Have you used opiate drugs to treat your pains but ended up with an addiction to it? If yes, this article is very helpful for you to understand that how can you withdraw the addiction of opiate drugs with a simple herbal solution. It is none other than the traditional Asian plant Kratom.
What are opiate drugs?
According to the survey by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), around 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opiate drugs globally which include the prescription based painkillers and illegal drugs such as heroine. These drugs are based on changing the brain’s response to the stimuli of pain, stress or anxiety by creating a high feeling. The central nervous, cardiovascular, and respiratory system have receptors which are disturbed by the opiate drugs.
Due to the dangerous side effects and health risks, people are tending more towards the green alternatives after the 1990’s as suggested by Center for Alternative Medicine Research and Education’s report of 1998. It was a seven-year-long study which was completed with the survey of 1539 adults in 1991 and 2055 in 1997. It suggested the increase in the population seeking alternative therapies.
Opiate addiction and withdrawal
Opiate drugs initiate a feeling of well being which becomes addictive to many people. Initially, it is given to the patients to treat pain and reduce body stress but not for getting high. The effect of Kratom is different on different people. A high dosage of Kratom may lead to a cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. In the attempt to get a relaxed feeling, people often end up with serious side effects of high potential dosage.
The withdrawal of opiates is extremely unpleasant. However, it is not life threatening. Withdrawal from alcohol and different drugs can be dangerous, but Kratom has a safer withdrawal scheme.
Does kratom work for opiate withdrawal?
Kratom is a natural plant of Southeast Asia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Scientifically, it is called Mitragyna speciosa, and it belongs to the coffee family “Rubiaceae.” Kratom leaves have been part of traditional Asian medicine for its amazing medicinal properties.
According to a study by H Ridley in 1897, it was concluded that Kratom leaves are nature’s help for opiate withdrawals and dependency. Over the years, it has been used to treat various conditions as depression, PTSD, pain, fatigue, diabetes, and stress. Kratom is not itself an opioid, drug or medicine. It just produces a euphoric feeling which helps to minimize the withdrawal symptoms and balance the work of receptors for pain management.
A joint study (2008) was carried out by Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and School of Pharmacy of the University of Mississippi in collaboration with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Centre, Harvard Medical school the USA. They found that the use of Kratom controlled the self-treatment of chronic pain and opioid withdrawal. The alkaloid of Kratom mitragynine binds to the receptors Mu- and Kappa-opioid which produces an effective method for overcoming withdrawal.
Which type of kratom treats opiate addiction?
Commercially, Kratom is available under many names for different purposes. The particular Kratom to treat opiate addiction and after effects, Red Vein Kratom is widely used. It is also called Red Indo, Red Bali Kratom for its origin. This type of Kratom majorly treats as a pain relief and opiate and heroin withdraw. Bali Kratom works to relax and energizes the body, and Maeng Da Kratom stimulates the effects.
How does kratom help to quit opiate drugs?
Kratom has above 25 different types of alkaloids in them which include 7-Hydroxymitragynine, 9-Hydroxycorynantheidine, and Mitragynine which are considered to be enhancing the potential of Kratom. These alkaloids work as opioid agonist which attracts opioid receptors of the brain.
These opioid receptors control mood, pain management, depression, and anxiety. A higher dose of Kratom significantly increases the effects and a lower dose just works as a stimulator. The alkaloid mitragynine has proved to be significant in suppressing opiate withdrawal.
A study by Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Chiba University of Japan in 2002 explained Mitragynine to be effective analgesic mediated by opioid receptors.
Different types of kratom exhibit different properties
The effect of Kratom largely depends upon person to person. Also which type of Kratom used. The effects can be energizing or relaxing as per dosage is set and the effects usually last from 30 minutes to 6 hours. The Kratom samples from the various geographical region may exhibit different properties.
What is the Ideal dosage of kratom to quit opiate drugs?
Commercially, Kratom comes in different levels. For a general usage, one teaspoon is the minimum quantity to work for an adult which nearly is 4 grams of the Kratom powder. One tablespoon is equal to 10 grams of the powder.
Most opiate and heroin withdrawal is treated from 2 tablespoons every 6 hours, but for stress and anxiety, the small dosage recommended.
Taking four antacid tablets each of 750 mg one hour before taking Kratom increases its potential because antacids raise the natural PH of human stomach which makes Kratom absorb more.
How to use kratom?
This question depends upon a personal choice. Kratom is sold in different forms such as crushed leaves, powder, capsules, etc. You can select your options. The most common method to use it by adding it to drink or food.
Capsules are the easiest way to consume Kratom. Taking tablets are easy and convenient. It is available in the market with various trade names.
A tea can be made of Kratom is a pleasant way to take it.
A combined latest research from 2015 on Evolution of an enhancer from a traditional use to increase work and productivity in Southeast Asia to a recreational psychoactive drug in Western countries suggests Kratom be a safe and natural choice for personal use.
Other herbal solutions for opiate withdrawal
There are some other plants which provide help against opiate drugs. Some of them as follows.
It is a natural aphrodisiac but a weak painkiller as compared to Kratom. It helps to relieve muscle pain, migraines, cramps and joint pains. It is also used as tea by boiling the plant parts in water.
Kava-Kava gives a mild euphoric effect but works exceptionally well to treat anxieties. It has been used in traditional medicines and commonly available in supplement form.
Wild Opium Lettuce
Anciently, this herb was a popular painkiller and a mild sedative. As a part of tea, 1-2 grams of the lettuce sap is used in tea to treat body pains.