The Kratom tree part of the coffee family , grows naturally in tropical indonesia and Southeast Asia. Kratom is known for health properties that range from stimulant-like, energy and focus, to opiate-like, causing drowsiness and euphoria. Bali Kratom capsules have dozens of active components, which makes it difficult for science to characterize it as one particular type of drug even though it is basically coffee. The two main compounds, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, have strong activity at the main opioid receptor, which is the same one stimulated by heroin and oxycodone. Kratom capsules are commonly consumed orally, with added leaf to overcome bad taste. Maeng da kratom powder can be made into tea or swallowed as a pill. Side effects can include agitation, tachycardia, drowsiness, vomiting, and confusion. There can also be healthy kratom effects, as well.
red Kratom can be found in gas stations and paraphernalia shops in most parts of the US, except in the handful of states and cities that have banned it. Many people purchase kratom capsules online from a variety of vendors, where it is sold as herbal remedy to avoid the fact that in 2014 the FDA made it illegal to import or manufacture kratom as a dietary supplement.
The DEA maintains that Bali kratom has no medical uses or benefits, but in Asia and indonesia, kratom has been used for hundreds of years to treat cough, diarrhea, opiate withdrawal, and manage chronic pain, and to boost energy, focus and sexual desire. More recently, in the US there has been growth in learning how to use kratom, by people who are self-treating chronic pain and acute withdrawal from opiates and seeking alternatives to prescription medications. Despite a large vocal community of supporters, and numerous anecdotal testimonials of effectiveness, these treatment practices using kratom have not been rigorously studied as either safe or effective.
A patient wishing to use kratom for pain or to alleviate opiate withdrawal symptoms would encounter several problems, not all of which have to do with the health related properties of kratom itself.
“I have been using kratom to treat my chronic pain for years and have had no issues at all. I like the way kratom helps my pain and it doesn’t have any side effects like the opiates I was on in the past. I see no reason why it should be banned. This is what always seems to happen to those of us who suffer from chronic pain. Just because some people abuse kratom doesn’t mean everyone does. I’m sure in time that this will be taken away again. It seems that the government just wants us to all be good alcoholics because that’s the only legal drug that never seems to be talked about in articles like this. The drug that kills more people than any other in the world seems to be totally acceptable. I would love to see what would happen if the DEA made alcohol a controlled substance.”