What Is Kratom

WHAT IS KRATOM?

Kratom, or mitragyna speciosa, is a plant that was discovered by a dutch settler in the early 1800s. After its discovery, kratom leaves quickly became known as a source of energy and endurance by the natives who chewed the leaves on long treks through the jungles of Thailand. The leaves were traditionally chewed raw but may also be brewed into a tea or dried and ground into fine powder. 

In southern Thailand, the use of kratom has been common practice by natives for thousands of years. There is no stigma or discrimination attached to kratom use there, as its use is as common as drinking coffee in the United States. In fact, Thai employers in the 1800s were said to have preferred to hire workers who chewed kratom because they were found to be more focused and energetic.

Kratom can render both mildly stimulating effects and mildly relaxing effects depending upon the measurement used. At smaller amounts, the effects tend to be slightly more stimulating; and at larger amounts, the effects tend to be more relaxing. Most kratom users report an overall sense of well-being and willingness to work. Some have reported an increase in focus, attentiveness, and social confidence resulting from the responsible use of kratom.

IS KRATOM ADDICTIVE?

Kratom is a close relative to the coffee plant. Similar to the use of caffeine if kratom is used daily in large amounts, it can become mildly habit forming. Some have reported caffeine withdrawal to be far worse than kratom withdrawal; however, this can vary for each individual. RoyalOrganics.us advocates only the responsible use of kratom.

IS KRATOM SAFE?

There has been no documented evidence that all-natural organic kratom leaf can cause any harm to its user. In addition, studies about the medicinal uses for kratom are on the rise. It has been long reported that kratom has been used as an opioid receptor agonist like morphine and is used in the management of chronic pain as well as to treat a myriad of ailments including but not limited to: diarrhea, depression, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stomach parasites, diverticulitis, anxiety, alcoholism, and opiate withdrawal. In addition to the treatment of existing ailments, researchers are also beginning to study how kratom can promote healthier liver function, increased antioxidant levels, and increased levels of melanin for sun protection. Exciting new research about one of the active alkaloids in kratom, Catechin, has been linked to numerous health benefits. Perhaps one of the most intriguing is its effect upon stroke victims. There is a typical two to three hour time frame for the treatment of stroke victims, and epiccatechin was found to limit nuerological damage in mice when administered as long as three and a half hours after the stroke.

Kratom is being used as an alternative to opiate based prescription medicines. Kratom is being used in great affect to provide  pain relief and of opiate withdrawal whether from prescription medication or recreational use. By substituting a strong habit forming opiate with Kratom many people have successfully weaned themselves off the semi-synthetic drug Hydrocodone, then reduced their kratom dose to live a drug free life.  For those of us that have to manage chronic pain daily, Kratom is 100% natural.

KRATOM IS NOT 

Kratom is not a drug. Kratom is not an opiate. Kratom is not a synthetic substance. Naturally occurring Kratom is a safe herbal supplement that’s more akin to tea and coffee than any other substances.  Kratom behaves as a partial mu-opioid receptor agonist and is used for pain management, energy, even depression and anxiety that are so common among Americans. Kratom contains no opiates, but it does bind to the same receptor sites in the brain. Chocolate, coffee, exercise and even human breast milk hit these receptor sites in a similar fashion.

IS KRATOM LEGAL?

Kratom is legal in the United States. With the exception of laws passed in Wisconsin, Vermont, Rhode Island, Indiana, Arkansas, and Alabama Kratom is legal in the other 44 states. Although the DEA, as is done with nearly all popular new supplements, put Kratom on it's items of concern, it was done over 4 years ago, it was found not to cause harm. Many states classify Kratom as a food product. Kratom is illegal in Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand.

In Recent News, Thailand has begun discussions to legalize Kratom. Few know that Kratom was originally banned in Thailand due to the fact that it was disrupting one of its primary exports, Opium. It is legal in most other countries, including Europe. Not knowing the law will not work as an excuse in court (Ignorantia juris non excusat), so it's always a good practice to be informed as to whether or not Kratom is legal where you live. SEE: https://www.americankratom.org/aka-in-your-state to find out if its legal in your state.

 

The Health Benefits of Kratom Supplements

  There are many nutrients that are hard to gain from our average daily diet, leaving us feeling unwell. Fortunately, we can adjust our diets to include more fruits and vegetables and take specific health supplements to boost our health. One supplement that you may not have heard about is called Kratom. It has many benefits, including helping people with drug-use problems detoxify their livers and help with addiction treatment. This supplement is new and has some controversy, but when you purchase from a reputable seller, as well as manufacturer, then you can be assured of both its safety and efficacy.

Let’s learn a bit more about Kratom and how it works.

What Are the Main Benefits of Kratom?

There is a chemical within the leaves called mitragynine, which has similar painkilling effects such as opioids and morphine. But like marijuana, its more naturally sourced and considered safer than taking manmade drugs. It’s used commonly to manage withdrawal symptoms from heroin, morphine, and other opioid drugs. While it must be taken with care, it’s a much safer option than taken illicit drugs.

 And it’s not just the similar effects that Kratom has to illicit drugs that can assist addiction, it can also help with those nasty side-effects. If you’re having bad withdrawal effects such as nausea or vomiting, or even bad mood swings, Kratom will help to decrease these effects too.

 There are also other benefits to taking Kratom as it’s not just for people recovering from the use of drugs.

 It can be effective against depression and increase your mood. It can also be taken to relieve stress and anxiety, which is a major concern today with the housing crisis, low wages, and Covid-19. Kratom capsules or other formats can be taken to provide stimulant-like effects. In studies done, people have said they’ve felt more relaxed when taking this supplement, rather than drinking coffee which can raise the heart rate.

 The Kratom supplement can also be used for its pain-relieving properties. It can be effective for people with chronic pain conditions such as Lyme disease, arthritis, and tendon or muscular injuries. It will need to be taken in higher doses but has a sedative-like effective like prescription medication and can help with the additional issues of stress and anxiety when having these conditions.

 Kratom can be taken to manage flu bugs, colds, or Covid-19, as it can help to decrease coughing fits. Kratom can boost your immune system, which is just what you need when you’re exposed to a bad virus. There are alkaloids within the leaves that assist in strengthening the immune system.

 Kratom is much like caffeine, as it can give you a burst of energy. In Southeast Asia, people who worked in the fields would chew these leaves to give them the energy to complete their day.

How Does Kratom Work?

 Whether you take Kratom capsules, powders, or extract, it has the same benefits. Within the Kratom leaves there are specific chemical compounds. These compounds bind to the pain receptors located in your central nervous system. These provide analgesic effects (like aspirin which is also naturally sourced), and help to block the nerves from flaring up,

 Are There Other Health Benefits?

 Besides the most common health benefits above, Kratom can also benefit people in surprising ways. One is that it can help improve your cognitive skills. This could be for people suffering the early effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s, or those who have had a brain injury after a bad accident. Taking Kratom powder, Kratom extract, or Kratom capsules can help your brain to function better. The supplement will assist your liver in properly processing food so that you gain all the nutrition and energy that your body requires.

 What Precautions Should I Worry About?

 Women who are pregnant should avoid taking Kratom. There haven’t been enough studies done to know if it’s safe to take while breastfeeding, so it’s best to avoid during this time. Kratom is better for drug addictions and effective for alcohol addictions. Also, if you have any allergies take care until you are confident you aren’t allergic to this supplement. If you have any other concerns, please discuss with your physician.

Remember how marijuana was illegal until pharmaceutical companies started testing it and figuring out how much was safe to use for health conditions? It’s possible it is addictive (but so are coffee, chocolates, and cigarettes), but many people with chronic or terminal health conditions may find it’s a better alternative than other harmful legal pharmaceuticals. Now, it’s easily obtained and up to you as to how you want to take it.

 

References & Citations:

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1513/kratom

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/kratom-fear-worthy-foliage-or-beneficial-botanical-2019080717466

https://www.kratom.com/trending/7-impressive-benefits-of-kratom-leaves-for-healthy-lifestyle