In a world grappling with the opioid crisis, kratom, a herbal extract from the leaves of an Indonesian tree in the coffee family, is gaining attention as a potential alternative for pain management. A recent article by Medical Xpress delves into the complexities and potential benefits of kratom, particularly for those with chronic pain.
David Kroll, Ph.D., a professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, notes that kratom has been used by patients who have been cut off from prescription opioids. The herbal extract has shown promise in treating chronic back pain and depression, especially among vulnerable populations like veterans.
As the debate around kratom’s efficacy and safety continues, it serves as a reminder of the urgent need for more comprehensive studies. For now, kratom remains a subject of interest, offering a glimmer of hope for those in search of alternative pain relief options.