Kratom, scientifically named Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical tree in the coffee family that is native to parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. It has been valued in traditional medicine since the 19th century, and today it is used for pain relief, depression, ADHD, anxiety, to self treat drug addiction and to ease drug withdrawal symptoms. Traditionally, kratom leaves were crushed and made into tea, or they were chewed for their euphoric effects. Today the plant is used to make kratom capsules, pills and powders.
Kratom contains over 40 compounds and more than 25 alkaloids. The main active alkaloids in kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which can have a range of stimulating and depressant effects. Kratom constituents have shown to possess analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity.
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Starter dose is around 2-3gs. To treat anxiety, depression, increase energy and focus, small doses are required. For severe pain and opiate withdrawals starter dose is around 4gs. Your dose is dependant on how you react to certain strains, the ailment you wish to treat, and your natural tolerance.
Kratom has a wide range of effects and benefits, owing to the numerous strains and vein varieties available. Generally speaking Red vein is best for severe and/or chronic pain, to treat opiate withdrawals, it’s an anti inflammatory, anti anxiety, can be used as a sleep aid and lifts depression. Red vein effects can be energetic in low doses and sedating is higher doses. Green and White vein Kratom is more stimulating, and is therefore better for depression, fatigue, focus, concentration, energy enhancement, weight loss, sports endurance and ADHD. The Green vein varieties hold the benefit of both Red and White veined Kratom. Gold or Yellow veined Kratom is the most sedating, great for migraines, fibromyalgia, and as a sedative or sleep aid.
You cannot overdose on Kratom as it doesn’t cause respiratory failure.
Kratom can be dangerous when combined with opiates, Benzodiazepines and mood stabilizers.
It is possible for long term and heavy users to become addicted. It is advised to take breaks of weeks and/or months between regular use. It does take a lot longer than other schedule drugs to build a tolerance and become addicted to it.
Premium quality Kratom has little to no negative side effects, you can become dehydrated if you do not drink enough water.
Users report that it causes a sense of euphoria, it releases dopamine in the brain which results in feelings of happiness and joy. In higher doses it acts as a sedative.