Have you ever heard of a plant called kratom? Found in the jungles of Southeast Asia, this plant has been used for centuries as a form of alternative medicine for people across Thailand and other countries. However, according to recent reports, this herbal supplement might have the potential to help people cope with chronic pain or pain during recovery. Why is this the case? Remarkably, kratom’s chemical compounds latch onto opioid receptors and work in the same manner as these medications. So, simply put, kratom could possibly be a replacement for addictive, potentially dangerous drugs that are feeding a national crisis. How can this famous Thai supplement help us recover from opioids? Let’s take a closer look and find out about this amazing plant.
How It’s Used
Traditionally used to improve energy and relieve anxiety (and stress), kratom has become a popular substitute for opioid medications (particularly Vicodin and OxyContin) over the years. Remarkably, this plant is used to alleviate pain stemming from fibromyalgia and arthritis (among other chronic conditions). What could make this discovery even more fascinating? According to research, kratom might be an ideal tool in medication-accompaniment therapy for opioid withdrawal.
Based on a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 1999, the number of opioid sales and opioid-related deaths have skyrocketed in the United States. Meanwhile, 2014 served as a record year for having the most deaths caused by drug overdoses (with 6 out of 10 cases stemming from opioid use). Supporters of kratom believe this plant can not only offer a better solution for pain relief but also provide an escape for people who are addicted to opioids.
What Do the Experts Say?
At this time, medical professionals have not conducted much research on the potential to replace opioids with kratom. However, in 2010, scientists assessed 136 active kratom consumers and confirmed that the drug was not only readily available but also had a low rate of addiction, even after long-term use. (However, this test did not focus on any health hazards that could stem from kratom use.) Likewise, scientists have confirmed that kratom can induce nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Ultimately, we can only watch and wait at this point.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
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