Buying kratom is a life quality issue for many users. People are purchasing kratom online from vendors rather than stand in line at the local store to get a fraction of what they would get for the same dollars spent online. Effects range among strains and dosage, as users can report both stimulating and calming effects. A go to herb for pain and opiate withdrawal, it’s also reported to help other issues such as insomnia and general state of mood. Although research is limited as it has only been widely available for a handful of years, it seems to produce positive effects for many kratom users.
Mitragyna speciosa is a tree from the coffee family originating in Southeast Asia in the Indochina and Malaysia phytochoria (botanical regions). It is most popularly known in the U.S. As Kratom (pronounced ?Cray-tem? or ?Crah-tum?) Kratom can now be found growing throughout the world, but in larger amounts in Southeast Asia and the Phillipines. It has been used for many centuries and is a form of traditional Asian medicine.
Regulation on Kratom
According to the FDA, kratom is also known by names such as: Mitragyna speciosa, biak-biak, cratom, gratom, ithang, kakuam, katawn, kedemba, ketum, krathom, madat, Maeng da leaf, and more. ?Organic kratom? is often advertised from vendors as well, although research has not yet showed the health benefits of organic versus non-organic kratom. The FDA has not approved Kratom and does warn against possible side effects. The DEA has recently delayed the kratom ban as they await more information from the FDA.
Active Ingredients in Kratom
Kratom contains different alkaloids and phytochemicals in the plant called mitragynine. There are other chemicals that can also have other effects. Chemicals such as: 7-hydroxymitragyning, speciogynine, and paynantheine.
Users often report more of a stimulant effect when using kratom at lower doses. The result can be more energy and mental clearness. When taken in higher doses it is reported to produce an opposite effect, causing a calming and sedative state. It is advised to not operate machinery or drive a vehicle while experiencing kratom. It is these effects that put kratom on the radar of the DEA.
Kratom Use Research with Humans
There has not been much research done on the effects of kratom on humans. There is an investigation which was published in 2015 of only 10 regular male kratom users. Researchers gave 2-4 ox of kratom tea for 7 days. None of the men reported serious side effects although all users reported a numbing of the tongue after consumption of a kratom infused tea. There was also common increases in heart rates and blood pressure for 8 hours after drinking the tea. Skeptics often note that a similar effect could be observed in a regular coffee drinker (minus the tongue numbing).
The majority of published research studies on the effects of kratom involved lab animals or isolated human cells that were subjected to an injection of kratom.
Pain Relief from Kratom
Kratom is structured different than morphine, but mitragynine seems to bind to the same opiod receptors as morphine does. This calming effect is probably the reason that many kratom users dealing with pain or withdrawal from opiate addiction turn to the herb for some relief. The opiate problem in America is at an all time high and is at levels that are staggering to the general public. Many users report a huge benefit of kratom use to relieve some of the debilitating symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
Recommended Kratom Dosage
Reports can vary throughout the internet and because of a lack of sufficient medical research, move forward with caution. Because of the stimulant and sedative effects, the user has to first gauge the severity of their situation and why they are looking to use kratom. Regardless of severity, it is extremely important that users start small. When blending a kratom tea, it is advised to start with 1g of kratom powder per batch of tea to begin with. After some hours it should be easier to gauge effectiveness, and whether or not you should up the dosage to 2g. While usage varies, many kratom users report a common dosage amount of 1 to 9 grams per batch of tea.
Where to Buy Kratom
Buying kratom is easy in most states. Although outlawed in states such as Tennessee, Indiana, Alabama, Wisconsin, Vermont, and Sarasota Florida. Many brick and mortar stores sell kratom at a much higher price than could be obtained online from a reputable kratom vendor.