With the influx of news about the nature of current pain medications it makes sense many people are looking for alternatives. One of those alternatives many people are turning to is kratom. Kratom is a plant that is grows in places like Thailand and Indonesia. Similarly, to opiate based pain medicines doctors believe kratom effects the same parts of the brain and could be a safer alternative to traditional opiates. Here is what you need to know about kratom.

Kratom has been used medicinally for a long time. It grows naturally throughout South East Asia, and has been used as a medicinally for years there. The original form of consumption for the substance was by chewing kratom leaves or brewing to make a tea. Now it is generally put into a kratom powder capsules that you consume like any other pill or smoked similarly to marijuana or tobacco. The effects of kratom can depend on the amount consumed. It can act as a stimulant when consumed in small quantities. It can also have a sedative, sleepy, effect at higher quantities.

The substance has become popular as an alternative to the extremely addictive opiates. There is a lot of anecdotical evidence of it helping with pain and helping ease the opioid withdrawal symptoms. This has some science backing as well. Kratom has been shown to affect the same parts of the brain that drugs such as fentanyl, and morphine effect. The major difference between kratom and traditional opiate based medicines is that kratom has shown no signs of causing respiratory depression. Respiratory depression is the main cause of death in opioid overdoses.

The addictive properties of the substance are heavily debated. Most reports are showing that the addictive properties of kratom are far less than its opioid counter parts. This is why it is being suggested that the substance could be the best way to wane off the substances. General reports and anecdotal evidence show, that kratom is far less addictive than other opiates. But the DEA is actively trying to schedule the drug. Their attempts have been met with much resistance from the public and scientists alike.

Kratom is like marijuana in the sense that there is a wide variety of strains. Some of the capsules or kratom herbs you can find may be a mix of strains or all focused on one. The effects and strengths of the substance can depend on which strain or the percentages of the blend in the specific kratom you are consuming. Its effects can also vary in the way it is consumed.

Kratom has a lot of anecdotical support around it. From increased focus in smaller doses to pain relief in higher doses. Many people report it has helped them ease off substances such as opiates. There is still a lot of research to be done on the substance, but it has been used for hundreds of years in different cultures. Advocates and scientists alike believe this could be a safer, reliable option to fight chronic pain.