In the year 2015 Kratom became a sensation. The fun fact is that Kratom, which botanic name sounds like Mitragyna speciosa was and is widely spread in Southern Asia. Especially in Thailand, where it is a part of Thai traditional medicine and is used for decades. Now for managing addiction, withdrawal symptoms, diarrhea, and many more medical conditions, only became popular now in European and US countries for its opiate-like effect. And add to that, it has drawn the unwanted attention of local authorities and the FDA.
But before speaking about Kratom itself and a fascinating species called red Bali kratom, it would be reasonable to get to know from a scientific point of view what it is.
What is kratom?
Mitragynaspeciosa (or Kratom) is a quite interesting plant, which leaves are being chewed by people of Southern Asia for many years now for its relaxation and at the same time tonic-like effect. Why? Technically speaking, this particular plant has a complex chemical structure with many active substances as its chemical compounds. Because of it’ complex chemical structure, it behaves like an m-opiate agonist, which means that has the same sedative effect as morphine and in some reported cases it can be even stronger in pain relieving and mood modulation.
In simple words that means that Kratom is extremely good in pain relief and works as a mood enhancer. (why Thai workers widely used it). It also has a tonic-like effect that may imitate, for example, coffee. Another exciting aspect is that Mitragynaspeciosa is very good at managing diarrhea, which was another reason why it was used in Thai medicine. And last but not least, Kratom was widely used (and had an excellent effect) to cure opioid addiction and relieve withdrawal symptoms.
As we mentioned its uses in medicine, even though it’s an effect on the human organism were studied quite poorly, it’s a must to mention its negative sides and side effects. Mitragynaspeciosa can be turned from your pharmaceutical friend to your narcotic foe if you don’t use it carefully. Add to that; there have been already reported 2 cases of death from its use! As mentioned earlier, Kratom behaves like morphine, which means that in a bad day, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, convulsions, hallucinations, chest pain, sweating and confusion can be your wake up call. So addiction and withdrawal symptoms can be your enemy if you get way too excited with Kratom.
So it did not catch unwanted attention of the authorities and FDA in vain, as it can be validated as a narcotic substance.
There is also a lot of feedback from Kratom users that it can have both positive and negative effect on people, depending on the person using it. Some claim they feel as strong as grizzly bears, as immortal as Sylvester Stallone in the movie Rambo; some say they feel themselves the ultimate sex machines and their erection is hard enough to cut diamonds, others that their libido is unbelievable. On the other hand, people who used the same substance can feel themselves tired as hell, to the point they can’t make it out of bed, some say they are the week, some that they can’t feel a thing during sex and so on.
The truth behind all this is that scientist studies the plant itself and its effects on the human organism have been studied so poorly, that scientist and health experts can tell no truth as to how the plant’s active chemical ingredients will correctly behave in someone’s organism. Another thing is that your usual toxicological test won’t be able to identify Kratom in your blood; health specialists need the more specialized test to determine its active components in your blood. So from a medical point of view, FDA is right to have its attention caught by this plant and fear it and the tricks it can perform on one’s body.
Kratom comes in many variable strains.
For example, on is Red Bali Kratom. What is so special about this kind of Kratom that has a strong sedating and analgesic effect, which means one can use it to relieve pain or chill and have a good time. Red Bali Kratom is recommended for people who haven’t used Kratom before, maybe because it has less concentration of chemically active compounds or fewer side effects; but it’s a “milder” sort. It more dark than red; Red Bali Kratom is called like that because of the leaves red veins.
So, if you carefully read the fact above listed and feedback from Red Bali Kratom and other Kratom strains, you must come to think if you want to use it or not. When you decide to use Kratom you become a player, and it depends only on you whether or not you play your game right; you can be a pimp to the Kratom and use it for your good and satisfaction, or you can follow the new frenzy and become another victim, or even worse, Kratom addicted junkie.
So consider everything you read and try to play your game to be a winner. Ask yourself: do I need it? Is it safe for me? Can it offer me something good? And make your choice.