A huge controversy that has arisen with Kratom, is whether or not it's addicting. Something to keep in mind is that virtually anything can be addicting. It all depends on you as a person and how you choose to treat any substances or product. People who watch movies can be considered addicts if they watch them on a consistent basis or schedule. So what the true problem is how we avoid addiction.
There are certain substances that interfere with your brain chemistry and can cause addiction easier than any others, but Kratom is not one of them. Kratom is an all-natural herb and does not contain any enhanced substances. It works with the opiate receptors in your brain, much like a prescription medicine. And just like a prescription drug, if a person takes Kratom on a daily basis, their body will become dependent on that daily dose and will crave it when it is gone.
One way to avoid this happening is to be sure to alternate between two different strains; this way your body can have break from a certain strain and won’t become use to a particular strain. It is also important to keep your dosage low. Many Kratom users will up their dosage on a constant basis to get a stronger effect from the Kratom. While this may sound appetizing, you are increasing your tolerance to the product itself. Tolerance is one of the main causes of addiction. Another way to avoid addiction is to take a break from Kratom. Taking a couple of days off during the week will help to make sure that your body does not become dependent on that daily dose.
Addictions come in all shapes and forms and if you are not careful, Kratom can be one of them. It is important to remember that it is all in your hands. Kratom itself is not harmful to the body or mind, but depending on how it is abused, it can become harmful.
As reported by Pubmed.gov in February 2016, titled "A Case Report of Kratom Addiction and Withdrawal", Kratom is a relatively unknown herb among physicians in the western world, is advertised on the Internet as an alternative to opioid analgesics, as a potential treatment for oploid withdrawal and as a "legal high" with minimal addiction potential. This report describes a case of kratom addiction in a 37-year-old woman with a severe oploid-like withdrawal syndrome that was managed successfully with symptom-triggered clonidine therapy and scheduled hydroxyzine. A review of other case reports of kratom toxicity, the herb's addiction potential, and the kratom withdrawal syndrome is discussed. Physicians in the United States should be aware of the growing availability and abuse of kratom and the herb's potential adverse health effects, with particular attention to kratom's toxicity, addictive potential, and associated withdrawal syndrome.
In 2017 Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported on Kratom as a possible alternative to opiod use, which can be viewed in the video below.
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