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Kratom is an opioid-type substance which has been used as a traditional herbal remedy for hundreds of years. It is derived from Kratom (kray-tom) trees, indigenous Southeast Asian plants related to the coffee bean tree.
Generally, Kratom users report a reduction in anxiety, an improvement in alertness, more energy and, in some cases, improved sexual response. It’s been cited as an effective way of managing ongoing and difficult health issues such as chronic pain.
This is because Kratom leaves contain alkaloids which have various effects. Alkaloids act like endorphins, the natural feel-good chemicals in our bodies: just a single dose can enhance your mood, improve your focus, relieve your pain, give you more energy and/or relax you.
Kratom is gaining in popularity all over the world which is understandable since the plant offers a broad range of potential benefits. But before you try it out, you should have a clear understanding of what Kratom is and how it might affect you.
Like any nootropic, Kratom can give any user mild side effects like restlessness, fatigue, nausea, insomnia and an upset stomach. Kratom tree leaves have different effects depending on the strain and dosage. Most strains offer some sort of combination of an energy boost and relaxation. Surprisingly, the smaller amount you use, the more energizing it can be.
Kratom normally comes in powder or capsule form. If you decide to buy your own tree, you can always take the veins out and chew whole leaves either fresh or dried.
If you have your own tree, you can pick the leaves, take out the vein and chew them whole. If you dry the leaves, you can grind them into kratom powder to mix with water, juice or dairy-based drinks. Kratom powder can also be strained into tea.
Kratom usually comes in pill or powder form and, although it’s all-natural, it can taste quite bitter. Here’s an awesome idea for a chocolate kratom milkshake (via sagewisdom.org):
Add 1 dose of kratom and an equal dose of chocolate milk powder; stir into a paste, then add more tablespoons of milk mixture until it’s smooth. Stir well and chug the mixture fast. Enjoy!
Kratom users are often in discussion about the right dose of Kratom to take…and this is a valid question, since your dosage depends on what you are using it for.
The minimum amount to take for any effect is usually somewhere in the range of 2 to 3 grams. This is a good place to start if you want to avoid side effects. Then once you have a handle on the type of effect you want, you can add more kratom incrementally at about .5 grams at a time.
Be sure to leave at least 6 hours between doses if you are increasing them incrementally.
Generally, the more you take, the more relaxed you will be. You will likely experience a feeling of euphoria and decreased pain. 2-4 grams is normally stimulating, and 4-6 grams can be stimulating or sedating. Effects typically last for around 3-4 hours.
If you are a new user and you take more than the recommended dose, it may be a crapshoot: you’ll probably feel good, but it could either put you under or get you going.
There are several different strains of Kratom and you may, at some point, wonder which are the strongest, or the best. Since each strain offers a different range of effects, this is a hard question to answer.
Each strain is completely different, so it depends on what you are looking for. In general, the most potent strain of Kratom is reportedly Maeng Da, which is the most powerful stimulant of the bunch. This is followed by Borneo and Malay.
The different effects can be broken down into four main areas: pain-relief, energy boosting, sedating or mood-enhancing.
Kratom is known for its pain-relieving properties and may be useful to manage pain associated with fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses. The best strains for pain relief (in order of effectiveness) are: Bali & Borneo, Maeng Da, Indo and Malaysian.
Many users claim that Kratom offers a better stimulatory effect than coffee, which means it is even more effective than coffee for long periods of intense work. The best strains for energy are: Maeng Da, Thai and Malaysian.
Mellower strains are great for relaxation or relieving anxiety. Preferred strains for relaxation include: Bali, Borneo and Indo.
Kratom can improve your overall mood and well-being. Strains you should choose for overall well-being are Maeng Da, Bali/Borneo, and Indo.
Finding an appropriate dose for yourself can be touch and go, not only because Kratom can have a variety of effects but also because each person can experience a different set of results which may be contrary to typical experience.
For instance, one user mentioned that they notice less intense effects as they increase the dose. Many users report that Kratom is less stimulating the more you take.
Sometimes people like to mix different strains in order to experiment with different effects.
There aren’t any reports of people overdosing from ingesting Kratom on its own, although there are a few reports of addiction and related withdrawal effects so it should be taken in moderation. Some adverse side effects include restlessness, fatigue, nausea, insomnia and stomach upset.
It should also be noted that there are sometimes delayed effects depending on when and how you ingest Kratom. For instance, if you have recently eaten, you may feel the effects with less immediacy. Be careful and always take kratom according to recommended dosages.
Please note that the claims made here are based on the opinions of the kratom community and are not those of the Kratom Crazy staff. Kratom is not approved by the FDA and is not considered safe for human consumption.
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