What is Kratom?
Kratom – officially Mitragyna Speciosa – is a tropical tree that grows naturally in Southeast Asia, native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Myanmar. Kratom is a part of the Rubiaceae family, with its more popular members being gardenia, quinine bark and coffee.
Traditionally, Kratom has been consumed for hundreds of years by chewing on the leaves or boiling it into a tea. In the United States, Kratom is consumed in a powder form, liquid extracts and in capsules for those who cannot tolerate the harsh bitterness. Sometimes the leaves can be smoked or added to food. Kratom is also known by other names like Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, Ithang and Thom.
Kratom has two main active compounds, Mitragynine and 7-a-Hydroxymitragynine and they work by interacting with the brain receptors in similar ways opioids and stimulants do producing pleasure, pain decrease and sedation. In lower doses, Kratom works as a stimulant resulting in a boost of energy, decreased fatigue, alertness, increased feeling of well-being, sociability and decreased depression. In higher doses, Kratom works similar to opioids resulting in euphoric feelings, chronic pain relief and sedation. A lot of individuals consume kratom as an alternative to prescription pain relievers, or an assistance going through opioid withdrawal.
Health effects of kratom
Reported health effects of kratom use include:
- Dry mouth;
- Increased urination;
- Loss of appetite;
Is Kratom addictive?
Like other drugs and opioid-like effects, kratom can cause dependence. It means when users stop taking the drug, they will feel physical withdrawal symptoms like:
- Muscle aches;
- Emotional changes;
- Runny nose;
- Jerky movements.
Can the addiction symptoms be treated?
There is no one specific treatment option on addiction to kratom. Some of the patients found behavioral therapy to be helpful.
You should always remember further info while using kratom:
- Kratom is legal and you can easily buy it on the Internet;
- You can take kratom in every way you want: in a pill or capsule, chew kratom leaves or drink them in a tea, you can even smoke kratom or add it into a soup;
- Kratom use causes some effects which are similar to light drugs;
- Some of the people who use kratom on everyday basis reported they have an addiction;
- There is no one and only way to treat kratom addiction.
This is only you to decide to take kratom or not. However, it is a drug. So, control the dose and be careful while using it.
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