January 7, 2013

Is the Kratom Drug Addicting?

Kratom can be found in packs labeled “Floories”, “Kratom OPM” and “Medicine Man” and is marketed as an all-natural product which can be used as an alternative to pain medication. Kratom is completely legal and is taken from the leaf of a Southeast Asian tree.

Today, Kratom is becoming quite popular in the United States, especially in South Florida. In fact, a lot of people there have already been putting themselves on YouTube drinking it as a tea and documenting their overall experience with it. One user, for instance, has admitted that drinking it as a tea is quite disgusting, but that it is fairly relaxing and has killed some pain. Plus, it apparently made the user’s mind more open to things in general.

Kratom is sold as a powder, so it can be put in a drink, but it also exists in pill form. When taken in smaller doses, it is considered to be a stimulant. However, when taken in higher doses, it is known to have a pain-relieving and relaxing effect. In just the right doses, Kratom is known to be an effective treatment for pain relief, chronic fatigue and depression.

The medical field sees a problem with it, though: it is very similar to hard drugs, such as heroin, and prescribed drugs, such as Vicodin; in that it can generate an addiction or a dependency to the drug. Unfortunately, a lot of people have already taken advantage of this fact so far and have used the drug outside of its medicinal purposes just to get high and forget their problems.

Any type of chemical that makes people feel less anxious or a bit happier generally tends to make them forget how to use their inner skills to approach situations that provoke anxiety altogether. This is why people become dependent on these drugs to begin with. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has recently reported that Kratom is currently being abused as a tea right now, though some people opt to chew the leaves instead. More and more doctors are beginning to report that patients are starting to abuse Kratom, as well.

Several teenagers have developed a reliance on Kratom, too. This is mostly because they don’t really know much about the substance to begin with nor do they know what taking it in an uncontrolled manner can lead to. Since young adults tend to be quite adventurous nowadays, too, they become more inclined to try out various drugs just to see their overall sedative and stimulant effects in the end. Addiction to Kratom may result in serious health issues later on, though, so it would be dangerous for young adults to abuse this substance either way.

As mentioned earlier, Kratom is completely legal in the U.S., though. In fact, it is readily available in tobacco shops, in Kava Bars found in South Florida, and all over the Internet, according to the DEA. However, the FDA has listed it on their list of chemicals and drugs of concern. Since Kratom’s consumption isn’t approved by the FDA, it actually isn’t regulated. Because of this, psychologists are raising a red flag when it comes to Kratom because users will never really know what they are in for when they take it.

The DEA claims that Kratom can produce stimulant effects, sedative effects, and several acute side effects. Some of the short-term side effects that Kratom could produce include sweating, itching, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, increased urination, dehydration, loss of appetite and constipation. Some of its long-term side effects, on the other hand, could include depression, weight loss, fatigue and insomnia. All of these side effects could eventually lead to worse health problems, though, like malnutrition, lowered immune system, organ dysfunction, cardiac problems and respiratory problems.

Overall, there are chances of people suffering from alteration or contamination from Kratom, as well, mainly because they will never know what is going into their systems. This would be especially true if the drug is bought without any proof of monitoring whatsoever.

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