Mytragyna speciosa or Kratom is a tree that grows in Southeast Asia, mainly in Thailand and Malaysia. Using Kratom leaves for its powerful stimulant and narcotic qualities has a long history. The main active substance is mitragyna Kratom. Kratom is grown mainly in the central and southern regions of Thailand, and only rarely in the north. The traditional use of this plant dates back many centuries and comes from Thailand. In recent times, it is becoming popular for recreational purposes because of the pleasant effects of the leaves of this plant. Outside Thailand, very little is known about Kratom.
Effects of Kratom:
Kratom effects vary depending upon the dose ingested. Low doses are usually euphoric and stimulant while a high dose is sedative and narcotic. This is because the principal alkaloid of Mitragyna speciosa mitragyne has energizing and narcotic effects at the same time. Stimulatory doses are usually shorter than the sedative effects, appear fast and disappear soon. Which effect will predominate depends on its level in the blood and biochemistry of each person.
Two levels of Kratom effects are Stimulant and Narcotic level.
Stimulant level: At this level the mind is more alert, physical energy and sometimes sexual energy is increased. The ability to perform hard physical labor and monotonous jobs is increased, user becomes more talkative, friendly and sociable.
Narcotic level: At this level analgesia is produced, making the individual less sensitive to physical and emotional pain and getting totally calm. If you lie on your back in a darkened room with your favorite music on, you can reach a state of sleep-sailing and dreaming.
The effect of Kratom usually lasts about 6 hours. Higher doses have greater effects and last long. The effects are similar to opioids, including analgesia and antitussive. The first effects begin within 10 minutes after tea is taken. The effect is manifested in soft waves running through the body, especially on the limbs. After 30 – 45 minutes, the effect is much stronger. Euphoria takes over and the body feels great. The effect lasts for about 2 hours at full strength, then pleasant after effects take on for another 2 hours. Kratom has fewer side effects than opiates. Combination with alcohol may reduce euphoria, increase dizziness and cause headaches.
Many people did not get such a positive experience from Kratom, in fact they reported negative effects. But study reveals that almost all the negative reports about the use of kratom mention high doses, the combination with other substances or prolonged and constant use.
Kratom side effects:
There is evidence that the side effects of kratom include dry mouth, excessive urination, loss of appetite and constipation. The result of long-term use may be weight loss, insomnia and darkening of the skin, especially on the cheeks. Withdrawal syndrome is characterized by hostility, aggression, inability to work, pain in the muscles and bones.
A low-dose (1.5-2 grams) stimulates slightly, alters perception and causes euphoria. With 4 grams, narcotic effects dominate. 6-6.5 grams dose exhibits medicinal properties. A dose of 9 grams gives vision changes, makes colors brighter, causes hallucinations, euphoria and a sense of oneness with nature. Plant causes the body and mind to work and study, gives a feeling of complete well-being.
It is advised to use Kratom with discretion. As you are equipped with enough knowledge about effects of Kratom now, you can decide for yourself what dose do you want to administer.