What is Kratom?
Kratom is an herb popularly used to cure people of anxiety, depression and pain. Kratom was classified as a Schedule 1 (same category as marijuana) drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA withdrew their assessment after the discontent of the general public was voiced. Kratom has great potential and may be used to treat chronic pain and fight addiction. Despite its obvious advantages, kratom can be addictive. Long or short term consumption may lead to certain symptoms like increased urination, itching, sweating, dry mouth syndrome and constipation.
History and Use
Kratom finds its application to be quite extensive over the last few hundred years. It is a tree based in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Its leaves are either crushed and made into a tea or are eaten raw. It is not uncommon to find the powdered form it present in tablets and capsules. In low doses (around 10 grams), kratom has several medicinal uses (as mentioned above). In higher doses (more than 20 grams), kratom behaves like a psychotic addiction. Its psychotic symptoms is what drew the wrath of the DEA. There have been more than 15 reported kratom related death since 2014. Once consumed, it takes 5 to 10 minutes for the effects of the herb to kick into the system. The effects of the herb are then visible for the next 2 to 3 hours.
Edward W. Boyer, MD, PhD is a professor at the University Of Massachusetts Medical School and has gone on to say that opioid withdrawal can be cured with the use of kratom in a controlled manner. Maybe further studies will enable us to understand how exactly the use of kratom for medicinal purposes can be administered. Kratom should never be used in large doses over long periods of time as it can be extremely harmful to the body. Its use may lead to symptoms like constipation, extremely dry mouth, anorexia, weight loss, skin darkening and maybe even insomnia. It can be highly addictive and must be taken with care. There have been reported cases of hepatitis and liver related diseases as well.