Kratom Abuse & Addiction in Orlando
What is Kratom?
Kratom is a substance that’s derived from a tree found in Southeast Asia. Kratom leaves have mind-altering or psychotropic effects, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Kratom isn’t illegal currently, but people can purchase the drug with ease. Kratom can be taken in various ways.
Some people use kratom in tea-form while others take it as a pill or extract. It’s also possible to chew or smoke the leaves. There is debate surrounding the use of kratom, its legality and its potential risks.
So, what does kratom do? Kratom has demonstrated effects similar to that of stimulants and opioids. There are certain compounds found in kratom that interact with the central nervous system’s opioid receptors. When someone uses kratom, that person might experience pleasure or euphoria, sedation, relaxation and reduced pain. The opioid-like effects have a greater impact on the person when kratom is used in large doses. It’s also possible for compounds of kratom to create a more stimulant-like effect on the brain. This is especially true when the drug is used in small doses. When someone takes a small amount of kratom, they may experience an increase in energy levels, more sociability and increased alertness.
Since kratom isn’t regulated in the United States currently, at least at the federal level, the drug is often marketed as an herbal supplement. It is sometimes touted as being a replacement for people who are addicted to opioids, as a natural pain reliever and as a mood enhancer or anxiety reliever.
The kratom plant has long been used by people in Southeast Asia, although it’s relatively new in terms of being used in the United States and other Western countries. People in Southeast Asia often relied on kratom to help them work longer and harder. Now, in some countries where kratom is a native plant, use of the drug is banned.