Mitragyna speciosa, which is more commonly known as Kratom, are the herbs of the plant that’s native to Southeast Asian regions. The plant comes from the coffee family, and its primary uses are found to be for the relief and cure of various aches and pains. However, it has properties that can promote hallucinogenic effects like cannabis. As such, it now sits in a gray line of being illegal and legal in some states and locations around the globe.
At the time of writing, the use and selling of Kratom are illegal in Australia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and some regions in the US. Also, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) lists Kratom as “drug of concern” because there’s still a potential for its abuse. Even though the administration does state that there’s no legitimate medical use for the drug, any individual can’t deny that it does have analgesic properties for pain relief and treatment.
The Potential of Kratom Abuse
Using Kratom can promote a “high” state, which is very similar to smoking cannabis or other drugs. As such, the potential for an addiction is there, especially when high doses of Kratom is used at any given moment. There are already some reports that indicate some individuals who have used the drug for self-medication. For example, if a person encounters chronic back pain, then they can seek the aid of Kratom to help relieve them of the pain so that they can go on with their daily tasks. However, because the possibility of the effects can be very intoxicating to the mind, the potential for abuse does exist. When an addiction does come into view, it can be difficult to quit and the user might even have to undergo therapy to rid them of the need for seeking the drug.
The Possibility of the Destruction of the Quality of Life
Kratom can help in the relief and cure of several aches and pains, and that aspect is a known fact by many, even in scientific and medical communities. However, the abuse of this drug can even lead to the destruction of the quality of life. Some patients have been reported to spend thousands of dollars annually just to purchase Kratom powder, capsules, extracts, or other products just for recreational use.
How Does Kratom Work?
The most active alkaloid compound found in Kratom is Mitragynine, and it’s this substance that makes the product very addictive. This compound binds to the same receptors as morphine, which pretty much explains why it has the same pain treating properties. Furthermore, it also has kappa-opioid receptor activity, which means that it also has androgenic activities as well. As a result, not only will your pain be gone for the rest of the day, but you’ll also have enhanced energy and improved endurance levels.
Is Kratom Dangerous to Use?
When the subject of opioid analgesics comes into view, people will naturally become skeptical about the product. It’s because it can even lead to respiratory depression or otherwise known as difficulty in breathing. However, note that everything in excess can be dangerous, and this includes the use of Kratom. When you do have to use this drug, make sure you’re always under direct supervision by a medical practitioner or a family member, at the very least.
With all that’s been said and done, it does beg the question, Should Kratom stay legal? Well, as long as there’s a strict adherence to its use, then it can stay legal for as long as people know their boundaries regarding the drug’s use.