Pharmacology and Toxicology of Kratom

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Mitragyna speciosa (Rubiaceae), commonly known as kratom, is a tropical tree with its use in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. It has gained popularity in the recent times for its use as a recreational drug. Preparations of kratom are said to be safe and legal psychoactive product that improves mood, relieves pain, and may provide benefits in opiate addiction. Research has demonstrated that it has both stimulant and sedative dose-dependent effects.

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