Technically illegal in Thailand, krathom is now growing in popularity in the West where it is viewed as both a herbal wonder treatment and a potential new drug scourge.
CONTROVERSIAL PLANT: Krathom grows prolifically at a wildlife sanctuary in Satun province.
Sold in "head shops" and online as "herbal incense", the US is not sure how to deal with the new phenomenon. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been issuing warnings about krathom for several years claiming some users had exhibited symptoms of psychosis, hallucinations and confusion.
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