FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The popular herbal supplement kratom may cause liver damage, researchers warn.
Kratom is widely available in smoke shops and online. It's a botanical product made from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia. At low doses, it's a stimulant. At high doses, it has an opioid-like effect.
Use of kratom has risen sharply since the start of the opioid epidemic, and more than 90 deaths have been linked to it, researchers say.
"There are risks associated with using kratom, and liver injury is on the list of things…