An introduction to Kratom High
For a number of centuries, kratom (a tree-like herb that grows throughout Southeast Asia – and a close cousin to coffee) has been used as an all-natural remedy and medicine thanks to its pain relief, sedative, and stimulant benefits that have been conclusively proven throughout the years.
For about 20 years now, however, people around the world have started to discover everything that the people of Southeast Asia have known about kratom for generations and it’s never been as popular globally as it is today.
Because folks are still learning about everything that kratom brings to the table many of them are wondering if this 100% all-natural herb can be smoked, gives you a buzz or high the way that cannabis might, and if it is legal to indulge in from time to time.
We’ve put this quick guide together to help you navigate these questions and better understand everything that kratom brings to the table.
Let’s get right into it!
Can You Get High On Kratom?
While you aren’t able to get high on kratom the way you might with something like cannabis – the feeling and the sensation certainly isn’t exactly the same – there is a lot of opiate-like pain relief qualities to kratom that make it attractive as both an all-natural medicine as well as a recreational drug.
People throughout North America and Europe have really started to embrace everything that kratom offers on the recreational drug side of things because of these pain relief benefits. Most people find these sensations to be similar to a “body high” without the mental fogginess or cognitive slowdown that can be brought about with other chemical cocktails, drugs, and pharmaceuticals.
Interestingly enough, kratom itself has been outright band for use in Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar because of these very specific properties. People today continue to cultivate and enjoy kratom in those regions in defiance of these laws and in support of their traditions, but the government, all the same, has started to crack down in these regions on this all-natural painkiller.
What Does Kratom Do?
On top of giving you some very significant pain relief benefits (as we highlighted above, kratom is almost opiate-like in this department) there are a couple of other things that kratom will do aside from giving you a solid body high with very small dosages.
- Cognitive and Energy Boosts
For starters, a considerable amount of independent research has pretty much proven out that you’ll see cognitive and energy boosts when you are using kratom on a regular basis.
Your mental capabilities increase with a release of endorphins and your short and long-term memory can also be elevated with the help of the biochemicals that are contained within kratom. On top of that, your energy levels are going to increase naturally throughout the day without the jitteriness or spikes and crashes that things like caffeine or sugar inevitably bring about.
- Improved Mood and Confidence
Since kratom floods your mind and your body with extra endorphins you are going to see your mood and your overall confidence levels skyrocket, too.
People regularly report feeling really good, really happy, and really confident when they have taken a dose of kratom – which is probably why so many people are wondering if you can get high with this all-natural herb!
As we have highlighted a couple of times already, it’s definitely going to feel good taking kratom what you aren’t going to get that lightheaded, “airy” kind of high with kratom that you might have with something like cannabis.
- Anti-Stress and Anti-Anxiety Benefits
The anti-stress, anti-anxiety, and anti-depressant benefits of kratom should not go overlooked. This is especially important to know a world where popular anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, and anti-anxiety drugs themselves have such horrific side effects attached to them – particularly in our modern world where these kinds of issues are so prevalent.
It’s nice to be able to lean on an all-natural substance with proven results in this department rather than having to trust your mental health and wellness to a chemical cocktail.
- Mild Sedative
The mild sedative benefits go hand-in-hand with the pain relief benefits we mentioned earlier, contributing to that sensation of feeling a bit of a body high when you are using kratom.
These sedative benefits really start to kick in at higher doses, though you’ll want to make sure that you aren’t pushing individual daily dosage is too high or you’ll find yourself falling asleep from kratom rather than getting the relaxed, chilled out kind of results you were hoping for.
- Better Sleep
As we just alluded to, higher dosages of kratom can negate the overall energy boosts that you get from this mild stimulant and instead push you towards drowsiness. Unlike traditional medications that can make you feel drowsy and fatigued even after you have woken up kratom will leave you feeling more refreshed and ready to go the next morning, making it a fantastic sleep agent.
- May Prevent Inflammation
The jury is still out in the science department as far as whether or not kratom has a real or measurable impact on the limiting inflammation (one of the greatest threats to your overall health and wellness that there is) – but researchers are digging deep in this direction to uncover more details in the coming years.
If kratom does prove to be a powerful anti-inflammatory the odds are pretty good that the popularity of this Southeast Asian herb is going to shoot up even more so.
- May Help with Opiate Withdrawals
Plenty of medical researchers throughout North America and Europe are starting to experiment with using kratom to fight opiate withdrawal symptoms, helping people looking to kick an addiction move forward with something a lot less toxic to their system than drugs like Suboxone, for example.
We have made mention a couple of times throughout this quick guide that the pain relief benefits and the body high that kratom provides feels similar to opiates. This all happens with considerably less risk to the short and long-term health of individuals compared to opiates and hard drugs, which has really helped to make kratom such an attractive alternative and one of the most viable pain relief options for those looking to kick opiate addictions once and for all.
How Do I Take Kratom?
There are a couple of different ways to take advantage of everything that kratom has to offer whether you are looking to do so recreationally or for herbal and all-natural medicinal purposes.
The most popular way is to consume kratom orally, digesting it in as close to its natural form as possible (though usually that means popping capsules filled with kratom powder). This approach as a high level of bioavailability, a solid shelflife, and consistency (when using high-quality kratom strains) of results that the other options for using kratom just can’t quite offer yet.
Other options for consuming kratom include tinctures, extracts, vape juice, other types of edibles, and a whole host of other products that are really starting to pop up left and right as more and more people drive up the demand for kratom(s).
Are There Any Serious Kratom Health Risks?
Though more research is necessary to really understand both the short and long-term health risks or physical impacts that exposure to kratom (especially in high doses over extended amounts of time) may have, right now the modern medical community is pretty much in general consensus in their belief that kratom is very safe and quite mild.
The most common type of short-term side effects folks have to contend with when consuming kratom, the form of nausea, stomach discomfort, stomach pain and cramps, and diarrhea. These kinds of symptoms have been associated with kratom pretty much since humans first started eating the leaves of the kratom plants and they haven’t gone away – though they can be minimized with a couple of creative approaches.
In the long-term, kratom is not considered to be all that addictive though new research is being explored to figure out if this is 100% true. The good news is that you won’t have to worry about the short or long-term side effects that traditional painkillers bring to the table when you are using this all-natural plant.
Can I Get Addicted To Kratom?
As we alluded to just a moment ago, the overwhelming majority of people that have studied kratom believe it to be a nonaddictive substance.
At the same time, some governments (including in Southeast Asia, in the US, and in Europe) have begun to wonder if this is the case and are spending quite a bit of time and quite a bit of money researching whether or not kratom is as safe as we have been led to believe it to be.
Down at the biochemical level, there are no specific “addiction triggers” that you’ll find in kratom products. On the other hand, kratom definitely stimulates some of the same biochemical reactions in the body that opiates trigger – and that might lead to addictive tendencies, particularly for folks that already lean towards these kinds of behaviors, to begin with.
Is Kratom Legal in the US?
The legality of kratom in the United States falls into a little bit of a gray area of sorts.
At the federal level, the plant is not illegal in any way, shape, or form but at the individual state level a number of states throughout the country have either banned it outright or really limited its usage and its commercial sale.
You’ll want to look up the rules, regulations, and legalities in your area or municipality to understand exactly what you are getting into. Ordering kratom from companies in the US or abroad is not against federal law, however.