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What is speciofoline? The understudied kratom alkaloid

The most studied alkaloids of the 40 identified in kratom are mitragynine (MG) and 7-hydroxymitragynine (7-OH). Recently, a team of researchers studied speciofoline (C22H28N2O5), a kratom alkaloid present in less than 1% of alkaloids. They found that speciofoline does not bind to mu-opioid receptors (MOR) like MG and 7-OH. They also found unexpectedly that levels …

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Election Day 2020: Cannabis referendum results from 5 states

12:32 am Update Arizona: 60% in favor of recreational cannabis Mississippi: 74% are in favor of medical cannabis Montana: 59% in favor of recreational cannabis New Jersey: 67% support recreational cannabis South Dakota: 52.8% want recreational cannabis Voters in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota will decide on various legal rights for adults …

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Is Kratom a Drug?

Is kratom a drug, a medicinal herb, a dietary supplement, a “safe food”, a tea? These terms have a whole lot to do with social perception, a little to do with legal issues, and nothing to do with science. Kratom is a shrub that grows natively in Southeast Asia. Botanically, kratom comes from the Rubiaceae …

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Rare side effects could be from adulterated kratom, says scientist

Darshan Singh from the University of Science in Malaysia has been studying kratom for several years. A social scientist, Dr. Singh has found kratom to increase social functioning, lower withdrawal symptoms, and lower risk behaviors among opaite addicts in Malaysia. While Dr. Singh says kratom can cause an addiction similar to that of coffee, many …

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Interview with Marc Swogger, University of Rochester social scientist

An audio version of this interview can be found here. Dr. Marc Swogger is an associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Swogger is a social scientist and psychologist who studies substance use. He has co-authored multiple studies on the individual and public health effects of the use of …

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No evidence kratom cures coronavirus

Wash your hands, stay in your house, avoid other people as much as possible. Covid-19 rates are climbing exponentially. Following these simple steps will save lives in your community. There‚Äôs no evidence kratom is a cure for the COVID-19 strain of Coronavirus. It is completely irresponsible to suggest otherwise. Anyone experiencing symptoms should call their …

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Mississippi towns, counties can still ban kratom in 2020

On March 3rd, two Mississippi statewide kratom ban bills, as well as a Kratom Consumer Protection Act, were all left to die in committee. This ensures a statewide ban on kratom cannot happen until the 2021 legislative session. The same night, the city council of Edwardsville, Illinois voted to ban kratom, even though a Kratom …

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