Kratom

Two Burmese men have been caught in possession of 200 kilograms of Kratom in Patong on Wednesday.

The drug was discovered hidden under a motorbike seat and further investigation, lead them to the culprits accommodation, where more of the drug was found.

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The intention was to sell the kratom to foreign workers and young Thai people.

Kratom comes from a tropical evergreen tree, related to the coffee family and can be found throughout south-east Asia.

It has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1800s. However it does have some opiate and stimulant qualities that drug users seek.

A recent study found that Kratom actually had no approved medical use whatsoever but many people swear by it for pain relief.

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