It has been known for quite some while now that Kratom is useful in the withdrawal from opiate addiction. The scientific basis of this statement has to be verified yet. We have some knowledge about the active ingredient of Kratom ‘mitragyna speciosa’ and how it acts on the opiate receptors in the human central nervous system.
So basically we have three primary opiate receptors in our brain. These are called kappa, delta and mu receptors. These receptors are situated in various locations throughout the brain as well as the spinal cord. They respond to ‘endogenous’ (scientific data has not been able to prove that our body produces endogenous opiates, but the hypothesis has a solid foundation) as well as exogenous opiates. Each receptor responds in a different way, and all opiates do not exert the same effect on each of the receptors.
Kratom, a herb? A medicine? Or a controversial piece of something like heroin? It has to be decided by the government, but for now, we all know how beneficial it is in curing the withdrawal symptoms of opiate addiction. Mitragyna speciosa in Kratom is responsible for acting on delta receptors and to a lesser extent on mu receptors.
What are the withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate addiction?
Withdrawal symptoms associated with Opiate addiction include the following;
- Loss of appetite
- Generalized muscle pain
- Nausea and Vomiting, Diarrhea
- Low energy, irritability, agitation
- Teary eyes, runny nose
- Hot and cold sweating
These symptoms can last from one week to one month. Symptoms of anxiety, agitation, and low mood can last for months, but for these symptoms, psychiatric counseling is done, and the patient is told to exercise to promote the boosting of mood regularly.
How does Kratom work for opiate withdrawal?
Kratom itself isn’t an opiate. It is a partial agonist at supraspinal mu and delta receptors. It interacts with the opioid receptors, but it has an advantage over opiates as it doesn’t produce long-term dependency. It soothes the receptors and brings them back to the natural state. It also assists in returning the appetite to normal. It helps in reduction of insomnia and pain associated with withdrawal. Also, it uplifts mood and acts like an anxiolytic. With the right dose, it also helps in relieving symptoms like nausea and vomiting.
Types of Kratom used for opiate withdrawal
Since there are many strains and subspecies of Kratom, with various functions associated with the active ingredient, we can use different strains in the management of the various symptoms of withdrawal. Ensure that you do not try all types of these Kratom strains for Opiate withdrawal.
I. Bali Blend – Bali red vein and 8x extract from Kratom Spot
It is the best Kratom for Opiate withdrawal. It acts like an analgesic relieving pain symptoms. Also, it has sedative properties, helping with insomnia. For opiate and heroin, always go for Red Vein Kratom. It reduces anxiety and helps in reduction of depressive thoughts. Bali Kratom has both relaxing and energizing effects. The effects depend on the dose of Kratom taken. Higher doses result in relaxation and sedation, while lower doses produce stimulation.
II. Sumatra Red Vein Powder
This strain of Kratom is most useful for the removal of opiate cravings. It helps in decreasing agitated states of the patient and uplifts his mood as this strain is anxiolytic. It is quite efficient in the management of pain, thus for generalized body pain, headache, and fatigue this can be taken.
III. Maeng Da Mingle – Maeng Da and 8x extract
This strain is known for its exciting activity. It takes away the fatigue-related symptoms and energizes one. It produces euphoria, thus helping with depressive thoughts
IV. Green Thai Powder
Thai powder has stimulant activity, and it is also known for increasing libido. Patients suffering from decreased libido or sexual dysfunction due to opiate withdrawal can take this strain and its effects last for up to 8 hours. Though more stimulating, it is less euphoric.
V. Malay Mix – Green Malay and 8x extract
Malay Kratom is known for producing a state of euphoria giving one an energetic feeling. At higher doses, it acts like a calming, relaxing the muscles of the body, and soothing the pain. It has long lasting effects; however, not widely used for opiate withdrawal.
Always seek the assistance of the vendor when buying Kratom for opioid dependence. Each company gives different names to their Kratom strains so the best idea is to get a complete picture from the supplier instead of buying it without knowing which Kratom can help you.
Dose of Kratom for opiate withdrawal
At lower doses, Kratom affects the delta receptors, but at high doses, it acts on the mu opioid receptors. At doses ranging from 3-7 grams, Kratom acts like a stimulant and enhance mood, energizing at the same time. At 8 grams and above it serves as a sedative.
It is important that you do not take a large dose in the beginning. Instead, start with a smaller dose and then make your way up to reach the desired dose, where the receptors are being affected, and it is helping relieve the symptoms of Opiate withdrawal.