Kratom Effects and Actions

Most of the psychoactive effects of kratom have arisen from anecdotal and clinical cases. Kratom has the unusual effect of causing stimulatory effects at lower doses and more side effects that depress the central nervous system at higher doses. The stimulatory effects are manifested in increased alertness, increased physical energy, talkativeness, and more social behavior. At higher doses, opioid and depressant effects on the central nervous system predominate, but the effects can be variable and unpredictable.

Kratom users anecdotally report reduced anxiety and stress, reduced fatigue, pain relief, increased concentration, relief from withdrawal symptoms, and more. In addition to pain, other anecdotal uses include anti-inflammatory, antipyretic (to reduce fever), antitussive (cough suppressant), antihypertensive (to lower blood pressure), as a local anesthetic, to lower blood sugar, and as an antidiarrheal facilities. It has also been assisted to boost sexual function. None of the uses have been clinically studied or shown to be safe or effective.

Kratom Side Effects and Health Hazards

Expected opioid-like side effects that may occur with kratom include:

  • Sedation
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
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    Kratom legality

    Currently in the vast majority of the surrounding world, Kratom can be freely purchased, but this can change dramatically at any time. The recent rise in popularity of Kratom has unexpectedly met with serious antagonism from various often government agencies, and several local authorities have ordered its sale and maximum use. This immediately sparked the interest of biomedical researchers around the outside world. Dr. Boyer, in particular a medical toxicologist in the Department of Toxicology, became seriously interested in scientific research after it was revealed that more than 40 dispossessed millions of real Americans obey unquestioningly from Kratom, which immediately caused a surge of desire for Kratom powder. While the free sale of kratom is legal in the vast majority of democracies, it isn't permitted in any way in southern Australia, Burma, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, and Thailand. So far as the United States is concerned, it is legal in most states except:

  • Alabama
  • – Illegal, legislature can be found here.
  • Arkansas
  • – Illegal, legislature can be found here.
  • Indiana
  • – Illegal, legislature can be found here.
  • Vermont
  • – Illegal, legislature can be found here.
  • Wisconsin
  • – Illegal, legislature can be found here.
  • Rhode Island
  • – Illegal. Counties that prohibit sale of Kratom:
  • Jerseyville
  • – IL
  • San Diego
  • – CA
  • Sarasota County
  • – FL


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