Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa): uses, side effects, interactions, dosage, and warning

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa): uses, side effects, interactions, dosage, and warning

The first article about Kratom appeared on our site back in 2007. Now this plant is gradually gaining popularity among young people, in the article below we will highlight the main aspects of this surfactant.

Cancer patients take it to alleviate pain, also sometimes Kratom is used during replacement therapy in the treatment of opioid dependence, since the active ingredient of the plant mitraginine contains opioid agonists.

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a mareno tree family, common in Southeast Asia. Since ancient times, local peoples have used the psychoactive leaves of the plant for the treatment of diseases and for recreational purposes. It is better to chew the leaves of kratom fresh, but you can also smoke them, chew dry, brew like tea, and prepare drinks.

Medical applications

In 1999, the director of the National Institute of Thai Traditional Medicine stated that Kratom is effective in treating dependence on morphine-opioid drugs, and suggested that mitragynine contained in the plant can help in combating depression.

In New Zealand, Kratom was used as an experiment to treat methadone addiction: for 6 weeks the patient smoked dry leaves when he felt the symptoms of withdrawal and claimed that a natural stimulant softens the side effects of giving up drugs.

In traditional medicine of the peoples of Southeast Asia, Kratom was used to improve blood circulation, maintain tone, deworming, suppress cough, diarrhea, and also as an alternative to opium due to the high cost of the latter. Among the peoples of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, many locals have taken the habit of daily use of stimulating leaves. This helps to do many times more work, so Kratom is often perceived as tea or tobacco, despite the fact that in some of these countries it is banned (Thailand).

The effect

One of the main features of the substance – the effect varies with different quantities consumed. With small doses, Kratom works as a stimulant: it gives a lot of physical energy, promotes concentration, sociability and friendly behavior.

If you use more than the average amount (10+ grams), a sedative-analgesic effect occurs: it starts to get sleep, there is a feeling of mild euphoria, small hallucinations and a change in color perception are possible. On forums, this effect is often compared with tramadol exposure.

The exposure time of the substance lasts 5-6 hours. The first effects of the use can be felt 40 minutes after oral administration (this method is the most popular among consumers).