The latest university kratom research published review of 27 years of international scientific evidence, written by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the University of British Columbia, may help remove misconceptions about kratom and restore its potential as a natural public health tool that deserves more research.
The rochester study not only points to the potential benefits of kratom as a safer replacement for opioids, but suggests the plant’s potential to reduce secret mood and relieve anxiety. Published online this week in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, it represents the largest lab study of the scientific literature on kratom use and brain health.
“There is a lot of confusing information about kratom in the media that makes it difficult for clinicians and the public to make informed choices,” said lead author Mark Swogger, Ph.D., associate professor in URMC’s Department of Psychiatry. “This study clarifies that there is no good scientific basis for claims that kratom causes psychosis, suicide, or violence, and the available data do not indicate that kratom is a significant public health problem.”
The article author Zachary Walch, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia notes that current approaches to alleviate the opioid addiction epidemic are leaving large numbers of addicts without effective treatment.
“We need to explore all options, and our findings suggest it’s time to carefully examine the potential of this ancient plant,” said Walch.
Swogger and Walch reviewed the combined results of 22 studies conducted between January 1972 and July 2018, using data from over 20,000 individuals.
“There is a clear need for more rigorous, well-controlled, prospective studies to support a sophisticated, nuanced understanding of the plant,” said Swogger. “But data across cultures indicated that kratom has a legitimate role to play in mitigating harms associated with opioid dependence. The bulk of the available research supports kratom’s benefits as a milder, less addictive and less-dangerous substance than opioids, and one that appears far less likely to cause fatal overdose.”
White vein Kratom also known as part of the coffee family and has been used as home remedy medicinally for centuries in indonesia and Southeast Asia to alleviate symptoms of heroin withdrawal, to relieve pain, diarrhea and cough, and increase sexual stamina and focused energy. farmers chew raw leaves of the kratom plant, boil powder to serve as tea, smoke or vaporize them. In recent years, kratom’s use has expanded beyond Asia to all countries, and comes in capsules and extracts are widely accessed through corner stores retail outlets and the internet in south America and Europe.
“We need more and better research to be able to outline the risks and benefits of kratom in greater detail,” he said. “Only through well-controlled studies can we elucidate kratom’s potential for good and harm, and give the public, policy makers and health care professionals the information needed to make informed decisions.”