Over the past few years, as word spread, the effects of kratom have made it dramatically popular in western culture. It seems that even though western medicine has come a long way through examination and isolation of plant alkaloids, kratom effects stemming from this plants alkaloids have been unique, and stayed in the shadows for a long time due to its isolated Southeast Asian growth regions.
As the Earth has become more interconnected through rapid travel and information infrastructures such as the internet and television, the medicinal value of kratom have become much more apparent. From powerful pain-killing kratom effects to stimulating, immune system boosting and anxiolytic properties, this plant has proven to be the swiss army knife of medicinal plants.
The spectrum of kratom’s effects, medicinal and otherwise, are vast and varied. It seems that cultural wisdom of the areas that frequently use it will be the most useful guide for discovering untapped medical potentials. There are, however, many proven kratom effects that can be a dramatic help for many, such as those with anxiety to those who suffer from chronic pain.
Many use kratom for pain with great results. According to NIH.gov, the largest cause of long-term disability is chronic pain, which can make it unbearable to do much of anything without proper treatment. Sadly, the most common medication for pain are opiates, which have a dangerous profile of adverse from severe addiction to respiratory depression and death. Because of this, many have sought alternatives, and, so far, the powerful analgesic effects of kratom seems to be by far the most effective.
The reason kratom effects pain levels so dramatically is because of the plant’s alkaloidal make-up. The leaves of this tree contain two primary alkaloids that can dramatically reduce the perception of pain, mitragynine and 7-OH-mitragynine. Both of these alkaloids affect the mu-opiod receptors, similar to traditional pain medication, and can prove to be dramatically effective. However, unlike opiates, 7-hydroxymitragynine has very little effect on the delta-opiod receptors and causes a much less severe physical dependency. Because of this, using kratom for opiate withdrawal can be highly effective and has been extremely helpful for many.
In addition to pain, kratom has several psychological effects which those who suffer from depression, stress and anxiety have found useful. Some of these properties are also due to the effect on mu-opiod receptors through mitragynine and 7-OH-mitragynine. However, there are other kratom alkaloids that both antagonize and agonize adrenaline receptors in a way that promotes a stable level of energy as well as anxiety reduction. Additionally, other alkaloids function as smooth-muscle relaxers, which can additionally reduce stress.
Around 30 minutes after taking leaves, most feel the signature kratom effect of being both stimulated and relaxed, without veering too far in any direction, causing an overall stable mood-boost. Because of this kratom effect, some use it as a mood stabilizer. Additionally, others have found that it can dramatically increase focus and help them sustain difficult work more effectively, although this is dependent on the strain being used. The most common demographic of users are Thai manual laborers, they use it as a way to endure the harsh heat and conditions of their job all while providing contentment.
There are a large variety of different user experiences which can lend tremendous insight into kratom effects as well as the psychologically and physically altering properties of this plant, the best resource we have found for this are kratom forums and the popular Erowid.org.
Some have even put kratom to good use in treating insomnia. Because the effects of kratom vary from strain to strain, not every one is suitable to use for insomnia, especially not a Thai or Maeng Da strain. The best results for those with insomnia seem to be from Bali, Borneo and Indonesian strains.
Like the Thai manual laborers, many have found that it can dramatically increase energy. Thai and Maeng Da kratom strains are highly suitable for this purpose, and can even be good kratom strains for weight loss.. While those in modern societies are no longer under threat of extinction from sabertooth tigers or busy running from local predators, having a good energy is still a necessity, which is why coffee is still so popular in the modern age. However, unlike coffee, the energy provided from some kratom, especially maeng da strains, has been noted as more powerful, long-lasting and much smoother than coffee.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is the different medicinal properties that each kratom strain can, or can’t, provide. Those looking for powerful, long-lasting, pain relief will likely do well with a Bali, Indonesian, Malaysian or Maeng Da strain of kratom. However, those looking for energy will prefer a Thai or Maeng Da strain. Kratom effects are far from the same from strain to strain, so it is a good idea to do research prior. One of the things that makes this tree so unique is that it can be bred for specific qualities, making it a very effective plant for many different conditions and the side effects kratom can cause are extremely minor. Kratom effects can, however, vary from person to person depending on each individual’s brain chemistry, so personal experience may be necessary to find the ideal strain.
While the effects of kratom this plant are varied and different from one strain to the next, they can be very effective. From energy boosting, to mood boosting and pain-killing effects, kratom may prove to be one of the most useful medicinal herbs of the 21st century.
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With current legislation pending, it seems kratom may no longer be legal in the United States. Although we haven't sold kratom directly in over a year, this legislation will negatively impact hundreds of thousands throughout the country. Please contact your local congressmen.