Wednesday, February 1

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Miracle treatment or dangerous drug? Indonesia cashes in on Kratom

The sweltering backwaters of Indonesian Borneo have become the unlikely ground zero for the global production and export of Kratom, a tree leaf hailed by some as a miracle cure for everything from opioid addiction to anxiety. Part of the coffee family, the leaf has been used for centuries in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea for its pain-relieving and mildly stimulating effects but it is now sold in powder form and exported worldwide—alarming some health regulators who have raised concerns about safety. Kratom stimulates the same brain receptors as morphine, although it produces much milder effects. "I take Kratom and have had no problems. Every strain has its benefits - some help you relax, others can treat insomnia or treat drug addiction. Some help increase stamina," grower F...
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Should You Mix Cannabis and Kratom?

Both Cannabis and Kratom are very popular in today’s landscape, but for a long while now, people were wondering if you should mix the two. To get to the bottom of this, we’re going to have to cover both of them individually and acknowledge what effects might complement each other, and which Kratom and Marijuana side effects might augment. If you’re looking for a short answer, yes, it is entirely safe to mix Cannabis and Kratom, and the effects that come afterward aren’t dangerous. There are a couple of crucial things you need to consider if you’re contemplating mixing these two. Cannabis has been around for a long time. It’s a plant rich in CBD and THC, both of which cause wildly different effects. While CBD is very beneficial for your health without causing a high, THC is mostly kno...
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Kratom: It’s legal, unregulated and has contributed to 2 Grand County deaths

From the explosion of morphine addiction in the post-Civil War era, through Prohibition and into the modern War on Drugs, American citizens have seen the impacts of addiction and the unintended consequences of efforts to eradicate it. Over the past several decades, the substances that have produced these problems have become familiar to most people. Words like meth, crack and oxy, all forms of slang, typically need no explanation. But in recent years, a relatively unfamiliar substance, called kratom, has begun making inroads into the United States. Kratom is a substance derived from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree that is native to Southeast Asia. Much of the kratom sold in the United States is grown and harvested from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, where the substa...
Kratom: The leafy green plant that could help with opiate withdrawals
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Kratom: The leafy green plant that could help with opiate withdrawals

There has recently been plenty of buzz over a plant-based drug that users take for recreational and medicinal reasons and it’s not marijuana - it’s Kratom. Kratom is a leafy green plant that grows in Southeast Asia. Users grind it into a fine powder and then mix it into liquids to drink or sometimes capsules for convenience. It has received notoriety because of its reported aid for those suffering from opiate withdrawals. According to the American Kratom Association, the herbal supplement can also be used to treat pain and depression. It is sold in parts of the United States and parts of San Diego County, but it remains illegal in the City of San Diego. One of the many individuals using Kratom is Barbara Rago. Before she was constrained to hospitalization, Barbara was a nurse who...
Natural Remedies To Cure Sore Throat
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Natural Remedies To Cure Sore Throat

A sore throat, causing pain and irritation, can be quite uncomfortable, especially when you swallow. It is essentially body's immune response to viral or bacterial infections, and is caused due to inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes in the throat. However, certain natural remedies can help you deal with sore throat. Here are top 3 of them. 1. Salt water gargles can help get rid of sore throat A time-tested treatment to get relief from sore throat is to regularly gargle with salt water. 2. Because honey is more than just sweet taste Honey is often used, with other ingredients, to get rid of a sore throat. It is particularly effective in helping fight infection, and providing relief from pain. 3. Ginger's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects to the rescu...
Stress in America and Possible Botanical Solutions
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Stress in America and Possible Botanical Solutions

It’s no secret that Americans are stressed. Recently, the American Psychology Association (APA) found Americans are stressed more than ever before.1 While the source of this stress may vary between different populations, stress in America is on the rise. Environmental stress, no matter the source, often sparks the same chain of neurological and hormonal responses in the body. As these processes continue, lasting negative effects can manifest as various chronic diseases, such as obesity and coronary heart disease (CHD) and psychological disturbances, including insomnia and increased anxiety. Consequently, many individuals have started to look to various forms of lifestyle changes to help reduce daily stress and the many lasting negative results that accompany it. Notably, APA reported 53...
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Stress in America and Possible Botanical Solutions

It’s no secret that Americans are stressed. Recently, the American Psychology Association (APA) found Americans are stressed more than ever before.1 While the source of this stress may vary between different populations, stress in America is on the rise. Environmental stress, no matter the source, often sparks the same chain of neurological and hormonal responses in the body. As these processes continue, lasting negative effects can manifest as various chronic diseases, such as obesity and coronary heart disease (CHD) and psychological disturbances, including insomnia and increased anxiety. Consequently, many individuals have started to look to various forms of lifestyle changes to help reduce daily stress and the many lasting negative results that accompany it. Notably, APA reported 53...
Ohio Banning Sales of Kratom and CBD
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Ohio Banning Sales of Kratom and CBD

At a time when many pain sufferers are turning to natural supplements to relieve their pain, the state of Ohio is moving to ban two of the most popular ones. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy voted Monday to classify kratom as a Schedule I controlled substance alongside heroin, LSD and other dangerous drugs. The move came two months after the board issued an advisory warning that sales of CBD-infused products are illegal under Ohio’s new medical marijuana program. The pharmacy board considers kratom – which come from the leaves of a tree that grows in southeast Asia – a “psychoactive plant” that can cause hallucinations, psychosis, seizures and death. State health officials have identified six recent deaths in Ohio in which kratom "was indicated as the primary cause of death." You can fin...
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New Pacific kava standards underway for global market

Avoiding a ban such as that imposed in Germany in the early 2000s and instilling confidence in an increasing global market are two of the key reasons for the quality standards being developed for Pacific kava. The governments of Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu have partnered with the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access programme, or PHAMA, to develop the these standards. The new initiative will also include the development of manuals that explain production methods, cost-effective testing methods and a push to establish more kava nurseries. Deputy Team Leader of the PHAMA programme Semy Siakimotu spoke to Tim Glasgow about the new standards. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript at RNZ.