One in three Americans are suffers from depression, and many have found kratom to be the most helpful to treat depression. Depression is not a psychological disorder, but a medical and biological illness for many. It can be defined as a mood disorder that usually takes place after a sad event, death, post-partum or when a change happens in a person’s life. Chemically, it is a state when serotonin, which is a chemical neurotransmitter that sends signals of happiness to the brain, levels decrease to an all-time low. The symptoms of depression include lethargy, feeling of boredom or inactivity, suicidal thoughts and attempts, lack of self-confidence, migraines, and sleep apnea. Also linked with an inability to perform in exams or one’s job, failure to maintain personal or sexual relationships, self-loathing, lack of appetite, a decrease in basal metabolic rate, etc.
How Kratom Help To Treat Depression?
Kratom is beneficial for people suffering from depression because its alkaloids attach itself to many opioid receptors in the brain. One of the most abundant alkaloid in kratom is mitragynine, which is responsible for feelings of euphoria and energy in users after consuming kratom. It mostly found in the leaf of the kratom plant. That’s why it is important for users to buy premium kratom to treat depression, as it only contains powdered leaf of the kratom plant, not the stem which does not contain mitragynine. This results in blocking feelings of pain and other symptoms associated with depression and helps with the reuptake of serotonin. As a result, the user’s mood is instantly enhanced. One feels a shot of energy, an increased ability to focus and concentrate, a return in appetite, a desire to socialize and maintain relations and instills a positive outlook towards life.
Which is the Best Kratom for Depression?
It is important to know which strain of Kratom is the best for treating depression.
Red vein Bali/Borneo Kratom
According to actual user reviews on the different forums, Red vein Bali/Borneo Kratom is extremely beneficial for treating the symptoms of depression. Red Bali Kratom is the most sedating and favorite one for treating depression.
Green Malay Kratom
Green Malay Kratom is also considered to be most effective in treating depression, not euphoric, but has great mood uplifting effects.
Both, Red Vein Bali and Green Malay Kratom are useful for those who feel lethargy, excessive laziness or a general lack of ability muster strength and get on with their lives.
Thus, those who suffer from the Hyper Activity should not take these strains to counter depression, because it can cause side effects. Just remain mindful of using a good quality strain of Kratom to treat depression, because compromising on quality can have the adverse effect and might worsen the symptoms of depression.
Recommended Dosage To Treat Depression With Kratom
Ideally, 2-3 doses per day of Red Bali or Green Malay kratom should be taken to treat depression, and these should not exceed 12-15 grams.
15 grams of kratom is the absolute maximum that one should consume in a single day, as this can lead to Kratom’s tolerance. Most users prefer to measure their dosage using teaspoons, and one teaspoon contains 2.5 grams of kratom.
The ideal dosage is 5 grams of kratom taken in increments of 6 hours every day. For long term users who have been using kratom for more than 4-5 months to treat depression, they should reduce their dosage to 0.5 – 2.5 grams per day. This can ensure that the user continues to feel the effects and benefits of kratom without developing a tolerance for it.
- For beginners – the suggested dosage is 2-3 grams
- For frequent users – 4 to 7grams is good for having moderate effects
- For experts – 7-10 grams is high dosage for experiencing strong effect in little time
Tips for Combating Depression during Kratom Withdrawal
One of the greatest ways of coping with depression while suffering from tapering off kratom dosage or its withdrawal symptoms is to eat foods that are rich in the amino acid tyrosine. The chemical neurotransmitter that sends signals of positivity and happiness to the brain is dopamine, and this gets decreased during Kratom withdrawal.
Supplementing the body with the amino acid tyrosine will keep the body’s level of tyrosine balanced and will prevent depression. Foods that are rich in tyrosine include avocados, bananas, almonds, almost all dairy products, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, berries, sesame seeds, sesame oil, lima beans, etc. However, it is important to check that you are not taking any anti-depressants along with this because some of them require low levels of tyrosine in the body.
Another tip is to include lots of fresh, season fruits and vegetables in one’s diet because dopamine can be easily oxidized, which is why it is important to raise your intake of anti-oxidants. Fruits rich in anti-oxidants are citrus ones such as lemons and oranges as well as berries and watermelons. Vegetables that contain a lot of anti-oxidants are spinach, carrots, lettuce, and beetroots. People also benefit from consuming nootropics such as Phenotropil (Phenylpiracetam) and sulbutiamine as these have a strong effect in reducing the feeling of depression and malaise.
Sugar and fat content should be kept low in one’s diet as these can reduce the levels of dopamine and cause lethargy. Hence these should be avoided.
Supplements and multivitamins should be taken daily to boost the immune system and keep the body healthy. Another useful tip is to pick up a new hobby, take up a previous one, start a job or find something that will keep your mind busy and your body occupied. This will cause you to feel tired and therefore sleep on time, rather than stay up all night. Users report that joining the gym or starting Pilates, yoga or dance classes have helped them.
Kratom as an Antidepressant
Kratom is a tool, not a savior. Its effectiveness can only be experienced if the user uses kratom safely and wisely. Those who have suffered from severe depression have managed to battle it successfully using their will power. Kratom will only have an impact if the user maintains a positive outlook towards life, does not think negative thoughts, keeps himself busy, takes their multivitamin supplements, consumes a balanced diet, remains social and maintains relationships, carries on his job, etc.
One cannot lock themselves in their homes, think depressing thoughts and expect kratom to do some magic. Kratom works by affecting our human brain, which is why making an effort to think positive results in the release of dopamine and serotonin, which kratom can work on to help fight depression.
All success stories reveal that the user has to work alongside kratom to ensure that depression is relieved. Many fail and fail again, yet the key is to keep trying and start each day new and not to give up.