If you read health news or visit vitamin stores, you may have heard about kratom, a supplement that is sold as an energy booster, mood enhancer, pain reliever and antidote for opioid withdrawal.
WHAT IS KRATOM?
Kratom is an herbal extract that comes from the leaves of an evergreen tree (Mitragyna speciosa) grown in Southeast Asia. Kratom leaves can be chewed, and dry kratom can be swallowed or brewed. Kratom extract can be used to make a liquid product. The liquid form is often marketed as a treatment for muscle pain, or to suppress appetite and stop cramps and diarrhea. Kratom is also sold as a treatment for panic attacks.
Kratom is believed to act on opioid receptors. At low doses, kratom acts as a stimulant, making users feel more energetic. At higher doses, it reduces pain and may bring on euphoria. At very high doses, it acts as a sedative, making users quiet and perhaps sleepy.
There a different types of Kratom created for specific needs :
Red vein - calming, sleep, and can help you experience a sense of well-being and optimism, helps with reducing pain and relieve muscle tension
Train wreck- is a THE blend of all! They mix all strains of the veins and it gives Extreme boost and energy, extreme feelings of wellness, motivational qualities, possible light pain relief, mood enhancement, confidence booster
White- energizing, mood enhancing, concentration, motivation, and endurance.
Bali - euphoric affect
Green - is like a mix of white and red! It is a mild energy amplifier and users say they gain a strengthening of alertness and focus.