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As we continue to look for solutions to the heroin and opiate epidemic a number of medications and remedies have been making their way to the surface. One of which being Kratom, produced by the East Asian Tree of the same name. In the past labors would chew the leaves for an extra energy boost. Today, the leaves can be found in numerous forms such as dried leaves, broken down to be put into capsules, or brewed as tea.

Kratom contains alkaloid mitragynine which is an opioid agonist and thus provides the user with opioid-like effects. The substance is most commonly compared to other synthetic substances such as spice. The beverage can offer a high comparable to Xanax and holds addictive potential as well. Some believe it to be much less harmful as compared to opioids themselves and may actually be beneficial for addicts in recovery. In lower doses, like opioids, the tea can provide stimulation and pain relief. Higher doses can lead to sedation, and euphoria is possible at even higher doses. From research done so far, it has shown to offer a state of relaxation, higher sex-drive, and stress relief. A number of people in recovery have taken up drinking the tea in a way to gain the same effects they loved from opioids. Just like opioids, negative effects and withdrawals come along with the abrupt cessation of drinking Kratom tea, which can result in:

  • Hostility
  • Aggression
  • Lack of emotional control
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Tremors
  • Paranoia

As the popularity of Kratom tea continues to grow, so does the number of Kratom bars and establishments that offer it as a beverage. It is common for the tea to be mixed with cough syrup and coca cola, as well in making a cocktail. To many this seems acceptable like with other recreational substances, just because of its legality. However, the flourishing bars and idea that this “helps” addicts has actually just led to a number of relapses.

The fact is, there still has not been enough research conducted to determine whether or not it is beneficial or harmful, though it is classified as a drug of concern by the DEA. Various states (Wyoming, Vermont, Tennessee, and Indiana) have already taken it upon themselves to ban Kratom tea. Kratom has been used for multiple years as a herbal remedy for a number of things but with the way that legal alternative drugs are becoming preferable there is no telling what sort of future Kratom holds.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, call 1-800-203-2024, to speak to one of our professionals about getting help today.