Mitragyna speciosa or commonly known as the kratom, is a tree found in South East Asia which belongs to the group of family of plants as gardenias and coffee. As a matter of fact, it has been widely used in Thailand and some neighboring countries as an herbal remedy for centuries to treat numerous kinds of diseases. It has opiate-like effects and has dose-dependent stimulants. Aside from its being taken to boost one’s energy and alleviates mild pains and aches, there are some anecdotal evidences which kratom may be very helpful in managing withdrawal syndromes associated with opiate dependence.
For many recent years, there has been a significant increase in kratom use rates in Europe and North America both as for management of opiate withdrawal as well as a recreational drug.
Is Kratom Dangerous to Your Health?
Scientific studies about kratom effects on your body is limited and there were no concrete clinical experiments conducted in order to prove whether it is totally safe for human consumption. Most of our present knowledge about this drug probably comes from unreliable and unscientific reports by doctors and kratom users, and animal experimental trials.
In addition to that, researchers have discovered about twenty biologically active substances in the drug that include several chemicals that bind opioid receptors found in our brains and have the possibility to lead towards addiction and physical dependence.
Even though kratom already has history of use as a beneficial herbal medicine in South East Asian countries, it is also very popular in the regions in Myanmar, Malaysia, and Thailand where in it has been banned because of its potential harmful effects such as very addictive as well as physical dependence.
And lastly, some substances found in it interrupts with enzymes that metabolize drugs in the liver. It may also cause hazardous interactions with other medications or drugs. Overdosage and overuse of this drug – some are fatal – have been common to people who takes kratom combined with other medicines.
Due to its unique mix of chemicals, the short-term effects of kratom are variable and complex. The balance between opiate-like and stimulant-like effects depends on the dosage used and various users have reported to experienced different side effects even when just using the same dosage.
Effects of Kratom at Low Dosages
At a low dosage of kratom, the stimulant-like effects are very noticeable. These effects begin within ten minutes and lasts for almost an hour to one hour and a half. While users have reported that most individuals find these effects amusing and good, while some experience an awkward sense of both agitation and anxiety. In fact, the main stimulant-like effects of this drug are the same with that of amphetamine, though with lesser intensity which include:
- Heightened libido
- Increased sociability
- Decreased appetite
- Increased alertness and energy
Effects of Kratom at Moderate to High Dosages
Moderate to high dosages of this drug have mainly opioid-like effects which stays in the human systems for several hours. Therefore, if you see kratom for sale, make sure that you know how to properly use it before you buy one.