With anything in life, kratom is not for everyone. Ibuprofen gives me an upset stomach. The majority of people don’t get one. Does that mean Ibuprofen is bad? For many, yes, but not for everyone.
The same applies to kratom. In fact, there are a lot of good things about kratom as well as a few concerns that should be noted and understood.
To help with that, here are 4 things you should know about kratom (feel free to share the graphic below to help educate others on this amazing tree):
Kratom is not for everyone.
Just like some are sensitive to caffeine, kratom is not for everyone. Kratom is especially not for those who have addictive personalities, always “chasing the high” or looking to self sooth their mental health. It is so important that you know your body. Always check in routinely with a doctor so you know what things you should probably avoid. Perhaps you need something stronger than kratom, an antidepressant. Because kratom is not yet FDA approved and little research has been done, no one should be confidently claiming anything besides their own thoughts and opinion.
Kratom can help with opioid addiction.
With the research that HAS been done on kratom, opioid addiction is something that has been helped with the natural aide of kratom tea. Though, Mayo and many other FDA ass kissing organizations don’t like to fully admit these things. Supporting natural alternatives that don’t profit off of the pharmaceutical companies doesn’t help the 1% and their pocket books.
When administering LKT in animal models, UF scientists found kratom produced significant pain-relieving effects. Kratom’s pain benefits were also shown to originate from interactions with mu-opioid receptors. These receptors are found in cells throughout the central nervous system and regulate physiological response to pain medicines, such as morphine.
“Most of the pain relief and withdrawal effects of LKT are mediated via the mu-opioid receptor,” said Jay McLaughlin, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacodynamics in the UF College of Pharmacy. “If you block that receptor, you’re going to lose its ability to block pain.”
Kratom also demonstrated benefits in treating opioid withdrawal, a severe condition resulting from opioid dependence. Current medications for opioid withdrawal syndrome include methadone and buprenorphine, but these drugs have limitations and side effects.
Morphine-dependent animals were given LKT in varying doses and their symptoms were measured. Even at a low dose, LKT significantly reduced withdrawal symptoms. LKT also did not show the side effects associated with the current medications.
Respiratory issues are another side effect common with opioid medications. As depressant drugs, they can slow a person’s breathing rate, even to the point of death. UF’s experiments showed LKT did not induce respiratory depression, which reduces the likelihood of an opioid-like overdose death.
“What we learned was that across a wide dosing range — all the way up to the average human equivalence dose that people use — kratom was very safe and did not affect respiration or coordination,” McCurdy said. “It looks to be a very safe and efficacious product in the model we used and in the more traditional-inspired form of medication that we used.”
Hopkins Medicine: Using results of a survey of more than 2,700 self-reported users of the herbal supplement kratom, sold online and in smoke shops around the U.S., Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that the psychoactive compound somewhat similar to opioids likely has a lower rate of harm than prescription opioids for treating pain, anxiety, depression and addiction.
10-16 million people in the U.S. regularly use kratom by either eating its ground leaves in food or brewing them in tea. Regardless of having little research at this point, the research that has been done is already showing to be quite promising. More research is already in progress.
Kratom can help relieve pain.
In the same Hopkins Medicine research, 91% reported taking kratom to alleviate pain on average a couple times a day for back, shoulder and knee pain. That is the number one reported reason people seek out kratom.
Initial findings have indicated that mitragynine, the major active alkaloid found in kratom, and its related compounds have the ability to bind to opioid receptors and provide therapeutic effects, such as pain relief, while inducing fewer negative side effects than typical opioids. However, new research conducted by Majumdar and his colleagues, Jonathan A. Javitch and Dailbor Sames from Columbia University, indicates that an alkaloid known as 7-hydroxymitragynine (7-OH), actually provides the pain-relieving effects of mitragynine. The team’s findings were recently published in in the multidisciplinary research journal ACS Central Science.
The Science behind kratom should be understood. When it is not, fear can be spread to support any agenda. It is no secret that the FDA, pharmaceuticals and most powerful entities allow some forms of corruption at one point or another. Many hide it better than others.
Let’s take the pharmaceuticals for example. They created a synthetic version of marijuana. Why? What is wrong with the original? They created the chemical version to bring in profit….for themselves. To not miss an opportunity to make money on a natural source that is proven to heal, help, cure, and positivity affect people.
Kratom is pretty much new to the scene regardless of being around for over a decade here in the states and centuries in many Asian countries. It’s increased in popularity once the FDA got wind of a leaf that has been benefiting thousands in the United States. No, they did not hear of it because of numerous deaths…. If that was the case, 20,000 deaths from Tylenol would have been at the top of their list of concerned substances to track. Kratom only has killed under ten people that had underlining issues already (some people are sensitive to caffeine and therefore could get a heart attack).
Kratom is being watched by powerful entities because they are seeing another opportunity to make a synthetic version- which means make some money, try to ban the real thing and then bank big time.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
About the author
Shaunna has been a long time consumer of kratom tea for almost a decade. She is a business owner, graduated with a BA in Internet Marketing with a minor in Graphic Design. She is on the board of Kratom United and has worked with numerous vendors and kratom organizations, helping them create an image that are above reproach.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest, in her dream farmhouse with her husband, three kids, a german shepherd and Clouded tabby. Follow her on her YouTube channel.
Shaunna k, Breezy trees Botanicals marketing manager