Frequently Asked Questions On Kratom
What exactly is Kratom?
As expected, this is the most frequently asked question when it comes to this wonderful herbal remedy
that has proven to be an effective remedy for a myriad of health complications. Kratom is generally a
tree native to Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia. It is known as Mitragyna
speciosa in its botanical name. Interestingly, Kratom is in the same family as that of the coffee tree i.e.
the Rubiaceae family.
With that being said, Kratom leaves have been used since time immemorial as herbal remedies to
relieve such things as headaches, tired muscles and muscle pains, stiff neck, anxiety, depression, stress
etc. In low doses it is used as a stimulant and in high doses as a sedative. It also acts as a pain killer for a
myriad of complications, it helps treat diarrhoea, it is a recreational drug and is also used to treat opiate
addiction among many other conditions.
How is Kratom Taken?
Originally, people from the Southeast part of Asia would chew the leaves fresh from the tree after
removing the central vein. Others would dry the leaves and chew them dried, although most would
prefer to crush them into powder so they are easily soluble in water, apple sauce or fruit juice. Be
advised that Kratom has a repulsive taste so mixing it in a sweet drink makes it easy to swallow. Still,
others would boil either dried or fresh leaves to make a paste-like extract. The best thing with this
strong tea is the fact that it can be stored in the fridge for later use. Today, Kratom is available in every
imaginable form from capsules, powder, to liquid etc.
Does Kratom have any side effects?
When taken in the recommended dosage, Kratom acts as an effective stimulant while a high dosage acts
as a sedative. This is attributed to the active alkaloids present which contain both sedative and stimulant
effects. Whether it will act as a stimulant or a sedative when taken would depend largely on your
genetic composition, your fitness level, and your blood sugar levels.
Stimulant – its stimulating properties include improved physical energy, increased sexual energy and a
more alert mind and body. One would be more talkative, sociable, and very friendly than normal.
Sedative – as a sedative, one would be less sensitive to emotional or physical pain, one would generally
look and feel calm and collected, one would experience some sweating or sensational itching, the pupils
may become constricted and sometimes someone may feel nauseated.
Just how safe is Kratom?
When taken on its own without external interference from other herbal remedies or medication, the
main risk is feeling dizzy and drowsiness and sometimes even falling asleep when engaged in dangerous
activities such as when operating heavy machinery or when driving. Kratom is also ill-advised against
expectant mothers except on professional advice. Conclusive studies are yet to be conducted on the
effect of Kratom on unborn babies so it is strongly discouraged during pregnancy.
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