Kratom is a type of tree found mainly in South Asia. Kratom extract from its leaves and the leaves themselves are said to be infused into medicine used for chronic pain and other related conditions.
Kratom can also be used to treat people that have symptoms of depression and anxiety. After a small amount of research, evidence shows that some kratom strains can help patients with anxiety and depression by alleviating some of their symptoms, although more research is expected to be carried out for further detailed analysis.
Hopefully, after the expected research is carried out on Kratom EU, the U.S Food and Drug Administration will approve kratom to treat anxiety and depression; now, the FDA considers kratom a dietary supplement.
How Kratom Works For Depression And Anxiety.
Kratom isn’t considered an opioid, although it works similarly to opioids such as codeine, morphine, etc.
Kratom’s most active ingredient is known as mitragynine. Mitragynine works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain, thus relieving the consumer of excruciating pain before consumption.
The way the most active ingredient (mitragynine) works may be the reason behind the report of some kratom users claiming its effectiveness as an anti-anxiety and antidepressant.
At the moment, we have little to no research reporting the effect of kratom on the consumer’s mood after consumption.
Although in a review of 2017, it was reported that some kratom users confirmed that kratom does enhance mood and relieve anxiety.
Researchers also mentioned that they found out that kratom can have sedative effects on consumers; they are yet to confirm if sedation is one of the side effects of consuming kratom and if it will also interfere with its original purpose and benefits of using kratom.
Other Benefits Of Using Kratom
There are other benefits of using kratom in addition to depression and anxiety; kratom can also be used to treat other conditions such as muscle aches, pain, diarrhea, high blood pressure, opioid addiction and withdrawal, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and soopioidAccording to a 2017 review, other studies have shown that kratom also has anti-inflammatory, appetite-suppressing and immunity-enhancing effects on consumers, although more research needs to be done to confirm these benefits of kratom.
Details About Kratom
Kratom, which has the botanical name Mitragyna speciosa, is a tree mostly found in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia and Thailand.
Kratom has its active ingredient mitragynine, commonly found in its leaves. When mitragynine is consumed in low doses, it has an energizing effect on its consumer, although when it is consumed in high dosage, it has a sedative effect on its consumer.
People have been using kratom for centuries in the southeast part of Asia. Kratom has other names, which include the list below but is not limited to this list:
Although it has been approved in the US, kratom is not approved in many countries yet.
A Different Way Of Using Kratom
Kratom can be consumed in various forms, including capsules, gum, tablets, extract, tinctures, and so on.
On some occasions, kratom leaves can be eaten fresh, dried, or boiled and then consumed as a tea. The dried leaves can also be grounded into powder and then consumed.
We also have people who consume kratom by smoking or vaporizing it; although it is not common, very few people ingest it this way.
The way and method in which kratom is ingested may influence its effect. However, there is no research stating the method of consumption that is preferable in treating depression and anxiety.
The Different Types Of Kratom Strains
The different types of kratom are referred to as strains. The majority of these strains are named according to their method of harvesting, place of origin, dying methods, and so on.
In the case of marijuana strains, different kratom strains have slightly different effects.
According to a report by researchers, there is currently no research into the effects of different kratom strains. The following descriptions are only based on anecdotal reports.
Also, note that the effect of a specific kratom strain can also vary from one supplier to the other.
- Maeng da
Maeng da refers to several different types of strong and long-lasting kratom.
Maeng da originated from Thailand, but the strains are also available in Indonesia and Malaysia. Maeng da can have various colors ranging from red, green, or white.
Maeng da is said to act as a stimulant by increasing the consumer’s energy level while also inducing the feeling of well-being and reducing pain. Some consumers report talkativeness after consumption of maeng da.
This is a kratom strain that originated in Indonesia. It can appear in either green, white, or red.
Indo kratom is considered less stimulating than other strains of kratom, although some types may have mild energizing effects on consumers.
All in all, the Indo strains are known for relieving pain, promoting overall well-being, and increasing relaxation. They are also said to help with anxiety.
Bali kratom also referred to as red vein, originated in Indonesia. It is red and is believed to provide effective pain relief.
Consumers say its effect is just like that of opioids compared to other kratom strains—Bali kratom help to relieve pain-related conditions, such as chronic pain and depression.
Thai kratom originated from Thailand. It is either present in red, white, or green color, and it is said to have varying effects according to the color in which it is present.
The white and green strains are said to create a euphoric high and provide consumers with stimulation.
The red strain is said to provide mainly pain relief.
Other kratom strains may also include but are not limited to; Borneo, green Malay, Malaysian, and so on.
The Recommended Dosage For Kratom
There is no recommended dosage for the use of kratom. In general, recommendation dosages are mainly dependent on sex, age, and health status. However, other factors such as the method of migration and the type of strain ingested can also determine how effective the kratom will be. For instance, the kratom extract is considered to be way more potent compared to the kratom powder.