Kratom has been an interesting substance for researchers in the past few years. The properties of Kratom haven’t been studied extensively but they are quite intriguing.
How come a substance that acts on Opiate receptors cause such little dependence, yet have painkilling and sedative properties along with euphoria like effects?
Let’s have a look at this amazing drug and share the experiences of users who have taken Kratom for Opioid withdrawal and chronic pain.
How does Kratom help in alleviating chronic pain?
As we all know that Kratom acts on the Opiate receptors, they have an analgesic effect. The mechanism of action is simple.
Kratom stops the transmission of pain signals to the brain areas where the pain is perceived.
Kratom increases the release of enkephalins, endorphins, dynorphins and Substance P, which are responsible for alleviating pain.
Normally, these are released by the body when the body experiences pain, but their release is exaggerated with the intake of Kratom.
A person suffering from chronic pain tries all types of drugs to manage the pain. Usually, all these pain management drugs come with severe side effects.
In such a scenario we require a drug that manages the pain well without causing any significant side effects if taken over a long period.
This brings us to Kratom which actively manages pain, without causing addiction as Opiates do and without causing drug side effects like that of NSAIDs.
These judgments are totally based on the user reviews that we get on our blog posts and website.
Is Kratom a safer option as compared to other medications?
Kratom is a lot safer than Opiates like Vicodin and Hydrocodone as observed from the reviews of users on Reddit and Drug Forum etc.
It is said to be safe because it doesn’t cause dependence and addiction like Opiates do. The alkaloids present in Kratom do not cause receptor suppression like Opiates do.
FDA scientists analyzed the chemical structure of Kratom using the PHASE model (Public Health Assessment via Structural Evaluation) and concluded that most of the compounds in the Kratom share the similarities with the controlled opioid analgesics, such as morphine derivatives.
The non-profit organization American Kratom Association which is supporting the Kratom has circulated the letter from the nine leading scientists on their FB page and website.
The letter from the scientists has been sent to the “White House Opioid Crisis Team Leader Kellyanne Conway and Acting DEA Administrator Robert Patterson requesting they disregard the FDA’s latest disinformation campaign against Kratom.”
According to scientist’s collective judgment, by placing kratom into Schedule I will potentially increase the number of deaths of Americans caused by opioids.
Many people who have found kratom to be their lifeline away from strong opioids will be vulnerable to the resumption of that opioid use, whether their prior opioid use was for relief of pain or due to opioid addiction.”
The FDA claims that 36 deaths are associated with the overdosing of Kratom along with some other narcotics.
Their point of view is that Kratom causes the depression of respiratory system; however, they haven’t come up with a case where Kratom taken individually has been fatal.
That’s why the community has been supportive of Kratom and its safety regarding other medications like Opiates used for pain.
Which type of Kratom is useful for managing chronic pain?
Mostly all strains of Kratom have the property of acting as an analgesic. Some strains are more potent than others, and this potency is variable.
Many say red strains are more potent analgesics while many say that white strains are more potent.
The strains which have a higher content of mitragynine are more strong analgesics as they act with greater efficacy on the mu Opiate receptors. Maeng Da Kratom and Red Bali are considered the strongest analgesic strains.
Both of these strains are known for producing considerable numbness, and they bring about a soothing effect. The analgesia caused by these strains last for hours and relieve the pain of the user.
These strains are used for alleviating pain in osteoarthritis, chronic backache, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer chemotherapy, fractures and post-operative pain.
What is the recommended dose of Kratom for Chronic Pain?
The dosage can vary for different people based on the age, gender, weight and body metabolism of the user. Those who are chronic abusers of Kratom will require a higher dose of Kratom to alleviate pain.
For beginners, it is always recommended to start with small dose and then gradually increase the dose if you don’t feel any effects at smaller doses.
The dosage of Red Bali is 2 to grams, while the dosage for Red Maeng Da is 1 to 5 grams. White Maeng Da dosage is 3 to 7 grams.
Usually, Kratom strains that are strong analgesics are also known for causing intense sedation, so you’d rather take it at night before sleeping.
The dosage mentioned above is not taken from analysis of human consumption. Indeed this data has been collected through experiments on research animals and blog reviews of Kratom.
How can Kratom treat Opiate withdrawal?
Kratom acts on the mu, delta, and kappa Opiate receptors. Opiates also act on these receptors. The effects produced by Kratom and Opiates are similar.
The major difference is that Opiates can be fatal while Kratom can’t be. Opiates cause addiction while Kratom doesn’t. Kratom acts on the Opiate receptors when you stop taking Opiates.
Thus you do not feel the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Kratom alleviates them. Kratom causes euphoria and stimulation, thus fighting the low mood associated with Opiate withdrawal.
Kratom causes sedation at high doses resulting in alleviation of insomnia and sleep terrors. Kratom also helps in bringing the appetite back to normal as well as alleviating pain and insomnia. It uplifts the mood and reduces anxiety-related symptoms.
What are the best strains of Kratom for Opiate withdrawal?
The strains of Kratom that show more agonist activity on the Opiate receptors are the ones that are more efficient for Opiate withdrawal.
These strains are Sumatra Red, Bali Blend, Maeng Da, Malay Mix and Green Thai as seen from the extensive positive remarks by users about these strains.
Sumatra red vein Kratom powder helps in removing Opiate cravings. It reduces the agitation of the addict and acts as an anxiolytic. It can also be employed for the alleviation of body cramps and headache.
Maeng Da is the favorite strain of users as it boosts mood, elevates energy levels thus making one energetic. It reduces depression and anxiety.
Green Thai powder increases libido thus enhancing sexual activity. It has a stimulant role.
Malay Mix produces euphoric and energetic feeling as well as relaxing feeling. It reduces Opiate withdrawal symptoms like agitation, irritability and low mood.
What are the Opiate withdrawal symptoms that are alleviated by Kratom?
The Opiate withdrawal symptoms that are reduced by the consumption of Kratom include the following;
- Generalized muscle pain
- A headache
- Abdominal cramps
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Hot and cold sweating
- Low mood
- Mood swings
- Irritability and agitation
- A runny nose
- Teary eyes
Kratom alleviates these Opiate withdrawal symptoms without causing any serious side effects.
What is the proper dosage of Kratom for Opiate withdrawal?
Kratom mainly acts on the mu receptors. A dose of 3 to 7 grams of Kratom powder acts as a stimulant and reduces the Opiate withdrawal symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability and low mood.
A dose greater than 8 grams causes sedation, and thus it relieves the Opiate withdrawal symptom; insomnia.
At this dose pain is also relieved thus one doesn’t complain of abdominal cramps or headaches. This dosage is based on experiments on research animals. The FDA does not approve it.
Before starting Kratom for chronic pain or Opiate withdrawal, consult your doctor. If you have any predisposing heart or liver conditions, do not take Kratom without the consent of your doctor.
Kratom may interact with drugs like hypertensives, cardiac Beta Blockers, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors, so ensure that you don’t take them in conjunction.
According to research and user reviews, Kratom is an effective drug that can help with the management of chronic pain and alleviation of Opiate withdrawal symptoms, if it is taken in proper doses and for the proper duration. Higher doses of Kratom can cause side effects as stated by the FDA.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know which Kratom will work for me?
You can either read blogs on it, or you may try various forms of Kratom at various doses to know that which Kratom works best for your condition.
Yes, it is if taken in large doses and for long continuous periods (according to scientific research). It is recommended that you change the Kratom strain regularly and take breaks.
Do not take Kratom frequently and in large doses. Also, avoid taking Kratom extracts or tinctures as they are the concentrated form of Kratom and can cause severe addiction.
Can I take Kratom for labor pain?
No, you can’t. It can interfere with the process of delivery and hamper it resulting in damage to the fetus as well as the mother. Also, it is not approved by the FDA for delivery pain.