Here are the facts: Kratom is currently legal in the U.S but illegal in certain states and counties. It has similar effects to opioids and stimulants. Therefore, it has a lot of lawmakers nervous due to its ability to cause dependency. However, the question is does Kratom really work? Journey with us as we go over the facts about this controversial leaf.
Why People Start Taking Kratom
There are many reasons why a person would start taking Kratom. However, we have discovered 2 main reasons which are for recreational purposes or for a specific reason. A person who takes Kratom recreationally finds it to be pleasing, relaxing, or causing an increase in energy; this depends on how much Kratom they take. Although it binds the opioid receptors similar to opioids – it is not. It’s classified as an opioid agonist; according to Indian Heath Services – “An agonist is a drug that activates certain receptors in the brain. Full agonist opioids activate the opioid receptors in the brain fully resulting in the full opioid effect.”
On the contrary, a person who is looking for specific relief might turn to Kratom. It’s current classification is a supplement; although the FDA has not regulated it. Individual testimonies can vary on what Kratom can do but there is no scientific evidence just yet. This leaves users kind of confused because they know what it’s capable of doing; but science is not yet backing their claims. Usually, users who were on hardcore drugs turn to Kratom for it’s opioid agonist properties. There are 2 compounds that are responsible for this: Mitragynine and 7-a-hydroxymitragynine.
How Kratom Affects The Brain
As stated earlier: Kratom is an opioid agonist, therefore it has similar effects to opioids and stimulants. The two compounds in the Kratom leaf are: Mitragynine and 7-a-hydroxymitragynine. These alkaloid properties interact with the opioid receptors in the brain. Therefore, producing sedation, pleasure, and decrease in pain, depending on how much you take. Also, it interacts with other brain receptors that can produce a stimulant effect.
We’ve discovered that when you take low doses of Kratom it can cause an increase in energy. However, the opposite is true when you take large amounts. If you’re trying to get a stimulating, energetic effect we recommend taking between 2 – 3 grams. But, this can vary depending on your experience and tolerance. If you’re looking for more of a sedative experience then we recommend 5 – 6 grams. Once again, this depends on your experience and tolerance. You’ll want to be cautious not to take extreme high amounts in order to avoid negative side effects.
Be Cautious With Kratom
Not everything that is good for you can be good for you if you take it recklessly. So, we decided to include certain cautions you should take with Kratom. First and foremost, if you’re currently taking any medication you will want to speak to your doctor before taking Kratom. This is to ensure your medication will not negatively interact with Kratom. Also, we caution you not to mix Kratom with any illicit drugs, opioids, alcohol, or over-the-counter medication.
Another important thing to consider is only purchase from a reliable vendor. You will want to check the ingredients in the event you are not purchasing pure Kratom. Also, if you take too much at one time you could experience negative side effects. The rule of Kratom is that less is more; you might not feel its effect right away but wait a few minutes. Once it kicks in you can determine if the amount you took was sufficient or if you’ll need more.
So to answer the question, does Kratom really work? Thousands of people who take it seem to think so. This causes 2 types of consumers – recreational consumers – and those looking for some type of relief. Although the science may not be there just yet, we know what we feel when we take it. Also, we know it can affect the brain so we advise you to be cautious when taking Kratom.