Kratom: traditional medicine or dangerous drug?

For the past 70 years Kratom has been considered in some quarters as a narcotic and was on par with marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. However, at the same time, over the centuries, kratom has been actively used in traditional Thai medicine.

What the doctor ordered

Kratom trees (Mitragyna speciosa) require no special attention or care and grow throughout the country. For a long time, their leaves have been used in Thailand as an herbal stimulant, which helps people involved in intense physical work, to better cope with daily stress. Click here for more details In this region, kratom is popular with farmers who eat two to four leaves a day to keep their minds and bodies alive while working in the fields. When fresh, it helps relieve diarrhoea, headaches and muscle pain. Drinking tea with fried kratom leaves normalizes blood sugar levels. Small doses of kratom improve mood, relieve stress and help you fall asleep quickly and deeply.

Side effect

The general opinion of doctors and ordinary people is that the judicious use of kratom does not cause serious side effects. However, there are many documented cases where long-term use of high doses of kratom has led to adverse consequences. The most common are nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, muscle tremors, loss of appetite and weight loss. The main active ingredient in kratom is the little-studied active alkaloid mitragynine. Common physiological consequences of the long-term effects of mitragynine on the human body include darkening of the skin, chronic rhinitis, constipation and the formation of polyps in the gastrointestinal tract. The latter occurs when a person eats not only the leaf pulp, but also the elastic fibrous veins that are not absorbed during digestion. Emotionally, excessive use of kratom can lead to depression, insomnia, aggression and other manifestations of a nervous disorder.