Kratom is a tree which is grown in the rain forests of Southeast Asia and has been used by the people down there for hundreds of years. It is very unique in that it has been proven to be both a stimulant and sedative. With smaller doses it provides energy, stimulation, and focus. In fact, some people often compare it to a cup of coffee but with a smoother and calmer effect. This makes sense since the kratom plant is in the same family as the coffee tree!
Larger doses have more of a relaxed and sedating effect. The duration usually lasts between 2-5 hours and the more you take, the more sedating it becomes. Kratom is also very high in antioxidants and has become a healthy alternative to caffeine for a lot of people.
The stimulant level: At the stimulant level, the mind is more alert and physical energy is increased. One feels more motivated and the ability to do hard physical work is improved. There is also an elevation of mood. This occurs because "mitragynine" stimulates the δ-opioid / delta receptors (which boosts mood). You'll also find yourself more talkative, friendly, and sociable. The stimulant effects of kratom are different from typical CNS stimulants, such as caffeine, because kratom is more of a cognitive stimulant than a physical stimulant so there are no jitters like what you might expect after drinking coffee or soda.
The sedative level: In higher doses, kratom tends to act as a neurological opiate that stimulates the μ-opioid / MOR receptors. These MOR receptors are also triggered when using opiate drugs such as morphine or heroin. This means you will be less sensitive to physical or emotional pain, feel and look calm, and have a general feeling of comfortable pleasure. You may find your appreciation of music is increased and it will be very pleasant to just lie down in a semi-darkened room, with eyes closed, and just listen to your favorite music.
Kratom is not habit forming when used responsibly. However, just like coffee, kratom can become habit forming if used everyday and could eventually become a hard habit to break. If you drink coffee daily but then suddenly stop, it would cause some undesirable effects such as dry mouth, loss of appetite, and headaches. The same goes for Kratom - if you have been using Kratom for some time and suddenly quit using it, your body will crave for it. This is habit forming, not addiction. And just lilke coffee, the negative effects will go away after a few days.
NEVER drive while under the influence of kratom, even if you feel stimulated, rather than sleepy, for sleepiness may come on you without warning. Use common sense. Do not use power tools or climb ladders while under the influence of kratom.
Pregnant women should not take any drug or medication except on medical advice. Since there have been no studies of the risks of kratom use by pregnant women, it is not known whether it could cause birth defects or fetal death. We strongly recommend that any woman who could possibly be pregnant NOT use kratom.
Deaths: According to a 2016 review*, "Although 15 deaths has been attributed to kratom use in the past 3 years, there is no solid evidence that kratom was the sole contributor to an individual’s death." This means that Kratom is much safer than FDA approved prescription drugs which happen to kill over 100,000 people each year!**
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*Warner ML, Kaufman NC, Grundmann O (2016)."The pharmacology and toxicology of kratom: from traditional herb to drug of abuse". Int. J. Legal Med.
**Null, G PHD. (2011). Death by Medicine. Mount Jackson, VA: Praktikos Books.