Latest News Articles
The coronavirus is plaguing mankind at the moment, and governments are trying to hold the casualties at bay. On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. That makes it the first virus to be labeled as such since 2009—when H1N1 (the swine flu) wreaked havoc on our planet. Back in 2010, the WHO’s statistics had the confirmed cases of deaths from the swine flue at 18,449, but later reports claim the toll was tenfold.
Right now, the confirmed cases of death from the coronavirus on a global scale are pushing 30,000. So it’s probably going to get a lot worse before it’s all over. And at the moment, there are no scientifically-known treatments that have been developed yet. But some countries state they’re close to a breakthrough vaccination.
Scientists have worked at incredible speeds, despite the governmental blunders that took place. One reason for the momentum moving toward a vaccination was the Chinese government’s ability to sequence the genetic material (genome) of SARS-CoV-2—the virus responsible for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
A huge controversy that has arisen with Kratom, is whether or not it’s addicting. Something to keep in mind is that virtually anything can be addicting. It all depends on you as a person and how you choose to treat any substances or product. People who watch movies can be considered addicts if they watch them on a consistent basis or schedule. So what the true problem is how we avoid addiction.
There are certain substances that interfere with your brain chemistry and can cause addiction easier than any others, but Kratom is not one of them. Kratom is an all-natural herb and does not contain any enhanced substances. It works with the opiate receptors in your brain, much like a prescription medicine. And just like a prescription drug, if a person takes Kratom on a daily basis, their body will become dependent on that daily dose and will crave it when it is gone.
Missouri House Approves Kratom Consumer Protection Act (HB 2061)
House members have approved legislation to regulate the sale of an herbal supplement known as kratom. The bill would establish the Kratom Consumer Protection Act to create a simple regulatory framework for the consumption and sale of the supplement.
Kratom is an herbal extract that comes from the leaves of an evergreen tree grown in Southeast Asia. Those who use the substance say it offers relief from pain, depression, and anxiety. Some also use it as a tool to combat addiction to opioid medications. Consumption of a large amount of kratom can be harmful, especially if it is mixed with another product, so it is important to ensure consumption of the product is at a safe level.
During my rotation in the Psychiatry ward, I came across a patient who was on prescription medication for depression for the past five years. I asked him if he was compliant, to which he answered he was. Next, I asked him the reason why he wasn’t getting off medications. He told me he wasn’t observing any improvement. I checked his previous medicine files and surprisingly I saw that he was being given stronger anti-depressants every 6 to 9 months, which have way more side effects than the common anti-depressants like SSRIs and SNRIs.
The side effects had adversely affected his lifestyle and he wanted to hold on to something, to anything that helped him survive the day. This is when he talked to me about observing some improvement recently.
He spoke to me about Kratom and definitely as a doctor I became curious. I looked at research to read about this substance and found articles linking to the efficacy of Kratom in the management of Anxiety, Stress and Depression.
What is Kratom Tolerance, Will it happen to me?
This question is asked to Kratom Vendors once a customer realizes that their doses have been growing in size. They are not getting the same effects from the kratom as they were when they first started taking Kratom. Over time your body will become less sensitive to the alkaloids in the Kratom plant. This usually leads to bigger doses, less time between doses and ultimately you’re spending more money.
THIS IS NORMAL.. Nothing to be alarmed by, We will need to break this down into a few sections to understand what’s going on and how to combat the issue.