Only 15 years ago, kratom was an ethnobotanical known to a very select group of people. Now that this plant has gained much more widespread recognition, many have discovered its amazing range of medicinal applications, especially using kratom for opiate withdrawal. Recently, kratom has been used to relieve conditions ranging from pain to depression and anxiety; however, some found another powerful use: using kratom to provide relief from opiate withdrawal.
Regardless of the cause of opiate dependence, from prescription use to abuse, the withdrawal from opiates can be very painful and sometimes dangerous. Because of this, many have used kratom temporarily in order to reduce the negative effects of this withdrawal as well as an aid for transitioning into a sober lifestyle.
Withdrawal from opiates can be horrifically painful and unnerving. The symptoms of this withdrawal include:
The primary benefit many have found when using kratom for opiate withdrawal is the lessening of all of these symptoms. Even at low doses, it can help provide much needed sleep as well as the ability to eat and keep food down. Through this, kratom can potentially lessen the duration of withdrawal by providing the necessary rest and nutrition needed to help the brain recover from the extreme upregulation of opiod receptors that occurs while using opiates.
Once the physical portion of withdrawal is finished, many have found it to still be beneficial for relieving PAWS — Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, which is characterized by a strong craving for opiates. Because of this, many have switched from much more dangerous opiates to kratom in order to help prevent relapse and use of powerful narcotics. This can be effective because, unlike other painkillers, this herb has a ceiling effect which means that attempting to increase the dose past a certain point provides only nausea instead of euphoria; this provides a much better foundation for those looking to live a sober life.
Other maintenance substances that would be used in such a scenario, such as methadone or buprenorphine, have effects ranging from impotence and depression to weight gain and death; additionally, withdrawal from these maintenance drugs can last up to two months. Because of this, many have turned to kratom as an alternative.
The reason many have used kratom for withdrawal can be understood at a neuro-chemical level. Like traditional opiates, alkaloids found within the kratom’s leaves, such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, also bind to opiod receptors. However, unlike opiates, their agonist effects on these receptors, especially at the mu-opiod receptor, is much lower, making them less euphoric and less addictive than standard opiates. Additionally, due to the low half-life of these alkaloids, tolerance builds much more slowly, making it much harder to become physically addicted, as brain-concentrations of these kratom alkaloids aren’t stable enough to provide the extreme levels upregulation of opiod receptors found in those who regularly use long-lasting opiates.
These key differences make it an appealing solution for many who are looking to transition into a sober life.
In southern Thailand, it is part of cultural common-sense to use kratom to ease withdrawal from opiates; while most in this area achieve this by chewing a quid of fresh kratom leaves, many in other parts of the world do not have the ability to use it in this fashion. Because of this, for most the primary method for using this plant is either through kratom tea, swallowing the kratom powder with a liquid, or mixing powder in food or drink. Any of these methods have had positive results for easing withdrawal symptoms.
The typical dosage suggested for opiate withdrawal varies depending on the severity of withdrawal as well as dosage and the duration of dependence. Many have found a kratom dosage of 1 to 7 grams 2 to 5 times daily to be effective at dramatically relieving symptoms. For those who are interested, there are a variety of first-hand kratom experiences on this topic available.
Although Enso Botanicals does not condone the ingestion of kratom, many have found it to be an effective remedy for these purposes. However, using kratom for withdrawals of this nature comes with its own risks as this substance has been cited to be about as addictive as coffee; because of this there is always a certain risk of kratom withdrawal, no matter how minor, especially for those with an addictive personality. In the right hands, this using kratom for opiate withdrawal can save lives, though some may not use it in this manner, it is up to each individual.
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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.