Kratom is the name for the alkaloid-rich dried leaf of the Mitragyna speciosa tree, native to Southeast Asia. Either ground into a powder or extracted into other forms, Kratom has been used as a medicinal remedy for thousands of years. Kratom’s alkaloids mitragynine, speciogynine, and paynantheine act as opioid receptor agonists, binding to receptor sites to generate both stimulant and depressant effects.



In native populations especially, Kratom capsules have proven useful in treating opiate withdrawal and dependency. It is considered that Kratom effects are generally milder than that of most opiates (including opium). Of course, actual hard evidence and research on this are lacking; since this supplement is not detectable on traditional drug screenings, many physicians are not familiar with it.

There may also be a number of positive effects on the mind using Kratom. It is known for inducing a relaxed type of calm and not a stimulant drug-like feeling. Kratom powder can enhance the ability to get to sleep quicker and then sleep more soundly, waking up
feeling rested.

Kratom is also able to cause euphoria and feelings of happiness and its large amounts may be intoxicating. In addition to this, it is thought to increase motivation and productivity as well as stamina and strength.

Kratom pills are also reported to have a number of sexual benefits. It may boost libido and desire for sexual activity as well as generally enhancing sexual performance. In several countries, Kratom is used for treating pain and anxiety. It may even help in controlling depression and the symptoms of withdrawal to certain drugs (especially opium). It may also be used as a sedative when taking in a low and controlled dose.

Side Effects & Dosages

One of the distinct effects of this supplement is that you can feel very alert one moment, and then feel like falling asleep the next. Therefore, it is not recommended to drive or operate hazardous equipment while using this supplement.

There are also some reports of Kratom addiction and withdrawal symptoms. For these reasons, it should be used sparingly and not on an everyday basis. Although it is possible to become habit-forming, this is not common when used responsibly.

Some other potential side effects (normally only seen as a result of long-term use) include nervousness, skin darkening, constipation, aggression, nausea, loss of libido, dry mouth, vomiting, and prolonged sleeping.

There is no official recommended daily dosage for Kratom. This is because it has yet to go through the kind of rigorous regulatory process required to establish such a value. The next best evidence to look at is to compare studies and user reports to for general guidelines based on experiences.

The acceptable range seems to be anywhere from 1 to 50 grams per day of Kratom. This will depend upon whether you are getting this supplement in a powdered, tea, or other formulation.

At 5 to 15 grams, most forms of Kratom will produce anxiolytic effects and may make you feel a bit “buzzed.” Between 16 to 25 grams can be highly sedating and will produce effects which some describe as too strong. Anything above this level is not recommended for inexperienced users.

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