In the 1970's, a large pharmaceutical company researched the medicinal potential of kratom. They compared the effects of pure mitragynine to crude leaf extract and found that the drug by itself was not an effective painkiller, and concluded there was no medical use for kratom.
From modern user reports and reports about traditional usage, kratom does have a wide variety of potential benefits. A growing number of academic papers and research is beginning to confirm these benefits and effects of kratom, including: use as an anti-depressant, an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It’s an anti-oxidant, can be used to combat diarrhoea, as a cure for alcoholism and as a drug substitute in general. It also has painkilling effects that rival morphine, is a muscle relaxant and has shown potential as a treatment for diabetes.
Kratom was first documented as an opiate substitute in Asia in the early 19th century, and it is its potential as a cheap, naturally occurring aid to coming off heroin or addictive prescription opiate-based painkillers such as Oxycontin that is creating most excitement in medical circles.
Coming off or substituting for 100s of dangerous, addictive and very profitable drugs? Now what could possibly be wrong with that?
Well, the legal future of kratom remains on a knife-edge since the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) placed it on its Drugs and Chemicals of Concern list – one step from being scheduled. If this happens, research into kratom’s exciting potential will grind to a halt.