Published: January 6th, 2017
Categories: Plants and Seeds
Kratom is a member of the Rubiaceae family including coffee and gardenia. Kratom is taken by either chewing, drinking, or putting into capsules.
The effects of Kratom are unique as it causes stimulation such as increased alertness and physical energy at low doses, but also opiod-like depressant and euphoric effects at high doses. Common uses for Kratom include easing of pain, preventing withdrawal symptoms from opiates and for mild stimulation.
There is a slight risk of becoming dependent on Kratom provided you use it every day. Dependence on Kratom can cause weight loss, pigmentation of the face and physical withdrawal symptoms.
Although health problems are unlikely to occur with Kratom, some users have reported minor nausea, increased urination and constipation as side-effects.
Like any drug or medicine, people's reactions vary - while some people may even be susceptible to an allergic reaction, even if used responsibly.
We advise you to use Kratom no more than once per week. This will prevent habituation and allow you to enjoy the drug more.
Combining drugs is never a good idea and we wouldn't recommend combining Kratom with anything.
Combining Kratom with other drugs such as cocaine, amphetamine-like drugs, or large doses of caffeine could possibly cause high blood pressure.
Combining with alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, or any other drugs that depress the nervous system allows the possibility of over-sedation or even possible respiratory depression (not breathing).
It is also recommended that you do not use kratom in combination with MAO inhibitors, such as Syrian Rue (Peganum harmala), Banisteriopsis caapi, Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) and certain anti-depressants. Please read more about this on our MAOI warning page.
Never use heavy machinery, drive or perform any other hazardous activity while under the influence of kratom. Even if you feel stimulated, rather than sleepy, sleepiness can come on without warning.
Pregnant or breast-feeding women and children under 18 should not take any drug or medication except on medical advice. We strongly recommend that any woman who could possibly be pregnant NOT use kratom.
You are most likely not a medical specialist so we advise you strongly to consult your doctor before considering using Kratom for any medicinal purposes including treatment of ADD or depression.
Most importantly, always use your common sense when experimenting with the Kratom herb or any other drug. Practice extreme caution when trying higher doses and always remember to be safe!