Myths vs Reality about Kratom

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Just like everything that is slowly gaining recognition in the world of health and medicine, kratom was also put on the spotlight. Myths and truths became mixed up, making a couple of people unsure of which to actually believe and which not to believe. Basically, kratom is safe, legal, not addictive, full of medical benefits, and is not a form of substance abuse.

For me the best way indeed to know if the myths or the truths are real is to try and experience kratom for one’s self, but I believe to much of something will always be harmful to our body so if ever you decide to try and use it, be sure to use it moderately!

The Flipside of Taking Kratom

KratomAnything taken more than enough is no good, and kratom is not an exception to this saying. Kratom or Mitragyna Speciosa, its botanical name, although safe at minimal doses also has side effects when consumed irresponsibly at large doses.

Another common side effect of Kratom is darkening of the skin, specifically on the cheek and face area. Users who use kratom on recreational doses experience reddening of the cheeks or face. This is said to be due to an altered blood flow, which is not the same reason as to why long-time users experience browning of the skin.

It is definitely a bad idea to get kratom and use it when under the influence of other drugs or liquor. One who takes opiates, amphetamine, alcohol, etc., together with Mytragina Speciosa, could experience problems like hallucinations, aggression, schizophrenia, and delusional behavior. Substances such as the above may have some ingredients that can alter or produce negative kratom effects to the body. However, note that this could work the other way around. Additionally, kratom could not be effective or not effective at all when you consume it with other substances.

Kratom is habit-forming. That is why it is advised that the substance should be taken only at small doses, especially if you are on the beginner level. Some providers even advise their customers to use their kratom products only once or twice a week at most. Aside from the side effects mentioned above, one who gets addicted to the substance may find it hard to quit eventually. Withdrawal problems such as aggression, constant thoughts, body pain, and runny nose may happen.

There is no certainty that one can prevent kratom side effects, especially if it is his or her first time to use the substance even if it is taken responsibly. However, if you know your personal needs and if you follow your usage guidelines very well, you can be sure that kratom would not cause serious harm to you.

Today, kratom may not really be popular for its aphrodisiac properties but a number of people love consuming kratom tea anyway. The tea is not delicious. In fact, it is bitter. Clearly, kratom is more popular for its medicinal benefits than its taste.