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Thailand takes kratom off illegal drug list

Kratom is part of the coffee family, used for centuries in Southeast Asia for its pain-relieving and mildly stimulating effects Thailand on Tuesday decriminalised kratom, a tropical leaf long used as a herbal remedy but which some health regulators around the world have criticised as potentially unsafe. Kratom -- scientific name Mitragyna speciosa -- is part of the coffee family, used for centuries in Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea for its pain-relieving and mildly stimulating effects. It has become increasingly popular in the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against its use, citing risks of addiction and abuse. The change to Thai law means "the general public will be able to consume and sell kratom legally", government spokesman Anuch...