Podcast 609: Kratom - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 609: Kratom

Contributor: Nick Hatch, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Kratom is derived from the evergreen tree sharing the same name, found in Southeast Asia
  • Kratom is legal is most regions
  • Adverse effects of this substance are increasing in prevalence as its use becomes more widespread
  • At lower doses kratom has a stimulatory effect
  • Higher doses of kratom can cause opioid-like and psychotropic effects
  • Documented instances of more severe acute liver toxicity do exist



LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; 2012–. Kratom. 2020 Apr 3. PMID: 31643556.


Summarized by Jackson Roos, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

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