Kratom: A Harmless Stimulant, Or Dangerous Opioid?


Native to Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and other South Asian countries, kratom is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family.

Five Million Users

Used as an alternative approach to pain management, kratom is taken by as many as five million people in the United States.

A Sedative And Stimulant

Strangely, leaves or extracts have been known to be used both as a sedative and stimulant.

Used As Treatment

Kratom has also been reported to treat chronic pain, digestive ailments, and aid with withdrawal from opium dependence.

No Human Trials

However, there haven’t been any human trials or studies on it, and it hasn’t been approved for medical use.

It Can Be Beneficial

Kratom’s benefits depend on how it’s used in terms of dosage and frequency.

As A Stimulant

Low doses, usually for work, boost alertness and energy. People with more energy are often more outgoing and gregarious.

Adverse Effects

However, one study on rats and mice suggested that people can develop dependency that can cause nausea, sweating, tremors, the inability to sleep, and hallucinations.