Kratom is rising in popularity throughout the country, Kratom is surrounded by strong opinions and misinformation that can lead to controversy. Your neighbors, coworkers, and family may all have their opinions about kratom based on sensationalized articles they found online. But not every headline you read about kratom is founded in fact, and many of the scare tactics used by naysayers are just that. The truth is that kratom has been used in various cultures for centuries, and many scientists advocate for it to remain legal. In today’s blog, let’s dispel some of the most common myths about kratom.
“Kratom is a Synthetic Drug”
Kratom began to gain momentum in modern times around the same time that “zombie bath salts” and “incense” that served as synthetic marijuana became a concern. Theses are mostly designer drugs from Chinese laboratories that are only a couple of molecules different than drugs like Ecstasy or so they slip in under the radar because they don’t fall under the analogue act. Real Kratom comes from the leaves of the Kratom tree, which grows naturally in Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The leaves are handpicked, dried and cured and then ground into powder for ingestion. There is nothing synthetic about Kratom.
“Kratom Leads to Harmful Addiction”
Kratom is not an opiate, but it does bind to certain opioid receptors and can sometimes be used to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal in those recovering from opiate addiction. Kratom can also be habit forming if taken in more than moderation, leading some to speculate or fear that Kratom can be addictive. The habit forming nature of kratom is more similar to caffeine or sugar. You can become accustomed to kratom in the same way and it can have a reaction to suddenly being without it. Moderation is good in all things, but the “addictive” nature of kratom is a far cry from the addictive nature of opiates, alcohol, or nicotine. Kratom, while having many of the same pain killing effects as traditional opiates, does not lead to respiratory depression in the case of an over dose. You can over dose on Kratom, you cant inject it. If you were to eat too much you would get nauseated and vomit, instead dying as you would in the case of an overdose with heroin or traditional opioid pain killers.
“Kratom Causes Deaths”
When you search the internet for information about kratom, some of the first headlines that come up warn about fatalities caused by kratom. However, this, too, is not quite the truth. There have been cases of fatalities linked to kratom, but in each of these cases, the death was caused not by kratom itself but by combining kratom with pharmaceutical drugs. Some attempt to take kratom along with their prescribed pain relief opiates as a way to get the most pain relief possible, but this can have disastrous results. Study how kratom interacts with other drugs before trying it, but kratom on its own does not cause fatalities.
Most of the scariest statements out there about kratom come down to misinformation. Like anything else, you should do your research before you try it and should know how it interacts / with other elements in your life. However, when used responsibly, kratom is not only safe but enjoyable and potentially very beneficial. Interested in trying kratom for yourself? Contact 30A Kratom today or come by our store to see our selection of strains. Our employees can help answer any questions you might have about kratom and put your mind at ease, away from harmful misinformation.
Keep in mind that there is a concentrated effort by the DEA, FDA and Big Pharma to discredit Kratom and make it illegal because it helps people get off drugs more effectively than Methadone or Suboxone, which are the two main drug used for opioid addiction treatments and they are huge moneymakers. These two drugs are harder to quit than heroin. Kratom really is a better option and Big Pharma hates it because it cuts into there profits.