The A Leaf of Faith documentary explores Kratom, a botanical supplement that has been proposed as an alternative to today’s opioid painkillers.
A Leaf of Faith Documentary Explains Kratom
The M. speciosa plant is known as “kratom” (Thailand) or “Biak-Biak” (Malaysia) in Southeast Asia. The plant has been used for its distinctive psychoactive properties, primarily by laborers as a stimulant to counteract work fatigue.
At high doses, morphine-like effects prevail. It has also been chewed or dissolved in teas and used as a treatment for opiate withdrawal, and for fever reduction, analgesia, diarrhea, coughing, hypertension, and even depression.
Kratom refers to the plant ‘Mitragyna Speciosa’ a tree indigenous to Thailand; it is ‘mostly’ grown in the central and southern regions of the country. Kratom has over 25 alkaloids. The most abundant alkaloids consist of three indoles and two oxindoles. The three indoles are Mitragynine, Paynanthine, and Speciogynine.
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