There are several different types of natural drugs out there in the world today, drugs that are used to remedy problems that pharmaceutical drugs are made to remedy as well. But what most people fail to realize is that natural remedies, sometimes referred to as homeopathic remedies, can be just as, if not more, potent than artificial substances and have side effects that are just as powerful.
This is not to say that this is a bad thing at all, but that just as much caution should be taken when partaking in natural remedies for problems as when delving into pharmaceutical drugs.
One of these natural substances that are out there is called Mitragyna Speciosa. Mitragyna Speciosa, otherwise known as Kratom. It is a rather normal looking green plant that comes from the jungles of Southeast Asia. It is used to make tea, or can be ground up into a powder.
Sometimes it is smoked as tobacco as well, although if used like this it takes a large amount of smoking it to achieve the effects that are desired.
Side Effects of Kratom
Taking a low dosage of Kratom will give a spike in energy, making someone feel more alert, aware of their surroundings, and less shy. Sometimes, some people might feel an increase in their libido as well. However, sometimes, at a low dosage, people can also feel edgy and agitated due to the sudden increase in energy that happens.
At a high dosage, people will enter a very relaxed, dream-like state. They will not respond to physical or emotional pain, and sometimes even have dreams while being fully awake. But if the user while high on a decent dose of Kratom tries to get up and move around at all, they will get nauseous, disoriented and dizzy.
If they hurt themselves while moving around, like stubbing their toe or getting cut on something, they will not notice it. The high lasts several hours and, depending on the person and their physical make-up, the high can last for a very long time. People who are high on Kratom should not try to drive or do complex tasks while using the drug.
One of the main chemicals in Kratom is called mitragynine, which is what is responsible for the main effect of the drug. Due to this substance, Kratom has the same kind of effects that a very mild opiate might, as well as something along the lines of an anti-depressant.
Kratom has been used in Southeast Asian countries to decrease opiate withdrawals, and as a result, the 70-year recreational usage ban on the drug in Thailand might actually be lifted. It is also illegal in Burma, Malaysia and Australia.
As of right now, the drug is actually legal within the United States, although the Drug Enforcement Agency has dubbed Kratom as a “drug of concern” due to the fact that people actually can get addicted to it, there are some negative side effects to the drug, and that there are withdrawals as well.
Side Effects and Withdrawals of Kratom
Known negative side effects of Kratom were observed in Thailand from people who had been using the drug for an average of 18 years, with the lowest sampled people having used the drug for about 3 years.
The negative side effects are anorexia, weight loss, insomnia, skin darkening, dry mouth, frequent urination, and constipation. And there are even withdrawal effects for someone who has been taking Kratom for a while and then stops, which are hostility, aggression, emotional liability, wet nose, achy muscles and bones, and jerky movement of the limbs.
So, despite the fact that Kratom might have what some believe to be a “safe” track record, there are still hazards with taking the drug. It produces effects that can be immobilizing and debilitating, as well as having long-term negative effects and withdrawals.