KRATOM 101 – Let Us Refresh the Basics

January 12, 2018 Articles

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What is Kratom?

Kratom is a plant, a natural opioid that has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries to treat a variety of health issues as well as to improve mood, relieve pain, give you energy or help you sleep through the night.

Kratom may help with depression, anxiety, insomnia, low energy, pain and increase your motivation and give you a sense of well being. Many who live with chronic pain use kratom in order to have a livable life where they would otherwise be forced to live on prescription medication and depend on opiates. And speaking of, many have used kratom to wean off hardcore meds and/or drugs. Many that live with depression and are on Prozac have transitioned to relying on kratom to help their mood instead of heavy duty prescription medications.

These people are able to choose a holistic lifestyle when it comes to treating day to day, typical issues one can typically face. Some have claimed that Kratom considerably enhanced their life and brought relief to things where they had never found relief before.

Kratom derives from the Mitragyna speciosa plant which is native to Southeast Asia, mainly Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Bali. It is actually a part of the coffee family of plants. The leaves can be chewed but are typically dried, crushed and processed to form a fine powder that people consume as a supplement, dosed in various ways.

There are many different types of strains of kratom and they are all based on color which is the type of leaf, just like various types of coffee beans. Colors are red, green, white and yellow. The processed powder one receives will generally be a shade of green but the original leaf will have more of the colors I just mentioned. The reaction one has is determined by the color.

There are three types of kratom: Fast, slow and moderate. Fast strains may give you energy and increase your productivity. Slow ones may help relax you and maybe even give you a euphoric mentality. Moderate ones are somewhere in between the two, helping you be both productive and calm.

But remember we are all different. What works for one might not work for another, so everything said here is purely based on consumer experiences.

Side effects of taking kratom.

Kratom is a natural supplement with the expected possible side effects. Before I mentione those, I am going to tell you the side effects of its sister plant, coffee beans: Caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach irritation, nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate and respiration, and other side effects.

How about SamE, a supplement one might take for a mood lifter. Its side effects are as follows: It can sometimes cause gas, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, headache, mild insomnia, anorexia, sweating, dizziness, and nervousness, especially at higher doses.

Now, possible commonly mentioned side effects for kratom are constipation, upset stomach, dizziness, nervousness, insomnia, or diarrhea. The upset stomach and dizziness are usually caused by consuming too much, which dosage varies HEAVILY on each individual.

Why does kratom have a bad rep?

One either has never heard of it or they have heard bad things about it. Many consumers do not know the details of this plant nor might they know how to explain the benefits of this leaf to another.

Many consumers choose to not talk about it because of the legal battle it has faced in some states here in the US as well as other countries around the world. Sure, its legal in the majority of countries, but the parts where it is not legal have perpetuated rumors, misconceptions and lies about what kratom actually is and how it might help a person in need of it.

Some have demonized kratom because of the so-called “kratom high.” The equivalent of saying that taking kratom is like popping a Vicodin is like saying drinking caffeine feels like you just took speed. It’s ridiculous, ignorant and damaging to have these theories going around.

That is why normalizing kratom is a goal I personally have. Having more accomplished people speaking out about it, educated people, business owners, doctors and the like, is what may save kratom from an outright ban. At the moment, the FDA wants you to know that kratom is a health risk that is not approved for human consumption. Hopefully, one day, this warning will be rescinded. Until then, all we can do is research this herb for ourselves.  

So why does kratom have a bad reputation? Same reason pot does, the type of audience and demographics of people that tend to take kratom tend to have a bad record of drug addiction.

More recently, kratom came under fire because of a salmonella outbreak, something that could have occurred with almost anything. As we’ve seen countless times in the past, the chicken you buy at your local grocery store can lead to a similar outbreak. Banning kratom is not the answer.

Thanks for reading!

Shaunna Kay (aka #KratomGirl)

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