Kratom For Depression
How Kratom Helps with Depression
Kratom (mitragynine speciosa) is a psychoactive drug, grown from the Kratom tree that is found in Southeast Asia. Kratom trees can be found in countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. These trees grow to over 20 feet tall and are harvested by kratom farmers by snatching the leaves off the kratom tree as the leaves reach various stages of maturation.
Kratom leaves are then dried and crushed into a powdery substance and sold as-is, or encapsulated and sold as capsules. Some farmers will also sell the liquid extracts of the leaves, but this is rare, as this complicates the harvesting process.
How does kratom help battle depression?
Kratom has been touted to help those battling anxiety, sleeplessness, low-energy levels, chronic fatigue and other ailments. Kratom has also been touted to help those suffering from depression. Here’s how:
The science behind it
Two of the main chemical components of kratom are responsible for the effect it has on the body. These components are mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. When they enter the body, mitragynine and 7-Hdroxymitragynine bind to different receptors in the brain – the first receptor is the opioid receptor (which is why kratom has been used to mitigate opioid addiction in Southeast Asia for many years), the other receptors that these two compounds latch onto are the brain’s receptors that produce serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline.
It’s this binding process that can lead many people who take kratom to feel euphoric, or more energized than they did before. The production of vast amounts of serotonin and dopamine can lead to a complete shift in mood.
What’s the best type of kratom for depression?
The best type of kratom for those seeking to battle depression is either white or green kratom. These kratom strains are known for their mood-lifting properties and fast-acting reaction with the body. Both strains of kratom increase productivity and energy levels in those who struggle with getting out of bed in the morning, along with increased mental clarity and sense of focus, giving those who suffer from depression the ability to maintain focus on a particular task, which helps avert one’s mind off one’s crises. Other depression-battling benefits to kratom include an overall mood lift and increased production in serotonin and dopamine levels in the body, which can make you feel happier.
Green and white kratom as an aid for depressive symptoms are best taken at lower doses of between one and three grams. Most users take kratom once in the morning and then once during the day.
Kratom isn’t necessarily a cure-all for depression and should definitely not be used instead of pharmacological or psychological help, but it can be an additional aid alongside those treatments.
Where do I buy kratom?
For those who might seek kratom as an alternative to pharmacological remedies to depression, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance. We can help you figure out what kratom works best for your depression, in what dose and what form to take. We can also give you advice on how best to go about using kratom, if this is your first time.