The Potential Benefits of Kratom as a Supplement
In the United States, Mitragyna speciosa is classified as a supplement. Although supplements aren’t subject to the same scrutiny that drugs are, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration still requires supplement manufacturers, processors, and vendors to stay true to stringent guidelines.
Recent studies suggest that millions of Americans regularly consume kratom. While everyone doesn’t use kratom for the same reason, most users report taking it for one of a few different reasons.
Without further ado, let’s discuss some of the most common reasons for kratom use
Improving Work Performance
Kratom has long been utilized by manual laborers to improve work performance. Since manual labor naturally causes aches and pains[LINK TO “KRATOM FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT”], workers may seek out aids to work long hours. In some cases, willpower just isn’t enough to power through a workday.
In the 19th century, European historians visited Southeast Asia and began recording the history of Mitragyna speciosa. One of their findings was that kratom was commonly used by manual laborers to boost their performance in the workplace.
Mitragyna speciosa helps people work through three mechanisms of action:
- By killing pain, also known as analgesia
- By improving general mood
- By giving workers more stamina
As a Replacement for Opioids
There’s still debate over whether kratom is an opioid or not. According to the American Kratom Association [LINK TO #1], kratom is a botanical supplement that shouldn’t be classified as an opioid. However, it can have opioid-like effects when taken in high doses.
Regardless of its official classification, countless anecdotes show that kratom has utility as an opioid replacement.
Opioid replacement therapy is currently considered a leading form of opioid addiction and dependence treatment. Long-term use of opioids can rewire our brains and cause chemical dependency. Therefore, quitting opioids is a two-fold issue: physiological and psychological.
People who use opioids, whether they realize it or not, frequently self-medicate as a means of regulating their emotional state and mental well-being. These people struggle to achieve overall wellness when they regularly use psychoactive drugs to self-regulate. Even if this isn’t true for an individual, they’re still chemically dependent on those opioids and would face intense flu-like withdrawal symptoms if they discontinued opioid use.
Other drugs can stave off opioid withdrawal syndrome without interfering with cognitive and emotional growth. Suboxone and methadone are frequently prescribed as opioid replacements. However, these drugs have long half-lives and brutal withdrawal symptoms.
Many anecdotes suggest that opioids can readily be swapped out for kratom. Although some people report mild withdrawal symptoms when switching, many users swear by kratom as an alternative to hard drugs.
Unlike opioids, kratom is readily available to all adults without prescriptions, affordable, and may pose little opioid-like health risks.
As an Exercise Enhancer
Apples aren’t the only thing that keep doctors away. As you already know, exercise is proven to promote physical and mental wellness. Unfortunately, many don’t have the motivation to exercise.
Finding types of exercise that you genuinely enjoy should be your first goal. After selecting exercises that you like, feel free to use kratom as a tool to enhance your workouts.
If you’re just getting into exercise, avoid long, intense workouts. Always work your way up to high-intensity exercise sessions. Above all else, have fun!
For Chronic Pain
Roughly 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, one of the most common reasons why people get medical help.
Medications and supplements aren’t the only ways to deal with chronic pain. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise, and physical therapy are all shown to have positive effects on chronic pain diagnoses.
Many kratom consumers have shared great results online about using kratom as an alternative to opioid painkillers. Even if you’re not currently prescribed anything, kratom could help you cope with chronic pain.