Kratom is a tropical tree local to Southeast Asian countries. The kratom plant has been part of traditional medicine as the painkiller, stimulant, and treatment for many acute conditions. Kratom can be taken in many forms like the raw leaf, liquid extract or powder. The effects of kratom vary depending on the strain, method of intake and dosage.
Positive Effects That Have Made Kratom Popular
- Painkilling - Kratom is well-known as an effective painkiller especially for conditions like migraines, torn muscles, back pain, abdominal pain, chest pain, neck pain and arthritis. It is also widely used as a treatment for Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes severe pain to muscles and tissues of the body. The red vein kratom remains commonly used as painkiller.
- Stimulating – There’s a reason why kratom is always compared to coffee and its stimulating effect. The kratom tree comes from the family Rubiaceae, a common origin that it shares with coffee. The difference is that coffee beans make brewed while kratom leaves are used. The white vein kratom acts commonly used as a stimulant.
- Mood Enhancing – Kratom is also very similar to opioid in many ways. One reason is that it contains an active alkaloid called 7-hydroxymitragynine, an opioid receptor. When it enters their body, it creates a euphoric opiate effect. This euphoric effect causes people to use kratom to fight depression and anxiety. The green vein kratom acts commonly used as the mood enhancer.
- Relaxing – One of the unique characteristics of kratom is that it has both stimulating and relaxing effects. The red vein kratom, aside from painkilling effects, also has this effect on people. Because of this, kratom is very helpful in easing anxiety and calming the nerves.
Negative Effects That Have Made Kratom Illegal in Countries and States
While kratom is not associated with any serious condition, it is still considered potentially addictive because of its similarity to opioid. Kratom also has a euphoric effect, which is the main reason people do addict to the opiate. Abusing and taking the wrong type of kratom may lead to the following dangerous side effects:
Moreover, habitual intake of kratom is not recommended. It may cause tolerance, which will lead the person to take more dosages. To avoid this problem, people do a rotation of different strains. Since kratom strains have different levels of components, tolerance build-up would significantly slow down. Prior knowledge about different kratom strains, types and form can also be very beneficial.
Kratom is still legal in the United States except for United States except in the following states:
Despite its legal status nationwide, kratom is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of Drug and Chemicals of Concern. Kratom is banned in the countries Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is also being controlled and closely observed in Finland, Denmark, Romania, Germany and New Zealand.