83. Quality Compliance Expert Jennifer Bruce on Kratom Vendors and GMP

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83. Quality Compliance Expert Jennifer Bruce on Kratom Vendors and GMP
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Jennifer Bruce has “20+ years of industry experience in establishing and implementing quality systems for drugs, OTCs, biologics, dietary supplements and cosmetics from early phase development through commercialization” (from her LinkedIn). She became disillusioned with the pharmaceutical industry, and in 2019 discovered the need for quality assurance in the kratom industry. We talk about why …

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255 Pages of First-Hand Kratom Consumer Experiences

Thousands of comments posted to various pages of KratomScience.com from 2014 – 2021 reflected first-hand experiences with the consumption of kratom. Commenters independently found KratomScience.com and shared their experiences without solicitation. Though users can comment anonymously under different usernames and IP addresses, efforts were made to group together multiple comments made under the same email …

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82. Jakub Zientala of the European Kratom Alliance

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82. Jakub Zientala of the European Kratom Alliance
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Jakub Zientala, originally from Poland and residing in the Netherlands, calls himself a European at heart and soul. He holds degrees in European and Internaitonal Law and public policy, and he curently serves as EU and Government relations manager for the newly formed European Kratom Alliance. Kratom is already banned in many major European countries …

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Pennsylvania House Democrats Compare Kratom to Heroin in Pseudoscientific Tweet

On May 2nd, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee @PADemPolicy posted on Twitter that it was “in Allentown with @RepSchlossberg for a roundtable on the Evolving Epidemic: Opioids and Treatment Options.” Then in a reply to this tweet, wrote “Kratom is widely available but suppresses breathing much the same way as heroin.” As anyone who …

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Journal Club #31: A Kratom Guide for Healthcare Providers

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #31: A Kratom Guide for Healthcare Providers
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Perhaps the most important paper Dr. Jon and Brian have covered so far, “Understanding Kratom: A Guide for Healthcare Providers” is a comprehensive introduction to kratom for those who provide direct care to kratom consumers, such as physicians or mental health specialists. In this paper spearheaded by past Kratom Science Podcast guest, Dr. Marc Swogger, …

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81. Dr. Kirsten Smith of NIDA Returns

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81. Dr. Kirsten Smith of NIDA Returns
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Dr. Kirsten Smith of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) joins us once again to talk about an upcoming comprehensive study that will include a detailed nationwide survey, testing of kratom samples, and testing select individual kratom consumers. We also cover several papers that Dr. Smith led or co-authored that have been published since her …

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80. Everything Kratom Podcast Host Jamie

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80. Everything Kratom Podcast Host Jamie
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Jamie is the host of Everything Kratom Podcast that started in the fall of 2021. The podcast features shorter episodes about different strains of kratom and Jamie’s thoughts on kratom related issues, but also longer episodes with conversations with guests. We talk about why he started the podcast, why there should be more podcasts with …

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79. Writer Morgan Godvin on Kratom and Life After Incarceration

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79. Writer Morgan Godvin on Kratom and Life After Incarceration
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Morgan Godvin was a heroin user for five years before being convicted and sentenced to five years in prison on federal “delivery resulting in death” charges after a close friend died of an overdose. Morgan began writing in prison and published her first piece while still behind bars. Upon being released to a halfway house …

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Threats to Kratom Legality in Nevada, Tennessee Prove We Need Broader National Drug Policy Reform

On March 15, 2022, the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy released a Notice of Intent to Act Upon a Regulation (pdf) that would place kratom, specifically mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine on the state’s list of Schedule I controlled substances. According to an April 6th message from the American Kratom Association to its email list, a hearing …

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Journal Club #30: Can Light Therapy Relieve Opioid Craving?

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #30: Can Light Therapy Relieve Opioid Craving?
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This week we look at very interesting study led by Fredric Schiffer based on this theory of Dual Brain Psychology (DBP). DBP “posits that one brain hemisphere tends to be relatively mature and healthy, while the other hemisphere may be more affected by past traumas and supports a personality that is more prone to immature …

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