Kratom Tolerance

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What Is Kratom?

Mitragyna speciosa or “kratom” comes from a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family that has opioid properties and some stimulant-like effects.

People often seek kratom out for pain management, anxiety, or even to deal with opioid withdrawal. Kratom is also reported to produce euphoric side effects, including:

Improved mood
Increased energy
Sociability
Alertness
Feelings of pleasure

As a plant native to Southeast Asia, it has a history of use in traditional medicine, and even continued use by “alternative” Western medicine practitioners. It is not currently recognized in the United states, however, for any official medical application.

How Long Do Kratom Effects Last?

As with all substances, not all effects are good. Negative kratom effects may include:

  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of appetite

Kratom effects can be felt within 5-10 minutes after ingestion and last about 2-5 hours.

How Does Someone Develop A Kratom Tolerance?

A kratom tolerance may develop when someone begins to increase the amount they take in order to get the same euphoric effects they experienced initially.

Kratom tolerance can also happen as a result of a person trying to avoid kratom withdrawal.

According to the ACCP, the withdrawal symptoms from kratom have been described as “less intense but more protracted than with prescription opioids.” These may involve:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Emotional changes
  • Aggression

Does Kratom Tolerance Need Addiction Treatment?

Addiction refers to a chemical change in your brain that happens as a result of chronic substance abuse.

If kratom tolerance or withdrawal symptoms are interfering with your normal, productive life, it may be time to seek help to prevent the cycle of addiction from taking hold.

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