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.
Energy drinks, for a time, did a pretty good job for keeping me alert without making me tense. Nevertheless, even the little fruit sugar in my low-carb brand was affecting my vision and the citric acid in the drink was eroding my teeth.
I needed a better energy alternative...
Then I found Mitragyna Speciosa!
Mitragyna is an unusual tree -- an energy tree related to the coffee tree, but containing no caffeine.
Instead, M. Speciosa contains many other alkaloids, some of which act as opioid antagonist and some as antagonists. Some lower blood pressure. Some help by facilitating insulin transport glucose into our cells (very handy for pre-diabetics like myself!).
Mitragynine, the most common alkaloid in Kratom, also stimulates the adrenal glands to cause alertness. It is this proadrenergic effect that is what I and others from the ADD/ADHD community find very effective -- without a sugar crash or caffeine jitters.
This alkaloid is a useful counterbalancing force that allows pain sufferers to stay alert and functional, despite the presence of a tiny percentage of the unique pain relieving molecule, 7-hydroxy-mitragynine, which is 17 times as potent as morphine by weight, even though it is not a true opioid.
Some of the same heart-healthy, and anti-cancer agents that are in green tea and dark chocolate are also in Kratom.
Unfortunately, many in the medical community -- like good little soldiers for the pharmaceutical industry -- can only see harmful possibilities in a strange herb that might, on rare occasions, lead you to feel a trifle euphoric.
"Oh no, this mustn't be permitted," they say ominously. "Kratom must be doing something bad to make you feel so good!"
That doesn't make sense! Isn't restoring health and ending unpleasant symptoms the purpose of all medicines?
Quite a few research studies have been done. I've laboriously read through many of them and I have yet to find where moderate use by a healthy individual had any bad effects.
Even Mitragyna's side-effect of minor constipation is less serious than morphine and other opiates and opioids. And this can be improved by eating a consciously high-fiber diet.
TNI report shows that generally, use of Kratom causes no significant problems. The Thai Office of Narcotic Control Board's recommendation is to leave it alone.
The fight to make a sow's ear out of a silk purse goes on.
The pharmaceutical companies, who happen to be making a lot of money by selling dangerous -- often fatal -- drugs, are going to oppose a better alternative until no-one stops to listen to them anymore. That's the way of the world.
I, on the other hand, am all for progress and looking for better alternatives.
Coffee is an herb...Should We Be Afraid of It?
It should be apparent that something is seriously wrong with a country that has so many people taking psychotropic medications that have suicide warnings on the package -- and our suicide and murder rates are among the highest in the world. Does anyone -- besides me -- see a connection?
We humans all have many possible ways we can behave. I've found that some of us are more sensitive than others to common ingredients in our food and drink.
I have learned where my sensitivities lie and I have learned what I can do about them. Science frequently warns us that we are consuming far too much sugar, for instance, but most of us ignore the warnings.
I have listened and corrected my diet and it has done wonders for my behavior and moods. Mitragyna Speciosa has helped me improve my habits, just like it does for those who wish to break narcotic habits.
This benefit is not one we need to work on -- it just happens. I've noticed a lot of people in the Kratom groups on Facebook have given up drinking alcohol, perhaps because -- with Kratom -- most everything else is a letdown.