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We were asked to sell the product at our site and as we do with many of the products on Live Lean Today, we try them before we sell them. I have never used Kratom before so I did not know what to expect. I had no knowledge of what Kratom does or what is was used for. So I started doing some research. First of all nothing in this article should be considered medical advice it is just my opinion and my experience with Kratom. The statements below have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).Information regarding the use of kratom in folk medicine is provided for education purposes only, it is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a doctor before using any herbs.
So the first thing I wanted to find out is, what is kratom? Kratom is a tree native to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo). Its botanical name is Mitragyna speciosa. Kratom is in the same family as the coffee tree (Rubiaceae). The leaves of kratom have been used as an herbal drug from time immemorial by peoples of Southeast Asia. It is used in folk medicine as a stimulant at lower dosages, and as a sedative at higher doses, recreational drug, pain killer, medicine for diarrhea, and treatment for opiate addiction.
The Vivazen shot is about 2oz. Much like the 5 hour energy shots that you see in every gas station. Powdered kratom can be mixed with water and then drunk but the pre-packaged shot makes it much easier. This method is quick and easy. Dried kratom leaves are often made into a tea that is strained and then drunk but once again this shot makes things so much easier. Kratom can be smoked, but doing so is impractical because the amount of leaf that constitutes a typical dose is too much to be smoked easily.
So out of every option of using Kratom this was the easiest way, most convenient, and you can but them in the fridge and drink it cold. The taste was not so great. It is a shot so it is not a long and painful thing. The bottle recommends that first time users only drink half and wait 20 minutes, which is what I did. As I said the taste was not great but tolerable. I read that Kratom was good for easing muscle aches after a work out. So after a good work out day I decided to use the Vivazen.The first effect I noticed was a euphoric feeling, and slight stimulant effect. After around 30 mintues I drank the other half of the 2oz bottles. I did not really notice a increase in any sensations after drinking the other half, but after about 1 hour I did notice the muscle soreness was gone. 2 hours in, I was still feeling euphoric, my aches were gone.
In the fourth and fifth hour everything was still the same. I have to admit I was worried about trying something I have never tried before, but there was no nausea, dizziness, jitters or anything like that. The next day I felt fine, no hangover or anything like that.
From everything I read, Kratom is a rather unique herb apparently, in that a low to moderate dose will usually be stimulating, while a high dose is almost always quite sedating. This is apparently because the active alkaloids have both stimulant and sedative effects. Which predominates probably depends both on dosage and individual differences between users. Many people report that the effects are very similar to opiate drugs. This is not surprising because kratom contains alkaloids that act as opiate receptor agonists. Interestingly, although kratom has a similar mechanism of action as many opiate pain medications it does not appear to be addictive. In fact many people use kratom to overcome opiate addiction. Now I can say I had any opiate like effects, but I have never used opiates before so I have prespective to judge by.
I would say that I was at the stimulant level. My mind was more alert, and felt some sexual energy increase. Personally i pefer products that are calming, or sedative to help me relax. The sedative-euphoric-analgesic level: At this dosage you will be less sensitive to physical or emotional pain, feel and look calm, have a general feeling of comfortable pleasure.
Caution: People vary in sensitivity to kratom, and kratom from different sources can vary in potency. One should always start with a low dose when when using kratom. One can then increase the dose gradually with subsequent uses until one obtains the desired level of effects.
What is duration of kratoms effects?
The effects of kratom usually last 5-6 hours. When taken on an empty stomach, the onset of effects is typically felt 30-40 minutes after ingestion. If there is much food in the stomach, it may take 60-90 minutes before it begins to take effect. When taken in capsules (gelatin or vegetarian), the onset of effects may be delayed a little because it takes time for the capsules to dissolve in the stomach.
What are the risks? How safe is it?
When kratom is taken by itself (without mixing it with other drugs), the greatest risk is falling asleep while engaged in hazardous activities. NEVER drive while under the influence of kratom, even if you feel stimulated, rather than sleepy, for sleepiness may come on you without warning. Use common sense. Do not use power tools or climb ladders while under the influence of kratom. Be careful not to leave a pot on a lit stove and then fall asleep.
Pregnant women should not take any drug or medication except on medical advice. Since there have been no studies of the risks of kratom use by pregnant women, it is not known whether it could cause birth defects or fetal death. We strongly recommend that any woman who could possibly be pregnant NOT use kratom.
Is kratom an effective pain medication?
Many people report that kratom is an effective pain medication (analgesic). In fact, except for opium, kratom is probably the most effective herbal analgesic available.
Is kratom an effective treatment for opiate addiction?
One of the traditional uses of kratom in Thailand is as a treatment opiate addiction. Opiate addiction is a widespread problem. Not just for people who use opiate drugs illegally, but also for people who are prescribed opiate pain medications. Unfortunately, people who use opiate drugs daily often become addicted. Understandably, many people do not like being addicted to these drugs and are looking for ways to overcome their addiction. Many people report that kratom is effective for this purpose. Because it contains alkaloids that act as opiate receptor agonists it can be used as a substitute for opiate drugs, both as a pain medication and to avoid opiate withdrawals. After switching to kratom for a while, people say that they are able to reduce and then end their kratom use completely without suffering through difficult opiate withdrawal. This suggests that although it contains opiate receptor agonists, the pharmacology of kratom differs from opiate drugs in an important and potentially useful way. Before using kratom to overcome opiate addiction, it is obviously a good idea to discuss this with an open-minded physician.
Is kratom habit forming?
Kratom is not habit forming when it is used responsibly. Of course, people who are using kratom to overcome a preexisting opiate addiction may need to use kratom daily to avoid opiate withdrawal. People suffering from chronic pain may need to take pain medications on a daily basis, and some people choose to use kratom instead of pharmaceutical pain killers.
So, Is Kratom Legal?
Kratom is illegal in WI, IN, TN or VT. Also in Australia, Denmark, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand. It is legal in most other countries, including the United States and most of Europe.
What are kratom’s active constituents?
There are many closely-related tryptamine alkaloids in kratom. The most important ones are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These are primarily responsible for kratom’s pain relieving, sedative, euphoric, and stimulating effects. These alkaloids resemble yohimbine in structure, but do not have the same effects.
Is kratom use detected on drug tests?
Although kratom does contain alkaloids that bind to opiate receptors, they are structurally unrelated to opiate drugs and therefore would not be detected by opiate drug tests. It is technically possible to detect the alkaloids in kratom in body fluids, but since kratom is a legal herbal drug , it is not normally tested for.
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