Let me tell you a story. It’s about a friend I lost years ago. Enthralled in addiction, he spiraled towards an untimely death. The truth is that he ominously predicted that he would die. Right there on a street corner, he called it. Did he really know? Did he care that he was heading towards blackness? Was he thinking about his newly-born daughter when he left this world? I talk about this friend because, like the other 1 in 7 Americans who grapple with substance abuse, he struggled tirelessly.
Maybe kratom could have helped him. Maybe it couldn’t have. But one thing I know is this. For the 4 to 5 million people in the United States who turn to kratom for chronic pain and addiction, it’s not only beneficial, it’s quite literally a life saver. The truth is that the people who’re afflicted with chronic pain and addiction are often battling demons that they’re ill-equipped to battle. Can kratom help with that?
Sure, maybe kratom could. But those demons are deeply-embedded in the mind. They’re part of our deepest and darkest fears. But where kratom can help for chronic pain and addiction is through a direct impact in our physiology. Because of kratom’s alkaloid profile, it’s well-adapted to help for both chronic pain and addition. Now, depending on what afflicts you, there’s a kratom vein color and strain that’s right for you.
Using Kratom For Chronic Pain & Addiction
How many people in the United States struggle with chronic pain? Any guess? Well, the numbers are staggering. At least 1 in every 10 Americans struggle with chronic pain. That’s roughly 30 million people. How much pain do you think those individuals are in? It can be brutal to experience chronic pain. It’s never-ending. It crushes your body from the inside, and it’s so persistent that when it strikes it seems like it will never end.
Now, some chronic pain comes and goes. And most have found ways to cope with that pain. Some of those methods are holistic approaches and other are medicinal approaches. But the best thing about using kratom for chronic pain is that it’s all natural. It comes from an evergreen tree that hails from Southeast Asia. The formal name is Mitragyna Speciosa. And there’s a very particular reason why kratom can treat chronic pain and other maladies.
To understand how, let’s look at kratom’s alkaloid profile. Within kratom, there are over 25 alkaloids that make up the compound. There’s also a combination of flavonoids. In total, 40 organic compounds create the structure of kratom. But there are 2 that are particularly important when it comes to using kratom both for chronic pain and for opioid withdrawals. Those two alkaloids are mitragynine (euphoric with roughly 66% concentration) and 7-hydroxymitragynine (an analgesic with roughly 2% concentration).
MItragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are selective agonists of the mu-opioid receptor. That opioid receptor resides in the brain, the spinal cord and in the sensory neurons. It’s responsible for a whole slew of events. But it can also create physical dependence. So, if you’re wondering whether kratom can be addictive, yes, it can be. That’s because of the opioid-like behavior that it exhibits. Although it acts like an opioid, it’s not an opioid. That makes it fairly unique.
Kratom is an addicts dream. Why? Because it tricks the brain and the body into thinking that an opioid is present when it’s not. For those who are struggling with withdrawal symptoms, that’s a lifesaver by all means. It’s a dark and deadly spiral when you’re trying to get clean. Any of the 1 in 7 Americans who’ve struggled with substance abuse know that. That’s also why kratom is so useful for things like chronic pain and opioid withdrawals. When it comes to chronic pain,
For my friend, who’s no longer with us, addiction took his life at the end of the day. Like most addicts, he probably never thought that day would come. In fact, he was working to get clean at the time it happened. But one fateful event after another sent him to the hospital where he quickly slipped into a coma he would never recover from. I can still remember those days. His wife was sitting by his bedside when she put the phone to his face and I was able to speak to him.
The funny thing is that we had just had a falling out not too long ago so it was days or weeks since we had spoke. But speaking to him while he was in a coma and apologizing for everything was brutal. Could kratom have saved him? Maybe. Is it saving the lives of millions of other people right now? You bet it is. For addicts struggling, and the people who love them, kratom is quite literally a Godsend. And as inexpensive as it is, it truly is one of the best sources for quelling opioid withdrawal symptoms anywhere out there.
For Chronic Pain
The active alkaloid that works as an analgesic (pain relieve) is 7-hydroxymitragynine. That compound is 13 times more potent than morphine, and also 46 times more potent than mitragynine (its alkaloid counterpart). Why is that important? Because, it only takes a small amount to have sedative effects. In fact, some strains and vein colors are incredibly rich in this alkaloid, which make the analgesic effect very powerful.
Considering that pain medication in the United States is incredibly expensive, and that drugs like morphine and oxycodone have partially resulted in an epidemic, it’s no wonder so many people turn to kratom. It’s an inexpensive alternative to pain medication. Now, especially for those who can’t afford costly prescriptions, it makes sense why they would turn to something like kratom.
However, that also should highlight something for you. That might be why the DEA and FDA have been attempting a major crackdown on kratom. Because it’s a very inexpensive alternative to expensive pain medication, which is created by drug companies with large budgets to lobby the government, it’s very possible that the uproar has less to do with kratom and more so to do with politics and economics.
Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s true. But it does make you wonder. Kratom, a drug that’s great for chronic pain and addiction treatments, was so widely targeted by governmental bodies that it pales in comparison to what else is going on out there in the world. Kratom has never killed a single human being (at least it’s never been solely responsible for a death). Nor has it resulted in any overdose deaths.
Can we say the same for other drugs? Nicotine? Alcohol? Oxycodone? All of which result in countless deaths year after year, yet are not under constant attack by governmental bodies. In fact, they’re regulated. But, on the other hand, kratom has been banned in several states and cities in the U.S. For the people who rely on kratom, that’s a severe drawback. In fact, some would move from their home state should the ban reach it.
Before you set out to buy kratom, understand its benefits and side effects. Be sure you get to know the right strains and vein colors and how they impact the different sensations. If you’re new to the world of kratom, be careful of your dosage, especially at the outset. Try to make kratom tea in the beginning if you suffer too many side effects. Or, decrease the dosage early on. Your body, mind and central nervous system need to acclimate to kratom. And that takes time.