Kratom (or Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical tree that originates from various parts of Southeast Asia, having the most history in Thailand. The plant can be ingested in a variety of ways and has a multitude of effects including pain management, energy, stimulation, and can also be used as a sedative. Kratom is safe when used in moderation, but users should always consult their doctor before treating any symptoms or sickness with the substance.

There have been a multitude of mental health benefits reported by Kratom users. Although there is little scientific research to prove these positive benefits, users have reported the substance to help with chronic illnesses such as PTSD, depression, and adult ADD. In addition, it’s a mu-opioid receptor, making it useful in fighting addiction to opiates. What makes Kratom an interesting choice is that it has drastically different effects depending on how much is ingested. A low amount usually results in a stimulating, sometimes fully energizing effect while a large amount usually leads to a subtle sedative or euphoric experience.

Medicinally, Kratom is highly effective against pain. Getting over a workout can be done considerably faster with the help of Kratom. Working long hours is less stressful to the body and a multitude of other effects, big and small, have been experienced. It has even been used in relief of cancer symptoms, especially dealing with people going through chemotherapy. This natural pain reliever can provide relief from chronic pains or problems such as:

  • Backaches
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Stomach Problems
  • Fatigue

Again, moderation is the key when it comes to any supplement. Although Kratom has no known toxicity levels and hasn’t caused any deaths, the substance should be used with caution. Over the counter drugs and other medications can cause negative complications.

Though it’s hard to tell what potency will work for you, red leaves are thought to have a more sedative effect while white or green leaves are more for stimulation. Kratom potency usually depends on the amount of Kratom you ingest when enjoying. Maeng Da, for instance, is known to be helpful with stimulation but not as useful for pain relief as some other strains, as with Maeng Da capsules. Bali, however, is known to be more effective in pain relief and mood enhancement, like Bali Bliss. If you’re unsure what kind of Kratom may work for you, please don’t hesitate to ask us for some advice!

Whichever form and amount of Kratom works for you, remember to use in moderation. Kratom is an amazing pain relief and mental stimulation component, and enjoying it responsibly can be a truly life-changing experience.

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