Kratom is an in deginous evergreen tree found in the Southeast Asia with a scientific name of Mitragyna Speciosa. Kratom is a member of the Coffee family. The leaves of kratom are used for various medicinal uses, but mostly to get rid of pain and anxiety and to reduce alchohol dependency. Kratom over the years has been used as a herbal drug, painkiller and as a diarrheal medicine in Southeast Asia, but recently it has been used as a drug in the US and Europe.
Kratom is brought in a leaf form but is purchased as a capsule filled with a powdered leaf material. Kratom can also be simply obtained in powered form too. Kratom is promoted as a legal drug in US. Since it is considered as a safe legal drug, it is more popular amongst the young people whose are unable to purchase alcohol and find difficulties in consuming weed or other drugs.
Now the question arises, where do we buy kratom? Kratom is uncontrollable in the US and we could be easily available online. We could buy kratom in many smoke shops ‘head shops’ and gas stations. They are available in following forms:
- Loose chopped leaves (used as tea)
- Compressed tablets
Uses of kratom
1) Energising: In small quantities, kratom energises like a cup of tea or coffee. The energy produced is not related with the increase in the heart rate. Kratom helps to attain a clearer and a focused mind
2) Mood boosting: This drug helps to boost your thoughts , it gives you a sense of contentment. You can get rid of negative thoughts and put yourself in a more optimoatic frame with one dose of kratom. But a higher dose causes euphoric feelings.
3) Pain reduction: it is an effective alternative to harsh pain killers. It releases mu-opioid receptors just like morphine that helps to reduce temporary or chronic pain. It has been seen that kratom is considered effective against headaches, migraine, muscle pain, vascular pain as well as chronic paina which are resistant to other drugs. The effects of kratom are considered as safe and less addictive by the experts.
4) Improves sleep: kratom improves the mind state, puts off the mind before going to bed and gives a sound sleep.
5) Enhances health: It is a powerful antioxidant that reduces neuron damage followed by stroke. It lowers down blood pressure and can be naturally used as an anti-hypertension medicine. It contains Catechin which is said to mimic insulin and controls the sugar level in the blood for a diabetic person. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties that boosts the immune system. It has been a great solution for weight lost and helped athletes to improve their energy by increasing metabolism.
And most important advantage of kratom is that it is less-addictive than the other anti-pain drugs..
Short-term effects of kratom
At low dose (1-5g) of kratom, the effects are felt after 10 minutes of consumption and last for 60 to 90 minutes. Reports have shown that some kratom users experience a pleasant feeling whereas some get a sense of anxiety or agitation. Its effects are less intense but effective.
At moderate to high doses (5-15g), it has euphoric effects and can last for several hours. Doses higher than 15g have similar effects as that of high doses of opioid, including extreme sedation and loss of consciousness in some cases.
Long-term effects of kratom
There are several unusual long terms effects that include:
- Pigmentation or darkening of facial skin
- Weight loss
It has been studied that people who consumed kratom for at least a 6 months have found to develop a kratom dependency. They face physical problems due to kratom withdrawal. Some of the symptoms include irritability, sweating, nausea, high blood pressure, diarrhea, runny nose etc. Although kratom has been found best in killing pain but its dependency is becoming a problem. So it has not yet been concluded if kratom is really safe or not.