You have your own personal reasons for taking kratom, but what about other people? What are the main reasons people take kratom?
Take a look at the results of a research study conducted in 2017.
To learn about kratom users across the U.S., researchers conducted an anonymous, cross-sectional, online survey of 2798 users in 2017 (mean age, 40; women, 61%; white, 90%; employed, 68%).
Chronic pain in the previous 3 months was reported by 69%. General mental and physical health levels were close to the U.S. population mean.
Major reasons for use included:
ONE To relieve pain, 91%
TWO To reduce depression, 64%
THREE To lessen anxiety, 67%
FOUR To reduce or stop opioid use, 41% (87% reported effectiveness for opioid withdrawal, 80% for craving reduction, and 86% for pain relief).
Most respondents (76%) used kratom more than 100 times during their lives.
Kratom-related withdrawal symptoms were reported by 10%, and most users (88%) did not meet DSM-5 criteria (on a checklist) for a kratom-related substance use disorder. Respondents were decidedly unconcerned about their kratom use and felt that pain treatment was effective (means on a 0–100 scale, 3 and 83, respectively). Under 20% reported adverse effects, typically mild and time-limited.
Kratom may have a benign risk profile compared with typical opioids.
Given our great need for better treatment options for pain and opioid use disorder, research to determine its abuse liability and risk for respiratory depression are needed.
Until further study, however, we should not recommend kratom to our patients.
Widespread contamination with metals and infectious agents has occurred; addiction, overdose, and withdrawal-triggering risks have not been quantified. Possible adverse effects include seizures and liver injury.
This is just one study that contains promising news about kratom use, especially as compared to the horrors of opioid and benzo dependency.
Kratom has not proven to have any depressing effects on the respiratory system, which is yet another aspect that differentiates kratom from opioids. Lung collapse is a very real danger with patients who use large amounts of regular narcotics peddled by Big Pharma.
Study after study confirm the benign, helpful aspects of kratom (mitragyna speciosa), and debunk the hysterical animosity against kratom as displayed by lamestream news media, conventional medicine, and Big Pharma.
We cannot make any medical claims about the nutritional supplement known as kratom. We are entirely unable to state that kratom cures, treats, heals, corrects, or solves any medical issue. As a kratom vendor, we can only tell you what our customers and other kratom users report to us, in addition to our own experiences.
But one thing is clear: the attacks on kratom are pathetically similar to how cannabis was persecuted until recently.
When Big Pharma feels threatened by a substance, especially something natural, it erects barriers to that substance’s acceptance by the medical field and the public at large. Their profits are endangered by plants that grow in the ground of planet Earth. They prefer you pay more attention to their risky products, rather than focus on diet, exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and natural solutions.
You can rest assured that kratom is one of the safest, effective, and risk-free supplements you could possibly take. Less is more with kratom, so it’s extremely different from alcohol, opioids, benzos, and other habit-forming drugs that users tend to increase in dose amount and frequency as they continue to use the drug.
Plus, it’s nearly impossible to overdose on kratom. It’s so bitter, your stomach will vomit out excessive amounts of kratom that are accidentally or deliberately taken. Withdrawal symptoms are mild to non-existent for most people who quit taking kratom temporarily or permanently.
The good news about kratom, and its uses in human life, make us feel good about how we discovered kratom and its many blessings, without being unduly influenced by unfair and poorly informed news media.