Category: Cannabis: Renegade Healer Written by Jessica Smith
With the steady rise in demand for symptom management medications, constant research is being done on various herbs that can serve the purpose. Kratom, also known as mitragyna specisosa, is one such herb. It is a green powder that is known by a variety of names, namely biak, Thom, ketum, etc. In this article, we will discuss how one can include kratom in their daily diet and reap all benefits. But let's first start with what is kratom?
What is Kratom?
Kratom is a tropical tree that grows in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand & Papua New Guinea. The leaves of this plant have various medicinal properties, and because of which it is now slowly gaining popularity. Researchers believe that the constituents of kratom attaches with nerve cells and act as an opioid. Unlike CBD, this compound has mind-altering effects. It can be useful for a variety of conditions like pain management, insomnia, anxiety, mood enhancer, etc. Kratom leaves are processed by various drying techniques & processes. These dried leaves are then grounded into fine powder form and subsequently used.
Like cannabis, kratom also has several strains, and each of them comes with a different set of alkaloids. Different strains exhibit different effects, and before buying kratom for therapeutic use, one should know in-depth detail about each strain and its applications. Usually, all kratom strains have an analgesic effect, but there are few differences between red, white, and green kratom strain.
- Red Kratom - Shows Sedating effects
- White Kratom - Shows more anxiolytic effects
- Green Kratom - Milder than the two strains and show mix effects
Uses Of Kratom:
Kratom as Mood Enhancer:
Kratom strains like white vein kratom can act as a stimulant for enhancing mood. The effects of this strain depend on a host of factors like an individual's lifestyle, tolerance, dosage, etc. When this strain gets replaced with caffeine, it helps to increase concentration, alertness, etc. One should not consume this strain in the latter part of the day as it can result in restless sleep.
Kratom For Managing Opium Addiction:
Studies suggest that kratom can help cure addiction to various intoxication compounds like opium, heroin, etc. The alpha-2 adrenergic compounds in mitragynine bind with the adrenergic & serotonergic pathways to react with the central nervous system, which causes withdrawal symptoms. Those new to kratom should begin with low doses and then scale up with time.
Kratom as PainKiller:
When it comes to relieving pain, kratom leaves are the best option. These leaves produce dopamine and serotonin in the brain, which helps ease the pain. 7-hydroxy mitragynine & mitragynine present in kratom leaves attach to opioid receptors, which help in reducing pain. One should always remember that kratom is addictive and should stick to low doses to experience minimum side effects.
Kratom as Libido Booster:
Those who want to enhance their sexual pleasure can use kratom regularly. Kratom effects brain, muscles & blood circulation, which helps in sustained erection. Apart from this, kratom eliminates stress and anxiety that boosts libido. Strains like green vein Borneo & white vein Borneo works best for sexual stimulation.
Kratom For Anxiety:
Kratom is known for its mind-altering effects & treat stress-related issues. Powerful ingredients of kratom bind with the brain cells and help reduce stress. When taken at low doses, strains like Bali, Borneo, and Indo can help cope with anxiety. The alkaloid content present is these strains are rich in 7-hydroxy mitragynine and low in mitragynine.
How to Use Kratom?
There are several ways by which one can consume kratom to reap all benefits. Following are some popular methods:
- One can crush kratom leaves & powder them to consume with your favorite beverage like chocolate milk, juice, etc
- Like CBD capsules, some manufacturers are also making Kratom capsules which allows ease of storage and consumption
- One can even smoke kratom by composing a resin of leaves and rolling it just like a joint.
- Another option is Kratom Tea, which is mostly preferred by people all around the world.
Kratom takes 15-20 minutes on an empty stomach to show noticeable effects. Its effects usually last up to 2 to 4 hours. One should take low doses as they are more stimulating. At higher doses, one can expect side effects like nausea, elevated heart rate, anxiety, etc.
With all this information, we can conclude that kratom could play a vital role in maintaining our overall health if supplemented regularly in our diet. Before buying, one should read about what to expect from different strains. To sum up, we can conclude that it creates a sense of euphoria & helps in overall symptom management hence enabling better recovery.
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Jessica Smith BIO:
Jessica is a cannabis and health industry consultant who frequently writes about the latest trends in the industry. She has been writing for a long time now. Through her writing, she hopes to influence as many people as possible to help maintain better health and lifestyle.
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