Quitting Kratom

A Community on the Stairs of Recovery

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Kratom Leaf

What is Kratom?

Kratom is a controversial substance; that, some people find great benefit in. While some people are able to control their usage, others can struggle profoundly. The purpose of the site is to educate the public about the abuse potential and to provide resources for those that are actively struggling with the kratom addiction.

Kratom is the name of a tree from the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. Also known as mitragyna speciosa, it is grown in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The two most active compounds found in kratom, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, work on opioid receptors. In low doses, kratom is considered to be a stimulant that increases sociability and alertness. In higher doses, kratom has effects similar to those of opioid drugs.

Kratom comes in three different strains, which all are effective relievers for chronic pain. White vein, green vein, and red vein varieties provide pain relief by attaching to opioid receptors. One compound found in kratom, 7-hydroxymitragynine, is 13 times more potent than morphine. It targets opioid receptors in the same way morphine and codeine do. Stopping use after a period of time is associated with withdrawal symptoms. This includes but is not limited to - exacerbated anxiety and depression, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, mood swings and nausea. Kratom is a powerful drug.

The Scale of Law

Legal Status

In Thailand, kratom is considered a controlled substance and the third most commonly abused illegal drug. In the United States, kratom is listed as a “drug of concern” by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), although the drug is not controlled or considered illegal in most states.

Alabama state law designated kratom a Schedule I controlled substance, imposing the greatest possible restrictions on its sale, distribution and/or possession. Schedule I substances have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. Classifying kratom as such allows authorities in Alabama to press the same charges for possession or distribution of kratom that they would for illicit drugs such as LSD or heroin.

People believe that because kratom is plant-based, it is natural and safe. People selling kratom only ever speak of the benefits and never of the negative side effects that occur. The amount of active ingredients in kratom plants can vary greatly, making it difficult to gauge the effect of a given dose. Depending on what is in the plant and the health of the user, taking kratom may be very dangerous.

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Additional Information

Warning: this is not medical advice. Consult a physician before using kratom.

  • Can kratom be beneficial? Yes.
  • Is kratom harmless? No.
  • Is kratom addictive? Yes.
  • Recommended dose: 1-5 grams per day.

Any time a substance, including herbal supplements, isn’t regulated by the FDA, there are potential safety hazards. This is because there is no standardization when a substance isn’t regulated. That means that companies such as kratom/kava bars, smoke shops, gas stations and online vendors, can market and create the product however they want. There are no official drug warning labels for kratom, and people may take it without knowing what other substances it contains. A buyer never knows what level of potency a kratom product could have or whether it’s pure.

× If you or anyone you know is struggling with kratom addiction, please email quittingkratom@gmail.com