From the family of coffee plants comes the evergreen tree Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) which is a native of the south-east Asian countries. Its leaves have been used since the 19th century for medicinal and recreational purposes. Its opiate like effects and dose-dependent stimulatory effects has been recently discovered. It is a controlled substance in many countries while others have a complete ban on it as it can become addictive if abused. There have been no clinical studies on the effects of Kratom but several animal experiments and use by doctors and individuals report several benefits of using it. goldenmonkkratom.ca offers a wide variety of premium quality kratom leaf powder to enhance your lifestyle and enjoy its several benefits.
Intake of Kratom
Kratom can be taken in the form of capsules, powders or as raw leaves. The powder is often taken in the form of a paste with addition of additional sweeteners as it has a very bitter taste. Raw leaves are taken when fresh after removing the central vein. The powdered form can be taken with yogurt, fruit juice, chocolate milk and other liquids. It is also taken in the form of tea with added sweeteners.
Dose-Dependent Short Term Effects
Low doses of 1 to 5 g of kratom produces predominant stimulatory effects which begin within 10 minutes of intake and may last up to 1.5 hours. Few people report feeling anxiety and agitation which recede on lying down. Most people usually feel elated and pleasant. A sense of euphoria washes over them which is an effect similar to amphetamine. Other effects may be:
- High alertness
- Loss of appetite
- Increased sex drive
- Being highly optimistic
5-15 g amounts of moderate to high dosage have a predominantly less intense opioid like effect that usually last for hours. The effects can be:
- Pain numbing
- Dreamlike state of mind
Doses higher than 15 g cause consciousness loss and sedation.
Long Term Effects
A lack of clinical trials prevents any conclusive opinion from forming on the use and effects of kratom. However, a research done in Thailand on high dosage users show several unusual long term effects such as:
- Weight loss
- Loss of contact with reality
No damage to the internal organs or body parts was found in the research.
Addiction and Withdrawal
Repeated and over-use of kratom can cause dependence in individuals as it binds to the opiate receptors in the brain and use a similar signalling pathway. However, it has been used to treat patients and help treat their addiction by using it as a substitute in a controlled manner.
Like other drugs, kratom can also develop tolerance on regular use which can be restored to normal levels of sensitivity by abstention for few weeks. People react differently to kratom according to their sensitivities. There is a competitive market for kratom and adulteration is not uncommon which may lead to complications. You are therefore advised to buy from reliable sources which provide the most high quality kratom such as goldenmonkkratom.ca.