Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant native to Southeast Asia in the coffee family. It’s said in low doses to relieve pain as an alternative to opiates, to increase concentration, and to improve mood. In higher doses, it can reportedly have a sedative effect.
There’s limited medical research about kratom and its risks — though it’s not risk-free. It’s banned in Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand and in the US states of Indiana and Tennessee. Recently, a bill was introduced in Florida to ban the herb. Across the US, several reports of deaths and addiction led the DEA to place kratom on its list of “Drugs and Chemicals of Concern.”
Business Insider published an article detailing kratom’s wide variety of side effects as collected from several blogs. “2015 could be the year of kratom, the sleeper-hit wonder drug that’s as schizophrenic as the internet that spawned it,” Shane Dixon Kavanaugh of Vocativ wrote.
For more information on the best kratom for pain relief read there, I however took kratom for it’s other amazing benefits!
I lived in Miami during the 2012 “bath salts induced face eating zombie incident that wasn’t actually caused by bath salts,” and since then I’ve been intrigued by any new internet-famous drug. I reached out to several herbal supplement distributors and obtained samples from from Lucky and Online Kratom.
I do not have chronic pain, so I cannot speak to its usefulness in that realm, but I am always looking for a natural alternative to caffeine when I need a jolt of energy. I rarely drink coffee and will have tea as-needed for an energy boost.
My plan was to try kratom for two weeks (excluding weekends) to see if I had a miracle drug on my hands or was about to make a huge mistake.