What is Kratom
Kratom is a tropical plant native to Southeast Asia, and the leaves contain compounds that can have psychotropic effects. It has been used for hundreds of years to relieve pain, combat fatigue, and help with both diarrhea and opiate addiction. In recent years it has become increasingly popular due to its painkilling properties as well as its reported ability to treat depression as well as anxiety.
The Kratom plant is actually part of the coffee family and grows in humid regions. The leaves can be chewed, smoked, or made into tea; you can also find them in many forms including powder and Kratom capsules. Kratom also comes in three strands, green, white, and red.
- The red strand gives the effect of a sedative and painkiller.
- The white strand gives users energy.
- Where the green strand is somewhere in between the white and red.
What are Kratom Capsules
Kratom capsules are made using the dried leaves of kratom, which have been finely ground into a powder. The powder is then filled into empty gel caps that are normally used for vitamins or supplements. The use of Kratom capsules offers many benefits over other forms, including the convenience factor.
Many users find it easier to take Kratom in this form rather than swallowing a bitter-tasting or muddy-looking liquid. Kratom is also used as an additive to other herbal remedies since it can enhance the effects of many different types of plants. This is why kratom capsules are often found containing various mixtures of herbs and extracts within them.
Is Kratom Legal
Kratom is currently legal in most parts of the world, including the United States. However, it is classified as a drug and chemical of concern by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It has not been approved for human consumption by the FDA, though studies have shown that it may have painkilling effects.
There are many “bars” that offer Kratom for consumption and sale, as well as Kava.
Kratom Capsules vs. Kratom Powder
Some people might find that Kratom capsules are more convenient, while others prefer to take their kratom in its raw form. It all comes down to preference and what the user is looking for. For instance, if you’re looking for a boost of energy, taking your kratom in powder form is the best and fastest. However, if you’re looking for a kratom strain that can help with pain relief, then taking it in its capsule form is the way to go.
Kratom capsules take longer to absorb into your system, which is why many prefer the powder for quick results.
How Does Kratom Affect the Brain
When Kratom is consumed many experience a state of euphoria. Some call it the “Kratom high” and this experience has been described as being both invigorating and relaxing simultaneously. It can cause effects similar to both opioids and stimulants.
Kratom affects the brain by increasing dopamine release, targeting the strong opioids in the brain, which gives you feelings of happiness and well-being. Thus, helping to treat symptoms such as anxiety and depression.
What are the Health Effects of Kratom
Some of the effects Kratom can have on the body are:
- Dry mouth
- Increased urination
- Loss of appetite
Can Kratom Capsules be Addictive
Kratom capsules have a similar compound to opioids, thus making them abused similarly. Like opioids, kratom can cause dependence, which then leads to withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms experienced during withdrawal are:
- Muscle aches
- Emotional changes
- Runny nose
- Jerky movements
Can Kratom Cause Overdose
Yes, kratom is capable of causing an overdose. The DEA reports that it can cause respiratory depression and even lead to a coma or death. It should be noted that there were 91 fatalities related to Kratom between 2016 and 2017 in 27 states. However, 84 of these cases also found the presence of other substances such as alcohol and opioids.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, even Kratom, contact the Harm Reduction Center. Our experienced staff is ready to help answer your questions and find the right treatment program for you. Contact us today!