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What is Kratom?
Mitragyna Speciosa is an evergreen tropical tree mainly found in Southeast Asia. Mitragyna Speciosa is from the plant family of Rubiaceae. The other plants that belong to this plant family are coffea or coffee and cinchona.
Mitragyna Speciosa or Kratom were used for medicinal purposes in Malaysia, Indonesia, Papa New Guinea, Myanmar, and Thailand since centuries. The leaves from this plant are used as a stimulant and depressant. The leaves of Kratom include around 25 compounds. These compounds have psychotropic effects or mind-altering effects. The leaves of Kratom are processed into extracts, tablets, or powder. When this is taken in a very small dose, it is a stimulant. However, if it is taken in large doses, it has a sedative effect which is quite similar to the ones produced by opiates or opium.
The two main ingredients of Kratom are 7-hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine. 7-hydroxymitragynine is like pain killers or analgesic. If used in proper doses, it also reduces anxiety. The Mitragynine works like alkaloids such as nicotine, quinine, and morphine.
Kratom is also known by the names Thom, Ketum, Thang, Biak, and Kakum or Kakuam. Kratom is forbidden and illegal in many countries, including Thailand, Australia, and Denmark. It is legal in the United States; however, there is restricted access imposed on this substance.
Why is it different and what are its benefits?
Kratom is used by many people for self-treating symptoms like anxiety or depression. However, it is not approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for anxiety or depression treatment. Also, the FDA doesn’t regulate Kratom as it is considered under dietary supplements.
Besides anxiety and depression, Kratom is also used for treating conditions like pain, high blood pressure, diarrhea, muscle aches, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Opioid addiction and also its withdrawal, fatigue, boost metabolism, prevent diabetes, improve the immune system, and induce healthy and sound sleep.
The leaves of this plant are chewed by the native growers. In Thailand, the male population is known to chew around 10 to 60 leaves in a day. Though it has effects of opium, the Kratom leaves have many health benefits.
The Kratom leaves contain alkaloids that help in controlling glucose and insulin in the blood. This prevents the increase or decrease in blood sugar level. It maintains the blood sugar level, thus eliminating the chances of getting diabetes at all.
Traditional practitioners regard the Kratom leaves as a fertility booster. It is known to increase fertility by increasing the blood flow, improve conception rates, and also re-energize and increase sexual drive.
When the leaves from Kratom plants are chewed, it releases dopamine and serotonin in the body. Since the leaves contain analgesic properties, they quickly relieve pain from the body. Also, the alkaloids present in the leaves alleviate and dulls the pain in each part of the body. This quality of being similar to opium or morphine is regarded by its users as the benefiting application.
Those who suffer from the syndrome of chronic fatigue, Kratom is a natural solution. It increases the blood circulation in all parts of the body and provides high energy in the body by increasing metabolic effects. Also, it has a soothing effect on the body. The Kratom leaves are known to be popular among laborers in many countries as it boosts their energy levels. It optimizes the metabolic processes and has an impact on hormone levels, which results in increased energy levels.
Boosts Immune System
The extracts of Kratom leaves are used as medicinal herbs. They are known to have effects on your immune system. The alkaloids present in the leaves have a combined effect on your strength and also the resilience of your immune system. They are rich in antioxidants.
Kratom leaves are known to regulate the hormones which give relief from depression, mood swings, anxiety, and chronic stress. The drugs or medicines available have side effects. However, kratom can soothe and calm your mind and body without you being depended on medicines.
Recovery from Addiction
Chewing Kratom leaves regularly, can help you with curing opium addiction and its withdrawals. It can help an addict stay away from opium without any side effects and help them to stay clean.
Though, the health benefits make this a unique and different product from others, Kratom too has its negatives and side effects like others.
Side Effects and Negative Impacts
Though Kratom has medicinal effects and health benefits, it also has its own side effects and negatives. If Kratom is used regularly, there are psychotic symptoms like hallucination, delusion, and mental confusion. The withdrawal symptoms are insomnia, muscle ache, bone ache, fever, diarrhea, nervousness, tension, aggression, weight loss, watery eyes, watery nose, and hostility.
How it’s made?
A huge amount of leaves are plucked from the Kratom plant. The freshly plucked Kratom leaves are then boiled until the brown resin is formed. Though, the smell is strong, it is pleasant. The resin is completely dried, and then it is packaged to be sold. It is also further processed into oil or even in the powder form.
Kratom can also be brewed into a nice cup of tea. You can make a smoothie or cook in your favorite recipes. When you use it as an extract, it doesn’t have a strong taste. Also, the dosages can be adjusted as per your choice. It is available online if any wants to buy them. Kratom extracts last for more than a year.
Kratom extracts mostly have numbers labeled on them like 10X or 15X. The number refers to how much grams were used for making 1 gm of Kratom extract. 10x stands for 10 grams were used to make 1 gram of Kratom extract.
Kratom has become popular in many countries because of its benefits. However, it has been opposed by many governments. Its use and sale are banned in many countries. Many biomedical researchers are quite keen and interested in this plant. A study has known that around 40 million Americans are depended on the Kratom extracts and tablets to relive them from chronic pains, stress, depression, and anxiety. This has led to an increase in Kratom demand.
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