A Nootropic Remedy to the Opiod Crisis
If you read health newspapers or visit nutritional supplement stores, you may have come across kratom. It is a supplement available in the 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 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 prescription to treat muscle pain or spasms, 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. It works as a strong analgesic at a moderate dose and relieves pain, plus makes you feel relaxed. When taken in higher doses, kratom works as a tranquilizer and makes consumers 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.
An expedient dose of kratom depends on several factors like the user’s age, health, and medical history. There is a scarcity of enough scientific studies detailing a 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 essential. Remember to follow instructions written on the product label, consult your pharmacist or other healthcare professionals, and discuss its pros and cons before taking this drug.
Kratom should be consumed in moderate doses because it may cause breathing difficulty, seizures, termers, and hepatic damage at higher doses. Due to the above-mentioned reasons and some other serious safety hazards, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns people to avoid using certain products containing high kratom concentrations.
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, delusions, and thyroid problems.
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.