Mitragyna Speciosa, or Kratom is a tree that grows in Southeast Asia. It has been in used in this region since ancient times because of its narcotic and stimulant effects. Kratom is popular among adult males in Malaysia and Thailand. Kratom’s stimulant effects aid adult Asian males in their long hours of physical labor. Malaysia and Thailand’s working class seem to use Kratom for the same reasons that Americans use coffee. Kratom has become a crutch for Asians who engage in hard physical labor.
It was made illegal in Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Australia, but its use is still widespread because of the Kratom trees that grow in these regions. There are still many things about Kratom that are not known, even though Kratom use is widespread in parts of Southeast Asia. Some research has been done about Kratom and its effects, but it still lacks some continued research. The information about Kratom found online is usually from limited research. Some of the research about Kratom are inconclusive and requires further studies to confirm their results. The side effects of the continued use of Kratom are still unclear.
In some parts of Southeast Asia, Kratom is a popular opiate substitute because it delivers almost the same effects as opium. Opium addicts in Thailand chew Kratom leaves if there is no opium available. Some users even combine opium and Kratom.
Opium users who want to quit using opiates use Kratom because it lessens the severity of withdrawals. This makes Kratom an effective alternative to other opium withdrawal treatment methods. Opiates bind to the brain’s delta and mu opioid receptors. This causes the euphoric effects that an opium user experiences. The opium addiction is caused by the opiates’ binding with the brain’s mu opioid receptors. The active alkaloids of Kratom only bind with the brain’s delta opioid receptors, causing little to no addiction. However, in high doses of Kratom, it is possible that binding still occurs with the brain’s mu opioid receptors. Even if Kratom’s active alkaloids binds with the brain’s mu opioid receptors, it would cause only moderate addiction.
Kratom is a good for curing opiate addiction because, like opiates, Kratom can also cause a relaxing euphoria. Kratom is also not as addicting as opiates as long as you use it in low doses. Kratom is not well known outside Southeast Asia, and are usually sold on some websites and online stores.
Kratom is a harvested from Kratom trees that are native to Southeast Asia. Kratom is a popular alternative to opiates because it also contains alkaloids that bind to the brain’s opiate receptors. However, like opiates, Kratom can also be addictive and there are some people who abuse it. Kratom became an issue in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Malaysia and they have made it illegal.
How does Kratom Work?
Kratom contains active components called alkaloids. Mitragynine is the alkaloid that is responsible for most of Kratom’s effects. Mitragynine binds to the opioid receptors in the brain. These receptors influence your anxiety and mood. So when Mitragynine binds to the opioid receptors, it gives you a feeling of euphoria and improves your mood. The effects you get from Kratom are similar to those you get from opiates such as opium and heroine.
How is Kratom Different from other Opiates?
Although Kratom gives you the same effects as those you get from opiates such as opium and heroine, Kratom is not the same. Kratom’s mitragynine alkaloid binds to your brain’s delta opioid receptors, while opiates such as opium and heroin bind to your brain’s mu opioid receptors. However, it higher doses of Kratom, mitragynine may bind to your brain’s mu opioid receptors as well. This could be the reason why Kratom causes a stimulating effect at low doses, and a narcotic effect at high doses. Kratom is also not as addictive as opiates.
Kratom as an Opium Substitute
In Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Malaysia, Kratom is often used as an opium substitute. Kratom’s mitragynine gradually weans the user off narcotics. Because of mitragynine’s binding to the brain’s delta opioid receptors, the opium cravings and withdrawal are moderated. Kratom’s mitragynine is a good maintenance drug for opium addicts that don’t really want to quit but they want their serious addiction to opium to be moderated. Recently, mitragynine was used in New Zealand as a methadone addiction detox. Over a six-week treatment period, a patient was allowed to smoke Kratom when he experienced methadone withdrawal symptoms. Some of the patients reported that had vivid dreams at night after smoking Kratom.
Kratom as a Recreational Drug
Kratom is beginning to gain popularity as a recreational drug because of its narcotic-like effects. Like heroin, Kratom can produce feelings of euphoria. Those who use it report that they feel euphoric yet still energetic enough to be able to function normally.
Due to Kratom’s mode of action, it has become a great alternative to methadone. Like methadone, Kratom can be used for detoxification from opioids and opiates addiction. If further research would confirm the partial binding of Kratom’s mitragynine alkaloid to the brain’s mu receptors, Kratom could replace methadone as an effective opiate addiction treatment. The main advantage of Kratom over methadone is it is not as addictive as methadone. Therefore, it reduces the risk of replacing opiate addiction with another addiction.
Kratom affects the brain the same way as opiates and causes the same affects. It can also temper opiate craving. These benefits are the reason why Kratom has been used by opiate users in Southeast Asia for a long time. Workers in Southeast Asia use Kratom’s stimulant effects to help them with their hard physical labor. Many of the current opiate addicts in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand are known to drink Kratom extract or chew Kratom leaves when opiates or opium are not available. There are also users who combine Kratom and opiate because Kratom leaves are cheaper than manufactured opiates.
Because of the traditional use of Kratom in Southeast Asia, H. Ridley reported in early 1897 that Kratom leaves were a possible cure for the addiction to opiates. Opiate addiction has been spreading in the West because of the increasing availability of opium and synthetic opiates. H. Ridley believes that Kratom may be the solution to this spreading phenomenon.
The use of Kratom was banned in Thailand since 1943. However, in 1999, Pennapa Sapcharoen of ITTM in Bangkok, Thailand announced that Kratom needs further research because it could be an effective cure for those who are suffering from opiate addiction and depression.
Recently, Kratom’s mitragynine alkaloid has been used in experiments in New Zealand to treat methadone addiction. There are reports that Kratom leaves were administered whenever a patient is experiencing methadone withdrawal symptoms. The treatments using Kratom lasted for about six weeks.
Kratom is different from opiates because causes little to no addiction. The reason for this is because opiates bind to your brain’s mu opioid receptors. This binding causes pleasurable effects but also causes addiction. Kratom’s alkaloids bind mainly to your brain’s delta opioid receptors, which also causes pleasurable effects but causing only little to no addiction. This makes Kratom a good substitute for opiates and for curing opiate addiction. However, high doses of Kratom may still cause moderate addiction.
Kratom grows in Southeast Asian countries such as Myanmar, Malaysia, and Thailand. Although Kratom is a tree, the term is usually used to refer to the Kratom tree’s leaves. The leaves of the Kratom tree have psychoactive properties and workers in Southeast Asia use it to help aid them with physical labor. Kratom use has been made illegal in some countries such as Malaysia and Thailand because of abuse. However, there are countries where the use of Kratom is legal.
In Southeast Asia, workers chew on Kratom leaves to gain its effects. However, Kratom leaves can also be steeped to make tea. Kratom leaves can also be crushed into fine powder and ingested, usually after the powdered Kratom is mixed with beverages such as juice or alcohol. The Kratom powder can also be added to capsules and ingested. Some users prefer to smoke the Kratom leaves. There are various ways to use Kratom and it is unknown how long Kratom was used as a traditional medicine. Many historians believe that Kratom have been used for more than a hundred years in Southeast Asia.
Although Kratom is mostly known for its ability to produce intoxicating effects, Kratom is also used as a painkiller and as a cure for opiate addiction. Kratom is still being used as an herbal medicine in some regions in the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia.
The intoxicating effects produced by Kratom vary and depends on the dosage. Kratom tends to function as a sedative or a stimulant. The effects that a user experiences from Kratom are similar to the effects caused by smoking marijuana. The “high” is usually experienced after or within ten minutes and can last for several hours. Those who use it report that they feel calm and euphoric.
Kratom is a good substitute for opiates because it is not as addictive. Kratom’s alkaloids affect your brain’s delta opioid receptors. This produces intoxicating effects and only little addiction. Opiates affect your brain’s mu opioid receptors. This also produces intoxicating effects, but the binding of the opiates to your brain’s mu opioid receptors causes an addiction to opiates. Therefore, if you want to quit using opiates and are looking for a better alternative, Kratom can be a good substitute for opiates. However, do not forget that Kratom, like opiates, may have some side effects. High doses of Kratom can also result in moderate addiction, so it is best to only use Kratom in low doses.