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How Can Kratom Be a Stimulant, Sedative, and Hallucinogen, Too?

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Stimulating or Sedating

How Can Kratom Be Both a Stimulant and a Sedative? And maybe even psychedelic, too?

"Most people describe the effects as stimulating and euphoric at lower doses, becoming sedative at higher doses. This is probably explained by the fact that Mitragynine stimulates the delta opioid receptors when used in small quantities, but tends to increasingly stimulate mu opioid receptors when used in larger quantities. These are the same receptors that are stimulated when using opiate drugs."

Source: http://www.mitragyna.com/en/Kratom-effects

Any truth to the rumor spread by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) that Kratom is a hallucinogen?

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Mitragyna Speciosa -- My Little Energy Tree

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Mitragyna Speciosa My Little Energy Tree

Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is my favorite source of energy. Better than a cup of coffee, it perks me up.

A growing number of Americans feel the same way.

Mitragyna can be made as a tea or taken in powdered form, straight down the hatch with a chaser of water, coffee, grapefruit, or tomato juice. Some people mix it in smoothies, yogurt, or applesauce to conceal the taste.

I don't care about the flavor -- it doesn't last long, but the effects last for hours.

I was raised on coffee before school, but I got to a point in my mid-thirties where coffee wasn't doing the job it used to do. This was before ADD and ADHD was a favorite diagnosis that teachers forced on overly energetic schoolkids, so I was never compelled to take their sit-still drugs. Thank God!

Coffee was unpredictable in its strength. Tea was kinda weak.

Most times -- after a brief period of increased vigilance -- coffee would leave me yawning. Other times, too much would leave me wanting to climb the walls, angry, and edgy -- not really alert hours later, but unable to sleep.

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Kratom's Opportunity for Rehab Counselors & Clinics

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Kratom Basics for New Users

The use of Kratom as a catalyst for helping addicts to alcohol and/or opiates overcome their physical and psychological withdrawal is one of the herb's many positive uses. Many are doing this every day in online Facebook and other groups with the support of their peers, most of whom have been through the process already.

It is exciting to watch a "newbie" join a group, inquire what strains and dosages are best, learn where to get free samples or to buy good quality Kratom -- and then, within a few days to take their first taste of the magic elixir that will set them free. With their new online friends sitting around, in other parts of the world, waiting to hear how they are feeling, often they message back as their withdrawal pain recedes and they realize this time, "Quitting is going to work!"

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Free Kratom for Disabled Vets

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Free Kratom for Veterans

The wife of a disabled Marine has offered to help other disabled veterans get free order credit for $75 worth of kratom. All she asks in return is that you write a letter to help Congress and the various State legislatures see why this herb must be kept available for those who want to use it.

If you've never heard of kratom, it is made from the leaves of a tree that grows in Southeast Asia, mainly in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. People who have tried it say it works better for their chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, depression, stress, and many other conditions than any drug the VA gave them.

Side effects are minimal, when compared to pharmaceutical alternatives. There is no danger of fatal overdose, as there is from prescription and illicit drugs.

Kratom can be made into a tea or mixed into juices, smoothies, V-8, or applesauce.

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Kratom and What Works For Me

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Kratom and what works for me

Kratom: What to Take & How to Take It

I cannot offer medical advice, but I can tell you that from my experience what has worked for me. I found that the perfect amount of Kratom per dose is approximately 3 -4g. Statistically, the average dose taken by Kratom users is 3 -4g, but everyone is different. Some people respond great to green and white vein Kratom while others respond better to reds. With that said, others respond wonderfully to all strains and colors.

What I did to find my perfect amount or sweet spot, was starting on the lower side of the average which was around 3g and then increased or decreased the amount by ½ g per dose (every 3 – 4 hours) until I found it. I found that an indicator of taking too much Kratom was sedation. For example, when I’d taken a dose that was a bit higher than what I was used to, I got a bit sleepy and my eyes were tired. It felt like I needed to take a nap. When I took the proper amount for my system, I experienced a nice fluid energy feeling and positive mood which lasted between 2 - 4 hours.

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Kratom Faces Resistance to Progress

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Kratom Faces Resistance to Progress

Kratom is facing a lot of resistance to the acceptance of a better, less expensive, form of pain reliever, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and herbal energy product. Progress never comes easily.

Look at the 77+ years that various agencies have enjoyed huge budgets for finding and jailing harmless marijuana smokers, if you want proof of how much resistance there is to a new (actually ancient) herbal solution to many medical problems that have Big Pharma "stumped".

Progress of all kinds forces people to find new sources of income and employment.

The automobile put the horse-and-buggy out of service. Automobiles pushed out the streetcar. Trucking curtailed the use of the rail lines.

Now kratom, a simple leaf of a tree, is hurting pain clinics, doctors, and ultimately even Big Pharma companies themselves are feeling the pain of losing sales of opioid drugs, suboxone, antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, etc.

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Kratom Basics for New Users

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Kratom Basics for New Users

Kratom: What to Take & How to Take It

Hundreds of new people are discovering kratom every day. Most are asking the same basic questions. This post was requested by a busy Admin, who wanted to have a place to send folks where they could get most of their questions about starting out on this wonderful and mysterious herb answered.

I won't claim to be the #1 World Expert on the subject of Kratom, but I love it, am fascinated by the variety of things it is doing for people, I've read many medical research papers, I've had a long history of using herbs and nutrition to maintain my health, and I love to write about the ways to achieve the health we are capable of achieving with kratom.

Susan Ash has also written a more concise guide for new users. It is called Kratom 101. I didn't read her version until after I wrote this. It is downloadable from the Facebook group "Kratom -- New and Current Users" It covers the same main points that I do here.

Download link: Kratom 101 Guide by Susan Ash

Kratom has a long history of safe use as a stimulant, relaxant, painkiller, mood-improver, fever-reducer, anti-hypertensive, cough medicine, de-wormer, diabetes folk remedy, and anti-leukemic with significant antioxidant power and God-knows-what-else.

Most of the research that has been done has been driven by the pharmaceutical industry's interest in only a few of its 27 or more alkaloids and chemical compounds. For some reason, even though some alkaloid analogs have been patented perhaps because of their unique analgesic strength and safety, but -- as of now 11-17-2014 -- none have been brought to market.

For those of us who love the whole herb's effects, this lack of a pharmaceutical copy is probably a blessing.

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PTSD and Kratom

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PTSD

PTSD and kratom is something both the VA and veterans themselves should be considering based on the success users of this herb are experiencing.

I write a lot on the various uses people find for kratom, but most of the uses have been pain-related, addiction-ending, or for anxiety relief, with only one or two (that I've seen) for PTSD.

Then yesterday I received this comment from Nick on one of my articles:

I myself have suffered from moderate PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder after several deployments to Iraq. So far Kratom seems to totally alleviate those symptoms. It is mostly the anxiety I deal with, constant worry. While in the military they prescribed me various anxiety medications and I stopped taking them after about six months. I understood the risk and the harmful side effects that came with it.

I have long believed that for every synthetically made substance, there is a safe and natural herb that they are trying to mimic. At first I thought this must be too good to be true, but the more I read, the more I am impressed with the benefits and safety of the plant.

(Beautifully put, Nick. I have felt the same way, too. Big Pharma is stealing Nature's ideas and then trying to get laws passed to stop humanity from using the original, natural product.)

This soldier is wise to do his own research on how to use kratom. It's really not that difficult -- mostly, it just requires some commonsense and personal experimentation to find the strains that suit your purposes.

One thing to keep in mind is that, "More is not necessarily better."

 

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How Kratom May Benefit from the Ebola Plague

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How Kratom May Benefit from the Ebola Plague

Kratom may be one of many beneficiaries of the deadly Ebola epidemic, that is only now beginning. Ebola is going to be the "acid test" of the pharmaceutical monopoly's control over how medicine is practiced in North America.

How will they explain it, if their vaccines don't provide reliable protection? Most of the open-minded people I meet will admit the annual flu vaccine didn't work for them when they tried it.

What will be the unspoken message when those who are vaccinated start dying from Ebola?

Wouldn't it be quite interesting if -- by protecting the public from Kratom and other natural antiviral substances -- the blindness of the FDA and their number one client, the pharmaceutical companies, caused the extinction of the majority of the U.S. population who trust only in FDA-approved medicines?

Of course, this would clearly not be amusing if you and yours were among those who didn't survive...

In this incipit pandemic, will we learn the foolishness of only considering as treatments those synthetic drugs which can be patented for profit? Will the wiser segment of the U.S. population decide it might be a good time to consider ALL known antiviral remedies that have been shown through centuries of use to kill viruses, rather than limit ourselves to waiting for someone to concoct an untested vaccine?

This could allow a breakthrough in our myopic medical system, which has been created by the "robber barons" Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, who used their immense wealth to create profit, while inhibiting competition from traditional natural therapies. The Ebola plague might be just the thing to bring back an openness to remedies that WORK, regardless of whether they can be wildly profitable or not.

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Kratom & Type 1 Diabetes

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Diabetes Type 1

For those unfamiliar with Type 1 Diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus Type 1), this article will give you some medical and physiological background to help you understand the disease as well as the benefits that Kratom offers to those afflicted.

To begin, there are many factors that affect blood sugar levels for Type 1 Diabetics. In Type 1, little to no insulin is produced by the pancreas while Type 2 Diabetics there is still some pancreatic function and still produces insulin to some degree.

There is little known as to what causes Type 1 Diabetes, but it generally occurs during childhood. There is speculation that it is caused by genetics or virus which confuses the system into attacking the pancreas, thinking it’s a foreign body. Type 2 Diabetes is generally found in adults and caused by, possibly genetics, but also poor diet and lack of exercise. In many cases, this can be corrected or managed by improved diet and regular physical activity.

What is insulin and what does it do, you ask? Everything a person consumes is digested and converted to glucose (Blood Sugar). Obviously, when a person eats candy or consumes food containing sugar, it enters your system as a fast acting sugar which means that it is converted into glucose much faster than foods high in protein. Proteins, such as chicken, steak or similar are slow acting and are converted into glucose slower.  Simply put, once the food has been converted, insulin attaches itself to the glucose and converts to energy which is why we tend to feel better and have more energy after a good healthy meal. 

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