One of the most fiercely debated areas in the kratom community is whether kratom is addictive. While we don’t have any definitive answers backed by hard research, anecdotal evidence seems to indicate what we presupposed. Like any other substance, the user is beginning and end of the addiction.
Over the past years, we have seen people addicted to everything from hard drugs, to fast food and even biting their nails — I wouldn’t go so far as to say that fingernails are an addictive substance.
What we have seen is that kratom is very similar to caffeine in addictive potential. But how do we gauge whether a substance is addictive, physically or mentally?
The first step in gauging whether a substance is addictive is whether it causes a physical tolerance. In the case of kratom, it does create a physical tolerance over a long enough period of usage — however, so do sugar and caffeine. So is kratom addictive?
One of the key things to consider with kratom is its “ceiling effect”. What this ceiling means, is that after a certain level of dosage, the mood-boosting effects of kratom do not increase, only the side effects do.
This ceiling makes it much harder to over-do it and cause kratom addiction, and it ensures that physical tolerance can only escalate to a particular point, which neither caffeine, sugar or any other harder substances do.
Because of this, plain leaf has a built-in safety mechanism against kratom addiction; some extracts and isolates, on the other hand, do not, making them less safe in this area. However, full spectrum extracts such as kratom resin still carry this ceiling to an extent, making it a safer choice overall.
Through the research we have done, there is a bit of evidence that kratom can cause withdrawal symptoms, however, the reports nearly always seem to state that this occurs only after very long term use and tends to be mild in effect and duration, lasting at the most only around 5 days. The most common symptoms of withdrawal are:
Overall, the intensity of kratom withdrawal is very similar to moderate caffeine withdrawal, though the symptoms may be different in the case of caffeine, such as headache, lethargy, etc.
Physical dependence, with kratom and many other substances, occurs due to elevated levels of blood alkaloid levels over a long period of time. Because of this, the best way to avoid building a kratom tolerance and risking physical dependence is to stagger dosage in order to ensure all alkaloids are out of the system for a good time before repeating. Typically, at least 12 hours is recommended. If done correctly this will be an effective way of avoiding kratom addiction, no matter how mild it may be.
For those who have chronic pain or another similar condition and are unable to do this, consider switching up strains each day. This will help prevent some of the tolerance that will naturally occur with the same strain.
While this plant may cause some physical dependency over a long period of use, it is very similar to that of caffeine, being generally mild. However, some people cannot drink caffeine without becoming addicted. There will always be the question, “is kratom addictive?”, and I feel there will be people on both sides. Because of this, it is essential to know yourself and your addictive potential before using kratom in order to make a good choice.
While mild kratom addiction is possible for some, this plant also has a wealth of medicinal properties and can be a dramatic help as well. It is up to each individual to decide whether it is right for them.
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