Kratom for Pain
How Does Kratom Help With Pain Management?
Kratom (mitragynine speciosa) is a psychoactive drug found high in the jungles of Southeast Asia. It grows naturally in countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea. It is harvested by local farmers and has acted as an antidepressant, mood lifter, pain management tool and opioid withdrawal aid for centuries. The locals swear by it.
The leaves from the kratom tree contain two main chemicals that aid in its psychoactivity – these are mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. These chemicals found in the kratom leaf latch onto receptors in the brain that produce serotonin, adrenaline and dopamine. Essentially, the chemicals in kratom latch onto the senses that make you feel happy and energized. This is why kratom is such a popular tool for sufferers of depression and other chronic illnesses, including those who suffer chronic pain.
Kratom comes in a variety of different strains and substrains – these are largely determined by where the kratom is grown and how it is harvested. Usually, kratom leaves are dried before being ground into a powder – this drying process determines the strength of the kratom.
Kratom strains are also determined by when they are harvested – red kratom, for example, is often harvested late in the maturation of the leaf, hence its red color. While green kratom is harvested while the leaf is at its ripest. Each type of kratom has different effects on the body.
So, How Does Kratom Help With Pain?
In terms of pain management, kratom also latches onto the nociceptors in the brain – nociceptors are the receptors in the brain that manage your pain threshold. Whenever you feel pain of any sort, it’s a sign that your nociceptors are firing neurons. Kratom’s two main chemical compounds latch onto these nociceptors and help to inhibit the strength of their signals to your brain. This is the science behind what kratom is doing in your body.
Kratom is often used as a natural alternative to pharmacological substances such as codeine or oxytocin.
What Type Of Kratom Is Best For Pain Management?
There are two main types of kratom that are used for pain management – Red Bali kratom and White Maeng Da kratom. Red Bali kratom is found on the Indonesian island of Bali, and is picked late in its maturation process, to maximize the effects of the red kratom, which is seen as a fantastic pain reliever and relaxant in its own right. White “Maeng Da” is the other alternative and is a less powerful pain reliever, making it a better option for beginners.
Where Do I Buy Kratom For Pain Relief?
Red Bali kratom isn’t as popular as white “Maeng Da”. This is largely due to the scarcity of the product on the market, due to the costs associated with production on a large scale. However, you can find sellers online. For those interested in learning more about kratom, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we will help guide you through the process of what type of kratom would be best for your pain, how much to take and in what form.