Before understanding whether Kratom has any potential for abuse, one has to understand what Kratom is and whether it is addictive or not. This is a broad topic. Addiction can come from anything and it can be as normal as a habit. Addiction is of two types – Substance and habit. If you are indulged in a habit too much and can’t stop yourself, this can also be called an addiction but it is different. It has its side-effects. So to better understand the abuse, you have to first understand what Kratom is and where does it come from?
What is Kratom?
Kratom comes from the Kratom tree that is indigenous to South-Asia. Kratom can grow up to 50 feet and belongs to the family of Coffee plants. However, Kratom is different in its chemical composition. This is to thanks to the presence of alkaloids in the products. It is grown in Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, as well as Thailand. The trees can differ a lot from each other. Though the central structure of the chemical composition of Kratom remains the same, the effects can vary due to the different climatic conditions that these countries have.
What is it used for?
Local practitioners have been using Kratom for a lot of ailments. Its use is well known and for the last few years, it has made quite a name for itself in the European as well as the US market. Kratom is known for its medicinal properties. It is used for reducing pain, depression, and help the body with the muscle strain. Kratom boosts the immune system and helps the skin to open up to absorb more oxygen. If kept in adequate doses, Kratom is a fine product that can be used to improve sexual performance as well as enhance mood.
Is it addictive?
To understand this, you have to understand what addiction is. Consumption of anything beyond measures and limitations is addiction. It is when you can’t stop consuming or indulging in a habit. Addiction happens slowly and when it does, it is not nice for everyone. As far as Kratom is concerned, it is not addictive as it is completely natural and you get it in its natural form. So there are no added components in it and if you have a pure product in your hands, you can be sure that it is not addictive.
Can it be abused?
That depends. Can it be abused? Yes, if you want but it has a very low potential for that. Given that it is a natural product; you will find that it has a very low capacity for abuse. The anti-addictive properties of Kratom are well known. Controlled doses of Kratom are given to opium addicts until they come out of their addiction. This not only helps them with addiction but also makes them stronger by boosting their immune system. Even though it can’t be abused, the stronger dose can have sedative effects and can make you feel drowsy. Until and unless your body isn’t ready for it, don’t take the high dose.
Which Vein to take?
If you are a beginner, things can get confusing especially when it comes to Veins. Kratom is divided into three Veins – Red, White, and Green. The color simply comes from the color of the main veins of the leaf that Kratom comes from. It has a direct impact on Kratom. Red is the most intense among the Veins while others are the mild ones. It is a common occurrence to mix the veins for better results.
Kratom is safe to use but you need to keep in mind your body’s tolerance level as well as the purity of the product. When you have considered this, you should also understand the importance of the dosage and etch it in your mind that you are never to exceed the dosage. For a beginner, a 1-3gram is enough but if you are a regular, you can take 3-6 grams. Above 6 grams is a strong dose that should only be taken when your tolerance level is increased. The best advice is to start from the low and make your way up to the top.
Where to get?
You can get Kratom almost everywhere. However, in some cases, you can find it difficult but as long as you have access to the internet, you should be able to get it. You can use the Yellow pages if you are not able to find the places. Usually, you will get it in Kratom shops, gas stations, smoke shops as well as departmental stores, but on the internet the choice is wide. You can choose from a wide variety of products and also get it done in a second. The process is really easy.
What to keep in mind?
If you are buying it from an online shop, you need to establish the credibility of the store. The first thing you should do is to ask for recommendations and if you can’t get it, just check the review. The customers are likely to drop the reviews. Also, see if the website is missing any information or anything that may give it away. With the offline shop, make sure that the store you are buying it from has a reputation in the market. The well-known name will never rip you off.
Which one is the best?
Compared to offline, online is the best. One of the reasons is that you are placing your order directly with the manufacturer and hence you can be assured that the product you will receive is pure. You also get access to a wide range of products which you won’t get in a departmental store and this all can be done from the comfort of your home.
Kratom has very less potential for abuse, but having said that, it doesn’t mean it can be used recklessly. You should always maintain the dosage and increase accordingly.