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  • The Kratom Use Signs and Symptoms – What Are They?

    Kratom Use Signs and Symptoms

    What are kratom use signs?

    Kratom is unique with its combination of stimulating and sedating properties. Low-dose kratom use signs are like caffeine, increased alertness, and physical energy. High-dose kratom use signs are like opioids with sedation, dizziness with the risk of seizures and tremors. Little is known about the long-term use of kratom, but the body can develop dependence, tolerance, and addiction.

    Kratom overview

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    Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia. It is unusual because it has stimulating properties at low doses (1-5g of raw leaves) and sedative properties like opioids at high doses (5-15g of fresh leaves). The kratom plant leaves can be ingested in multiple ways including eating the leaves, brewing them in tea, and pills made of kratom powder.

    Southeast Asians use kratom leaves for pain relief, coughing, intestinal diseases, and for staying awake. In the U.S., proponents of kratom state that it is a safer alternative to opioids, aids in opioid withdrawal, and is an effective pain reliever. No clinical trials have been done, however, to test the validity of these claims.

    The legality of kratom is under dispute. Kratom is banned in 15 countries and six states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) while the Drug Enforcement Agency considers the issue. One of the dangers of kratom cited by the DEA is that as an “herbal supplement” there is no regulation of its properties and several Kratom-based samples available in smoke shops and online contained other substances including synthetic cannabinoids and opioids.

    Kratom use signs

    According to the limited research available, “kratom does not usually produce an intense high or euphoria.” Visible signs are like the visible signs of other psychostimulants like caffeine.

    Low dose kratom use signs include:

    • Increased alertness
    • Physical energy
    • Talkativeness

    Some people report adverse effects, showing signs of anxiety, irritability, and enhanced aggression.

    High-dose kratom use signs can resemble that of opioids such as:

    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Dizziness
    • Sedation
    • Tremors
    • Seizures
    • Psychosis
    • Vivid dreams
    Even at high doses, Kratom does not cause respiratory depression like opioids.

    Long-term Kratom use signs

    While dependence and tolerance take longer to develop with kratom, the body will crave more of it the longer the drug is used. Individuals with a long-term addiction to kratom exhibit the following:

    • Tremors
    • Red cheeks
    • Anorexia and weight loss
    • psychosis

    Not much is known about long-term kratom use signs since there is little clinical data on it. There are some withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting long term kratom use, but users of the drug describe it as less painful than withdrawing from opioids.

     

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