An intro to Kratom Withdrawal
Kratom is a plant-based supplement that is originally grown in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other countries. Currently, it is globally retailed online in various different forms such as the pill, tablet, powder, and tea form. Kratom has been used for many years in the countries mentioned to reduce stress, increase energy, and to act as a pain reliever for minor or chronic pain issues. People in Thailand for example, would and still do pick the leaves, dry them, and create a very potent tea out of it. Some also chew the fresh leaves or steep the fresh leaves in hot water to make fresh tea. This concoction is very powerful and can help to relieve a number of ailments.
Over the years kratom has become a very widespread product with many even using it to combat the symptoms connected to opioid withdrawal. A very powerful supplement that should only be taken if you are sure it won’t interact with medication that you might already be taking for various issues you may already be having such as anxiety or severe pain.
The real name for kratom is actually Mitragyna speciosa and is part of the same group of plants as coffee. If you enjoy the stimulation you get from some strong, high-quality coffee then you might enjoy the feeling you get when you take kratom. In this article, we will talk about kratom withdrawal. Is it possible to experience withdrawal from kratom? Is it actually an addictive herbal supplement? Or is it totally harmless and healthy to consume?
Firstly let’s briefly go through some of the reasons people take kratom in the first place.
To Get Rid of Pain
Kratom is well known to be a pain reliever, and some people replace conventional pain medication with kratom pills or powder. Some medical professionals say that kratom should not be combined with conventional pain medication therefore, it is vital that you have some kind of consultation with your doctor before you begin to take kratom for the purposes of pain relief.
To Relieve Stress
The stresses of life can be difficult to handle therefore, some people take kratom to help them cope with stress. Stress can lead to all kinds of physical and mental health issues so it is important to find natural ways of combating stress. Kratom relaxes the muscles and sends feel-good signals to the brain thus reducing the general feeling of stress. It is important to note that a pill or powder can just get rid of stress overnight. It is important to take a look at the root cause of your stress levels and try to tackle that. Look at some of the reasons why you are feeling stressed and try and find ways to reduce the stress factors in your life. Although this is not going to be easy, this combined with a healthy diet, exercise, mindfulness and possibly taking kratom pills, powder or tea, you can alleviate some of the symptoms associated with stress.
To Reduce Anxiety
Taking kratom has been known to help reduce anxiety. I have actually had some experience with this as I do suffer from severe anxiety at times. Panic attacks and anxiety-fueled mood swings happen from time to time. They happen mostly when I take a break from taking kratom because I don’t want to become dependent on taking it, I do stop for a couple of weeks and then go back to it. However, I do notice a change in my anxiety levels when I stop taking kratom. I feel calm and less focused on my fears when I am taking it. I am not actually sure how it reduces anxiety but I know it does work for me. I have spoken to other kratom users who experience drastic anxiety relief when they take it too. Bear this in mind however, I did not start experiencing drastic anxiety relief straight away. It took about a month before I started to notice a change.
To Feel Happy
Mood enhancement is one of the number one reasons why people take kratom in the first place. The stresses of life can often force you into temporary depression or low mood and sometimes it can be difficult to cope with it without the help of some kind of supplement or prescription drug. Not to say this is the only way to feel better about yourself or to improve your mood. However, it can help and Kratom has been a lifesaver for me when it comes to mood enhancement. It works by encouraging the body to release more dopamine and serotonin which sends feel-good information to the brain to enhance the way you feel overall. It might not work for everyone but it most definitely works for me and other people I have spoken to.
To Help With Opiod Withdrawal Symptoms
Some take kratom to reduce the terrible effects of opioid withdrawal. People who suffer from heroin addiction or dependency on other types of opioids often struggle when it comes to trying to wean themselves off of the drugs. They often take prescription medication to slowly wean themselves off it however, sometimes these prescription drugs can be more harmful than the actual drug. This is why some people choose to go down the natural route instead of taking prescription drugs.
Now let’s delve a bit deeper into the question of kratom and withdrawal. Does taking kratom lead to addiction or dependency? Can you experience withdrawal symptoms from taking it?
Before we can figure out or understand if kratom is actually addictive, we need to fully understand how kratom works in the brain.
Science shows that kratom affects the brain in the same way as opioids do. This is the reason why it works so well in reducing the symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. There are a couple of chemicals found in kratom that connect with opioid receptors. These chemicals are mitragynine and 7-a-hydroxymitragynine. When kratom is consumed correctly according to the right dosage, it does have significant health benefits such as increased energy, focus, and reduced depression and anxiety. However, when overconsumed, it is possible to develop a dependency or addiction.
When taking kratom is vital that you pay attention to the dosage, if you are new to taking kratom the best thing to do is to take it slow. Do not jump into taking large doses when you have never taken kratom before, this could have dangerous consequences and side effects. Some of the side effects include:
- Shivering or shaking
- Severe headaches
- Liver problems
- Convulsions or seizures
- Severe dehydration
When you have been taking kratom for a long period of time and you stop taking it, you might also experience some kind of withdrawal symptoms such as cold sweats, muscle twitching and headaches as well as excessive thirst. These side effects are very similar to the withdrawal symptoms one might experience from caffeine withdrawal. Regular coffee drinkers report experiencing headaches and sometimes feelings of irritability or anger when they don’t drink their coffee. Therefore, when you start taking kratom it is vital that you are mindful of the dosage and how often you are taking it.
I started taking kratom a couple of years ago, when I first started taking it, I went all in. I paid no attention to the dosage and just used my own judgment. After a period of time, I became somewhat addicted to taking kratom. I couldn’t do without it, after about three months, on days when I didn’t take it, I would feel extremely tired, hungry and I would experience very strong and painful headaches. I spoke to my doctor about it and he said that I could possibly be experiencing withdrawal from the kratom. I was advised to slowly cut back and take a break from it once in a while. I would advise anyone who is new to taking kratom to take it slow at first and also take breaks once in a while. -Bruce Johnson
I have been using kratom for about 6 months and I have experienced no issues with dependency or feeling withdrawal symptoms when I don’t take it. I feel totally fine when I don’t take it to be honest. I drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and my workout regularly too. My healthy lifestyle could be the reason why I am not currently dealing with withdrawal symptoms or dependency issues when it comes to taking kratom. -Bilal Yusif-
A friend of mine recommended I try kratom because I had been suffering from low energy for quite a while. After taking kratom for a few weeks, I stopped taking it because I felt like I no longer needed it. However, after a few days of not taking it, I started to feel kind of strange, low energy, lethargic, and struggling with focus and productivity. I do feel like I have a mild dependency on kratom but I don’t think it is something that will be detrimental to my health. I do recommend kratom to anyone who has problems with low energy.