How Does Kratom Powder Affect Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is a daily struggle that affects over 76 million Americans annually. Managing this pain usually involves dangerously addictive opioids, drugs with horrific side effects, or drastically ineffective over-the-counter medications.
If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, then you’ll understand the struggle of trying to find a method of pain management that’s both safe and effective.
That’s where kratom powder comes in. Keep reading to learn how kratom powder can help people suffering from chronic pain.
What Is Kratom Powder?
Kratom refers to a type of tropical plant that is native to Southeast Asia. This plant belongs to the same biological family as the coffee plant. Kratom powder is made by drying the leaves of the kratom plant and crushing them up into a powder.
How Do You Take It?
While it is possible to simply chew the leaves of the kratom plant, the most popular way to ingest/take kratom is by mixing the powder into a drink, like water or even a milkshake, and drinking it.
You can also mix the powder into foods like yogurt or applesauce and ingest it that way.
What Are the Effects of Kratom Powder?
Kratom has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years by people in Southeast Asia and beyond.
Kratom is a dose-dependent stimulant, meaning that higher doses will lead to an increased effect of the drug. Low doses of kratom powder can lead to the following short-term effects:
- Better focus
- Increased alertness
- Heightened sex drive
- Slight anxiety
- Low appetite
- Sociability increase
Slightly higher doses will showcase not only its stimulant effects, but its opioid-like effects as well. High doses can lead to:
- Feeling calm or dreamy
- Reduction of pain
- Reduction of opioid withdrawal symptoms
- Feeling drowsy
Which symptoms you experience and to what degree will vary person-to-person and also on the exact dose that you take.
How Does Kratom Work?
There are multiple chemicals within kratom that contribute to its effects.
One of these compounds is called mitragynine. Mitragynine is what’s known as an alkaloid and an opioid-agonist. This means that mitragynine binds to the opioid receptors in your brain.
When it binds to these receptors, it signals your brain to make you feel happy, calm, and euphoric, similar to traditional opioids. This also leads to the pain-relieving qualities as well.
The difference between mitragynine in kratom and other opioids (like heroin or pain medications, for example) is that mitragynine binds to different opioid receptors called delta opioid receptors.
Binding to these different receptors is what’s thought to make kratom less addictive than traditional opioid drugs and it’s what gives it its stimulant qualities alongside the opioid-like qualities.
How Does Kratom Help Chronic Pain?
Kratom is known for having both stimulant and opioid-like qualities. Opioids are drugs that can help with pain reduction, but that can also lead to feeling “high” and to drug dependence.
The opioid epidemic refers to the sheer volume of people who are addicted to opioids and the high number of opioid overdose deaths in America. It is estimated that 115 Americans die every day of an opioid overdose and more than 2 million people are addicted to opioids.
Because chronic pain is so hard to manage, many find that opioids are the only thing that can help. But opioids, as we’ve said, are extremely addictive, which can harm, or even kill, chronic pain patients.
Kratom powder can help reduce chronic pain effectively while also reducing withdrawal symptoms patients have coming off of opioid medication. Withdrawal symptoms can be horrific for pain patients, including cravings, pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and depression.
Kratom will work to relieve pain while simultaneously reducing withdrawal symptoms. In a survey of Kratom users, 9 out of 10 people said that Kratom powder was very effective for treatment of chronic pain, depression, insomnia, opioid withdrawal, and even alcohol addiction.
Some users noted that other more traditional forms of pain management, including opioids, didn’t work for them. This would leave them suffering from debilitating pain daily, which interfered with their work and with their relationships.
Kratom can work to manage pain even when traditional forms of pain management haven’t. Kratom users were polled and asked what types of conditions they found kratom to be very effective in treating. Their responses were varied and included:
- Cancer pain
- Back pain
- Migraine headaches
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
These are just some of the many types of ailments and chronic pain disorders that can be helped with kratom powder.
People who suffer from chronic pain often suffer from mood and mental health disorders on top of their physical illness or ailment. These mood and mental health disorders often arise because of the constant pain these patients are in that can often limit their abilities and their lives.
Constant, chronic pain can lead to:
- Sleep issues
- Anger issues
- Low self-esteem
Kratom can deal with almost all of these symptoms caused by depression or anxiety. Kratom users note that it can help elevate their mood, put them in a calm state, help them sleep easier, and lower their anxiety.
Kratom powder can help lessen chronic pain, but it can also lessen depression and anxiety symptoms that might have arisen because of the chronic pain.
Kratom has a range of medicinal benefits that can serve to help people suffering from a range of disorders and ailments. One of the most exciting applications of kratom is in helping reduce pain for chronic pain sufferers in a safer and more effective way than with traditional pain medications and opioids.