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Edward W Boyer






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Title: Kratom and its Alkaloidal Components as Therapy for Withdrawal from Prescription Opioid Pharmaceuticals. UMMS08-53; Patent Pending. 

  • This invention utilizes natural products derived from Kratom, a medicinal herb native to Thailand, to treat opioid withdrawal from prescription opioid agents. Mitragynine is the predominant alkaloid isolated from Kratom and has been found to bind to opioid receptors. This finding suggests a mechanism by which Kratom and its derived molecules may reduce opioid craving. These findings introduce a novel potential for the development of a naturally derived agent for the treatment and management of opioid addiction and withdrawal.


Innovation TopicsSmall MoleculesAddictionOpioid withdraw