An introduction to Kratom High
Kratom also goes by the scientific name Mitragyna Speciosa. This herb, which traces its origin back to Southeast Asia, has been around for centuries, but it is only until a decade or so ago that it gained recognition on a global scale. The herb has proved to be beneficial in so many ways that range from medicinal to recreational purposes. On the medicinal end, Kratom has helped in treating issues such as chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Some people also rely on this herb for inducing sleep. On the recreational part, Kratom has been used for relaxation and more controversially, for inducing euphoria. But how does a single herb manage to produce all these effects?
The truth is that very little is known about Kratom. We are still getting to learn about this herb, which means the scope of our knowledge on what this herb can do in the short and long term is incredibly limited. This is a significant problem as it leaves us with uncertain and clinically unproven information on what it can achieve and how exactly it works to yield the desired effects.
Most of the information floating around is based on very few trials, a majority of which are done on animals. Fortunately for us, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence demonstrating what can be achieved by the herb. Based on this information, we can clearly tell that, indeed, there is something like Kratom high.
What is Kratom High?
Kratom high, in its simplest description, is getting euphoric after using the herb. You know the feeling of satisfaction, happiness, wellbeing, or “highness” you get when using drugs such as marijuana? That’s almost how a Kratom high feels like.
So, does this mean Kratom high is similar to the euphoria you get from using illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin? Is that why Kratom is banned in most countries? Kratom can be used to induce euphoria, but it does not work in the exact same way as cocaine, heroin, and other similar drugs. Sure, the herb works on the same site as these drugs, but the upside with Kratom is that it is nowhere as aggressive as your typical opioids.
And yes, the fact that Kratom induces euphoria has played a role in its prohibition in many countries. However, that’s not the only reason, and we are going to learn some of the other causes of the ban.
How Does Kratom Induce Euphoria?
The secret behind the euphoric properties of Kratom is in its components, which are known as alkaloids. Actually, all the properties and benefits that Kratom is popularly known to come from these alkaloids. Of the many alkaloids present in a typical Kratom leaf are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These two alkaloids are believed to be responsible for the high euphoric nature of certain Kratom strains.
Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine have opiate-like properties that allow them to interact with the brain in almost the same way that opiates do. These alkaloids interact with the opioid receptors (mu and kappa) to influence the sympathetic nervous system and trigger the release of endorphins. This will consequently influence different activities such as uplifting your emotions, confidence, mood, and happiness.
From this mechanism, it’s easy to understand why using Kratom for euphoria is also associated with other opiate-related effects such as drowsiness, a calm and dreamlike mental state, cough suppression, and analgesia.
So, how can one use Kratom to get high? The trick is in the specific strain used and the doses used. As you can guess, not all Kratom strains are the same. The difference in alkaloid composition results in different effects, so only the strains with the right alkaloid makeup can induce euphoria. But here is the other thing; a single strain usually produces more than one effect. In fact, some strains are known to produce more than three distinct results. It’s all part of the reasons why Kratom has grown into people’s daily lives. So, to get a specific effect, one needs to be mindful of the doses they are taking. In most cases, Kratom is known to get euphoric from average to high doses. This can be anything from 3 grams going up, depending on the specific strain involved.
What are the Dangers of Kratom?
You may want to consider the following side effects before you start using Kratom to get high:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Facial flushing
- Pupillary constriction
There is also some evidence-based on Thailand Kratom users, which suggests that long term abuse of Kratom can lead to psychosis, anorexia, weight loss, and hyperpigmentation.
The problem with using Kratom for euphoria is that users usually have to take it in high doses, and this increases the risk of side effects.
Is Kratom Addictive?
Kratom interacts with receptors in the brain the same way other opiates do. It yields effects that are almost similar to opiates. So, can it also be addictive, just like heroin and oxycodone? All evidence shows that, indeed, Kratom can become addictive, and this is yet another reason why the herb is banned in some countries.
After taking Kratom regularly for a long time – six months or more – your body will develop tolerance to the herb. This forces individuals to use large doses to witness the same effects. On top of that, your brain will start to associate Kratom with the release of endorphins and the sense of happiness and mood elation. Continued use of Kratom to get high will consequently affect the chemical balance in the brain leading to reliance on the herb for happiness. The user will demonstrate compulsive behavior on acquiring and taking the drug despite all the negative adverse reactions they could be going through.
After developing a dependence on Kratom, users will always find it difficult to stop taking it due to the physical withdrawal symptoms. Any attempts to suddenly stop taking Kratom lead to:
- Intense cravings for Kratom
- Runny nose
- High blood pressure
- Joint and muscle aches
Does Kratom Treat Opiate Withdrawal?
Since Kratom shares so many properties with opiates, it’s believed that the herb can be used to treat opiate withdrawal. Kratom high is almost similar to opiate-high, plus the two compounds affect the same site in the brain, so it shouldn’t be surprising that an herb can be used to treat withdrawal from hard drugs such as heroin. The best part is that Kratom is nowhere as harmful as the other opiates.
People are already using Kratom to treat opiate withdrawal even though clinical trials on how this should be done are still ongoing. If you are a struggling addict planning on using Kratom to treat the withdrawal, it’s advisable that you get in touch with an expert who can guide you through the process. This helps to make sure that you do it successfully while also keeping the risk for Kratom addiction on the low.
Kratom high is a real thing, but whether or not you should use the herb for this purpose is up to you. However, due to the high risks involved when taking Kratom at high doses – which is necessary if you are seeking euphoria – you’re discouraged from using Kratom to get high.
For the recovering addicts, Kratom can offer you a lifeline and comfortable recovery. The Kratom high will make sure that you are not missing the hard drugs since there won’t be any cravings for opiates. Most people use Maeng Da, White Bali, and Green and White Malay Kratom variants for the treatment of opiate withdrawal. Ideally, Kratom should be used for the treatment of opiate withdrawal with the supervision of a drug addiction expert.