A number of us have become increasingly concerned about the way that kratom and its powder is being marketed by some vendors. It is being sold alongside Salvia divinorum and a host of other hallucinogenic substances. This is causing government legislators to add kratom powder to the ban like salvia. Those of us who have tried both of these substances are aware that they are very different substances.
Salvia divinorum is a member of the mint family and contains a short acting hallucinogen which can cause synesthesia and loss of bodily control. It can be purchased from numerous online vendors. When the dried leaves of the plant are smoked, the onset is immediate and lasts for up to five minutes. When taken sublingually, the effects can last for up to thirty minutes. The active component, salvinorin-A, is active at less than 1 mg. The use of salvia is quite safe relative to many other drugs, but its effects can be quite shocking if one is not prepared for the experience. A recent wave of YouTube videos featuring teens smoking Salvia has led to a push by a number of state legislatures to ban the use and sale of the drug.
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a large tree from the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. In its native habitat, the leaves of the tree are chewed by farm workers as an energy tonic. Kratom has a complex pharmacology. The alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine act as mu-opioid agonists resulting in amazing pain relieving properties. Heroin and prescription opiate addicts have found that kratom can significantly lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing opiate use.
Kratom is reported to be far less addictive compared to methadone which is commonly administered to opiate addicts for withdrawal symptons. Kratom also has stimulating properties which are likely due to the presence of yohimbine like compounds. Kratom is also known to be beneficial in lowering blood pressure and boosting immune response. In small amounts, kratom has a positive effect on mood and energy. With larger doses, kratom causes sedation. The effects, which are generally very mild, last for two to four hours. Kratom can be habit forming when used in moderate to large quantities for extended periods of time. Although the withdrawal effects of kratom resemble those of opiate drugs, they are reported to be much less severe. No known cases of kratom overdose have been reported. This is likely due to the extreme nausea that is experienced with large amounts resulting in the kratom being regurgitated rather than absorbed into the body. When using kratom, the adage “less is more” is quite appropriate. Please, click here to learn more about it.