Introduction to Kratom Powder
You’re curious about Kratom powder and have never tried it before. However, you’ve heard many different things about it. It has some controversial rumors surrounding it. Is it legal to use? Can it harm you in any way? What exactly is it? These are all excellent questions and ones that you should know the answer to before making your decision on whether or not to use the planet. We’ll go over these and a few others that you should be asking as well.
What Is Kratom Powder?
Kratom powder comes from a plant called Mitragyna speciosa. The plant is natural to the Southeast Asia region. It mainly grows in places like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea.
Kratom grows as trees. When the tree is old enough, its leaves are picked and used to make every form of Kratom possible. The leaves provide a number of different uses and effects. In fact, some medicines have been using Kratom for over two centuries now. You see, Kratom powder can give you energy, provide pain relief, and act as a painkiller. Essentially, you’re placing a medicinal herb into your body.
You can purchase Kratom in the natural forms of powder, capsules and or leaves. You also have the option of getting “enhanced” Kratom. Enhanced Kratom is Kratom with artificial additives put in to make the effects stronger.
- Is Kratom Illegal?
Whether or not Kratom is illegal depends on your location when purchasing the plant. The legality of Kratom tends to alternate in the US–some states can buy it while others can’t. However, while the US may be shaky on this subject, Kratom is, for the most part, legal for the rest of the world.
As mentioned before, Kratom can be used to relieve pain, stress, and can induce a feeling of happiness. In short, Kratom acts somewhat like an opioid. At this point, it’s important to state that it is not. Still, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have to take this into account when discussing it. Their thought process is if the plant gives the sensations of a drug that it could also have the drawbacks of one as well. Because of this, Kratom is not recognized by the FDA for medical use of any kind. It doesn’t help that there is very little research on Kratom and that said research has only been around since 2012, even though the plant has been in use since the nineteenth century.
A respectable Kratom vendor should be able to tell you whether or not it is illegal for you to purchase Kratom in the state you live in. Do not buy from a vendor that is willing to sell to you in a state that does not allow it.
- Is Kratom Powder Habit-Forming?
Kratom isn’t habit-forming unless misused. In this situation, “misuse” means purposefully taking excessive amounts of Kratom in any of its forms–not just the powder. Mitragynine and 7-hydroxumitra are the active ingredients within Kratom. They’re what give it its analgesic effects. However, these ingredients affect the opiate receptors of the brain, not unlike coffee and chocolate. Therefore, overuse of Kratom for extended periods of time has a high chance of resulting in dependence on it. Also, be aware that the initial use of Kratom can cause discomfort in the stomach and mild nausea as you’ll be introducing the two previously mentioned ingredients into your body for the first time. Take Kratom in its recommended doses, and you will be fine.
- Is It Possible to Develop a Tolerance for Kratom?
The short answer? Yes. If you take one strain of Kratom all the time, your body will begin to develop a resistance to it. Having a tolerance is something you’ll want to avoid because, in time, it can put you in a bad situation. Once you start resisting the effects of Kratom, you’ll more than likely begin increasing your doses. Eventually, this will overturn your resistance into a dependence. We mentioned before that Kratom could be natural or enhanced. In layman’s terms, that means it has varying levels of intensity. A stronger Kratom combined with frequent use can cause your body to develop a tolerance much quicker than the natural version. You need to be sure to keep tabs on what you’re using. The best way to avoid developing resistance is to take different strains of Kratom if you’re using it periodically. If you’ve already established a tolerance, the best thing to do is give your body a break from Kratom.
- Does Kratom Have a Shelf Life?
It does. If Kratom is left unused for too long, its painkilling properties can disappear, making it effectively useless. Kratom has a rather long shelf life, though. The trick is storing it in a place where it can capitalize on it. Store Kratom powder (and all of its other forms) in relatively cool places. Avoid humid areas, leaving it out in the open air, and putting it in places that get plenty of sunlight. Pantries and cabinets are fine storing areas. The main thing to concern yourself with is making sure whatever container you have the plant in is thoroughly sealed. This method works for both short and long-term storage. However, if you’re planning on keeping a lot of Kratom on hand, store whatever excess you have in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
- How Can I Take Kratom?
You can take Kratom in a number of different ways. The most common one is the powdered form. You can ingest Kratom powder straight, but it would almost be like trying to swallow a spice (things like cinnamon and ginger) raw. Be sure to drink it down with water if you go this route; otherwise, you’re going to find yourself hacking it right back out of your mouth. Another way to use the power is to put it in beverages that you like. Tea is a favorite among most users.
Capsules are another way you can have Kratom. Take out the instructed dosage, pop it in your mouth, and then wash it down with something to drink. It’s no different from taking pills or vitamins.
Another honorable mention for eating Kratom is the stem and vein. You eat these straight like you would do the leaves. However, the stem and vein are different in design to the leaf, which makes choosing between them an option. The steam and vein of the Kratom plant are composed of different alkaloid properties than the leaf. The stem and vein take longer to digest. This means that their effects will remain in your body a lot longer than the leaves will.
- What Strains of Kratom Should I Use?
There are many different strains you can choose from. Some do things differently or better than their counterparts. For example, some strains are better for pain relief while others are used for more recreational purposes. Honestly, it comes down to preference, and trying different strains is the only way to develop that. Vendors should be able to tell you what each of their strains is like. If you’d prefer not to trust their opinion, users often tend to leave their own reviews. You can read up on whatever strain you’re interested in that way. Aside from their therapeutic effects, different strains also offer different flavors, so keep that in mind, too.
- How Much Does Kratom Cost?
Kratom usually cost between 6 to 30 dollars. The range for this depends mostly on how much of a strain you’re choosing to buy at one time.