Kratom, a tropical evergreen tree from Southeast Asia has drawn concern from critics and praise from advocates. Some of the praises the plant has received are its ability to relieve pain, ease stress and anxiety, and treat opioid withdrawal. Among those who criticize Kratom are the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who claim that it carries similar risks of addiction and abuse as narcotic opioid and can cause death. With this information, how much Kratom is too much? Let’s find out.
Why use Kratom?
First things first, Kratom has been used for hundreds of years due to its medicinal properties. According to the American Kratom Association (AKA), this tree helps users achieve health and wellbeing as it can safely combat fatigue, alleviate pain, and help with the effects of depression, stress, and anxiety. However, the same herb produces effects that make it dangerous and addictive, and whereas high doses may induce feelings of euphoria, prolonged use can cause serious health complications such as respiratory depression.
Whatever the effects, millions of people have been using Kratom as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical medicine due to its widespread availability, low cost, and high potency. Kratom enthusiasts say that this plant has tremendous health benefits, but unfortunately, there’s no scientific evidence to support these claims. If you’ve been using Kratom or you intend to start using it someday, you must know the acceptable dose or else, you’ll make it a drug of abuse, which could impact your life.
What exactly is Kratom?
Kratom is an herb from the coffee family and grows naturally in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, New Guinea, and Papua. It has been used as traditional medicine since the 19th century but was not until recently when it was introduced in the United States. The bitter leaves of Kratom can be ingested in various ways; it can be taken in tablet or powder form, as a tea, incorporated in juices and caffeinated drinks, or mixed with codeine syrups. Some people chew the leaves to treat pain, depression, anxiety, and boost appetite and sexual desires.
There are two main active compounds in Kratom; these are, Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. According to research, Mitragynine acts as a stimulant and interacts with the receptor systems in the brain. Alkaloid 7-Hydroxymitragynine is nearly 13 times stronger than morphine and binds with opioid receptors in the brain to produce feelings of decreased pain, sedation, and pleasure. The opioid effects of this evergreen tree are felt when taken at high doses, and on an empty stomach, the effects can be felt within 10-20 minutes.
How much Kratom is too much?
First things first, is there such a thing as too much Kratom? The answer to that question is YES, but there’s no generalized chart for the use of Kratom as it affects people differently. A moderate dose of Kratom powder, for instance, lies between 3-8 grams. Anything between 8 and 15 is considered too much Kratom, and you should never use more than 15 grams of Kratom, although there are exceptions depending on the intensity and severity of symptoms.
There are various strains of Kratom, which vary widely in longevity and potency of effects. This means that the pain relief, amount of energy, and feelings of well being differ depending on the product used. Besides, people are different, and the amount of Kratom a person may consider too much may not be the same for someone else, and hence recommendable to decide what works best for you according to your individual needs.
There is also a personal factor in how Kratom products can affect you. For instance, individual suffering from intense pain requires frequent intake of higher doses of Kratom than someone with mild pain. We can, therefore, conclude that too much Kratom is taking the highest dose of Kratom more frequently
Arriving at the perfect dose for you
1. Take the lowest possible dose according to your needs
2. Understand that Kratom varies in effects according to the vein color. For instance;
· White veined Kratom – Stimulating with some pain relief
· Green-veined Kratom – Mood-boosting with more pain relief
· White veined Kratom – Sedating with powerful pain relief
3. Understand low, moderate, high, and very high doses of Kratom in grams. For instance;
· Low doses = 2-4grams
· Moderate doses = 5-8grams
· High dose = 9-12grams
· Very high dose = 13-15grams
Kratom changes the brain in the same manner as opioid, and therefore, it produces similar withdrawal symptoms as well as overdose signs. It is likely for people who use Kratom for the recreational purpose to develop an addiction which can eventually build up a tolerance, requiring the user to take too much Kratom to feel the desired effects. To be precise, too much Kratom is using high doses more frequently, which can cause seizures, liver damage, respiratory depression, symptoms of psychosis, and when adulterated with other substances, it might result in death. It is therefore recommendable to take it responsibly and if you don’t know how much Kratom will successfully suit your needs, ask for assistance from a health professional.