Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kratom?
Mitragyna Speciosa is the technical name for Kratom, a tree native to Southeast Asia growing in countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and New Guinea. Kratom is part of the Rubiaceae family and directly related to the coffee plant.
Kratom’s medicinal and psychoactive use has been documented since the early 1800s. Kratom is similar but not to be confused with opiate medications like Vicodin, Hydrocodone, and heroin. Ingesting the leaves can have both stimulant and euphoric effects. It is also a documented treatment for opiate addiction in many countries around the world.
What Is Kratom Used For?
Here is a list of reasons someone may use Kratom.
- Analgesia/Pain relief
- Opiate Withdrawal
- Opiate Maintenance
- Mood Enhancement
How does Kratom Work?
Kratom acts as partial mu-opioid and delta-opioid receptor agonist and is used for pain management, energy, depression, and anxiety. This leaf has two alkaloids that interact directly with opioid receptors in the brain causing mild euphoria and pain relief. Kratom is not an opiate, but it does bind to the same receptor sites in the brain. Chocolate, coffee, and exercise hit these receptor sites in a similar fashion.
How Does Kratom Compare To Over-The-Counter Pain Medications?
Kratom is a more powerful pain reliever than medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Many people have become pharmaceutic drug free with Kratom. However, please keep in mind that Kratom is not nearly as powerful and some narcotic medications liked Oxymorphone or Fentanyl
Kratom is most well-known for pain relief. It is widely used as an alternative to prescription opiate narcotics such as hydrocodone, Percocet, oxycodone, and other opiate medications. People with chronic pain due to accidents and illness turn to Kratom as a natural pain remedy.
Also, depending on the strain used, Kratom has alkaloids with various effects. Certain Kratom strains act as a stimulant, anxiety reliever, anti-depressant, or as an appetite suppressant.
How Is Kratom Used?
Toss N’ Wash
Being the most popular way to use Kratom, the trademark toss n’ wash is similar to taking a shot of alcohol. Mix the Kratom with 1-3 ounces of water or juice with the Kratom. Stir well. Drink.
What is Kratom’s half-life?
The term “half-life” is the time required for the concentration of a substance in the body to decrease by half. A half life can tell us how long a substance may be detected in a drug test.
Alkaloids present in Kratom leaves attach themselves to cell receptors in our brain. Kratom’s half-life primarily deals with how long these substances stay active in the system. The main alkaloids in Kratom that affect the opiate receptors are Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine.
- Mitragynine: 3.5 hours
- 7-Hydroxymitragynine: 2.5 hours
This means that Kratom is active in the body between 5-7 hours.
Is Kratom Dangerous?
No. There are zero deaths associated solely with Kratom.
The reason opiate medications and benzodiazepines are so dangerous is that they depress the respiratory system hindering a person’s ability to breathe. Kratom does not affect the respiratory system.
Does Kratom Have Side Effects?
Medications like Morphine and virtually every narcotic pain reliever on the market today come with a long range of side effects. Extended use leads to liver damage, drug addiction, and has a prevalent risk of overdose.
After extended use, Kratom can have minor side effects, but nothing compared to the side effects of narcotic medications. In order to prevent mild withdrawal associated with extended Kratom use, rotating the Kratom strains as often as possible is recommended.
What Are The Possible Side Effects?
Kratom is not without side effects and mild addiction is possible following extended use. Many people would prefer to take something natural to alleviate their pain symptoms as opposed to synthetic drugs. The following is a list of possible side effects associated with Kratom. Please keep in mind that these side effects pale in comparison to the severity of narcotic pain medications.
- Loss of Appetite
- Weight Loss
- Allergic Reactions
Can I Substitute Kratom With My Currently Prescribed Medications?
Please do not begin or discontinue any medication before consulting your physician. However, do not be surprised if most physicians have little to no knowledge or experience with Kratom as an alternative therapy.
Is Kratom Legal?
Kratom is legal in Canada and the United States as well as many other countries.
Due to local legislation, Kratom is currently banned in six states. These include Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Vermont. Please view our Kratom legal page for additional information.