Mitragyna Speciosa—What Science is Telling Us about Kratom

ACS Webinars

A leaf in a beaker

Kratom is a tree native to the northern states in peninsular Malaysia at the border of Thailand and it has been safely used in the traditional setting for centuries for the ability to stimulate laborers to endure harsh outdoor working conditions, to treat pain, to also wean opium addicts. In the United States, users are reporting similar benefits however, there have been multiple reports of harm including death associated with use. Why is there harm associated with use in the USA?

Join Christopher McCurdy of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida during this free interactive broadcast as he discusses the possible therapeutic benefits of Kratom as well as the negative consequences of utilizing this tropical tree. This ACS Webinar is moderated by Amy Newman of the National Institutes of Health and co-produced by the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, and ACS Publications.

What You Will Learn

  • Understanding of kratom products and their use in the traditional and Western populations
  • The pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of the major alkaloid, mitragynine (and others)
  • Some insights into the scientific hypotheses for therapeutic benefits as well as negative consequences



Christopher McCurdy
University of Florida

Amy Newman
National Institutes of Health

Related Content