Kratom (a tropical tree called Mitragyna speciosa) is found in Southeast Asia, and its leaves can have mind-altering effects. Taken as a pill, capsule or extract, kratom works by effecting opioid receptors in the brain, which produce sensations of relaxation, pleasure, and decreased pain. Many individuals also report increased energy and sociability. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, kratom often is sold with “unproven claims” about treating pain and other conditions such as cancer or high blood pressure – that is, not much research has been done to prove these subjective experiences by users as “normal”, and the fact that kratom is unregulated makes this issue even more challenging. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tried to ban kratom imports back in 2016, with growing concerns to its safety and effectiveness. Despite popular dismay amongst governmental agencies and many healthcare officials, some kratom users are swearing by its effects to assist addiction recovery.
Business Insider explains that kratom has two ingredients with psychoactive effects: mitragynine (MG) and 7-hydroxymitragynine (7-HMG). MG makes up about 60% of kratom while 7-HMG only makes up about 2%; a study conducted by researcher Scott Hemby, as told by Business Insider, was said to have discovered that MG could potentially have the opposite effect of addiction on users, giving this drug a potential for addiction recovery in the future. If kratom is used, what side effects can you expect? Nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, increased urination, loss of appetite and more are to be expected; kratom dependency is possible, so it’s important to avoid this drug or at least monitor your use if you proceed.
As a medicine, kratom does not hold enough weight for healthcare professionals to consider this an option for addiction recovery. Stay tuned as scientists continue to explore the effects of kratom and its potential benefits and harms to users. If you are struggling with substance abuse, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about treatment programs that can best suit your needs. It’s never too late.
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