Kratom is a tree found in southeast Asia. Kratom’s scientific name is Mitragyna speciosa. It’s a species that is endemic to southeast Asia and can be found in places like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo etc. The Kratom tree belongs to the family of coffee. Kratom tree leaves are being used for a long time now, because of its therapeutic properties. Kratom is used by the folklore for home made remedies. It acts as a stimulant if given in low doses, and if administered in high dosage it acts a sedative. Kratom is known to cure diseases like diarrhea, and it is also used as a painkiller; a recreational drug; to treat opium addiction. Some people also maintain that Kratom is an effective means of treatment for dangerous diseases like arthritis, fibromyalgia etc.
How is Kratom consumed?
In the places where Kratom is found naturally, people usually consume it by chewing fresh leaves. The central stringy vein is removed to ease the chewing. Sometimes, even dried leaves are consumed but since they are tough, many crush the leaves to make it into a powder so that they can swallow it easily. There are numerous ways in which you can consume Kratom. The powder can be mixed with water, or it can be added to fruit juices and milk to improve the taste. One way of consuming Kratom is by making a tea out of it. Dried leaves boiled and then strained to make a tea. An extract can also be taken from the tea residue which can later be mixed with hot water for later consumption. People like to form their own concoction by mixing herbal or black tea. Honey or sugar can be added according to your preference to sweeten the drink.
Dosage – The different types of Kratom vary in strength. For example, dried leaves are less strong in comparison with powder or resin. Be careful while selecting the doses. 5-10 grams of dried leaves and 3-5 grams of powder would suffice for beginners. Do not make it a habit of consuming Kratom and take it only once or twice a month. If you are a regular user, though, you may feel the need to increase the dosage.
Side effects associated with Kratom:
Chronic users of Kratom experience some serious side effects like weight loss, loss of appetite, darkening of the skin color of the face, obstruction of the bowel, constipation, and delay in ejaculation. Apart from these, users have also reported withdrawal symptoms like a runny nose, irritability, and diarrhea. An independent study performed only on chronic Malaysian users shed some light on other problems like difficulty in sleeping, muscle spasms, appetite loss, fever, and psychological problems. However, withdrawal symptoms are usually mild and can be treated with prescription drugs.
Kratom was prohibited in Thailand, effective August 3, 1943, which made planting trees illegal and required felling of all the other trees. However, the law has not proven to be effective since a large part of Thailand still believe in the medicinal properties of Kratom and it is still being used by tribes all over.
Procurement and use of Kratom leaves are also banned in Malaysia under section 30 Poisons Act 1952. Any citizen who is found having possession can be imposed a heavy fine.
Food and Drug Administration Agency (FDA) of the United States, a leading authority in the field has a placed a chemical concern drugs containing Kratom. The Alabama state outlawed Kratom and all pharmacies were required to remove drugs containing Kratom from their shelves.
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