When the earlier texts pertaining to kratom are perused, what becomes transparent is that most users or kratom have tended to be laborers, farmers, blue collar workers and peasants. Situated in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia etc., these blue collar workers need a stimulant as well as a substance that can relax their nerves.
Kratom is abundantly available, often grown by farmers themselves, and thus is a cheaper alternative than conventional drugs. It allows a farmer or a peasant to feel worthwhile and for him to feel better and more related psychologically. The weather, terrain and nature of work for these farmers and peasants tends to be harsh, both physically and mentally and does not reward them financially for the amount of effort that they put in. Kratom acts as the perfect panacea for these users, who get an incentive to continue their daily lives.
Kratom and historical marriage customs
The link between kratom usage and physical workers was why, historically, parents preferred to marry their daughters to those men who consumed kratom, than those who consumed other drugs. This is because drugs such as marijuana or opium are seen as harmful and recreational drugs. Whereas kratom is viewed as a stimulant used by those who work hard and need some relaxation for their nerves in order to continue performing their jobs.
Countries such as Malaysia have, especially within rural areas, have deemed kratom users to be more honest, hard working and ethical as opposed to those who don’t. Kratom users themselves, who ardently uphold that kratom gives them the drive and motivation needed in order to wake up the next day, also corroborate this practice. They believe that their work is physically and mentally demanding and excruciating, yet they are incentivized to work harder due to kratom.
Link with male workers
Female users of kratom are Southeast Asian countries tends to be quite rare, due to the fact that, as illustrated earlier, kratom usage continues to be associated with the male workforce. In countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, the historical conception in rural areas was for females to play domestic roles. The males were the ones and still continue to be, who worked outside and performed physical labour which is why they tend to be the common users of kratom.
Compared to the age on onset for other drugs, kratom’s users tend to be older in age. Research conducted in the mid-1960s shows kratom users to range between 30-50 years of age. Moreover, kratom users have not shown to be wholly dependent or addicted to the drug.
Conventional dosage of Kratom amongst these workers
Aside from the link between kratom and male workers, the usage of kratom in these countries tends to range from a couple of leaves a day, to almost 30 leaves within one day. It all depends upon how long a user has been consuming kratom and at what dosage. On an average basis, most people consume 5-10 leaves a day.
Those who consume more than 10 leaves a day are considered to be ‘heavy’ kratom users. Moreover, chewing the leaves freshly tends to have a stronger and more direct effect, as opposed to mixing it in drinks or other liquid beverages.
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