Is Kratom A Drug
Is it accurate to label kratom as a drug? Not so fast. While the FDA and DEA want to say kratom produces opiate-like effects, what they fail to mention is that kratom is no where near producing the effects that morphine has on you. While it’s true kratom reacts to your opiate receptors like pain pills do, these reactions are different from what high potency painkillers. In other words, kratom is not going to make you feel equal to morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Just due to that, it shouldn’t be labeled on the same level as those drugs.
To understand what kratom does to you, let’s take a look at what kratom is.
What Is Kratom
Kratom, also referred to by Mitragyna Speciosa, is a tropical tree that originates from Southeast Asia. Most of the kratom tree have no abilities, but the kratom leaf is special. The leaves of kratom have special compounds known as alkaloids. These alkaloids react when the kratom leaf is consumed, allowing the user to feel different effects.
While the popularity of kratom has grown a lot here in the United States only in recent years, kratom has been popular in Southeast Asia for many centuries. Ancient tribes and farmers have been using kratom for a long time. The old timers would chew kratom leaves, this allowing them to put in long hours of work as one of the most well known effects of kratom is energy.
Kratom has been used for many different purposes over that span.
- Upset Stomach
- Chronic Pain
- Pain Reliever
Since Kratom is legal in most U.S. states, many men and women are finding this natural supplement to be extremely helpful.
How To Take Kratom
Kratom can be took in many different ways.
Toss And Wash – You’ve likely heard this term “toss and wash” if you’ve been looking into kratom at some point. It’s simple but very effective as it pertains to getting your kratom in you quickly as possible. It refers to throwing your kratom powder dose in your mouth and quickly washing it down with your favorite drink.
Kratom Tea – Many kratom users choose to brew a Kratom tea, a method that has been used for centuries.
Kratom Capsules – If you’ve never taken kratom before, it’s no secret that the taste can certainly be an adjustment you have to make. Due to this, some Kratom users prefer taking capsules or making their own kratom pills.
Kratom Drinks – Another popular way to use kratom is creating kratom drinks, kratom shakes. Many people get creative with this, using a wide range of drinks with their kratom. From orange juice and grapefruit to strawberry milkshakes, users have found ways to mask the taste of kratom.
Smoking Kratom – Why I don’t personally smoke kratom myself, some users do and they like it.
Why Kratom Is Not A Drug
There’s a lot of politics being played with kratom.
They want to ban kratom. However, kratom is not an opiate. Not even close.
Not only is kratom not as powerful as opioids, kratom is not as addictive as them either. In fact, studies and research have revealed that kratom compounds only bind to opioid receptors partially.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, the opioid epidemic is real. It’s a tragedy and took 49,000 lives in 2017. Due to the backlash, doctors have become scared to write opiates to patients. I can’t blame them, I’d be scared too. However, some people need pain pills and many can’t get them legally. Due to this, men and women are looking for help, kratom has been there as an option to help users cope with their pain.
Now, kratom is known for helping people with opiate withdrawal symptoms and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Kratom is natural, it’s not a manufactured compound that you’ll find in nearly all drugs. It’s nowhere close.
When you break down the scientific facts between kratom and opioids, they don’t compare. That’s just a fact.
Thanks to the support of the American Kratom Association and the growing kratom community, a lot is being done to bring science into the equation. All of us that rely on kratom should be thankful for that support.
We still have mountains to climb, valleys to conquer, the battle to keep kratom legal is never ending.
I will always be a loud kratom supporter as it has changed my life for the better. This is why I do what I do, I’ve seen first hand how kratom has helped so many men and women. That can’t be ignored, your story can’t be ignored.