Dr. Chris McCurdy is a medicinal chemist who has done groundbreaking research on kratom since 2004, starting at the University of Mississippi. In 2017 Dr. McCurdy moved to the University of Florida College of Pharmacy where he continues his research today with an expert team of pharmacologists, unlocking the function of kratom’s many alkaloids and how they interact with our metabolism and brains. Dr. Brian Pearson is a horticulturalist, also at University of Florida, who studies kratom and other medicinal plants, as well as food, landscape, and ornamental plants. Dr. McCurdy talks about his venture into kratom science. Dr. Pearson talks about the mother plant at UF, what alkaloids do for the plant, alkaloid consistency and whether it’s regional or varying from individual tree to tree, possible standardization for a domestic kratom market, future alkaloid standards for kratom products, 7-hydroxymitragynine alone vs. the symphony orchestra of kratom alkaloids, why oxidized alkaloids may be generally harmful, and why the dietary supplements industry in general carries great risks for adulterants, and why drug development does not mean restricting the availability of the kratom product. We talk about the pathway forward to a future of kratom as a plant that can help people and make the world a better place.
Music: Risey “Memories of Thailand”
The Kratom Science Podcast is written and produced by Brian Gallagher for KratomScience.com
None of the content on this or any episode of the Kratom Science Podcast is intended as medical claims or medical advice.