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Combining traditional plant medicine with modern medical technology

A pharmacologist today may regard traditional and plant medicine as primitive, and may entirely disregard thousands of years of use and thousands of modern-day testimonies of positive outcomes because it has not been through the rigors of hard science. On the other hand, the massive spread of anti-science misinformation has cast sometimes unreasonable doubt on …

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55. Dr. Kirsten Smith of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

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55. Dr. Kirsten Smith of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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Dr. Kirsten Smith is a post-doc fellow at National Institute on Drug Abuse. With a background in social work and working with communities with substance use disorder, Dr. Smith was instrumental in introducing kratom research to NIDA’s Intramural Research Program, where she works in the in the Real-world Assessment, Prediction, and Treatment Unit. Dr. Smith …

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54. Afghanistan War Veteran Jaclyn O’Shea on surviving war, her husband’s suicide, and PTSD

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54. Afghanistan War Veteran Jaclyn O'Shea on surviving war, her husband's suicide, and PTSD
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Jaclyn O’Shea has such a rich story that we couldn’t possibly tell it all in this short conversation. She is a United States Army veteran who served two tours in the War in Afghanistan. Her husband fought in Iraq in the Battle of Fallujah. He became one of several veterans in that battle who suffered …

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Journal Club #21: Heroin to Buprenorphine to Kratom in Appalachia

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Journal Club #21: Heroin to Buprenorphine to Kratom in Appalachia
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Study examined in this episode: Smith, K. E., Bunting, A. M., Walker, R., Hall, M. T., Grundmann, O., & Castillo, O. (2019). Non-Prescribed Buprenorphine Use Mediates the Relationship between Heroin Use and Kratom Use among a Sample of Polysubstance Users. Journal of psychoactive drugs, 51(4), 311–322. https://doi.org/10.1080/02791072.2019.1597224Pubmed link https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30961450/ Link to all studies covered on …

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Interview with Dr. Oliver Grundmann, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Kratom Researcher, University of Florida

An audio version of this interview can be found on the Kratom Science Podcast #40 Kratom Science: How did you become involved with studying kratom? Oliver Grundmann: It’s an interesting way, how I got involved with kratom. In 2015 one of my Masters students who works in the forensic field with a forensic toxicology lab …

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Journal Club #18: Pineal Gland and DMT Facts and Myth

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Journal Club #18: Pineal Gland and DMT Facts and Myth
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In a departure from kratom science, Dr. Cachat and Brian look at a paper by a pioneering pharmacologist and researcher in the field of psychedelics, Dr. David E. Nichols. Dr. Nichols methodically lays out his case for why endogenous DMT produced in the pineal gland, brain, or other parts of the human body is not …

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49. Comedian Shane Mauss Talks Science Podcasting and Kratom

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49. Comedian Shane Mauss Talks Science Podcasting and Kratom
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Shane Mauss is a stand up comedian who has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Joe Rogan Experience, WTF with Marc Maron, Comedy Central, The Green Room with Paul Provenza, and Getting Doug with High, just to name a few. For the past 7 years he’s interviewed scientists on a …

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47. Take it as a Tea with Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia Producer Soren Shade

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47. Take it as a Tea with Hamilton's Pharmacopeia Producer Soren Shade
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Soren Shade grew up in the woods of West Virginia. Through a program for low-income, high-achieving students, he studied philosophy at Columbia University in New York. In his senior year he worked research assistant for Hamilton Morris and ended up as a producer on Season 3 of Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, released earlier this year. Soren is …

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Journal Club #16: Bioanalysis of 11 Alkaloids in Kratom Tea vs. Commercial Extract

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Journal Club #16: Bioanalysis of 11 Alkaloids in Kratom Tea vs. Commercial Extract
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Another study from University of Florida is the “first report that has simultaneously evaluated the systemic exposure of 11 kratom alkaloids following the administration of traditional and commercial kratom products” (Kamble, 2021). Researchers looked at the pharmacokinectics (how drugs move through the body and are metabolized) of alkaloids in rat plasma following the oral administration …

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Journal Club #15, Q&A Part 2: Kratom Legality, Kratom and Pharma, Dopamine Agonists, Libido, and Random Effects

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Journal Club #15, Q&A Part 2: Kratom Legality, Kratom and Pharma, Dopamine Agonists, Libido, and Random Effects
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Note: Nothing in this podcast or on KratomScience.com is intended to be medical advice, nor should it be taken as such. We’re not medical doctors. Please don’t listen to podcasts for advice on what you should or should not put in your body. Dr. Cachat continues answering questions from February’s r/kratom Ask Me Anything. This …

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