Ever Heard of Kratom — the drug & the painkiller?

Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia in the coffee family. It’s said in low doses to relieve pain as an alternative to opiates, to increase concentration, and to improve mood. In higher doses, it can reportedly have a sedative effect.

Different strains of Kratom. Photo Credits: Kratomproject.org

There’s limited medical research about kratom and its risks — though it’s not risk-free. It’s banned in Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand and in some US states.

In Southeast Asia, kratom has customorily been chewed in raw leaf form. It has been part of the customs since thousands of years.

Kratom leaves. Photot Credits: Cosmickratom.com

When chewed or boiled into tea, kratom produces a mild, calming effect that is most perceived as harmless.

Nausea, dysphoria and vomiting are likely with strong doses, especially in those not already experienced with the effects of kratom.

It sounds like the perfect drug. At low doses, it’s stimulating, like a strong cup of coffee; at higher doses, it’s sedating and kills pain.

Kratom in powder form. Photo Credits: Susan Ash

But of course, there’s a catch. Like the opioid drugs it is used to replace, this stuff can be addictive, and it can also cause serious nausea. Unlike other opioids, however, it seems to have an extremely low overdose risk, which has caught the eye of people working to fight the record high level of overdose deaths.

Have you used kratom? Let me know in the comments what is your opinion of the drug. Did the article told you something you did not know until 5 mins ago? Perhaps recommend? :)

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