Kratom with Dr. Christopher McCurdy
An estimated 3 million Americans use kratom products for recreational purposes, in self-treatment of opiate addiction, and to manage pain. Yet, our scientific understanding of its safety, efficacy, and potential for addiction is still poorly understood. With new data emerging each year, scientists are starting to gain a better picture of the full spectrum of risks and benefits of this SE Asian medicinal herb. Our guest this week, Dr. Christopher McCurdy, is an internationally recognized expert on kratom. Chris is a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutics at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, where he also directs the UF Translational Drug Development Core. We address questions like: What is kratom? Where does it come from and how does its traditional use differ from the ways it is consumed in the USA? What are the major active compounds found in kratom and how much variation is there in different products? What are the side effects of chronic versus acute use of kratom? And are there any drugs you should avoid taking in combination with kratom?
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