Using kratom safely
People across the world have been gathering around kratom for treating a host of medical conditions, which includes mood disorders, chronic pain, and opioid withdrawal. Day by day the consumption of this substance has been increasing rapidly. So, now the question arises, “How safe is kratom?”
Reports from the FDA say that kratom is responsible for some deaths in a few years, and tends to continue more in the coming years. However, kratom users consider those deaths may have been caused by adulterants that some kratom products may contain.
Is it safe to use kratom?
A million-dollar question circling around the herb, and the most common on for someone new to this herb is whether kratom is safe to use or not. There are lots of research to be done to get an accurate answer, but until now the answer depends on a few factors.
Some of the essential details about the herb will be discussed as the article continues, such as its usage, and its positive and negative effects. But above all, keep in the mind that no matter how the long-term or the short-term effects might hamper you, kratom can be considered addictive.
And, you know that addiction will always lead to developing a physical dependency on that substance. This thing itself is indicating that it might not be safe. Another interesting thing to point out is the fact that kratom itself is banned in its native place, that is, Thailand.
Also, the plant is regulated in some European countries, Malaysia, and Australia. Kratom contains a similar number of alkaloids that are found in opium and some hallucinogenic mushrooms. The alkaloids cast a powerful effect when it is consumed by humans. Hence, this can be the main reason why kratom might not be safe.
People who take kratom in higher doses will fall fast asleep naturally. But there is a risk of vomit, and if this thing happens, they will be choked to death while asleep. Because kratom can be helpful with problems relating to sleep and coordination, it is very dangerous to operate machinery, or driving while using the strain. Pregnant women are advised never to use kratom during that period.
Side effects of kratom at lower doses:
When you take kratom at a lower dose, it will act as a stimulant. It is just like making coffee, where you will get boosted energy levels, decreased appetite, more sociability, enhanced alertness, and increased sex drive.
The lower dosage of kratom can be classified when you consume less than 5 grams of the substance. On the other hand, the possible negative side effects of taking a low dose of kratom include tremors, anxiety, coordination problems, and agitation.
Side effects of kratom at higher doses:
The effects of kratom, when taken in higher doses, are similar to that of opioids, and that’s why some people shift to this herb as a replacement to other opioids they are taking. The positive effects are the same as the drugs like morphine, the only difference is kratom are generally less tense.
High doses effects of kratom include pain reduction, sedation, cough suppression, and euphoria. There might be some negative effects of a higher dosage such as nausea, constipation, and itching. In general, the negative effects of kratom that can happen irrespective of doses, include anxiety and nausea. The effects are even more serious when they are combined with prescribed medicines or other drugs.
Some of the chemicals present in kratom impacts on how your liver metabolizes other drugs, which can lead to interactions that can be dangerous. The possible consequences of these drug interactions may result in seizure or liver damage.
Another risk arises when people tend to buy commercial versions of kratom. These are combined with drugs or other substances and have the potentiality to harm your body. A product called Krypton is promoted to the public as a potent edition of kratom.
Whereas, it contains kratom alongside other chemicals, and activates the opioid receptors of your brain. If someone consumes krypton, there is a possibility that the person might suffer from respiratory problems, resulting in death.
There are many kratom strains that are more potent in leading towards positive side effects, and users have reported about getting a hangover the next day after taking it. Such hangover can cause headaches, nausea, anxiety, and irritability.
Other issues surrounding the use of kratom:
It is unfortunate that apart from the side effects of using kratom, there are other things that you should worry about. Here are some of the issues that you should be aware of when you are using kratom.
Lack of proper jurisdiction – As discussed earlier, kratom falls under the category of a controlled substance, where the FDA has impost a ban on any kind of import. But the herb is available in the market from different vendors disguised in different names.
The lack of proper regulation means that the kratom products are not standardized, and it opens many possibilities about the harmful complications. Therefore, in absence of any authority to set the right standards, the vendors will get the upper hand in combining kratom with other chemicals, and sell it to the buyers without its actual composition displayed on the package.
There are also possibilities for compromising on the quality of the products intentionally during its production, or shipment. Ultimately, the final product will be harmful to anyone consuming it.
Addiction towards kratom – Opioid drugs can be replaced with kratom because it is not that harmful. Unfortunately, the user might develop a dependency on it, which can be fatal. The bad effects after being addicted to kratom will give rise to withdrawal symptoms that may even lead to death.
Some of the symptoms include mood swings, a runny nose, tremors, bone pain, nausea, hostility, and fatigue. Heavy addiction might cause hallucinations, delusions, seizures, and confusion. Some other emotional withdrawal symptoms that are possible might include anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
If anyone is addicted to kratom, it’s recommended to seek professional help. Such help will make that person stop taking the strain over time, and significantly minimize any chance of withdrawal symptoms. Alternatively, a person may even join support groups for preventing relapse.
Negative interaction with other drugs – Kratom can lead you towards life-threatening conditions if it is used with opioids such as morphine, or hydrocodone. Such activities could lead to fatal seizures and death.
Kratom can affect the liver on how it metabolizes other drugs. In combination, the impact will be higher than might result in kidney or liver damage. It’s advisable to consult a physician if a person is under mediation before using the herb.
Kratom and its long-term effects:
Although many types of research have to be conducted for discovering the long-term effects of kratom, considering the herb as used for many centuries in some Asian countries, have indicated some evidence to the possibility of long-term effects. Even in lower doses, effects such as sleeping disorders, constipation, anxiety, and withdrawal symptoms might occur.
Heavy and long-term abuse of kratom could lead to liver and kidney failure. Kratom makes it difficult for the kidneys and liver to perform, resulting in potential organ damage. Other long-term side effects may include hyperpigmentation and psychosis.
Just like any other drugs, kratom too has its own risk. The only good thing in kratom than other drugs is the tolerance of the herb by your body, where there is a low chance of adverse reactions.