Kratom, a tree whose leaves has been for a decades, as curative drug. But this is not the case anymore. People have found a new use for this great plant; they have made it a recreational drug. The tree mostly found in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and new guinea. Although there is no scientific proof, it is believed that the leaves of the kratom plants were used as painkillers. Doctors warn that it can be addictive in case of a prolonged use. It is for this reason that several states have decided to ban kratom products.
The kratom leaves were traditional herbs used for tea brewing, chewed or cooked. Currently, the leaves are grounded and smoked just like marijuana or tobacco. The reaction of the drug will depend on the dose. The more the dose the greater the side effects. The drug can make you more energetic on low doses and put you in a dreamlike state on high doses.
The drug is associated with a lot of side effects with the common ones being constipation and nausea. Others include;
- Liver damage
- Dry mouth
- Feeling dizzy
- Muscle tremors
How addictive is kratom?
From the information provided by the users, some people said they experienced pain, diarrhea, fevers, and insomnia once they stopped it. Also, some people complained of anger, anxiety, and nervousness when they were not taking it.
How safe is it?
Recently, a crackdown has been put in place to prevent those companies that use kratom for treatment. Furthermore, 45 deaths have been reported among the users. Even though it was not clear if the deaths were from kratom alone or were caused by kratom contaminated with other substances.
Treatment for kratom addiction
There is illegitimate information which goes around the internet and websites which run kratom business that it decreases opioid dependency while detoxin. That information is not scientifically researched and is not substantiated. Therefore, kratom remains a harmful and a dangerous substance. People who use kratom for opioid management end up becoming addicted. Kratom addiction should be managed in a similar way of other drug substances abuse.
There are so many myths about kratom, here’s a brief introduction about kratom to help the people to know in detail about that plant.