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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Mitragyna speciosa, commonly known as kratom. Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that can have psychotropic (mind-altering) effects. The FDA is concerned that kratom, which affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine, appears to have properties that expose users to the risks of addiction, abuse, and dependence.

Reported health effects of Kratom use include:

  • nausea
  • dry mouth
  • loss of appetite
  • itching
  • constipation
  • seizures
  • sweating
  • increased urination
  • hallucinations


Symptoms of psychosis have been reported in some users. Click on Related Links below to learn more about Kratom.

(Sources: National Institute on Drug Abuse, US Food and Drug Administration).

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