Kratom- A Synthetic Opiate


Kratom is a drug of abuse that has been popular in Southeast Asia,m but is relatively new to the United States. IF is a potentially dangerous drug that must be treated with care and never abused. The FDA dose not currently impose any restrictions on its growth, sale, or consumption. Many countries consider kratom as a controlled substances, somewhat similar to marijuana.

It produces mood-altering symptoms an is known to be addictive and damaging in heavy doses. A full scientific investigation of its makeup an d effects on the body has not yet been completed. Doctors do not understand the effects of kratom when used recreationally or its effect on the body or the brain to this force that has the potential to damage.

The kratom tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia (mainly Thailand and Malaysia) Its acute chemicals are concentrated in its large, green leaves, which are picked, dried and sold. In 1943m the Thai government prohibited use of the drug and called for destruction of all existing kratam trees. It has not been possible to eradicate it because the tree grows naturally in the country. Today, kratam products can be reality found in head shops and on line.

Kratom is new to the United States and has not aquited any English “street names, “ In Southeast Asia it goes by many name, including “ithiang,” “biak biak,” “ketum,” and “thom.”

It is most often found in the form of dried leaves that can be chewed, smoked, brewed in a tea, or ground and packaged in capsules. Just one half a leaf can produce noticeable effects when ingested, kratom may also be ground in a more powerful liquid or cake extract form. Many mood-altering “herbal supplements” also claim to contain kratom.

The plant is related to opium and has similar effects to the opiates. IN very small does, it usually improves alertness or adds a temporary boost of energy, but larger closes induce euphoria and tranquilizing effect.

The general effect of taking kratom is a relatively mild alteration to the mental state, the effects vary dramatically and are unpredictable based on dosage. Depending on the size of the does, effects begin to become apparent after about fifteen minutes and last several hours.

Researcheswr are still attempting to determine exactly which chemicals in kratom are most active. It is definite that, among other, it contains three main alkalods (mitragynin, mitraphylline and 7-hydroxymitragynine), one or more of which probably produce its distinctive effects. When the active alkaloid is isolated, scientist will be better prepared to predict its long- and short-term effect on the mind and body.

The most common short-term, side effects are vomiting and nausea, in addition to the obvious temporary impairment of mental and motor functions resulting from tranquilization. Other effects include constipation, darkening of the skin, anorexia, and insomnia. Like other opiates, heroin and morphine, kratom is addictive. Users can easily become dependent with frequent use.

Because of its legal status, kratom is widely available for purchase on the internet and in disreputable retail stores. Many of these “products” claim to contain kratom extract in varying does. One such product, “Krypton Kratom,” was laced with a powerful opiod analgesic kicker (0-desmethyltramadol) that resulted in at least nine overdose deaths in one year alone.

Taking recreational drugs, wither legal or not, is dangerous and risky. You never know what it is you’re getting, or what toll the drug will take on your body. No form of drug abuse comes with out consequences, and in the case of kratom, there are plenty of reasons to avoid it. The fact that the drug is not yet illegal in the U. S. is not an endorsement of its safety, but rat\her an acknowledgment that there is not enough kno0wn about the drug to warrant the government.