What is it?
Kratom is botanical supplement which is extracted into a powder from a tropical tree that is apart of the coffee family. Kratom has had a long history of medicinal use in Southeast Asia for pain management, mood improval & opioid withdrawal.
There are 27+ active alkaloids in kratom: two of them act as opioid agonists but kratom itself is neither an opiate nor an opioid. In a recent analysis from one of the world’s leading experts on addiction and abuse potential of substances, Dr. Henningfield, PhD called kratom a non- opioid. “My team and I reviewed the medical literature to determine the potential for abuse of kratom,” Henningfield said. “It’s a natural substance, a non-opioid that provides an alerting effect in low doses and a mild opiate-like effect in higher doses. Again, the best comparison is caffeine. Some people may come to depend on it for its effects, but it doesn’t pose a real danger of addiction or other severe adverse effects.”
In 2023 people are dealing with a myriad of health issues, specifically pain management and don’t have a lot of options outside of pharmaceutical drugs to treat their pain. Kratom closed that gap in the market by providing a natural alternative for pain management whilst minimising the harmful side effects that would normally come with pharmaceutical drugs. Kratom is not intended for recreational use nor to treat mental health conditions. Kratom should be used responsibly and by adults only. It is mostly used as an alternative to pharmaceutical pain management drugs such as opioids. In addition kratom has been very effective when used to help withdraw from opiates.