Kratom High Explained: Is it the same as Opiates High?
The commonly used term “Kratom High” is both a misconception and a real thing. So, how do you know the difference? This effect from using Kratom is just the surface level of what the natural herb is very much capable of doing.
Some people (and even media) categorize Kratom with the likes of opiates because of this so-called “high” feeling when one uses it. However, this notion is entirely false and undue as Kratom is never an opiate, and this group of people is missing out so much on what this traditional medicine can do.
Is Kratom Similar to Opiates?
The answer is both yes and no. Comparing this Southeast Asia native plant to Opiates is not entirely false. It does act on opiod receptors while not being an opiate. One of the many wonders of Kratom is its ability to provide users a more energetic, outgoing feeling and sharp focus, among others, with a small dosage.
It can also provide a sedative, calming effect if taken in slightly larger amount. In a way, its effects resemble the effects that Opiates offer, which is this “high” feeling that its dependent look for. However, Kratom is, at the same time, different from Opiates, as it does not have negative effects and addictive tendencies.
Kratom contains Alkaloids, a naturally formed element that communicates to cell receptors, thus eliciting reactions from the sympathetic nervous system and positively influence one’s bodily functions, emotions, and mindset. This, in one way or another, is the same process that Opiates affect the body.
However, unlike the Opiates’ negative relationship with the cell receptors, Kratom works immensely safe as it only reaches these receptors for some interaction and then goes its way, naturally. It does not cling to these receptors and causes addiction by not letting the body function well without its elements like Opiates.
In a nutshell, Kratom and Opiates are similar with the “high” feeling they provide but are different from each other as Kratom does not leave any harmful effects. This is also the reason why many people use Kratom as a transitional medicine while cutting-back on Opiates with lesser withdrawal symptoms.
Different Types of Kratom High
Kratom provides two different kinds of “high,” each dependent on how much dosage was taken. In smaller dosage, Kratom can provide an Energetic High where users report of feeling more, well, energized.
They also reported of being happier, having a sharper focus, optimism, vibrant energy, euphoric feeling and others. Some also attribute this kind of “high” to a particular strain of Kratom like the White Vein Borneo or anything of white-veined leaf variant in general.
Another effect of Kratom is the ability to provide a more relaxing, calm feeling or the so-called Relaxing High. This effect appears when Kratom is taken in larger dosage. Some reported of feeling stress-free, less depressed, getting better sleep and calmness. It also has a sedative effect and can aid people who suffer from anxiety.
The known strain of Kratom that can provide this kind of “high” are the red veined leaves like the Red Vein Borneo.
The Reason Why Kratom Is Legal
Supported by over a thousand years of use from its origin and hundreds of years’ patronage outside its territory, Kratom remains legal in most places for consumption. This further solidifies Kratom’s standing as a natural medicine with an extensive list of health benefits rather than an illicit drug that provides fleeing moments of a solution and harmful effects of Opiates.
Over these years, there have been no reported cases of death or serious physical injury caused by Kratom use, which is why Kratom is legal to use and is classified much more like coffee, readily accessible to users.
With these benefits and the absence of any illness-causing side effects, Kratom holds its name of being a natural medicine and should not be classified as a drug. The Kratom high that others experience is rather true, but in a wholesome more logical sense and mostly refers to its therapeutic capacity inside and out, and not just on the surface.