If you read health newspapers or visit nutritional supplements stores, …
If you read health newspapers or visit nutritional supplements stores, you may have come across kratom. It is a supplement available in market as an energy booster, mood enhancer, pain reliever and antidote for withdrawal symptoms of opioids.
Kratom comes from the leaves of an evergreen tree named Mitragyna speciose, grown in Southeast Asia. Kratom is available in powder form to brew or swallow, leaves extract and also in raw leaves form to chew. Kratom extract is used to make liquid syrups of different concentrations. You can get these from specific retail pharmacies or vitamin shops by a prescription to treat muscle pain or spasms, to repress appetite and cure diarrhea. Kratom is also marketed as a therapy for panic attacks.
Kratom contains a chemical substance in it named mitragynine. It works just like analgesic opioid drugs for example codeine and morphine.
It mainly works by acting on brain opioid receptors. Kratom acts as a brain stimulant when taken in small doses and makes the person feel more active mentally and physically. At moderate dose, it works as a strong analgesic and relives pain plus makes you feel relaxed. When taken in higher doses, kratom works as a tranquilizer and makes consumer sleepy. Some traditional medicine practitioners consider kratom as a substitute for opium.
Some people consume kratom to treat opioid withdrawal symptoms because kratom is easily available than prescription only opioid analgesics.
· This drug has gained attention of the american populace over the last 10 years. People who consume this substance often, claim that it may act as a nootropics agent by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels in brain. According to some studies, it works as a brain stimulant and makes menial tasks enjoyable. It also works as an anti-depressant and anti-anxiolytic medicine, to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety in patients.
An expedient dose of kratom depends on several factors like age and health of the user and also their medical history. Right now, there is a scarcity of enough scientific studies detailing reasonable range of doses for this drug. It is a fact that natural ingredients are not always safe and free from side effects. Therefore, a proper regimen for use is very important. Always remember to follow instructions written on label of product and consult your pharmacist or other healthcare professional and discuss about its pros and cons before taking this drug.
Kratom should be consumed in moderate doses because at higher doses may cause breathing difficulty, seizures, termers and hepatic damage. Due to above and some other serious safety hazards, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continuously keeps warning people to avoid using certain products containing high concentrations of kratom.
Kratom can cause many side effects when taken orally, such as, stupefaction, nausea, vomiting, dryness or numbness inside of your mouth, frequent urination, constipation or bloating, GIT distress, hallucinations and delusions and thyroid problems
· An important thing to be aware of is that if you consume this drug on daily basis, it can cause dependence to your brain and body. People who often use kratom in larger quantities and then suddenly stop taking it may experience some withdrawal symptoms like loss of appetite, severe diarrhea , muscle spasms and consistent pain, muscle twitches, swollen eyes, nervousness, insomnia, disorientation, aggression and increased body temperature.
It is an old saying that a coin has two sides. This rule applies here as well. No doubt that there are some significant advantages of kratom but one should avoid excessive use of this nootropic. After all, it is a drug and overdose can lead to serious health damage.