Etha Articles and Research

Opioid related deaths are on the rise in the United States and a safer alternative is desperately needed now more than ever. A study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Pinney Associates on October 29th, 2022, revealed that a plant called mitragyna speciosa (commonly known as kratom) and its predominate alkaloid, mitragynine, offer a potentially safer alternative to pharmaceutical opioids. The study revealed that mitragynine has very low respiratory effects even at extremely high doses. Respiratory depression or the slowdown of one’s breathing is one of the major causes of death with opioid use. With over 22 billion dollars on the line for Big Pharmaceuticals (“Big Pharma”) through opioid sales, there can be little doubt that kratom is Big Pharma’s worst nightmare.  
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