Is Kratom a Good Substitute for Opioids?

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Mitragyna speciosa leaves in the wild, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Kratom trees, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa, are indigenous to Southeast Asia. Their leaves have been consumed by locals for hundreds, if not thousands, of years primarily for helping laborers work harder, longer, and more effectively. Kratom, which refers to the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa trees, has also been relied on for…