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Possible causes of kratom-related liver toxicities and deaths

Herb-induced liver injury (HILI) is “a rare adverse reaction associated with the consumption of herbal products”. A review published in 2020 found 12,068 cases of herb-induced liver injury worldwide, as well as 46,266 cases of liver injury induced by the use of drugs (Teschke et al., 2021). Herbal and dietary supplements contribute to 20% of …

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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 #29: Kratom Toxicity and Medicolegal Issues, and the Cannabis Museum

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #29: Kratom Toxicity and Medicolegal Issues, and the Cannabis Museum
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For #29 of Kratom Science Journal Club, JC and Brian look at a 2019 report on toxicological events having to do with mitragynine. Does mitragynine increase the effects of other drugs? How toxic is kratom on its own? Other alkaloids have commonly been counted as mitragynine, so what are the ramifications? All this and other …

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Journal Club #22: Accelerated Solvent Extracts of Kratom

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #22: Accelerated Solvent Extracts of Kratom
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Neuroscientist Dr. Jon Cachat and host Brian Gallagher look at a study from University of Science in Malaysia that studies kratom extracts using various solvents: water, methanol, ethanol, and ethyl acetate. The technique they use, accelerated solvent extracting, uses less time and a lower amount of solvent for a safer and more environmentally friendly extraction …

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Hamilton Morris, Soren Shade, and Dr. Oliver Grundmann Talk Kratom and a New Survey

Kratom Science Podcast
Kratom Science Podcast
Hamilton Morris, Soren Shade, and Dr. Oliver Grundmann Talk Kratom and a New Survey
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Take the new anonymous kratom survey! tinyurl.com/kratomteasurvey Hamilton Morris, creator of Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, and producer Soren Shade talk to University of Florida scientist and past Kratom Science Podcast guest Dr. Oliver Grundmann about his new anonymous research survey on kratom tea. All kratom consumers are invited to participate. Plus, how an overly positive kratom narrative …

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Teenager Attempts Suicide by Swallowing 45 Kratom Capsules

In a 2020 case report, a teenage girl intentionally overdosed on 45 kratom capsules (500mg each = 22.5 grams or 4/5 ounce). After suffering from severe depression, the 15 year old obtained the capsules from her father, and swallowed them in an attempted suicide. On exam, patient complained of dry mouth, dizziness, restlessness, palpitations, nausea, …

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Journal Club #14, Q&A Part 1: Kratom and Liver Enzymes, Alcohol, Pain Management, and Serotonin

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club #14, Q&A Part 1: Kratom and Liver Enzymes, Alcohol, Pain Management, and Serotonin
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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. For episode #14, Dr. Jonathan Cachat answers half of the remaining question …

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Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat #2: “The Potential for Kratom as an Antidepressant and Antipsychotic”

Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat #2: "The Potential for Kratom as an Antidepressant and Antipsychotic"
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This is the Kratom Science Journal Club with Dr. Jonathan Cachat, neuroscientist and expert in psychopharmacology. In each episode we discuss an article in a peer reviewed journal. For episode 2 we discuss the article, “The Potential for Kratom as an Antidepressant and Antipsychotic” published in Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, edition 93, June …

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