Kratom, which has been used by many people across the world for centuries, has been proven to be effective and most importantly – safe. However, some of its effects that are akin to opiates make people confused and it associate it with such. Opiates, while providing relief and a handful of benefits, are known to be dangerous and highly addictive, which is an entirely different case for Kratom. However, Kratom withdrawal is a concern for many new users.
Is Kratom Addictive?
Kratom contains Alkaloids, a naturally-formed elements that interact, similarly with opiates, to your body’s cell receptors and communicates to your sympathetic nervous system promoting positive effects such as relaxing feeling, sharp focus and clearer mind. It is also known to provide relief to various illness such as stomach problems, chronic pain among many others. Unlike opiates, Kratom does not form destructive relationship with your body receptors, thereby eliminating the possibility of addiction.
To differentiate it further from opiates, Kratom is widely known as an effective agent in helping former opioid dependent persons cut back. This Southeast Asian native natural herb provides relief to various opiate withdrawal symptoms. In fact, some physicians have noted of these benefits from Kratom and have used the plant’s alkaloid (mitragynine) as treatment to such withdrawals, a 100 years back. Recently, Kratom also received recognition from medical organizations such as the National Institute of Thai Traditional Medicine in Bangkok for its anti-addiction properties. With these, clearly, opioids and Kratom are two very different things.
Basically, addiction from Kratom is nearly impossible – being a widely known addiction treatment itself. Now that addiction had been ruled-out, is there still a risk of developing dependency to Kratom as a psychological habit? Anything you do or take, be it coffee or using the internet, has the tendency of developing a habit-forming behavior – at the lowest level that is – when used over time. Kratom is not entirely immune to such behavior to occur, however, its known symptoms at the very least, are known to be minimal and non-threatening. Moreover, these “habit” can be effectively prevented by faithfully following guidelines for proper use and dosage.
What are the symptoms of Kratom withdrawal?
When a Kratom user had taken so much of what is recommended for an extended period of time (at the extreme like every day for a year), the probability of developing symptoms upon kratom withdrawal is highly-likely. However, these symptoms are considered to be non-serious and even commonly experienced by persons not using Kratom. These include:
- Concentration problems
- Foggy mind (Brain Fog)
Take note, however, that these can only happen to long-term users and the possibility of these happening to casual or one-time users is very much unlikely.
How Can I Cure and Prevent Kratom Withdrawal?
If you experienced these symptoms after a couple of days after withdrawal, then that is a clear indication that you might have used Kratom more than what is ideal or recommended.
The effects and tolerance of Kratom vary from each person by way of their body chemistry, which also changes over a period of time. These symptoms, upon withdrawal, should gradually cease on its own way, which also varies from each person. However, the best way to speed up the process of your receptors going back to normal, is to take a more extended break from Kratom coupled with a healthy lifestyle. This way, your body will be able to reset itself accordingly and more efficiently while removing completely the tolerance of Kratom that your body may have formed over time.
In case you want to go back to using Kratom again, the first thing to do is to recalibrate or cutback on your dosage and frequency to prevent withdrawal symptoms to happen again. It is important to make note of the way your body reacts to the new dosage (going back to 1-3 grams per use is the ideal), and work yourself from there. If you think that you are not getting the same results as you had before, you can increase your consumption but remember to do it gradually and more responsibly this time.
Most importantly, allow yourself to heal first and clear of any symptoms before deciding to go back to using Kratom. This natural medicine holds a lot of advantages that you can use for a longer period of time provided that you’ll use it responsibly or by not abusing it. This way, you don’t have to worry about developing withdrawal symptoms and simply go back to enjoying its full benefits.