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The kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant of the family of the native coffee Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand) that have traditionally been used to relieve pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and cough. It is also used in religious ceremonies.
Scientific studies have confirmed its effectiveness and have discovered the responsible active substance, 7-hydroxy-mitraginine (7-OH), according to research conducted at the University of Columbia (United States).
AN ALTERNATIVE TO PAINKILLERS AND MORPHINE
Patients with severe pain are already turning to kratom as a natural alternative to opiates such as morphine, which is only prescribed in very specific cases. It is also used to treat anxiety and mild depression. Consumers include veteran soldiers with war wounds and post-traumatic stress, as well as injured elite athletes.
In the United States, the purchase of kratom through the internet has become popular. However, the access of patients to kratom can be prevented if the US government classifies it in the same category of prohibited drugs as LSD, marijuana or heroin.
This decision could be supported by many other countries. At the moment kratom is legal in Spain and in most of the states of the United States, but it is prohibited in Alabama, Indiana, Florida and Wisconsin, and in several European countries.
Those who support the ban claim that kratom has psychotropic effects and, above all, that it is potentially addictive. The experience of most consumers is that, in moderate doses, it produces a slight sense of well-being, according to the United Kratom Association.
Studies indicate that it produces a certain tolerance (people with pain tend to increase the dose to feel the same relief) and that when they stop taking it, they increase the sensitivity to pain and sleep problems may occur. This withdrawal syndrome is not prolonged.
In the medical literature, strange cases of hallucinations, psychosis, and even death have been collected in people with risk factors, such as alcohol or other drugs. There are also cases of poisoning from the ingestion of contaminated preparations.
The intention of some political authorities to ban kratom has not prevented the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Drug Addiction and the American Kratom Association from funding the Columbia University study, which has revealed that kratom and Its active ingredients are effective and safer than morphine, although its hepatic metabolism may not make it recommended for all people.
HOW DO YOU TAKE KRATOM?
With the dried kratom leaves an infusion can be prepared or converted into a powder, which is diluted in water to take it. While you can buy kratom capsules online, still it is recommended to start with its powder form.
The initial dose used by most consumers is 2 g (one teaspoon) per half cup of water, which is drunk on an empty stomach. The effects begin to be perceived at 20-40 minutes and last up to 3-6 hours.
In Asia, it is common to take a teaspoon of leaf powder and then a sip of water to dissolve it in the mouth by swishing. The powder (in the mentioned dose, not much else) can be mixed with food and drinks. Since the flavor is quite intense and not pleasant, it can be a good idea to mix it with fruit juice.
You can also take the powder in Kratom capsules, although it is not recommended because the effects are delayed and the doses needed to feel them