How to Use Kratom to Relieve Anxiety

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Over the last ten years or so, countries outside Southeast Asia have embraced the use of kratom as a herbal medicine. Besides the common effects such as painkilling, stimulating the body and a means of ending opiate addiction, kratom also fixes psychological conditions. It is a beneficial tree and has so much to offer. Its use to help in psychological conditions has not been popularized because most people do not visit the hospitals when going through anxiety or even stress. Luckily, kratom helps with that and doesn’t need a doctor’s prescription. Most people have told stories of how they have depended on the plant to relieve anxiety, pain, PTSD and struggles with opioid withdrawal. It gives you an option, whatever your reason for using it, there will always be a kratom type for you.

Anxiety in the Modern Era

In life, we wish to accomplish many things, but it never happens due to circumstances, fear or anxiety. Almost everyone in the world has their extent of anxiety. Anxiety disorders are universal mental conditions. Unlike physical conditions, these are invisible and enfeebling for a person. Since they are mostly caused by fear and lack of experience, you can overcome them by facing your fears and being open to new experiences.

Anxiety may lead to serious complications in future if left unattended to. Anxiety can cause stress. Some of the signs of stress include low self-esteem, sadness, lack of focus and concentration, lack of confidence, anti-social habits, irregular eating habits and so on.

Some of the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorder include high tension, flushed face, self-obsession, sweating uncontrollably, drugs and alcohol abuse and much more.

Kratom is effective for social anxiety as well. Social anxiety is the fear that people experience when socializing with others. It causes people to feel shy, embarrassed and self-conscious. Because they are afraid of getting misjudged by others, they isolate themselves. Kratom releases a chemical that makes people feel relaxed and confident.

Kratom as an Anti-Anxiety Method

Kratom helps relieve anxiety as it offers anxiolytic effects that are very effective. It is non-addictive and entirely safe for consumption. For a long time, Benzodiazepines have been used to treat anxiety, they are useful, but they can lead up to addiction.

Kratom extracts work as sedatives that calm the nerves and releases tension from the muscles. All beverages made using kratom such as tea, help the body by relaxing the mind. The following are some of the benefits of the herb.

  •    Elevated energy levels
  •    Reduced panic attacks
  •    Muscle relaxation
  •    Positive feeling
  •    Normal sleeping habits

For new users, it can be a bit tricky using this drug as there are different kratom strains with different strengths. At first, it’s all about trial and error, but with time one gets used to it.

How Does Kratom Relieve Anxiety?

Kratom helps in binding opioid receptors. It consists of two alkaloids; mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These two alkaloids unite the brain receptors.

When you take a low dose of kratom, alkaloids bind the delta opioids with the brain receptors while in high dosages, alkaloids bind the mu-opioid to the receptors. Opioids are substances produced naturally by the body to relieve pain. Kratoms play the same role as opioids. After taking kratom strains responsible for anxiety relief, you develop a euphoric feeling.

Kratom has fewer side effects as compared to pharmaceuticals responsible for anxiety therapy. The alkaloids present in kratom result in reduced addiction and more stimulation from low doses.

The leaves can either be eaten directly or can be bred to form different strains that relieve anxiety.

Kratom Strains Used for Anxiety Relief

There are several kratom strains and using the wrong one for a certain effect might cause undesired results. All the strains have different objectives. Therefore, the selection should be handled with care. Below are the common types of strains to reduce anxiety and its associated problems.

1. Borneo

This strain is the most popular and the best kratom strain for anxiety. Its alkaloids content is too high with a 7-hydroxymitragynine, and it is low in mitragynine. Hydroxymitragynine is responsible for anxiety relief while mitragynine is effective for pain relief. This strain can be used as a sedative which is good for those experiencing insomnia. It is a great asset for anxiety relief with few side effects. It is quick, and a proper dosage produces positive effects beneficial to users with anxiety. The dosage needed is 2 grams for it to be effective.

2. Indo

This strain originated from Indonesia. It has a similar potency to Borneo. However, it has lesser sedating effects. It is not considered as a stimulant. Therefore, it can be a hindrance to anxiolytic effects. The effects of this strain vary depending on seasons, plants and veins colour. Users can also use it as a painkiller as it relaxes the muscles and nerves. It is reported to have long-lasting effects as compared to the rest. If you are in need of an anxiety reliever, Indo helps.

3. Bali

It comes from Central Western Kalimantan and is the most sought after strain due to its anti-anxiety and sedative effects. The strain is typically cheaper than Indo and Borneo thus the most economical option. Its only con is that it is prone to side effects such as nausea and wobbles. It holds an average alkaloid count. The side effects are however caused by taking a high dose. The dosage should be monitored and taken in moderation.

For those who experience increased sweating, forgetfulness, stammering, etc. when socializing with people, Red Bali is the to go strain. It is also appropriate for teenagers due to its soothing effect.

4. Red vein strains

The red vein is the most effective and the best therapy for anxiety because it reduces pain and doubles up as a sedative. This strain provides better results and gives you a sense of well-being. It is advised to research before purchasing this type of strain as it is different. Some red veins are stronger than others and could worsen your anxiety. This type is also effective in relieving social anxiety. Introverts and shy people who do not enjoy being around other people can use red vein to help them to be social since it calms the nerves and relaxes the brain.

5. White vein strains

White veins are effective to relieve social anxiety. Compared to the rest, it has the highest amount of mitragynine. It offers a relaxed feeling of as it calms down the muscular tension. It is scarce as it is a stimulant but most users have confessed to feeling better after consuming it. It may cause drowsiness and prostration without causing anxiety.

It is important to mention that Super Green Indo is the new “best chill pill” in the kratom world. It is increasingly becoming more common due it’s mild energy booster and relaxation effects it offers the user simultaneously. The euphoria that is caused by Super Green Indo is similar to the one caused by Red Vein strain. It is often used to relieve social anxiety before going out.

You should stay away from the following strains if you want relief from anxiety:

  • Thai kratom – this is an energy-boosting strain and may worsen your anxiety due to its high stimulating effect.
  • Maeng Da – this strain has different varieties. Some are anti-anxiety while others are energy boosting. Deciding on the perfect one for anxiety involves trial and error. With that said its best to avoid this strain if you are not sure about the varieties.

To determine how effective a kratom is, there are two things you should consider; the native region of the kratom and the type and amount of alkaloid present in it.

Dosage of Kratom for Anxiety Relief

As a beginner, it is good to start with low levels kratom dosage. Some strains have stronger effects than others, and high levels of dosage might cause tolerance.

White and green veins cause stimulation effects. However, high dosage may lead to increased stress and anxiety.

Small doses should be taken to prevent social anxiety as well.

It is recommended to start with 1 to 3 grams and gradually increase until you find the sweet spot. The perfect kratom dosage for severe anxiety is 4 grams. Moderate dosage ranges from 3 to 7 grams, and high dosage is over 7 grams.

Both kratom capsules for anxiety and kratom powder give the same results.

Closing Thoughts

Everyone deserves peace of mind throughout the day to keep on going. Kratom is accessible to anyone who is suffering from anxiety disorder. Using it is your best bet if you want to go natural.

Over the last 20 years, it has become a popular herbal drug not only in Southeast Asia but all around the globe. It is effective in anxiety relief if the dosage is right. To enjoy the benefits, it is recommended to take it moderately.  If the right strain is taken in moderate levels, you do not have to worry about your anxiety anymore. Herbal medicine is the best option, totally safe and efficient.

Use Kratom to live fearlessly!

Sources:

http://www.sagewisdom.org/kratomguide.html

http://www.kratomiq.com/how-to-take-kratom/

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20171026/kratom_opioid_withdrawal

https://ensobotanicals.com/how-to-use-kratom/

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