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Scott Gottlieb, the FDA’s Commissioner, issued an advisory about the medicinal plant-product known as kratom. The plant is known to act as a stimulant in low-doses and has opioid-like effects in higher doses, but whether it is directly harmful is a matter of serious debate.
The plant has been used in Asia, where it originates, as a natural remedy for numerous ailments and, like the coca plant in Central and South America, has been used as a stimulant by labourers to maintain energy for centuries.
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