Really enjoyed the article - you did a great job of giving some
objective information from both sides while backing it up with
information from real users. Certainly it's something that the Kratom
industry should be worried about that anyone is calling the Poison
Center after taking this herb. We can't really judge the legitimacy of
these calls, but it's certainly bad both from a health standpoint as
well as a PR standpoint.
One major problem that the industry faces right now is a lack of standardization in terms of doses and usage instructions. One company might sell a regular strength powder where you would need to take 8 or more capsules to see the results. Another might sell a high strength extract where one should not take more than one or two capsules or else they will start to see side effects.
The issue is that since the FDA does now allow these products to be packaged and labelled for human consumption, vendors cannot include a "Suggested Dosage" on the label. That is likely contributing to some people taking too much out of a lack of knowledge. In this instance, it really does seem that FDA rules are getting in the way of healthy and safe usage rather than promoting or supporting it.