Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs

This herbal supplement ‘poses a public health threat’

Kratom, which is a plant-derived supplement, is growing in popularity. A new report provides further evidence of its adverse effects and calls for more research. Kratom’s rise in popularity is concerning. Kratom is an extract from the tropical tree Mitragyna speciosa, a relative of the coffee plant. Historically, manual laborers in Southeast Asia have used […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Neurology / Neuroscience

Beating addiction: Why our brains may struggle to ignore alcohol, food cues

New research offers fascinating insights into how our brains ignore environmental cues of addictive substances or habits, why it’s harder to ignore such cues when we’re stressed, and how we might be able to beat addiction. New research explains why we sometimes find it so hard to ignore the sight of a delicious-looking drink. If […]