Kratom may have started out in South Asian countries, but it’s now being referred to as one of the most effective ethnobotanicals worldwide. However, the controversial substance has caused heated debates between supporters and anti-kratom activists, mainly due to its safety and potential for abuse. Nevertheless, more people have formulated kratom recipes and other ways to take the substance.
For thousands of years, kratom has been used in a broad range of health benefits. The alkaloids found in the leaves of kratom were touted to be responsible for providing powerful vitality-boosting effects. Benefits of kratom include the following:
- Achieving the state of euphoria
- Calming of the nerves
- Boosting energy
- Lowering blood pressure
- Helping in concentration and focus
- Relieving pains and body aches
The leaves of the plant may be chewed to help elderly males with any kind of ailments they may be experiencing. The plant is popular for providing strength to endure physical labor. With the positive effects that kratom provides, it has become known as an all-natural supplement for prescription pain medications.
Forms of Kratom
Kratom is usually available in three forms: raw kratom leaves, kratom powder, and kratom powder extract. All of these kratom forms are known to provide great efficacy but in the appropriate dosage.
- Raw kratom leaves: This form offers a broad range of health benefits by chewing. This releases the kratom’s alkaloids into the system. The leaves are spit out after use.
- Kratom powder: These are leaves that have been crushed into fine powder. It may be crushed using a electric-powered blender to achieve a silky dust powder. This kratom form is sold either in bulk packages or in capsule form. The capsule is swallowed with water, or the powder may be mixed or added to food and other liquid beverages.
- Kratom powder extract: This is made by adding liquid to the kratom powder and boiled down into a resin, which can be ground using a blender. The method produces a more concentrated form of kratom. Because of this, only a small portion of kratom powder extract must be used per dose.
Safety of Kratom Use
Kratom has not been categorized under any of the scheduled substances, although the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) published a notice informing the public that it was planning to classify kratom under Schedule I. However, the temporary kratom ban has since been recanted by the agency.
Currently, kratom is legal in 44 states.
People who are against using this substance have become worried, because it can possibly reach the hands of children since it can be freely sold online. Consequently, not knowing how to properly use kratom can lead to unfavorable situations.
Kratom users claim that using the plant-based drug has relieved them not only from their existing conditions, but also from medical expenses. Compared to opioid prescription drugs, kratom costs less than half. Apart from having the need to have a prescription to purchase theses opioids, kratom is available online and can be purchased anytime.
Kratom has more than 20 alkaloids from which the pain-reducing effect is derived. Due to its opioid-like effects, it has the ability to be used for pain treatment and as a medication for opioid withdrawal.
However, what makes it different from morphine and codeine is the intensity of its effect. When kratom is used responsibly, one can benefit from its positive effects.
Kratom is commonly used as an aid in alleviating pain. However, it can also provide other uses such as:
- Antipyretic (for reduce fever)
- Antitussive (cough suppressant)
- Antihypertensive (to lower blood pressure)
- Reduction of blood glucose level
Presenting you with the positive effects mentioned earlier does not mean that it is a cure-for-all medication.
Kratom provides varying effects that depend on the amount used. At low doses of 1-5 grams, it acts as a stimulant, the effects of which may be felt 10 minutes after ingestion and last for 1 to 1.5 hours.
Nevertheless, not all kratom users may experience the same positive effect, as some reported to have some form of anxiety and agitation. The stimulant-like effects of kratom are similar to the effects of amphetamine use, but at a much lower magnitude:
- Decreased appetite
- Heightened libido
- Increased energy
- Increased sociability
Moderate to high doses of kratom – between 5 and 15 grams – can provide opioid-like effects that can last for several hours. This euphoric effect is said to be less intense compared to opioid drugs. Its effects include:
- Reduced pain
- Reduce symptoms of opioid withdrawal
- Calm, dreamlike mental state
- Cough suppression
The effects may vary depending on the dosage taken by an individual. The common side effects from kratom use are:
- Facial flushing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pupillary constriction
Some of the unusual long-term effects from kratom use include anorexia, hyperpigmentation, and psychosis.
Kratom Types and Strains
There are three categories of kratom strains: red, white and green. The color of kratom is based on the veins and stems of the leaves, and not the leaf blades. The potency of each type of kratom also depends on the location where the kratom leaves come from.
Red Vein Kratom
This is the most popular strain that is widely available on the market. It grows predominantly in Southeast Asia. This is the usual kratom strain of choice by beginners because of its calming effects.
It can help people with sleeping problems (insomnia). It also has the ability to help the body to relax and relieve pain.
The effects of red vein strains vary depending on where the kratom grew. The Red Thai provides a sedative effect, while the Red Sumatra can enhance the mood.
White Vein Kratom
This type of kratom is well known for its stimulating effect. Some individuals have replaced their coffee intake with kratom because it has helped them increase alertness, focus, and concentration.
Green Vein Kratom
This is known for its energy-boosting effect, the magnitude of which is somewhere between the red and the white vein strains. Sometimes, it is a combination of both red and green vein strains that prevents the excessive anesthetic effect of the red strain and the overstimulating effect of the green strain.
It is most often used by those who fear to be with a large crowd. Taking the green strain lessens their inhibition, becomes more open to speaking their minds, and becomes cheerful and friendly.
To choose which is the best strain depends on each individual’s needs as well as the quality, location, climate and time of harvest of the kratom strains.
Kratom Dependence and Addiction
Just like any drug misuse, there is a possibility for an individual to become dependent on kratom. Tolerance to any kind of drug is likely to develop on individuals who no longer feels satisfied with the usual dose that he often has. By not considering the harmful effects from using kratom, taking it frequently or in large doses may lead to kratom addiction or tolerance.
When addiction steps in, the need to undergo treatment may involve long days of horror for the user, as he would experience a stream of unfavorable effects that may be hard to endure. The rehabilitation centers can provide all the necessary treatments, which may include pharmacological and psychological treatment.
Accordingly, it is through the continuous love and support of the family that a former drug user may be able to get back on his feet and gamble for a second chance in life all over again.
Interestingly, kratom users have created several concoctions by adding kratom to some of the usual drinks and food. Ordinarily, kratom powder is bitter and almost intolerable. As a result, some kratom users have been able to create recipes to provide a more pleasant experience when using kratom.
Here are some kratom recipes that are posted in websites and online resources on kratom. Note that we are not endorsing any of these kratom recipes, nor are we guaranteeing the safety and effectiveness of these creations.
People who are keen to drinking green tea may find the taste of kratom tea to be suitable as is. However, to make it more enjoyable, adding the powder with some sweetener can be satisfying.
This involves using different ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger or vanilla. The kratom powder is boiled for several minutes. A stick of cinnamon (few grams of ginger or stick of vanilla) is then placed inside the boiling kratom liquid. Continue boiling until the volume has been reduced. Filter the tea using a coffee filter. Sweeten to taste.
Masking the bitter taste of kratom enables one to enjoy kratom more. Some kratom users who are coffee lovers would prefer adding a twist to their usual coffee. Using kratom tea as the base, add the usual amount of coffee, milk, and sugar. The result is a kratom-infused cup of coffee.
To prepare this milk beverage, simply add 1-2 tablespoon of milk chocolate (liquid) to one dose of kratom powder. Stir until kratom blends well with the powdered milk chocolate until it forms a homogenous paste. Add in a few more tablespoon of chocolate milk and stir until smooth. Add the remaining chocolate milk and continue stirring until well mixed.
You may use all sorts of beverages and mixed them with 5 grams of kratom. The sweet flavor of these beverages is able to mask the bitter taste of kratom. However, utmost care must be made to ensure that powder will not be accidentally inhaled as it can cause negative health effects.
The potency of mitragynine is enhanced by the citrus flavor of some juices like pineapple, mangoes, and lemons.
Make your applesauce extraordinary by adding kratom so that you can enjoy your food even more. Just mix in 5 grams of kratom to your applesauce thoroughly.
Traditional oatmeal cookies may include different ingredients. Among them are chocolate chips, ginger, almonds and other nuts, and cinnamon, among others. With kratom users, they can also enjoy their cinnamon oatmeal cookies just by adding at least 7 grams of kratom into the mixture.
For those with an active lifestyle, yogurt may be part of their daily food intake. The kratom powder mixes easily with any dairy product. Just stir in 5 grams of kratom into a cup of flavored yogurt. Some kratom users claimed that adding kratom to yogurt may not be as satisfying because the bitterness of the kratom powder is not fully masked by the flavored yogurt.
Coconut milk smoothie is an all-time favorite. Combine 5 grams of kratom powder with a fruit of your choice (any type of berry), almonds, protein powder, crushed ice, and sugar or honey to taste. Blend them all together, and you are good to go!
Pre-Packaged Kratom Food Products
Bottled kratom beverages are available both online and in some supermarkets, but may be a little more expensive than the cost of a regular beverage or homemade kratom-based food.
Kratom may be sensationalized as an alternative for energy drinks given the positive effects it can provide. However, it should be noted that despite it giving positive results in some people, irresponsible use of the drug may lead to untoward situations, which can eventually endanger the life of the user.No tags for this post.