While the herbal supplement kratom has been the subject of warnings and several potential bans from the U.S. government, the plant has been steadily gaining popularity in recent years as an effective treatment for pain. Derived from the leaves of an Asian tree similar to the coffee plant, kratom supposedly works with opioid receptors within the body to reduce the sensation of pain.
Effects Of Kratom: Pain And Anxiety Relief
With its reported ability to lessen inflammation as well as overall aches and pains, many people are turning to kratom as a natural alternative to prescription opioids. While the long-term effects and benefits of kratom have not been extensively studied, the plant is being touted by many supporters as a solution to the opioid crisis as it does not have the addictive qualities associated with prescription painkillers like Vicodin and similar drugs.
In addition to pain relief benefits, kratom is often used for a variety of other health conditions, including anxiety and stress relief. When the herb is consumed, it encourages the body to release serotonin and dopamine, two chemicals responsible for the regulation of mood and overall good feelings. Kratom is also associated with the ability to increase focus and concentration.
Easy Access To Kratom
Until a ban on kratom is finally implemented by the federal government, the substance is easily purchased online or in local “head shops.” The plant is sold in various forms, with the most popular being a powder or encased in capsules. The leaves can also be ground up and used to make tea.
Also, kratom comes in a multitude of “strains,” depending on the specific variety of leaf and the region of Asia it is cultivated. Each strain has its own relative strength or effectiveness in relation to certain health benefits. For instance, a strain of kratom from Borneo is thought to be most efficient at providing anxiety relief, while Bali kratom seems to provide better pain relief.
Side Effects of Kratom
The side effects of kratom can vary and are generally rare. Constipation, sweating, and dizziness have been reported by some users.
Thus far, there have been no confirmed cases of death directly caused by kratom use. Despite some government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration, claiming kratom use can be life-threatening by itself, the only verified cases of overdose death involving kratom was when the user ingested other drugs in addition to the plant.
Every day, hundreds of thousands of people use the supplement for pain relief and a variety of other health conditions. Overall, the effects of kratom seem to be beneficial and contribute positively to the overall health and well-being of users.
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