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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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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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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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80. Everything Kratom Podcast Host Jamie

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Kratom Science Podcast
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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Kratom Science Podcast
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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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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77. Susan Ash, Founder of the American Kratom Association, Part 2

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Kratom Science Podcast
77. Susan Ash, Founder of the American Kratom Association, Part 2
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UPDATE: INTRO ADDED.we wanted to clarify that we support the AKA’s lobbying efforts. In Part 2 (see Episode 76 for Part 1), discuss Susan Ash’s exit from the AKA, the motivations behind it, and her response to the allegations against her. We’ll also get into the importance of a media campaign in expanding kratom knowledge, …

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76. Susan Ash, Founder of the American Kratom Association, Part 1

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Kratom Science Podcast
76. Susan Ash, Founder of the American Kratom Association, Part 1
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Susan Ash discovered kratom in 2010 after suffering from the effects of Lyme Disease, which she believes she contracted spending years in the forest as part of her education in environmental and forest preservation work. A few years later, it was apparent kratom consumers needed an advocacy organization as some states had banned the plant …

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72. Plant Medicine and Spondylosis w/ Brandon Belgard

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Kratom Science Podcast
72. Plant Medicine and Spondylosis w/ Brandon Belgard
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Brandon Belgard is a plumber from California who began to have back problems after sports injuries and car accidents as a young man. Later he was diagnosed with a degenerative spinal disease called spondylosis. After using prescription opioids for a period of time he discovered kratom which he’s been using for the past five years. …

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71. Marcelle Morfin on Chronic Pain and Kratom Advocacy

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Kratom Science Podcast
71. Marcelle Morfin on Chronic Pain and Kratom Advocacy
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Marcelle Morfin got a back injury while serving in the Army in 2006, and that was the beginning of her chronic pain journey. She was later diagnosed with degenerative disk disease, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, IBS, and cervical stenosis with myelopathy. She had been prescribed opioid pain medication, but had an aversion to taking pills. In 2017, …

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