Being a member of the Rubiaceae family, Mitragyna Speciosa, which is also known as Kratom, belongs to the same species of the plant from which coffee is obtained. For centuries, it has been used as an herbal remedy by people living in the Southeast Asian region. But, before anyone makes use of Kratom, it is best to know as much about it as possible.
What is Kratom?
South East Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are where this tall Kratom tree can be found in abundance. It is believed that this plant comprises of alkaloids that play the role of mu opioid receptors in the brain. These receptors are used widely in some of the most potent pain relievers you can find in the market these days. Mu opioid receptors have been classified as a gateway to drug addiction due to which they have become a very important element in the development of addiction therapies.
Research and Uses of Kratom
If you do a quick search on the internet about Kratom, you will find a variety of websites that are full of the advantages of this plant and even more that are advertising a horde of Kratom products. In the Western world, this herb has gained popularity very quickly and it is regarded as unique because high dosages of Kratom can work as a sedative and low does work well as a stimulant. It has been stated that this plant can serve various purposes and has been used as a painkiller, recreational drug, for opiate addiction treatment and as diarrhea medicine.
However, most of the evidence obtained about the effectiveness of Kratom is anecdotal, which means it has been reported by users, but hasn’t been studied properly. But, those that have been carried out show that Kratom has proven handy for relieving withdrawal symptoms amongst people who are suffering from a powerful narcotics addiction. In fact, Kratom serves as a much gentler treatment option for addicts as compared to methadone, which was previously the treatment of choice. Also, it has been touted that Kratom can be effective in relieving anxiety and depression symptoms.
How to take Kratom?
In the native areas, leaves of the Kratom plant are often chewed fresh after the stingy central vein is removed. It is also possible to chew dried leaves, but they can be a bit tough. Therefore, lots of people choose to powder them or crush them to make it easy to swallow. It is possible to mix powdered Kratom with water and then consumed, which is easy and quick. You can also mix it with other liquids such as milk, fruit juice etc. Chocolate milk is especially effective in masking the taste of Kratom. Dried Karatom leaves can also be used for making tea. These days, you can also find Kratom capsules, tablets and extracts.
Nonetheless, even though Kratom is legal in the United States, some side effects have been reported, which include nausea or vomiting, prolonged sleep, dry mouth, loss of appetite and increased or decreased urination.