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Journal Club #33: Kratom Scientists Pen Letter Questioning Case Report Review

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #33: Kratom Scientists Pen Letter Questioning Case Report Review
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Dr. Cachat and Brian look at a letter (Smith et al, 2022) authored by former Kratom Science Podcast guests Dr. Kirsten Smith, Dr. Oliver Grundmann, Dr. Chris McCurdy, Dr. Darshan Singh, and other experts in the kratom field. The letter questions a systematic review (Broyan et al, 2022) of kratom case reports that offers buprenorphine …

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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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Kratom Science Podcast
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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73. Working with ENCOD and 14 years of Successful Kratom Use with Baylen Greever

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Kratom Science Podcast
73. Working with ENCOD and 14 years of Successful Kratom Use with Baylen Greever
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Baylen Greever grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. His family moved to Belgium during his high school years. He later got involved with the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policy (ENCOD) and introduced kratom to its founder, the late Joep Ooman. Baylen worked in particular with Friends of the Coca Leaf, to provide education …

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65. Claudia Merandi, Pain Patient Advocate and Author

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Kratom Science Podcast
65. Claudia Merandi, Pain Patient Advocate and Author
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Hulu’s final episode of Dopesick aired yesterday. “I cancelled my Hulu account,” says my guest, Claudia Merandi. “I called it Dopesickening. Hollywood had to profit off the pain community… I refuse to watch.” Claudia Merandi has suffered from Chrohn’s disease since she was a child, as documented in her book Crohn’s: The Other ‘C’ Word: …

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Caffeine is an Addictive, Deadly Drug

Coffee is a tropical evergreen plant originating in Ethiopia but now grown worldwide. Two species, Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora, are predominantly sold as a recreational stimulant. Referred to “joe”, “java”, “brew”, “mud”, “liquid cocaine”, “espresso” and “go juice”, coffee is a drug of abuse, primarily used for its psychoactive and stimulant effects, similar to …

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Journal Club #25: Dopamine Response to Mitragynine in Rats

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #25: Dopamine Response to Mitragynine in Rats
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Dr. Jon Cachat and host Brian Gallagher look at a study that examined dopamine levels with an electrochemical sensor in rats administered with various levels of mitragynine. Dopamine release was detected as significant levels after a high dose of mitragynine after 4 days. Questions explored in this episode include: Does this accurately measure the kratom …

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Journal Club #8: Kratom Tea for Opioid Dependence in Mice

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #8: Kratom Tea for Opioid Dependence in Mice
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This week we look at a study by a team from University of Florida called “Lyophilized Kratom Tea as a Therapeutic Option for Opioid Dependence”. The science is catching up with what thousands of kratom consumers are saying — that kratom can be a safe and effective harm reduction tool for opioid withdrawal and dependence. …

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Journal Club #7: Kratom Use and Mental Health w/ Dr. Marc Swogger and Dr. Jonathan Cachat

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #7: Kratom Use and Mental Health w/ Dr. Marc Swogger and Dr. Jonathan Cachat
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Host Brian Gallagher and Dr. Jonathan Cachat welcome Dr. Marc Swogger, social scientist and clinical psychologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center to discuss his 2018 article published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence “Kratom Use and Mental Health: A Systematic Review”. Along with co-author Zach Walsh, Dr. Swogger looked at all the literature published …

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