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Kratom: Natural Pain Reliever or Latest Designer Drug

Updated on January 31, 2016

Kratom

For thousands of years the people of Asia have been using Mitragyna speciosa, also known as kratom. Not until recently, has it found its way into mainstream America. This herb has been used in Asia as a natural pain reliever. Many people swear by its pain relieving properties.

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Mitragyna speciosa or kratom is a tree that is native to the Asian continent. Mitragyna speciosa is a deciduous tree that grows primarily in southeast Asia and is closely related to the coffee plant [Rubiacae]. Ironically it has been outlawed is Asia for over 70 years. It was originally banned because it was cutting into the Thai government's tax revenue from opium sales. For centuries the Asian people have turned to it for its medicinal properties. Among its medicinal properties, is its psychoactive effects. When ingested, the herb enhances the users mood and increases energy.


Much like pharmaceutical pain killers, kratom acts on the opioid receptors of the brain giving it a pain relieving quality. This is why it is widely used as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical pain medicine. It is often used to treat chronic pain. Although it does not carry many of the harmful side effects of these prescribed medications, recent research suggests that it may be addictive. Unlike pharmaceutical pain meds., it is not detectable on typical drug screens. Albeit extremely uncommon, there have been reported adverse side effects of kratom such as, psychosis, hallucinations, sweating, nausea, dizziness and confusion.


Legality

Although currently listed on the DEA's list of drugs of concern, kratom is still legal on a federal level. However, it is illegal in two U.S. States, Indiana and Tennessee. Burma, Thailand and Malaysia have also deemed kratom illegal. As with many new substances and dietary supplements, kratom was placed on the DEA's list of drugs of concern over four years ago, but has not been found to cause harm.

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Kratom powder can be made into tea
Kratom powder can be made into tea

Finding Kratom

Kratom can be found in many brick and mortar stores like head shops, tobacco shops and gas stations across the U.S. Most big retailers will not sell it, presumably out of ignorance as to its legality or possibly even its existence. Kratom is also readily available for purchase online. As with most things, buying kratom online is often much less expensive than in stores. As a kratom user myself and after trying many online suppliers I found Kraken Kratom to be the most reliable. I use kratom for my chronic back pain that resulted from a work related accident. After many years of being prescribed narcotic pain killers that carry with them a laundry list of side effects, I can honestly say that after more than a year of use I have not experienced any. There have been no withdrawal symptoms like those that come from stopping prescribed pain medications either.

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