Kratom is a herb that comes to us from the distant Southeast Asian tropical region, where people have used it in traditional medicine for centuries. People there have been using it to relieve the stress of working long hours and days in the field.
It has recently become more popular in the west, mostly due to its properties that can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression issues. Below, you’ll find some of the necessary information on how this herb can help in your daily struggle.
How Kratom Helps
Modern antidepressants have many issues of their own, as well as a long list of side-effects that you should avoid. That is why people rely more on traditional and plant-based medicine to achieve the effects conventional medicine is supposed to.
Due to its high concentration of alkaloids, predominantly mitragynine, Kratom has the potential to alter your mood for the better. The mild energizing effect it generally has is supposed to help in alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Certain studies claim that plant-based alkaloids can affect the levels of serotonin in the brain for the better. Serotonin is the chemical in your brain responsible for maintaining your mood, and low levels of it have been linked with depression. We need more clinical studies on Kratom to confirm this.
Know Your Strains
Like marijuana, Kratom has various strains, all of which have slightly altered effects on the consumer. The primary way of distinguishing the strains is by color or country of origin – for instance, Green Malay, White Bali, оr the Red Dragon Kratom are all names used to identify the different strains.
The ones that you should be focusing on for aid with anxiety and depression are the red Kratom strains, as their effects are by rule mellower and bring a more relaxed note to the user. Due to their mitragynine and other alkaloids concentration, they should be the best suited for dealing with the conditions at hand.
There is a long list of conditions that Kratom could help you deal with, not just depression and anxiety. Some of them include:
- relieving pain;
- keeping high blood pressure in check;
- assisting in opioid withdrawal;
- cognition enhancement;
People who have been using it also point out it can be an adequate relief for fatigue and work-related burnouts. The effects it has on your mood are supposed to energize you and make you a bit more talkative.
The traditional way to consume Kratom would be to brew it into tea. These days, there are plenty of other ways to go about it. People brew Kratom tea from the plant’s dried leaves, and it has a particular taste, which is why some people prefer to take it using other methods.
The most common way around would be Kratom powder capsules, simply because of their ease of use. There is little to no preparation necessary. You just need to make sure you brought the capsules with you.
Some argue that the best way to consume Kratom is ‘Toss and Wash,’ meaning you put the Kratom powder into your mouth and wash it down with plenty of water. Even though the taste is not for everybody, people have said that this method provides results faster than the others.
After consumption, it usually takes 15-20 minutes for its effects to settle in, so it’s nothing rash; you will have time to feel the effects coming in slowly. A typical dosage will last anywhere between 4 to 6 hours.
After the initial period, you should start feeling more relaxed very soon, and you may also feel your anxiety levels lessen. There is also a good chance that any pain you might be experiencing will subside for a time.
Although Kratom is a perfectly natural herb, you should consult with your physician before getting into it if you are on prescription drugs. Kratom overdose has been known to happen, but only when taken in excessive amounts, so if you stick to the recommended dose – which should be 1/2 to 2 teaspoons when it comes to the powder variant, you should be just fine.
There is still much to be learned of Kratom’s properties, but hopefully, now that more people are using it, further studies will confirm Kratom’s effects. All in all, it is essential to be safe, so consult a professional before you jump into it.