Kratom, also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, is a plant native to Southeast Asia. For decades, it has carried medical implications in native countries. Kratom’s true power lies in over 40 different alkaloids present in its leaves. Combined, those alkaloids could yield myriad health benefits. There are many health benefits of kratom to manage chronic pain, inflammation and boost a general sense of well-being and health.
It’s worth mentioning that kratom is a relatively controversial herb despite its rich history of usage. Partially because there’s not much scientific evidence to back-up any medical claims and most of those claims are anecdotal. The FDA has not approved kratom for supplemental usage, but you can still find it in myriad forms all across the United States.
However, attention should be paid to where you buy it from. It’s important to buy kratom products from a reliable vendor since it’s not well-regulated by any authority.
What Type of Effects/Sensations To Expect From Kratom
When consumed at low doses, kratom tends to exhibit symptoms similar to a mild stimulant. Many users report a sudden burst of energy, focus, mental clarity and a sense of heightened sociability after consuming this herbal supplement. The energy can be compared to caffeine high. If you up the dose, the effects might lean towards a more sedative scale. It may make an occasional user feel mildly dull (emotionally) and physically.
The main active alkaloids responsible for the majority of physiological changes happening upon consumption are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These alkaloids contribute to several health benefits some of which are –
1. Kratom could pain and inflammation
A study from 2017 shed some light on kratom’s immunity-enhancing and anti-inflammatory effects. Many kratom users would swear that this herbal supplement helps them rid of years old pains and aches. It’s not uncommon for people to switch to opioids and over the counter pills/drugs to ease the pain.
With that said, kratom could offer a more natural way to deal with or manage the pain and inflammation. While we do need more substantial evidence that could help bring kratom in the mainstream market, anecdotal evidence is stacking up every day.
Many people suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic pains find relief from HCG injections. Kratom could, to a certain degree, have similar pain-relieving effects.
2. Kratom could provide some relief from anxiety
History has it that the natives of countries like Thailand and Malaysia, where kratom comes from would chew a couple of kratom leaves before attending social gatherings or events. The idea was to stay calmer and more relaxed which made them more sociable and less anxious.
To this day, kratom is largely used for its possible ability to control traffic of thoughts. Many people feel that kratom helps them feel more sociable and talkative. Anxiety is a global health issue, and while discussing the tools to manage anxiety, including kratom into that dialogue might be worth it.
3. It could lend a helping hand in managing depression
The way kratom works its way into the system is pretty much like an opioid, even though it’s not opioid-like codeine and morphine. But, the effects are quite similar. The active alkaloid, mitragynine binds itself with opioid receptors thus rendering the sensation of pain relief and relief. This action might be responsible for the anti-anxiety and antidepressant-like effects as many users would claim. Currently, there’s very little research material out there on kratom’s effects on mood and anxiety.
It’s important to mention that not all strains and not all kinds of kratom products may render anti-anxiety effects. A user would need to do research and find out a promising product in the market. It’s also important to establish an ideal personal dosage to expect any of those effects. Therefore, it’s important to buy kratom and kratom products from a reliable source/vendor only. It’s also imperative to consume it in moderate doses. Kratom could keep anxiety and depression at bay momentarily.
4. It might help overcome certain addictions
In May 2019, International Journal of Drug Policy published a paper. The goal was to answer some of the common questions surrounding kratom and kratom usage. The researchers observed mixed results. While there is no dearth of anecdotal evidence and reports floating all across the internet, we do need more controlled clinical trials that are necessary for regulatory authorizes like the FDA. Based only on those clinical trials can kratom qualify as a safe and effective drug for overcoming opioids and other addictions.
It’s interesting that even in the middle of an apparent lack of large scale studies, users continue to switch to kratom for overcoming addictions. A small-scale study from 2009 by Malaysia men demonstrated how kratom helped with withdrawal symptoms.
5. Kratom can be an excellent energy booster
It’s important to remember that kratom has different strains. Each strain carries different properties. While some may make you feel dull, others can have coffee-like effects. They may make you feel more energetic and motivated to do everyday tasks more easily. Many people are starting to replace their morning coffee with a cup of kratom tea.
Kratom works by improving certain metabolic processes. This leads to better circulation and an increase in oxygenated blood supply. All of that combined can lead to a burst of energy. Thai kratom, Maeng Da, and white vein kratom could be potentially good for sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome.
A Word of Caution
The FDA does not regulate the sale and distribution of kratom and kratom products. Therefore, the responsibility for safe consumption falls completely on consumers’ shoulders. To that end, it’s important to find reliable vendors who are transparent about their products and what went into them. There are also no dosage guidelines available so you would need to follow trial and error method before establishing an ideal dose that works for you.
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