What is kratom and how is it used?
Kratom is gaining more and more public attention for its psychoactive effects. What exactly is kratom? How is it obtained? What is it used for? We will explain this to you in the following lines.
What is kratom
It all starts with the plant Mitragyna speciosa. It is a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. The leaves of this tree are processed to obtain substances called mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These substances can have similar effects on the human body as stimulants and/or opioids.
By drying the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa plant, a substance is obtained which we refer to as kratom. In small amounts it can have stimulating effects, while in higher doses it acts more like a sedative.
Kratom is traditionally used in several Asian countries as a natural medicine. Local people chewed kratom leaves or brewed them as a tea to relieve pain, increase energy, or reduce the effects of fatigue. In recent years, kratom has spread to the Western world, where it is often used for its potential effects on anxiety, pain and opiate withdrawal.
The effects of kratom
In small doses, kratom acts similarly to caffeine. It invigorates the body, accelerates the heartbeat, gives energy and increases libido. These stimulant effects occur when a low dose is taken.
At higher doses, kratom, on the other hand, has sedative effects, which can contribute to a feeling of relaxation and pain reduction. Some people use it to treat insomnia. It can also help fight depression and anxiety.
Risks and side effects of kratom
In addition to beneficial effects on the human body, kratom can also have side effects. Cases of addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and even serious health complications have been reported, especially with excessive use. It is also important to mention that kratom is not legal in some countries, and its regulation may vary.
Possible side effects include weight loss, decreased appetite, facial flushing, dry mouth, or muscle pain. Kratom can also negatively affect our mind, causing hallucinations or dizziness.
Kratom is most often available in powder or capsule form. As already described above, the effects of kratom vary according to the amount of its dose taken.
A small dose, around 0.06g of kratom per 1kg of your weight, is sufficient for stimulating effects.
On the contrary, if you want to use kratom for relaxation or pain relief, a higher dose of up to about 0.1 grams per 1 kg of your weight is needed.
Kratom is not recommended to be taken every day. A maximum of 1-3 times a week is enough.