Is Kratom a Healer or a Killer?
Kratom is becoming the talk of the town. Is it good, or bad for you?
Kratom, also known as Ketum, is one of the most controversial substances hitting the market in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
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Kratom comes from a plant known as Mitragyna Speciosa, which is a tropical evergreen tree, loosely related to the coffee plant. However, Kratom also has properties that are similar to opioids, with a stark stimulant power.
There hasn’t been enough valid research on this plant, but it is actually becoming increasingly more popular, with recent attention from the FDA in the United States of America, who actually stated that there is no conclusive evidence in Kratom’s safety or effectiveness as a therapeutical medication. In spite of that, many people swear by Kratom’s effectiveness in treating chronic pain.
While some people praise Kratom for its supposed health benefits, other warns against using it, as it can be dangerously addictive. As it’s legal and widely available in the US, many people use Kratom as a way to reduce withdrawal symptoms from heroin and other dangerous hard drugs.
The problem is – some people say that Kratom can be just as addictive as opiate drugs. For this reason, many people in America are becoming reliant upon Kratom, which is transforming from a therapeutic aid to a higher potential relapse gateway.
Kratom may be habit forming in more of a psychological sense if it is continuously abused for long periods of time. It’s pretty clear that there have been cases of Kratom habits recorded around the world of this occurring. But these cases are extremely rare and are usually the result of taking excessive amounts for a long periods of time.
According to the United Nation Bulletin on Narcotics, “Progression to Kratom addiction is a gradual process with increases in dosage and frequency of use.” In the UN report, Kratom dependences were only observed in individuals who has been using the herb for upwards of 10 years. They studied the prevalence of Kratom abuse in indigenous Thai populations which have been using this plant for hundreds of years. They found that only a very small percentage of the population had what would constitute a problematic Kratom habit and for the most part the addictive potential was considered to be less than the caffeine in coffee.
Keep reading to learn more about Kratom. In this article, we explored two different schools of thought: at first, we mentioned some of its supposed health benefits, and later, we discussed some of its dangers.
Health benefits of Kratom
Kratom can offer relief from chronic pain and anxiety, particularly due to its active alkaloids, affecting the body’s opiate receptors. It’s a potent analgesic that suppresses pain. Although Kratom can have sedative effects, it actually acts as a stimulant in lower doses, which can help fight fatigue and low energy.
People who suffer from severe pain might actually benefit from Kratom, due to his remarkable painkiller properties.
Kratom is often considered an effective uplifter, often helping with depression and anxiety. Many people actually take Kratom as a way to fight off social anxiety, and other mood disorders that might affect their day-to-day.
How does kratom affect the brain?
Kratom can cause effects similar to both opioids and stimulants. Two compounds in kratom leaves, mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxymitragynine, interact with opioid receptors in the brain, producing sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain, especially when users consume large amounts of the plant. Mitragynine also interacts with other receptor systems in the brain to produce stimulant effects.
When kratom is taken in small amounts, users report increased energy, sociability, and alertness instead of sedation. However, kratom in larger amounts can also cause uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous side effects.
Dangers of Kratom
As mentioned earlier, Kratom has the potential of being addictive. It can also cause severe nausea, dry mouth, and sweating, leading to dehydration and loss of appetite, which in turn, are the gateways to anorexia and other eating disorders.
Regardless of whether you think Kratom is a healer or a killer, you should use this substance very carefully.
There are reports of very beneficial effects from using kratom. In the future, with the proper supporting research, kratom may have much proven potential. However, there is not enough clinical evidence to support reported benefits.
Without this research, there are a lot of things about this drug that remain unknown, such as effective and safe dosage, possible interactions, and possible harmful effects including death. These are all things that you should weigh before taking any drug.
The moral of the story is – everything should be taken with a grain of salt, and you shouldn’t assume anything. Do your research!!
As always when starting a new or different substance always consult with your physician.
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