Can Kratom help with Opiate Addiction?
There are many articles on the web about Kratom helping people kick both legal and non legal opiate addictions. And, there are articles that say Kratom does nothing to help people with these addictions. This of course becomes very confusing for people to decide if Kratom is right for them and sadly they remain unable to answer these questions.
- Can Kratom help me kick this opiate addiction I have to pain killers like morphine & codeine?
- Can Kratom help me kick this death spiral I’m on with hard drug opiates such as Opium & Heroin?
To find answers to these questions we first have to truly understand what Kratom itself is, we have to ask some questions such as:
- What is Kratom?
- What is the history of Kratom?
- What is the science behind Kratom?
- What are people saying about Kratom who have used it?
- Can Kratom itself be an addiction replacing the one I have now?
Let’s start answering the above questions and form an idea if Kratom is right for us and if Kratom can help kick the addiction I have.
What is Kratom?
Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. It is indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia (Borneo, Bali), Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea. It has been used in traditional medicines since at least the 19th century. Kratom has opioid properties and stimulant-like effects.
There is evidence that Kratom is as addictive as coffee is. This is not surprising since the evergreen belongs in the coffee family. Thus it is said that withdrawal from Kratom is as withdrawing from coffee. It is also not surprising to know that withdrawing from Kratom will cause nervousness, headache and irritability just as coffee would. Other common minor side effects include nausea, vomiting, and constipation. However, just in the case of everything else, individual results can and may vary.
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What is the history of Kratom.
Kratom use goes back hundreds if not thousands of years ago by the indigenous people of the areas it grows. It would seem there would be a reason why people of these regions have continued using Kratom to help in whatever issue they might of had be it pain relief or to get an energy boost for a difficult and hot day ahead. What is certain that Kratom has properties that has helped people to cope with difficult days and continue to do so until this day.
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What is the science behind Kratom.
Mitragynine is the most abundant alkaloid in the leaves. 7-Hydroxymitragynine is present only in very small amounts in kratom leaves. The average weight of a fresh and a dried leaf is about 1.7 and 0.43 g respectively. The veins of the leaves are either greenish-white or red and the former is reputed to be more potent.
Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, are the two alkaloids mainly responsible for the effects of kratom. The total alkaloid concentration in dried leaves ranges from 0.5–1.5 %.
What are people saying about Kratom who have used it?
The effects of kratom in humans are dose-dependent. These doses are dependent on each individuals capability. Small doses produce cocaine-like stimulation while larger dosages cause morphine-like sedative effects.
Taking a few grams, invigorating effects and euphoria are felt within 10 minutes and last for one to one and a half hours. Kratom users report increased work capacity, alertness, sociability and sometimes heightened sexual desire. Individual result will vary.
Kratom for opiate addiction has helped hundreds if not thousands of people quit heroin and other hard drugs giving them a new lease on life full of hope for a better and healthier life.
Can Kratom itself be an addiction replacing the one I have now?
It is always a good practice to never abuse anything you take. This is also true for Kratom. Regular kratom use may produce dependence. Your body may and will develop a tolerance. That is why users often switch between strains to avoid developing a tolerance for Kratom. Withdrawal symptoms in humans are relatively mild and typically diminish within a week. These withdrawal effect include craving, weakness and lethargy, anxiety, restlessness, rhinorrhea, myalgia, nausea, sweating and tremor. Remember tough that the effects vary by each individual. There may also be other effects not listed here but may pop up.
It is strongly recommended not to take Kratom with other drugs, it may provoke serious side effects.
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