If you’re familiar with Kratom you might know that it acts as an opioid agonist. In other words, it touches your opioid receptors, but not the same as an actual opioid. A comparison can be made to how CBD interacts to the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). It binds the ECS but not as intense how cannabis does. We’ll cover some facts that you need to know, and if Kratom is the CBD of opioids.
What Is Kratom?
For those of you unfamiliar with Kratom it is a plant that is native to Southeast Asia. It grows in warmer climates and grown from a tropical evergreen trees. Also, it’s part of the coffee family, therefore it offers stimulating effects due to its alkaloids. It is available in powdered form, capsules, or whole leaves. However, Kratom powder is by far the most popular method because it’s convenient to take. You’ll find athletes, recreational users, or people looking for specific results among its users. It’s important to note that it is legal in certain states, counties, and countries because of its stimulating effects.
What It Feels Like
When taken in low dosages it can produce an energetic type feeling. Typically, a low dosage is between 2 – 3 grams, but it can depend on your tolerance levels. For experienced users a low dosage can be between 5 – 8 grams. You would have to build up your tolerance otherwise taking too much can cause you to feel sedated. Also, you will want to be cautious if you’re taking high amounts because it can cause unwanted side effects. Some users experience a euphoric type feeling when taking low dosages. An important thing to remember is that less is more with Kratom; so, trying to increase the experience by taking more is not a good idea.
Kratom the CBD of Opioids
CBD is non-psychoactive – this means it doesn’t get you high. However, a comparison has been made that Kratom is to Opioids what CBD is to Cannabis. This can be true in a sense because CBD is not weed, and Kratom is not an opioid. CBD comes from Hemp and is legal under the Farm Bill because it produces low THC; this is the cannabinoid that causes you to feel “high”. In comparison, Kratom is an opioid agonist as state earlier. While it does interact with our opioid receptors it produces opioid-like effects. This has been very controversial for this very same reason. Also, it has lead to individual states bans in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Some local municipalities have taken upon the task of making it illegal in their counties.
Some of the main reasons why Kratom is so controversial is because you can build a dependency to it. When you combine that with the fact that Kratom doesn’t pair well with other substances; it makes legislators nervous. However, what you need to keep in mind is that Kratom is part of the coffee family. You’re able to build a dependency just like you would coffee. That is because caffeine is an alkaloid in coffee that many people grow dependent on. The main alkaloids in Kratom are Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine which is what causes the stimulating effect.
Deciding To Start Taking Kratom
Before you start taking Kratom you will want to ask yourself what are the results you’re hoping to obtain? If it’s for recreational purposes then giving yourself breaks between doses is the best approach. This can include days or weeks between uses – but if you’re taking it hoping to achieve something specific; if you can, avoid using it daily. However, you’ll find some of the effects greater as time progresses. A good place to start is reading previous blogs we have published such as – How to Start Taking Kratom. This is an incredible journey you are getting ready to embark on, but we recommend you inform yourself before you begin.