Kratom also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, is very popularly known to relieve pain, cure diarrhea , and boost energy levels. The drug is easily available and is more popular as a herbal drug, which is why people tend to use it often. Recently, people have started consuming Kratom to control withdrawal symptoms from other opioids and similar harmful drugs. Responsible usage of Kratom can be beneficial, however regular usage of the drug for more than one month can cause addiction.
Kratom is available in the form of fresh leaves, capsules, and powder. People usually drink it with tea, chew the fresh leaves, or inhale it when in powdered form. It is also smoked and eaten along with food.
Kratom leaves contain two compounds named mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. When these compounds interact with the opioid receptors in the brain, they cause pleasure, relief from pain, and sedation. The side effects of Kratom include:
● Dry mouth
● Frequent urination
● Mild nausea
● Psychotic disorders
The various commercial forms of the drug, when mixed with other compounds, can even be life threatening.
The withdrawal symptoms of this drug might seem to be mild. However, it can cause physical dependence, which include:
● Mood swings
● Running nose
● Joint / body pain
● Unfriendly behavior
● Destructive nature