Kratom is a plant that grows in Southeast Asia. Its leaves have psychotropic and opioid-like pain-relieving effects.
People living in areas where kratom grows sometimes use it to treat diarrhea, pain, cough, and fatigue.
People living in the United States have shown increasing interest in using this substance as an alternative to opioid pain relievers. Other people use kratom to experience the psychotropic effects, or the “high.”
While kratom is currently legal in the U.S., the Drug Enforcement Agency list it as a “Drug of concern” due to several potential safety issues.