Belonging to the same plant as the coffee family, Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) has been used as traditional medicine for generations by people in its native regions, which include Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Indonesia. High quality Kratom can be found in each of these locations, but the effects can vary, depending on the vein color. In the last decade, Kratom has gained a lot of popularity in the West as people are finally realizing the benefits of this South East Asian tree since they have discovered it can aid in the treatment of a wide array of ailments. However, there have been plenty of rumors about this herb as well so it is best to know as much about the drug as possible.
The effects of Kratom are varied, but they also depend on some factors such as strain origin, dosage and the vein color of the leaves. The most significant effect of Kratom is analgesia i.e. pain relief. As opposed to simple analgesics like paracetamol or ibuprofen, it can be more effective in relieving pain as it works on the same level as opiates. Does that mean it is an opiate? In biological terms, the herb works in a similar way to opiates. It comprises of alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydromitrgynine that belong to the same class as opioids, but the difference is that the chances of addiction are very low. This is mostly because they bind to the delta opioid receptors whereas synthetic opioids usually impact the mu opioid receptors.
They just function in the same way as other opioids, which means they lock onto receptor cells in the body and block the transmission of pain signals and create feelings of euphoria. In addition, opioid receptors are not only responsible for pain. They are also linked to the reward and learning system of your brain, they affect depression and anxiety and also have an impact on the mood. This is why Kratom is able to have such a wide range of effects for treating different conditions.
Kratom has been used as a herbal remedy for dealing with a plethora of conditions successfully that include degenerative diseases, chronic pain, depression, acid reflux, anxiety, diabetes, ADHD, low energy, insomnia, GERD, stress, opiate and alcohol addiction and more. The biggest benefit of Kratom is that it is completely natural; no other chemical or ingredient is added to it for getting the benefits. Kratom leaves are crushed and then sold in different forms such as paste, powder, capsules and pills.
This is one of the primary reasons why Kratom is being widely used for getting off opiates. It only stimulates the mu opioid receptors mildly, which is enough to stave off the effects of opiate withdrawal and this allows addicts to cope with the process without suffering from a relapse. It is recommended that you start Kratom intake with a small dose to ensure it doesn’t have any negative impact on your body. Up the dose gradually to take full advantage of Kratom.