Kratom sounds like it could be kryptonite’s second cousin. In fact, it’s an herbal supplement that’s said to have some pretty extraordinary superpowers.
According to its fans, kratom can reduce pain and help drug users recover from addiction. But critics say it’s a dangerous opioid just like heroin and oxycodone, and they want the federal government to ban it. Some states and cities have already done just that.
Kratom, an herbal medicine derived from the leaves of a tree found in Southeast Asia, is easy to find in much of the US. In many places, all you need to do is go online or visit a nearby head shop to buy kratom tea or kratom capsules.