Chemical poisoning - Kratom: Introduction. Chemical poisoning - Kratom: Kratom is a plant used to make a tea which produce similar effects to opium. Ingestion and other exposures to the chemical can cause various symptoms. The type and severity of symptoms varies depending on the amount of chemical involved and the nature of the exposure. No studies are available to show Kratom cancer pain treatment is effective. We know kratom works on pain because it behaves as a u-opioid receptor agonist. Similar to morphine. But it has far less side effects than morphine. It works so similar that Thai natives used kratom as an opium alternative. Some even suggest that chronic opioid users. Kratom in large doses may cause trouble breathing, brain swelling, seizure, liver damage, and death. Kratom can cause dependence when taken regularly. People who use kratom regularly and then stop. 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. Kratom is an untested mixture of drugs that come from the Mitragyna tree in Southeast Asia. Dr. Josh Bloom has written some uncomplimentary things about it – but things have changed, which in a sense makes him wrong. But not for the reason you'd think, as he will explain here. Putting kratom in the same post as cancer is just irresponsible. I am not trying to be aggressive, and of course kratom causing cancer should be refuted by study if there is a direct correlation. There is only the anecdotal fact that it has been used by folks all their lives in the east with no obvious link to cancer. Kratom is an herbal supplement that has both stimulant and calming effects. It may also have pain-relieving properties similar to opioids. However, kratom cannot be used as a substitution for prescription pain medications, because studies on its safety or usefulness in humans have not been conducted. Its use is banned in some countries and US. From analgesia and anxiety relief to it’s anti-cancer and anti-tumor propensities, a more potent antioxidant than green tea, possible natural antidepressant and immunostimulant among others. As with many other methods and means of traditional medicine, a resurgence in interest in the study of this plant seems to be taking place, but hopefully. Finally, some chemicals found in kratom interfere with drug-metabolizing enzymes in the liver and may cause dangerous interactions with other drugs or medications. Overdoses - some of them fatal - have been reported in users who have taken it in combination with other drugs. An in-law has been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and is currently going through chemo in New York. She doesn't want to take any prescription pain meds and since the medical marijuana laws are so strict in that state, I am looking in kratom for her.