What is Kratom?

This Southeast Asian Tree Has Stimulant Effects

You may have heard to Kratom, but what really is this plant all about? Kratom is a tree that is prosperous throughout Southeast Asia and is native to the area. The leaves of this tree have mind-altering effects when taken in high doses. The leaves of the plant have been used in ancient medicine as a means to help manage and heal those who are struggling with chronic pain. When taken in small doses, kratom acts as a stimulant but taken in higher doses, the plant acts as a pain killer and is often used as a recreational drug.

Kratom is easily abused in those who obtain it which is why the DEA wants to make this drug illegal. The drug is often sold as a dietary supplement across the U.S. although it is known to cause health repercussions when taken in large doses. In those who take the drug in large quantities, hallucinations, vomiting, and withdrawal may be experienced.

Low Doses of Kratom

When chewed or consumed as a tea in small doses, kratom gives a feeling of boosting energy and euphoria. In the jungles of Thailand, natives chew on the leaves of Kratom as a means to relax and is also socially acceptable. Kratom is often smuggled from Thailand and sold in the U.S. under various names such as Kava Kava. The effects of the drug can be felt in as little as five minutes but can be overwhelming and dangerous for those who do not know what symptoms to expect.

Some of the side effects of Kratom that may experience are:

  • A dry mouth
  • Becoming itchy
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Constipation
  • Experiencing the sweats
  • Losing your appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss

Is Kratom Addictive?

Kratom abuse can lead to an addiction as the prolonged use of large quantities of the drug can create a dependence on it. If you are using kratom as a recreational drug and begin to experience withdrawal symptoms when you do not get a dose of kratom then you may have an addiction or a dependency on the drug. Addiction treatment can help you recover from your addiction to kratom.

When the brain gets a dose of any type of psychoactive compound, it has the capacity to become addicted to it. This is because drug attaches to brain receptors which release a large amount of dopamine, therefore, giving the sensation of euphoria. With prolonged exposure to any drug, the brain will begin to expect the presence of it on a regular basis. If it does not receive it, withdrawal symptoms begin to occur.

If you or someone close to you is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, treatment can help you make a full recovery. Addiction has a way of controlling your every move and eventually, you will be under complete control of your addiction if you do not get help. Obtaining help for your addiction will ensure that you get the proper treatment for your addiction.

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/kratom

https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm584952.htm

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

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is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.