Study Proves Kratom Addiction Is Real: Kratom Trees Destroyed
Update: June 9th, 2016:
Kratom Addiction Is REAL
This one’s for you, Aaron Lorber (our previously disgruntled non-doctor reader):
In the wake of six states banning Kratom for documented cases of kratom addiction, chemists are uncovering the underbelly of Kratom, and what makes the substance as potentially addictive as an opiate. Reports of Kratom Addiction are substantiated by a new study, revealing the primary constituents if Kratom activate the same opiate receptors heroin and opioid prescriptions stimulate.
Dalibor Sames and Kelly M. Standifer, chemists from Columbia University, have this to say of Kratom Addiction in a nutshell: Although the opiate component of Kratom (called mitragynine) is nowhere near as potent in the active components of commonly opiate abused substances, concentrated mitragynine in the brain could be more potent than predicted.
Findings illuminate studies are not yet developed to “fully capture the risks of kratom.” Kratom produces many of the effects opiates do within the body, most notably the development of dependence.
Think twice before traversing your local head-shop to buy Kratom, and read up on the real life stories of Kratom Addiction:
“I started taking Kratom after being addicted to liquid morphine. Here is my experience and I hope it helps: It did relieve the opiate withdrawals but when I stopped taking the Kratom, 2 capsules every 4 hours for about 3 weeks, the withdrawals are beyond horrible. I have had over 60 panic attacks since quitting cold turkey and anxiety [and] depression, and it’s still happening on day 11.
I would not take a lot and quit it’s no different than opiate withdrawal. My advice is stay as far away from any opiate or opiate antagonist as possible and save yourself from the misery.”
- Sarasota County in Florida
A few months back we were contacted by a disgruntled non-doctor reader who adamantly purports kratom to be non-addictive, a supreme pain reliever and effective anxiolytic (anti-anxiety). Affronted as he was by a blog post I wrote revolving kratom, we decided to pull the piece- mostly on merits of missing references.
I thought that was fair.
But now what we’ve already known to be true is coming to light in Thailand’s recent edict to cut down kratom trees in response to growing addiction rates, according to Scope. Darika Saingam, PhD has held over 1,000 interviews with governing officials and people with substance use disorders to understand Thailand’s addiction epidemic. Beyond mere understanding, Saingam’s mission is to help pioneer new policies cutting to the heart of the problem- as opposed to making a superficial blow on the outskirts of addiction.
Scope quotes her commenting on the destruction of kratom trees and how policies have not yet worked to the advantage of helping the addicted population:
“An example of this is politicians ordering to cut down kratom trees – a public display that does not get at the root cause of the problem. The reality is that drug users will quickly find substitutes. According to my study, of the regular users that stopped using kratom, more than 50 percent turned to alcohol instead and did so on a daily basis. This is merely a shift from one substance to another.”
We know kratom is addictive, because it prompts withdrawal symptoms which include:
- Muscle spasms
- Hot flashes
- Runny eyes and nose
- Absence of appetite
In Thailand kratom is frequently mixed with cough syrup. The street term is called 4×100. Although there are potential medical uses for kratom, like anything, if abused the consequences can be substantial.
The DEA gives some insight into the consequences and potential benefits of kratom:
Low Doses of Kratom:
- Increased alertness, higher energy levels
- Talkativeness, increased sociability
- Greater ability to tolerate tedious tasks
- Some people may get edgy or nervous
Higher Doses of Kratom:
- Insensitivity to physical or emotional pain
- Constricted pupils
- Sudden sleepiness
Overdoses of Kratom
- Respiratory depression
- Aggressive or combative behavior
- Severe nausea
Symptoms may remain for as long as five hours. These symptoms apply for every form of consumption: smoked, consumed as a tea, chewing on kratom leaves, taking pills, ingesting dried leaves, or kratom “packets” sold at some head shops. Despite knowing these risks, the DEA continues to “investigate” kratom as a drug of concern.
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About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.