Kratom

Kratom

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    Kratom is a tropical tree (Mitragyna speciosa) native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that can have psychotropic (mind-altering) effects. It can cause effects similar to both opioids and stimulants.

    Kratom is a controlled substance and has been easy to order on the internet. It is sometimes sold as a green powder in packets labeled “not for human consumption.” It is also sometimes sold as an extract or gum.

  • Common Names

    Biak

    Ketum

    Kakuam

    Ithan

    Thom

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    How is it used?

    Most people take kratom as a pill, capsule, or extract. Some people chew kratom leaves or brew the dried or powdered leaves as a tea. Sometimes the leaves are smoked or eaten in food.



Side Effects of Kratom

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Kratom affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • A person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The strength of the drug (which can vary)

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Kratom affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • A person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The strength of the drug (which can vary)

  • Two compounds in kratom leaves interact with opioid receptors in the brain, producing sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain, especially when users consume large amounts of the plant. 

    When kratom is taken in small amounts, users report increased energy, sociability, and alertness instead of sedation. 

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    Two compounds in kratom leaves interact with opioid receptors in the brain, producing sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain, especially when users consume large amounts of the plant. 

    When kratom is taken in small amounts, users report increased energy, sociability, and alertness instead of sedation. 

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    Long-term effects:

    Anorexia

    Weight loss

    Insomnia

    Dry mouth

    Frequent urination

    Constipation

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    Long-term effects:

    Anorexia

    Weight loss

    Insomnia

    Dry mouth

    Frequent urination

    Constipation

Mixing Kratom with other drugs can be highly dangerous. The effects of kratom are not fully understood and adding this to a drug with well-known negative side effects could be disastrous.