Our understanding of mental health problems has come a very long way over the years. Originally seen as simple “sadness” or a case of “the blues”, depression is now spoken about far more openly and is widely accepted to be a legitimate problem that requires legitimate treatment. Anxiety was thought of by many as something that only impacts weak, fragile people who just “worry too much”. We have come to learn that depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc are in fact very real problems that can be incredibly debilitating and negatively effect millions of people all over the world every day.
We now know that the symptoms of depression and anxiety can evolve into far more serious issues, and cause sufferers to live in a state of panic and fear that is difficult to manage or cope with. Other common symptoms like panic attacks, sleep problems, headaches, upset stomach and loss of appetite can be unpleasant and tiresome to deal with. A greater understanding of the psychological effects of these problems is very important, but we are now starting to learn a whole lot more about the actual physical toll that mental health issues can take on the human body.
Our physical health, and our immune system in particular is under additional strain due to the fast pace of our modern lifestyle. Poor diet, lack of exercise and lack of sleep can all contribute to our physical health and well being. The Coronavirus outbreak has only added to our strain which can actually increase our risk of infection. Everyone is struggling far more than usual with political tensions, financial worries, the overuse of technology, and particularly the fear and uncertainty of facing something like a global pandemic. All of these things interfere negatively with the quality of our lives.
Our emotional well being can have a huge effect on how our immune system handles and tolerates stress, sadness, fear, etc. In this high tension environment, the most common solution for many people battling with mental health problems has been pharmaceutical medication. We don’t have time to waste talking to a therapist, and we expect quick fixes to our problems. Antidepressants are more common and popular than ever before, and anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines (which are notoriously addictive) are now commonplace across many age groups.
There are several problems with these types of medications, including potential for abuse and physical dependence. Countless negative and unwanted psychological and physical side effects have been reported and their toxic affect on our liver, kidneys, central nervous system and immune system is well documented. For many people, the knowledge that these medicines are physically harmful only compounds the anxiety and psychological symptoms, and makes them worse.
Natural alternatives like plant based medicines and supplements have offered a number of options that can help, but Kratom in particular has proven to be an amazing alternative for these types of medications. It can help those with depression and anxiety in a far more holistic, and less physically damaging way. It has very powerful antidepressant and calming properties to help us cope with stress and fear, plus the bonus of actually improving our physical health.
Kratom has potent antioxidant effects that help to break down harmful elements in the body, and it’s diuretic qualities help the kidneys to flush more toxins from our system. It also acts as a potent natural painkiller which helps to reduce our consumption of harmful pain medications like Paracetamol, Aspirin and Ibuprofen.
For anyone sensitive to pharmaceuticals or simply concerned with their potential dangers, Kratom just might the perfect choice to effectively manage your mental health with less risk of side effects, adverse reactions and drug interactions.
Kratom has a powerful effect on stress, depression, anxiety and energy levels. It alleviates anxiety and lifts your mood. The general feeling is happy, energetic and motivated. Kratom is unique in that it treats anxiety without drowsiness, rather enhancing and improving energy levels. Kratom starts to take effect around 10 – 15 minutes, if taken on an empty stomach. At 30 – 40 mins, it is at full effect, and lasts around 4 – 6 hours depending on the strain.
Kratom generally speaking is stimulating in small doses 1 – 3gs and sedating in higher doses 3 – 6gs. This is due to the fact that Mitragynine stimulate the delta opioid receptors in low doses, yet stimulates the mu opioid receptors in high doses. The same receptors are stimulated when using opiate medication.
The most pronounced effects of Kratom are similar to opiate medication, in that it provides pain relief, but also increases energy levels and alleviates anxiety and depression. The strength of Kratom is comparable to Tramadol and Codeine.
Kratom treats pain in many different ways. It blocks the pain signals to the brain in the same way that opioid medication does, it acts as an anti inflammatory, and it relaxes the muscles. Kratom also treats the emotional and mental symptoms that often accompany chronic pain such as depression, anxiety, sleeplessness and fatigue.
Kratom is also a very effective Nootropic and has become very popular among university students studying for exams. Kratom is also useful for those working long hours to assist with focus and concentration. Kratom has shown promising results in treating ADHD and autism.
Pain affects us in many ways, and Kratom has a solution for all of those, reducing inflammation, blocking pain signals, and relaxing the muscles.
For those suffering with severe pain, Red vein kratom is the most popular, but which one? Your strain depends on what kind of pain you struggle with and what other symptoms arise from that. Chronic pain sufferers more often than not also suffer with anxiety and depression, and Kratom addresses that too.
Is your pain severe? If yes, then you would lean toward the stronger Reds, Bali, Hulu, Maeng Da, Malay. Does your pain keep you awake at night? If yes, you would lean toward the sedating strains, Bali Red, Bali Gold and Hulu. These more sedating strains are also powerful muscle relaxants and help to treat stress related headaches and migraines. Do you struggle with low energy during the day? If yes, then Red Maeng Da and Malay are the choice for you.
For general pain, an energy boost, and to lift anxiety and depression, Green vein is a great choice. The best Green vein kartom strains for general aches and pains are, Bali, Malay, Hulu and Maeng Da.
Many people who suffer from pain on a daily basis are exploring more natural alternatives when it comes to pain management. Kratom has become increasingly popular to this end as well as for some of its many other benefits. Due to the excessive toll common painkillers have on the liver and kidneys, a common question asked is can it affect the liver and the kidneys in a negative way? In short, no.
When used by healthy persons there is no harm, bearing in mind this herb has been used for hundreds of years by folk indigenous to its homeland, without reports of obvious damage to the kidneys or liver. Possibilities of pre-existing conditions can lead to the kidneys and liver becoming overburdened. When used with other opiates the interactions can be dangerous.
In normal doses (small 1gs –3gs) there is no effect on the liver whatsoever. That being said, sure, in extreme high doses some damage may be done. These high doses would cause the user to purge before the liver could be affected. As with anything we ingest, bigger amounts can have severe side effects on any and all of our organs.
Interested and current users are normally on heavy opiates with stressed livers. Unlike conventional opiates one does not need to take more to feel less pain, finding the right dose and strain will be as high as you need to go, putting less pressure on the liver.
As Kratom is a diuretic, it can cause dehydration if one does not consume enough water whilst using it. Dehydration is one of the aggravators to kidney stones so in a roundabout way if one is not mindful to drink plenty of water, one could develop kidney stones easier.
Users accounts state that when having blood work done after using Kratom for a considerable amount of time, results show perfect kidney and liver function not compromised in any way by the Kratom.
On the contrary some report that liver and kidney function is better after Kratom use.
Many chronic fatigue sufferers have had tremendous success managing their symptoms with Kratom. The tree is closely related to coffee, and can also be used as a stimulant. What makes Kratom a better option than coffee, is that it’s longer lasting, more energising, but without the anxiety or jitters coffee can lead to. Kratom also has many more health benefits, puts no strain on the liver and lifts the mood.
Certain strains and vein varieties offer more of the stimulating effects. Some examples of energising strains are Maeng Da, Horn, Malay, Thai. You’ll also tend to lead toward the Green and White veins for energy boosting effect. Small doses 1 – 2gs should be more than enough with real premium quality Kratom. If you suffer with anxiety, your safest bet is to start with a Red or Green vein.
Suggested strains for chronic fatigue
Red Maeng Da (small doses)
Yellow Maeng Da
Green Maeng Da
White Maeng Da (avoid if you suffer with anxiety)