Facts About Using Kratom as an Analgesic
Over the last couple of years, more and more people have become aware of Kratom's efficiency and effectiveness as an analgesic. This has partly to do with the fact that Kratom as a natural extract is on the rise, but also partly because more and more people are becoming aware of the adverse side effects that modern painkillers have in the long run.
Kratom has existed for thousands of years, and even the earliest of civilization understood it for its panacea. Its popularity has increased over the last couple of years. Still, there is not understood, mainly because it is a natural extract that can treat and palliate many ailments.
The raison d'etre of this article is to try and explain what exactly makes Kratom a powerful analgesic and why more and more people are opting for it.
Kratom and pain
To fully understand why Kratom is the magic bullet, you have to understand its makeup. The effects that Kratom stimulates are a result of thousands of alkaloids that make up its chemical structure. Of these alkaloids, there is one dominant one; mitragynine.
When Kratom is ingested, the body breaks down mitragynine into its component amino acids. Essentially, by breaking down mitragynine, the body converts it to 7-hydroxymitragynine., which is a very effective analgesic.
It is 7-hydroxymitragynine that is able to palliate all the pain that you may be experiencing, and this is why Kratom is able to kill pain, metaphorically speaking.
Kratom and modern-day medication
Opiates are also very effective pain killers, especially when it comes to chronic pain. Since the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, modern medication has mainly been around the benefits that come with opiates.
However, as it has now become clear, more and more people, including those in the medical sector, have begun to understand the side-effects that come with using opiates over a long period of time. Opiates, as analgesics, work on the pain receptors in the brain. The opiate molecules, once absorbed into the body, attach to the opiate receptors in the brain and palliate the pain.
Over a long period of time, the body does begin to develop a tolerance to opiates. This leads to an increase in dosage, which again leads to the body developing an addiction to opiates. This is the very cause of the opioid epidemic that is rocking western civilization.
It is thus not a surprise to find that both medics and those that are experiencing pain are trying to find alternatives to opiates as analgesics. This is where Kratom comes in.
Kratom, chronic, and acute pain
Kratom has proved time and time again that it is a worth analgesic that is able to hold its own weight against other painkillers. Kratom and opiates affect the same area of the brain when dealing with pain, the opiate receptors. In fact, Kratom and opiates have almost similar effects.
The only difference, albeit a big one, is the fact that Kratom, being a natural extract with little to no additives, does not even have a fraction of the side effects that are associated with opiates.
In fact, being that it is able to induce the same brain stimulation as opiates, it has been used in drug addiction recovery centers to help opioid addicts on their road to recovery.
In fact, many proponents of Kratom see it as a light at the end of the tunnels vis-à-vis the opioid crisis. Though this may be a bit of a stretch, the natural extract has shown to be more than capable of helping with opioid withdrawal.
Kratom is able to deal with both acute and chronic pain as efficiently and effectively as any other modern medication. The difference between acute pain and chronic pain is longevity. Acute pain is sharp but only lasts for a short duration, while chronic pain lasts for a longer period and sometimes may subside and then resurface. Chronic pain is associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.
Kratom and mental pain
Another aspect of pain that is not often covered is mental pain and wariness. This has become very prevalent in today's generation, with the advent of social media and the proliferation in popularity of the internet.
Mental conditions and issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are on the rise and are posting some of their highest numbers. It is thus not much of a surprise to find that there are many modern-day medications that have been created and are in use to address these issues.
However, just as is the case with modern-day analgesics, modern anxiolytics do come with their downsides; either they cannot deal with the condition as effectively as can be, or their long-term side effects do not outweigh the benefits they offer.
Here, a couple of natural herbs have come into play. You may have noticed that more and more states in the United States are legalizing the use of Marijuana. Moreover, more and more people have discovered how Kratom is effective in inducing euphoria.
Not only is Kratom able to stabilize and improve the mood of the person using it with the right doses, but it is also able to induce euphoria, as well as to palliate the symptoms of the conditions mentioned above.
Another reason that has led to the increased use of Kratom as an anxiolytic is that it can downplay the said conditions while also offering a myriad of other benefits. Depending on the strain, you can take a dose of Kratom and deal with mood shifts while also increasing your body's energy levels and concentration span.
Additionally, Kratom can induce relaxation. Thus, most Kratom users who suffer from mental ailments like to take it before going to bed since it is a sedative and an anxiolytic.
Dosage consideration of Kratom as both an analgesic and anxiolytic
Though being in use for thousands of years, there is much-needed research to try and determine the half-life of Kratom. There are a lot of factors that determine how long Kratom will take to be absorbed into your body, what amount will be absorbed, and how long the Kratom will stay in your body.
Some factors include age, frequency of use, body fat, genetics, type of Kratom, metabolic rate, the type of Kratom, in terms of strain and form, and the water and food intake.
Thus, the onus is upon the user, through a bit of experimentation, to try and determine what dosage works best for him or her. Granted, this may take a couple of tries, but at the end of the day, the work will be repaid by the numerous benefits that come with the natural extract.