Kratom – Evaluating The Perception Of A “Controversial” Drug

Kratom Warning

Kratom Warning

Over the past few years, Kratom has become increasingly popular in the public eye. As is the case with most “new” things, news agencies attempt to look at it with a critical eye, attempting to trade page views for manufactured controversy. This, in turn, activates the concerned parent contingent, intent on finding the next PTA issue to rally around.

In recent stories, tragedies have been directed at Kratom and initiatives have been launched to ban Kratom in a few select states. This is an unfortunate perspective considering research and countless stories underline the fact that Kratom has effectively helped people taper off of more dangerous, addictive drugs.

Natural News explains “continued usage of hard drugs (especially opiates) causes dependency and often when people try to stop, they experience withdrawal symptoms. Medical experimentation has proven Kratom to offer a better alternative to opium and morphine. Studies show that administering Kratom in low dosages and gradually reducing it, helps dependants beat the withdrawal symptoms which characterize abandoning the use of morphine and opiates.”

So What Is Kratom?

Kratom is a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family. While many people are just discovering this plant, it has a long history of medicinal use in Southeast Asia, particularly in Thailand and Malaysia.

In very small doses of a few grams of the leaf, kratom functions primarily as a stimulant. This produces effects similar to caffeine without the known jitteriness of drinking several cups of coffee. In higher dosages, kratom functions as a neurological opiate, triggering the mu opiate receptors in the brain, even though kratom is chemically different from the opium derived medications such as codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. An important distinction is that unlike other administered drugs like oxycodone and morphine, Kratom exhibits less dependency and addiction potential on the user. However, dependence is still possible as with all of these other derivatives with prolonged and incremental use.

Research Over Ignorance

While published research is just opening up, the Kratom community is open and honest about their individual experiences and is well documented throughout forums. This continued research is a significant advancement and necessary to understanding the positive ways Kratom has impacted the lives of people all over the world.

If fear really is the enemy of innovation, then panic and knee jerk reactions should never be the initial reaction of a “new to you” entity. Recently, Kratom advocates had to fight legislation in Florida to keep it legal. If not for the supportive and outspoken Kratom community advocating and emphasizing the remarkable results when used responsibly, this natural plant would undoubtedly be closed off to countless more people.

3 thoughts on “Kratom – Evaluating The Perception Of A “Controversial” Drug

  1. iv been badly addicted to methadone as in Spain i was buying deprancol and using 5?heroine and cocaine I was drinking beetween 1 and 2litres of whiskey at night just got off drink 5 yrs ago but iv hadto be on 140 mg of methadone iv got mysel down to 60 ml iv taken a month off working as I know its a horrible time detoxing off 5 ml a day im taking phenibut 6/7 grms a day as I wss going through about 40 mg of alprazolam and 120 of bromazepam a day I need my life bacck so iv cut downloads with PHENIBUT but my tollera
    Need to know wich kratoms I need and if they are ok with phenibut as they are helping me cut down to half amount of benzos. classic red vein bali what I should go for and can you recommend anything for phenibut detoxing and benzos but forñ

  2. I was in a terrible car accident 2 years ago and broke my hip,leg, and ankle, along with tearing several ligaments and having an Acl surgery. I was on Morphine for 2 years before I discovered Kratom. Since then my life has gotten so much better. I have gone from 145 lbs to 190 now at 5’9. I have felt so much healthier and have more energy. I was so depressed while on Morphine and in pain all the time. I am so happy now and no longer have the cloudy thinking I had while on Morphine. No monthly trips 2 the doctor and no pain. I finally have quality of life again thanks 2 Kratom, and have even noticed my libido return!

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