Kratom, Psychotic Symptoms Aren't Worth the Legal High

Kratom, Psychotic Symptoms Aren't Worth the Legal High drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation

A recreational substance that produces stimulant effects in low doses and sedative effects in high doses is called Kratom and according to kxan.com not long ago, there's been a "sharp surge" of admissions at Austin Recovery Center for people seeking treatment for Kratom addiction.


Even though Kratom is a tropical tree in Southeast Asia, the leaves can be easily obtained throughout the internet today and even purchased in some smoke shops but not everyone realizes that the use of kratom can lead to addiction. Kratom produces different effects depending on the amount that's used. Various forms of Kratom can be found online which include whole leaves, crushed leaves, powder form, extract, encapsulated powder and resin pies according to the DEA. Right now Kratom is legal in the United States but it's on the DEA's list as a drug of concern.

How is Kratom Abused?

Kratom leaves are commonly brewed as tea but Kratom is also smoked, chewed and can even be obtained as gel caps. Kratom is known on the streets as Biak, Kakuam, Ketum, Thang, and Thom.

Kratom Use and Abuse Effects

A low dose of kratom produces a stimulant effect which includes; mild euphoria, talkativeness, increased alertness, increased physical energy, and sociable behavior. In high doses, Kratom produces sedative effects and the user experiences intense euphoria. It only takes around five to ten minutes after a person ingests Kratom to start feeling the effects and they can last for around two to five hours. The use of Kratom can cause nausea, dry mouth, itching, sweating, loss of appetite and increased urination. According to the DEA, psychotic symptoms have been reported associated with the use of Kratom which include delusions, hallucinations and confusion.

Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms

  1. Runny nose
  2. Mood swings
  3. Hostility
  4. Aggression
  5. Muscle and bone aches
  6. Jerky limb movements

Today recreational drugs are very popular and according to nbcnews.com people are showing up in emergency rooms in the United States sick from taking Kratom, "especially teens" that are trying to get high on the substance. The article goes on to say that there are companies on the internet that sell Kratom saying it can help with depression, pain and fatigue and used as an antidote for heroin addiction.

Young people are curious and as long as Kratom is legal in the United States and easily obtained, there will be a lot of teens and young adults trying it to see what the effects are like and some of them will become addicted like others have. We don't know enough about the risks associated with the use of Kratom and until we do, hopefully people will think twice about achieving a legal high from the substance.

References
DEA
KXAN.Com
NBCNews.Com

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  1. Addict

    Kratom is not an issue, despite the prohibitionazis' rantings. Indigenous tribes have been using kratom for upwards of one-thousand years; even with tribal medical attention not being stellar, no one has ever died from it. Every hospitalization has been caused by mixing kratom with other drugs. It's a godsend; it helps keep me off of heroin whenever I have an opiate craving that needs satisfied, but it benefits the pharmacies to prescribe Suboxone/Methadone, which is just as hard to quit as the dope was. People have cut their opioid painkiller doses in half. I just used it in place of the hydrocodone I should have been prescribed when I had my wisdom teeth removed. Any issues caused are not the fault of this plant. If someone climbed a mountain, fell off, and died, no one would blame the mountain. Kratom is beneficial for many people.

  2. Addict

    There is nothing wrong with Kratom. I love it; it helps me with my anxiety and my restless leg syndrome. Anytime something comes out that has good affects you have stupid people making false claims about it. I've been taking Kratom for a while. When I don't use it for weeks at a time I get no withdrawals. This is all bullshit and just another way to make a big deal out of nothing!!!

    • Addict

      Agreed. Kratom got me off codeine addiction without causing an addiction in itself. It was a godsend. I can use it occasionally without being addicted whatsoever and have not used it now for over a year. Big Pharma doesn't want anyone using drugs that they do not sell and most of the media is in bed with them (Big Pharma) so they will post any fly by night study stating the dangers of Kratom. It's the same with something like echinacea a wonderful immune system booster that helps your system to fight off colds and flu when taken properly (the root only) in mega doses so that your body is saturated with the herb. But then you see some crazy article or study being reported in the paper stating that echinacea is ineffective and check who the study was done by and lo and behold it was done by Big Pharma! That tells you the propaganda we have to face every day in this capitalist machine. Using echinacea I haven't had a cold or flu in over 10 years.

  3. Addict

    Its threads like this and people saying they are "addicted" to Kratom that is destroying our freedom. Try being addicted to heroin, or morphine aka the "legal" heroin. Anyone that has an addiction to this has NO idea what physical pain is and the absolute hell us former junkies have experienced from withdrawals. Just because the big pharmas can't make a buck off us gives them no right to take it away. It's helped me get clean AND my husband had 1000 pounds of rebar fall on him and uses this miracle plant that treats his pain for eight hours. While he was on morphine too, the pills lasted roughly around four hours, made him constipated as hell, AND also dealt with the shitty withdrawals. Kratom is a miracle plant and how dare someone even say it isn't. Stop making the pharmaceutical industry richer with your hogwash of a page. The dudes above me agree too.

  4. Addict

    My boyfriend is now addicted to Kratom, it's not fun and games if you have an addictive personality. He isn't the same person anymore and it's ruined our relationship.....very sad.

  5. Addict

    I wonder who is perpetuating the addiction myth pertaining to Kratom. Could it be "Big Pharma"? I believe there is plenty of evidence that the "real addictive substances" are concocted in labs so they can be patented and sold for HUGE profits. In their "natural state" they are (and you would think this would be obvious by now) far safer than the chemicalized versions sold to a gullible and trusting population. The same applies to marijuana. Not addictive...can't overdose...and actually has natural compounds that have shown allot of curative potential especially in cancer patients. It would be laughable in a saner world.

  6. Addict

    When you say that websites "claim" that Kratom helps with addiction, depression, pain, and fatigue, it does. Read testimonials all over the internet. It helps much more than it hurts. As for teens taking Kratom, how many have statistically died from the substance? None that I've ever read. Like marijuana, Kratom is a euphoria-producing substance and also helps remedy many ailments. Just because something produces euphoria, why should it be made illegal? Does the world have something against people feeling good? I say leave it alone. When it starts killing people in numbers like alcohol and prescription drugs, then control it.

  7. Addict

    This is the most one sided piece of B.S I've read in a long time. For a start your first heading: "How is kratom ABUSED?" The more appropriate heading "How and Why is kratom USED?" Just reading that lets me know where you're coming from. All drugs are bad, blah, blah, bllah. Maybe you should try some and have a rethink about the misinformation/propaganda your promoting on this 'addiction site' meant to inform the public.

    You sir (author) are; judging by this article doing no good for the world. You might as well be in bed with big pharma. Your opinions are unbelievably biased. Don't work for the bad guys. Herbs are so much better than the rubbish that gets thrown at us by pharmaceutical companies.

    Stop tarnishing the reputation of an incredible plant with so many benefits for the human race; Please.
    Really think this through. As people like you, making unfounded one-sided articles like this could well contribute to the 'ban of all herbs'.

    What would that leave us with? Prozac and valium - world gone to hell.

    Please just think before you create an article like this..... Just think.

  8. Addict

    Just be careful what you combine it with. I used to love it at first but had problems using it with St. Johns Wort. If you have questionable heart health be careful.

  9. Addict

    Help! My husband takes kratom powder 4 times a day and on the weekend he takes kratom and drinks a bottle of Vodka. He gets drunk and becomes insane. Please can someone help me or tell me what to do?

    • Addict

      It's not the kratom that's making him insane, I can assure you it's the alcohol. Give me a break...

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