Kratom; The What, Why and How

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Mitragyna Speciosa or Kratom, as it is widely known, is a tropical evergreen tree that is derived from the coffee family. It is found in Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and some other South Asian countries. The leaves of this plant or the extracts obtained directly from the leaves have been used as a sedative or stimulant by people for hundreds of years. Other than that, the plant has also been found effective for dealing with other health issues such as chronic pain, digestive problems and can even help during the withdrawal process of opium dependence. The problem is that there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the use of this herb.

This is primarily because production of Kratom hasn’t been regulated as yet, but the fact is that this herb is legal in the United States. Some European countries and others like Australia, Malaysia and Thailand have not legalized it as yet, but its popularity is rising due to the benefits it can provide. As far as the US is concerned, Kratom is marketed as a form of alternative medicine and it is easily available in stores selling alternative medicines or supplements.

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Low doses of Kratom can be really great when you are looking for a stimulant. Those who have taken low doses of this herb have reported being more alert, having more energy and have also felt more sociable. You can use Kratom as a sedative as well by increasing the dose as this will enable it to produce euphoric effects and can dull emotions and sensations. The alkaloids in Kratom enable it to achieve these results, which include mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Evidence indicates that these alkaloids possess anti-inflammatory, analgesic and muscle relaxing properties due to which it can be useful in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

You only need a few grams for producing the stimulant effects of Kratom. You will begin to notice the change after 10 minutes of ingesting the herb and they will last for about one and a half hours. Some of these effects include reduced motor coordination, alertness, giddiness and sociability. As far as the sedative effects are concerned, you need a dose between 10 and 25 grams and the feelings of euphoria and calmness will last for about six hours.

Kratom is usually taken in powdered form most of the time. The dark green leaves of the plant are usually dried and either powdered or crushed. Fortified Kratom powders are widely available, usually in light brown or green color. Some extracts of other plants are also included in these powders. There are a number of ways you can consume Kratom powder like adding it to yogurt, making a tea, adding it to a protein shake or simply tossing it back with water. If you don’t want to go for the powdered version of Kratom, you can also find it in tablet, capsule or paste form. You can opt for whatever form that you can consume easily and use it for managing pain, opioid withdrawal or as a stimulant.

Written by Harley

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