders.

Kratom is derived from a leaf native to Southeast Asia, used since the 19th century as a mood booster and pain reliever—and its popularity is booming in the modern supplement market.

But it couldn't be farther from FDA approval—the agency has issued grave warnings about kratom, saying it can come with its own dependence problems because it triggers the same opioid brain receptors as morphine.

There have also been reports of seizures, respiratory problems, salmonella outbreaks and overdoses involving the supplement.

NBC News


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