Is Kratom An Opiate?

The question of the day, “is kratom an opiate?”

To answer that question, we first need to know what kratom is.

Kratom is a natural herbal supplement that grows as a tree. Kratom, also called Mitragyna speciose, is used as a herbal supplement and alternative medication to treat a wide range of complications, such as pain and opiate withdrawal. Kratom is not rated

Kratom is a natural, herbal supplement and alternative medication that some people use to manage pain and treat withdrawal from opioids. Kratom is unregulated and legal in most states, but recent research has found that there are serious risks associated with its use, including the possibility of death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released a statement that kratom has been found to contain opioid compounds, adding to the concern that this substance could cause real harm and add to the existing opioid epidemic.

What Is An Opiate?

An opiate, also called opioid, is either found in the natural environment from an opium poppy or chemically manufactured from such substances. Heroin, morphine, oxycodone, oxycontin and hydrocodone are synthetically derived from opium. Opioids produces euphoria, the reason you may feel great when you take pain pills or heroin. While pain pills are used medically, they’re also used for recreational purposes.

Opioids are able to produce such effects because they act on the opioid receptors in the brain, spinal core and digestive tract. Because they slow down your heart, blood pressure and respiration, overdose is always a risk with taking large doses of opiates.

What Is Kratom?

Kratom originates from the kratom tree and originates from Southeast Asia. Ancient tribes have been using kratom for centuries as an alternative medicine. Over the last few years, kratom has become very popular, used as an herbal supplement and for recreational purposes. Kratom is usually imported in the form of kratom powder or as kratom capsules.

Kratom is known for having the ability to relieve pain, ease anxiety, boost mood and gives a sedative effect. Kratom is legal in nearly all U.S. states. Most commonly, kratom is used to treat chronic pain and treat opiate withdrawal symptoms.

How kratom effects you can depend on the kratom strain and the dosage amount. In small doses, kratom can improve your mood, focus and energy. In larger doses, kratom can relieve pain and give you a sedative feeling, also used as a sleep aid.

Side Effects Of Kratom

Just like every known medication can produce side effects, kratom can too. As we always say, kratom is not for everyone. If you should experience side effects, it helps knowing what to do in such a scenario.

Personally, I’ve never experienced side effects from kratom, some kratom users have. Some side effects of kratom are itching, sweating and dry mouth.

Let’s look at the full list;

  • Itching
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Appetite Loss
  • Higher Heart Rate
  • Higher Blood Pressure
  • Seizures

While some health experts and enthusiast say “death” is a side effect of kratom, there’s never been a documented death caused by kratom alone. In the few deaths where kratom is involved, all of them were using drugs on top of kratom. Kratom used “alone” did not result in those deaths. We highly recommend you don’t use anything while consuming kratom.

The FDA And Kratom

The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) continues to rage war against kratom. It’s no secret, they want kratom banned. Their argument is that kratom is the same as morphine, pain pills and other narcotics.

In 2017, they released a statement stating that many of the kratom effects are similar to that of opiates. The FDA updated that warning on February 6, 2018, stating that ongoing studies of the substance determined that it does indeed contain opioid compounds. Researchers at the FDA used computer modeling technology to investigate the chemical structures of 25 of the major compounds found in kratom. What they discovered was that 22 of these compounds bind to opioid receptors, effectively making them opioid substances. Furthermore, the researchers found that these compounds bind strongly to the receptors, as strongly as known opioids, like heroin or morphine.

What You Should Know

With that said, it’s Pharmaceutical companies that benefit from your pain.

If you’ve been dealing with chronic pain, you know what I’m talking about. No one deserves to be in pain and if kratom can help that pain, who are they to judge?

The opiate epidemic is a tragedy. It truly is but it was caused by greed and the same ones that are telling you kratom is bad for you. To me, it sounds like they’re trying to protect their own interest.

What’s more dangerous, oxycodone or kratom? You be the judge.

Buying Kratom Safely

Kratom Exchange is proud to be one of the largest, most trusted kratom vendors online for buying kratom. Here at Kratom Exchange, you can buy your kratom safely.

We’re also proud to be one of kratom’s biggest advocates because we’ve seen first hand how kratom is changing lives.

Our kratom community has shared so many awesome stories how kratom helped relieve their chronic pain, delivered them from opiate addiction and many other examples.

You deserve to be happy, if kratom can help with that, it makes everything we do worthwhile.

Is kratom an opiate? That would be a big “NO.” It’s better than a opiate and a lot safer. It’s a natural tree and is NOT chemically manufactured.

Unfortunately, it’s politics as usual.

In Closing

Opiates have shattered lives across America and across the world. It’s tragic.

Opiates have been around for a fair amount of time, but it wasn’t until the large pharmacies pushed it on small town America that it became a huge epidemic.

Kratom has been around for a LONG time.

While there’s some things that are similar with kratom and opiates, there’s a lot that’s different.

Kratom is not an opiate, but if the government had their way, it would be and that’s not fair. It’s just not.


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