You must have heard a lot about Kratom being a mood alleviator and a potent analgesic. But is it legal? Does it have a good benefit versus risk ratio? Or the situation goes a complete opposite?
Lets find out!
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant of coffee origin native to Southeast Asia. A long debate has been in the air in recent years according to the legality of this magical herb. Karotam is known to have many health benefits but a lot of questions has been put to its safety.
Uses Of Kratom
Kratom, a herb affecting opioid receptor, is known to have certain health and medicinal benefits. The effects and uses of Kratom are completely dose-dependent. In traditional medicine, it is used as a substitute for opium.
At Low Doses: At low doses, Kaatom is known to relieve fatigue and alleviate mood.
At Moderate to High Doses: At this dose, it relieves pain and also cause euphoria.
At High Dose: At high doses Kratom causes sedation.
It is also known as
- appetite suppressant
- treats diarrhoea
- relieves cramps
- used in panic attacks
Is Kratom Legal?
According to US Food And Drug Administration (FDA),
The sale and use of Kratom are illegal due to its addiction potential.Food And Drug Administration (FDA)
The addiction potential of herb Karotam is due to the similarity of its mechanism of action to opium alkaloids. Being opioid receptor agonist it has a high potential of causing addiction.
FDA warns the public to use karotam and its constituents mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine. Moreover, metal elements are discovered to a toxic level in the kratom based products.
A professor at Widener University of Law said, “The trouble with Kratom is that it is so unknown.”
Scientific evidences prove the narrow therapeutic window of Kratom and put a question to its use in traditional medicine
Despite all the bans and warnings by FDA Karotam is still produced in bulk in USA, Thailand, Pennsylvania, and Indonesia. Moreover, it can also be acquired easily by a common man in these regions. It is available as a green powder of leaves of herb karotam. FDA needs to constrain the circle and sue the manufacturers, buyers and sellers of the herb karotam.
Overdose of kratom
Over dose of kratom can lead to
- Complete loss of appetite
Therefore, instead of its availability, you must know that kratom cause serious health effects and addiction.
Be aware while purchasing products containing kratom and its constituents.
You are always responsible for your own health.
Stay healthy, Stay vigilant