7 States Ban This Herbal Supplement Due to Health Concerns

Governments believe Kratom, an over-the-counter natural supplement, is more harmful than beneficial for treating anxiety, sadness, pain, and other ailments. 

What is kratom? 

Kratom is a natural substance that can cause opioid and stimulant-like effects, according to NIDA. Southeast Asian evergreen tree (Mitragyna speciosa) leaves are used to make kratom, which is sold in capsules, infused in drinks, and eaten raw.

How does it work?

It's unclear how kratom works, but the Mayo Clinic says it affects opioid receptors. Unless supervised by a doctor, avoid kratom.

At large doses, kratom may have morphine-like effects, making it more addictive, according to the American Addiction Center. In some clinical settings, it reduces opioid withdrawal symptoms. 

Side Effects of Kratom

Kratom can cause seizures, liver damage, addiction, and death, according to the FDA. Severe depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, insomnia, hallucinations, delusion, tremors, loss of libido, constipation, nausea, vomiting, and severe withdrawal symptoms may also occur.

Where to get kratom

It's easy to buy kratom at gas stations and smoke shops without a prescription. It has proven easy to get, especially for teens and young adults who want a rapid cure to ease anxiety and boost focus like other ADHD drugs.