Kratom is a well-known tropical tree with the scientific name as Mitragyna speciosa. Other lists of names with which the tree is called contain Kakuam, Ithang, Ketum, Biak, and Thom. These are mostly found in the Southeast Asia region. This tropical tree consists of leaves that contain some psychotropic effects on the brain. It is nowadays an illegal substance. But one can easily find it on the internet. Many websites are dealing with it.
Usage Of Kratom
This tropical tree is also available as Kratom capsules. Mostly in rural areas where the tree is present in abundance, people have access to them. So, they are open to access the leaves and they mostly chew it. Many also brew the dried leaves and then add them up into their tea or other drinking elements. Sometimes, leaves are eaten in food or smoked.
The funny thing about kratom tree products is that they are sold as a green powder and with a label written- not for human consumption. They are available in various other forms such as gum, extract, maeng da kratom, and many more.
How Does Kratom Affect The Brain?
The use of this substance is similar to both stimulants, and opioids. There are mainly two components in the Kratom leaves, these are mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxymitragynine. Both of them interact with the opioid receptors in the brain. Then the brain creates some sensation for sedation, pleasure, and decreases the pain. These are the effects experienced when the user intakes a large amount of the plant. But in recent times, companies have been trying to ease it for the users. They have manufacturing kratom capsules so that a huge amount of the product (but in control and supervision) can be consumed. One of the components also interacts with other receptors of the brain and hence produces stimulant effects.
When it is taken in controlled and small amounts, then most of the users have reported alertness, sociability, and increased instead of sedation. But all-in-all, it can be conferred that kratom can cause discomfort and might also lead to some dangerous side effects. The list might contain nausea, itching, constipation, increased urination, dry mouth, sweating, loss of appetite, seizures, hallucinations, and many more. In many cases, the symptoms of psychosis have also been reported. So, everything that one eats should be properly researched.
How Addictive Is Kratom?
It is not really to a great extent. Like other drugs that cause opioid-like effects in the receptive systems of the brain, the use of kratom and maeng da kratom can cause dependence to some extent. Mostly, users have been feeling physical withdrawal symptoms whenever they stop taking it. The symptoms when the user tries to get rid of this habit contains emotional changes, jerky movements, hostility, insomnia, muscle aches, aggression, and many more. But these are normal if one is determined to lead a healthy life.
Usage of Kratom As A Medicine
It has become an herbal alternative to medical treatments in various things. One of the most prominent things being controlling withdrawal symptoms and cravings by the people who have been addicted to opioids or any other substance like alcohol. The usage of kratom capsules or in any other form has not been specified or properly researched yet. But studies are going on this path also. If one is very addicted to all these drugs then behavioral therapy has been supposed to give some relief to those patients. Scientists are putting a lot of effort to find out how effective the drug is curing other diseases and what all the benefits can be reaped using behavioral therapy.
We hope you have gained some knowledge about kratom, its uses, and side effects and can decide properly how to bring it in your life. If you know anyone who uses it and want to share some experience, then we would love to read it in the comment section below.