We’ve all had those days when there’s a lingering sense of sadness and doom. It’s hard to tell the reason behind that feeling, but ignoring it for a long time can take a toll on your sense of being and quality of life.
It’s not uncommon for people to turn to the good old cup of Joe to get a nice boost in energy. It often works too. But, today people are looking for more potent ways than just coffee to brighten up their day.
To that end, many of them kratom powder and herbal preparations made from it.
What is Kratom?
This is a tropical plant growing in Southeast Asia where the natives would use it for a boost in energy and occasionally for relief from pain. However, the latter usage of kratom is not very pronounced as studies are still ongoing to establish its true effectiveness in pain management.
The leaves of this tree are dried, crushed, and turned into powder, capsules, and extracts. While some people like to go with the old ‘toss and wash’ method, others like to be more sophisticated. Many prefer consuming it in the form of tea. The choice is all yours.
Chemical Make-up of Kratom Leaves
Mitraygyna Speciosa or kratom leaves carry a unique and interesting profile of chemical compounds; more specifically alkaloids. The most dominant alkaloids present in kratom leaves are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Apparently, the way they work is by binding themselves with opioid receptors in the brain. But, unlike opioids, kratom is not addictive and doesn’t have the same profile of effects.
Many studies claim that kratom can help with the production of dopamine which is what causes the ‘feel good’ sensation.
Taking Kratom as a ‘Happy-Making Pill’
To avoid any confusion, it’s important to establish not to treat kratom as a ‘euphoria-inducing’ herb. While there are some people who have experienced the occasional ‘high’ but it’s paramount to be realistic about what kratom can and cannot do.
It can definitely give a sudden boost in energy. That’s partly because this plant belongs to the coffee family. And, we all know Americans’ love for coffee. Most of them cannot start their day without a cup of Joe. Kratom also tends to have similar mood-boosting effects. However, the distinction comes from the effects being more potent in nature. Also, unlike coffee, kratom doesn’t make you jittery and nervous, which is always a plus point.
Mentioned below are some of the effects you may experience from kratom consumption –
May induce calmness – If your mind is in overdrive and your thoughts are uncontrolled, you may expect a sudden relief from those rushing thoughts. Many kratom crazy users report feeling calmer after taking kratom. The calmness may not be sedating but can be compared with improved mental clarity.
A Boost In Energy – Lethargy is a widespread issue today. But, lethargy and chronic fatigue are rarely attributed to physical ailments. The underlying issues are generally psychological. Drinking kratom or consuming kratom tea may offer a sudden splurge in your energy levels. You may suddenly find yourself more ready to get up and get things going. Again, the results may seem much like being ‘high on caffeine’.
Possible Reduction in Anxiety – Most of us are overachievers today which means we are not only constantly exhausted, we are also constantly anxious. Also, a growing number of people are turning to holistic methods to kick-away or at least reduce the intensity of anxiety. Kratom, as a natural preparation may turn out to be helpful in the management of anxiety. it may not completely cure anxiety, but it may offer temporary relief. Take a look at this study conducted on kratom consumption which stipulates its possible potential to help with anxiety and stress.
Higher Sense of Motivation – Many users report feeling more in control of their emotions after consuming kratom. While this may not be the case with every single user and every single type of kratom product, you may suddenly feel more motivated to finish your everyday tasks with a lot more ease.
May Improve Focus – Just like caffeine, the alkaloid in kratom may also help sharpen your focus. This may be particularly helpful in people who tend to be involved in detail-oriented tasks. Again, there are no concrete proof to back up these claims as most of them come from individuals shared in the form of their own experience with different kratom dosages.
Is there a Best Way To take Kratom
The thing about kratom is that it’s not regulated by the FDA even though it’s legal in most American states. That means it’s hard to tell what dosage will yield what kind of benefits. There’s also no ‘ideal’ way to go about consuming kratom. But, generally speaking, most people will take the powder with a spoon, throw it in their mouth, and wash it down with water. But, as we already mentioned some people like to consume it as a tea for a more sophisticated and ritualistic experience like coffee.
An important consideration when it comes to trying herbal remedies like kratom is that there’s not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ formula. The kind of effects may range from mild to strong. Also, not everyone will experience the same effects. It’s also worth noting that different kratom types and different varieties of strains such as white vein, red Bali, maeng da, etc. may have varying levels of potencies to offer. The effects can also vary from kratom products coming from different sellers. Additionally, your individual tolerance levels and medical history may also impact the effects of kratom.
All and all, the results can be highly unpredictable. Eventually, it all boils down to the dosage, strains, quality of the product, and your own expectations. Therefore, you might want to play around with different types and doses to see what works best for you. However, do remember to be smart about it and educate yourself as much as you can.