You must’ve by now heard about the “magical” Southeastern herb, Kratom. What it does and how it does it are questions you need answering, so let’s get straight into it.
But before we go into elaborating it’s healing properties, I will enlighten you about its origin. Kratom is extracted from the leaves of an evergreen plant, Mitragyna Speciosa. The alkaloid compounds in the leaves, mitragynine, and 7-hydroxymitragynine give it mildly stimulating and sedative properties.
It has been in the natives’ use for centuries to relieve pain and get energy for mildly stimulating tasks. The process of ingestion can be as diverse as the strains of Kratom itself. Tea is brewed out of dried leaves; raw leaves are chewed or turned into a gum, smoking of the dried leaves or even capsules are common ways of ingestion.
How Kratom Works?
Since the rise in demand and trend for Kratom, many studies have been proposed to figure its nature. However, very few studies have been carried out and published to show the data for sure. And it’s because of this reason that Kratom remains to be on the “Grey List” across many countries.
Due to the absence of studies, it cannot be said with certainty how Kratom works or its changes. But from various surveys among its users and the presence of alkaloid compounds, experts claim it works exactly as the opioids.
The active compounds of Kratom bind itself to the opioid receptors in the Central Nervous System. This binding calls for the dampening of sensory and nervous pain. Hence, its pain-relieving properties.
How Effective Is Kratom In Treating Pain?
I may not be able to tell you “how” effective Kratom is for pain relief, but the fact that it’s replaced opioid painkillers where it can, and the use by natives for centuries should tell you about it.
The property that makes Kratom stand out against the competition for pain-relief is the low-health-risk. Opioid painkillers like morphine often carry the risk of overdosing (resulting in a fatality) because of how much it slows down the respiratory system.
The deaths caused by painkillers are mostly because of failure to breathing. And since Kratom comes free of that risk, it does gain its due popularity. Kratom is reported to treat sensory pains, i.e., bruises, muscle pull, injury, etc. and continuing pains from chronic diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and Diabetes.
What Are The Side-Effects Of Taking Kratom For Pain Relief?
Naturally, when you hear herbal remedy, you assume the absence of side-effects. Though it may not always be true, it has some weight when it comes to Kratom.
So far, no fatality can be attributed to Kratom alone. There have been several cases of death reported from Kratom’s use, but it is very much likely that there was the use of another drug involved. However, no such details are present.
The major side-effects reported when nearing high-dosage are nausea, constipation, and a dizzy head. Like CBD, you will have to ingest your weight in the substance to practically overdose. And on another plus point, you will throw up way before reaching your threshold for overdosage in Kratom. So I’d say it’s as safe as it can get!
Is Kratom Considered A “Safe” Alternative For Pain Relief?
It is a widely understood conception that Kratom is by far the safest remedy for pain. It can be a false conception, but due to the absence of due research and study on the herbal extract, it cannot be challenged.
White Horn Kratom powder from Kratom Krush stimulates the same effects as Opioids in the brain. Perhaps, it is this reason why Kratom Is best used for easing withdrawal and gaining heat. It is used to eliminate muscle spasms, insomnia, and other withdrawal symptoms among addicts.
But if it affects the brain as opioids, then isn’t it addictive?
Even though it is not as easy to get addicted to Kratom as it is to other street drugs, it is still fairly mild. A majority of heavy users report having no signs of addiction or withdrawal once they call out Kratom. However, some people report suffering sleeplessness and minor muscle spasms when they quit the use abruptly.
The reason why Kratom is used as an alternative to other drugs during recovery is that it does not build up a tolerance or dependence on its own. So it can be said that it is a safe alternative for pain killers.
Where Do I Get Kratom?
It does eventually come down to this one specific question, where do I get Kratom?
Blessed were the days when you could find it at your local pharmacy labeled “Legal High.” Since the intervention of DEA and other governmental authorities, it has become harder and harder to get Kratom.
The best place to get authentic Kratom would, of course, be if you have someone traveling to the native parts. But if not that, then numerous online sellers provide delivery methods. The only thing to make sure before you order Kratom online is to make sure the service provider covers your area of residence and that the law enforcement wouldn’t have a problem with that.