Kratom is a tropical plant grouped in the coffee family that originated from some South Asian countries. It also has a long history of traditional use in parts of Africa.
Kratom can be used either as a medical drug or a recreational drug.
Its consumption methods as a recreational drug are: chewing, swallowing like a pill, and drinking as a tea to elevate what is in powder form.
Other common slang words that refer to Kratom are Biak, Thang, and Kratom.
If you take Kratom at lower doses it acts as a stimulant when taken in large quantities, it has sedative effects.
The main compounds in Kratom are indole alkaloids, mitragynine, and 7-hydroxy mitragynine. The amount of Kratom to be consumed by a person depends on the age and health condition of the respective individual.
Thus, be careful about the consumption that may have adverse effects on you. The mitragynine in Kratom acts the same way as opioid drugs to your body.
People who consume other drugs and still use Kratom subject themselves or, in other words, expose themselves to more risks.
The intake of Kratom has some risks portrayed. It is used in:
1. Improving Focus
Many students tend to consume Kratom when they want to focus well while studying for an exam or presentation. Memory is enhanced by the acetylcholine present in it and makes you remember things you learned way before.
Also, your attention span increases after consumption and this helps boost concentration on one thing for a long time.
For example, if you want to revise for a test for a couple of hours.
It gives you a laser-like feeling that makes you focus and get you into the flow state.
Kratom keeps you at the moment as well as boosts your creative thinking and assists you to forget other thoughts while doing the targeted task.
If one has an existing mental disorder, it is better not to complicate it. This is because Kratom triggers the urge of suicide to those who have existing mental disorders compared to those who do not have.
2. Increasing Energy Levels
Kratom has some metabolic effects that result in increased energy. That’s why you find that people with chronic fatigue syndrome tend to use Kratom as a natural remedy.
This energy increase comes about since Kratom increases blood circulation. Thus, more oxygen goes to your vital blood cells. The increase in oxygen enhances the respiration process and more energy is produced in the body.
When you also want to work out intensely, you can take some Kratom.
For a pregnant lady, it is not advisable to consume Kratom. This is because it might affect the unborn child by having withdrawal symptoms.
Expectant women should be educated about such substances instead of harming their unborn children unknowingly. It is better to stay safe.
3. Handling Diabetes
Kratom has a positive impact on your blood sugar levels. The main component that is responsible for this are alkaloids that are found in Kratom.
It therefore helps diabetic people to manage it by preventing the dangerous rise or lowering of the blood sugar level.
Moreover, Kratom also helps you reduce the urge of wanting to eat more and more sugary foods such as chocolates, soft drinks, and sweets. In other diabetic cases, stress and pain tend to trigger blood sugar levels. Kratom comes in handy where it acts as a stress reliever and is quite helpful.
This is made possible by the mitragynine in Kratom that binds opioid receptors located in the brain and responsible for mood regulation.
You are discouraged to use Kratom if you have complications with the heart such as frequent heart attacks or seizures. When taken in large quantities, it increases the heart rate which is not healthy.
4. Relieving Pain
Kratom leaves bind to pain receptors located in the central nervous system and other parts of the body. This results in relieving pain.
Moreover, it works well with the neuropathic kind of pain. Neuropathic pains include multiple sclerosis, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.
There are also nociceptive pains that are caused by a physical injury which is also relieved by Kratom but not as much compared to neuropathic.
Some alkaloids in Kratom have anti-inflammatory capabilities. Those alkaloids are Rhynchophylline and Epicatechin.
You are advised not to take very high amounts of Kratom since the liver is at stake. In the liver, some medications are broken down and this high intake of Kratom can affect that function. The kidney gets overworked.
5. Fighting Addiction
Kratom happens to be a partial opioid agonist. Kratom is prescribed because it treats addiction and does not feature comedowns compared to opioid drugs.
Kratom is also preferred because it does not induce long term dependency on them. When this substance is used for a long time in high doses, some organs of the body like the kidney may get affected.
This will be evident when you notice unusual dark urine that signifies the kidney is being affected.
When the liver is damaged, the kidney will play the role of the liver for a while which in most cases leads to kidney failure.
You should be aware that Kratom makes you dehydrated therefore you should drink plenty of water to avoid this.
Alcoholics are advised not to use Kratom apart from medical prescriptions. When alcoholics take large quantities, it subjects them to a higher risk of suicide. The reason for this is that alcohol is a depressant while Kratom is a stimulant and a sedative.
One should keep in mind that a combination of a depressant and a stimulant is dangerous.
When one takes more than one mind-altering substance, it increases the risks associated with each and this combination promotes drug dependence or a drug overdose.
A seizure is also a result of combining different drug substances at a go. Indeed, day laborers can develop dependence on Kratom when they use Kratom in a long term manner to boost energy.