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Kratom Benefits & Side Effects

[Important Note: This article only seeks to provide information about the benefits of kratom based on our own observations, research, and opinion. All the benefits mentioned here are not from a medical professional. Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned people on the use of kratom since they have deemed this substance to be toxic and life-threatening.]

Kratom has become a very popular treatment for some physical and mental conditions. This substance garnered great reviews among its users and hailed it as one of the best medicinal plants. It was first discovered in Thailand and other neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. The leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree is where you get all the benefits of Kratom. Before, people just chewed on the raw leaves to get the desired effects. But as of today, they are sold in many forms like powder, extract, dried or fresh leaves, and even capsules/pills that are more convenient to purchase and easier to consume.

Beneficial Claims of Kratom

The effects of kratom are produced because of its active alkaloids, mitragynine, and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These special alkaloids bind with the body’s cells to elicit beneficial effects. When taken, expect to experience positive physical, mental, and emotional changes.

Kratom users have reported the following benefits:

  • Provides pain relief
  • Gives feelings of euphoria
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Promotes metabolism
  • Provides antioxidant properties
  • Improves the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers blood glucose levels

Kratom Improves Some Mental Health Issues

There are two general effects of Kratom – it either boosts your energy levels or provides a calming and relaxing effect. It all depends on the type of strain, the dosage, and the degree of potency of each strain.

Kratom doesn’t only give you physical benefits, it also addresses mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and worry.  It also enables you to socialize without feeling anxious, awkward or shy. Many users take this substance to get a good night’s sleep, especially when their mind is full of fears, worries and unsettled problems. It has this calming effect that enhances one’s mood and ultimately changes a person’s behavior. It is also used to improve concentration and promote positivity, as well as provide more energy. This is why many workers and use it to stay focused and productive.

Side Effects of Kratom

Just like any other drug on the market, kratom is not without its side effects. It has fewer and milder side effects though, compared to both natural and synthetic drugs that work similarly to it. Many reports say that the effects of opium are comparable to that of kratom, although the former is more dangerous and addictive. Kratom, on the other hand, has addictive potentials, but it can easily be addressed by simply putting a stop to its usage. There are no reported withdrawal effects from kratom.

Take caution, however, in your consumption of this herbal plant. Do not abuse it by going beyond the recommended dosage just to elicit the emotional and psychological “high” it may provide. To get the full benefits of this substance, make sure you are using it properly and carefully.

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