Is Kratom a Stimulant?

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In today’s busy world, students, professionals and parents alike could all use a stimulating boost from time to time. Some turn to caffeine, others to drugs. Many are in search of a natural way to increase energy levels, alertness and focus. Recently, people in the US and Canada, as well as countries in Europe, have started experimenting with Kratom. 

Originating from countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, Kratom was (and still is) used to combat pain, fatigue and diarrhea. Its official name is Mitragyna speciosa, and it also goes by the names Biak, Ketum and Kakuam. Its use in these countries even extended to being used as a stimulant. Laborers would drink Kratom leaves crushed into their tea, as it was believed to enhance productivity and combat tiredness.[1]

Is Kratom a Stimulant or a Depressant?

Kratom lacks medical research, and the few studies that have been conducted are largely based on animal testing and surveys. Following the general feedback given by users, low amounts of Kratom have stimulating effects, whilst higher doses can lead to depressant side effects, although results vary from person to person. 

When feeling stimulated, users can expect to feel more motivated, creative, have an enhanced sexual performance, and it can even boost athletic capacity. Using the right dosage can result in the user being able to perform daily activities such as work or study, but with better concentration and increased energy to enhance productivity. 

Some Reddit users discussed using Kratom as energy enhancers and stimulants, and for many they found that using it in small doses meant they didn’t experience a come down after the effects wore off. 

Which Strain of Kratom is the best stimulant?  

There are many types of Kratom available, but only a few different strains. Red, Green, White and Gold. Kratom is often named after where the herb originates from, and each type will have the different coloured strains. The strains are based on the colour that runs through the Kratom leaves, known as the vein.

In general, the White Vein strains of Kratom are associated with stimulation and energy enhancement. Although most Kratom strains will give stimulating effects, some can be more suited for pain relief, and others may act as quite strong sedatives, which would be counterproductive for those in need of some stimulation.[2]

White Borneo Kratom

Often compared to coffee, White Borneo gives users an effective stimulating boost and can increase energy levels as well as sharpen focus. 

Maeng Da Kratom

Maeng Da, which originates from Thailand, is known to be extremely potent. In high doses, it will have sedating effects, but in smaller doses will provide an increased amount of stimulation and alertness. For quick, mild stimulation, try the Red vein, but if it’s high energy that you are looking for, White vein would be the best option. 

Green Malay Kratom

Green Malay is very popular amongst students for its energy and focus increasing properties. Also known for boosting motivation, creativity and cognitive abilities, this type of Kratom is not as strong as Maeng Da, so a slightly higher dosage may be required. 

White Vein Thai Kratom

This is a common strain of Kratom. Although it is stimulating, it also provides a relaxing effect, which is suited for those who don’t want something too strong. It is also noted as a mood enhancer, so along with stimulation, daily tasks can be done in good spirits. 

What is the Stimulant in Kratom?

The two main chemical compounds in Kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. They are classified as alkaloids, and when ingested, quickly affect the brain. Once there, they bind onto the brain’s opioid receptors. This area of the brain can cause euphoria, decrease pain levels and relax the user. 

Mitragynine also affects other parts of our brain, which can have stimulating effects. The fight or flight part of our brain can also lead to energy increases when stimulated, and it is believed that mitragynine has influence on this area of the brain when consumed. [3]

Users report the effects taking place as quickly as 10 minutes, and can last for several hours depending on the strain and dosage amount. [4]

Due to Kratom’s effect on the opioid receptors, some users find it helps them with their drug withdrawal symptoms, however studies have shown that Kratom itself can cause dependency, leading to feelings of withdrawal if used over a prolonged period of time. 

What is the right dosage for Kratom stimulation?

Finding the right dosage will depend on a variety of factors, such as the form in which Kratom is taken, the person’s weight and health, other substances they might be taking and the type of Kratom. The strains can affect people differently, so it is a matter of trial and error to find the right type. 

For those looking for an intense stimulation, 3-5 grams is a suitable amount. Anything above may act as a sedative, and is generally considered a higher dosage level. For beginners who have never tried Kratom before, 1-3 grams is a good starting point. It’s best to start off with a smaller amount and build up to achieve the right results. [5]

Users should also take into consideration that different strains of Kratom have different potency levels. An example of this would be that only 1-3 grams of Daeng Ma is sufficient for stimulation, but as it is a high potency strain, only a small amount is needed. 

Using Kratom recreationally should still be taken with caution, as it is not an FDA approved substance. The long term side effects of Kratom show that it can cause addiction, and little scientific research has been conducted into how Kratom can affect the brain after many years of use.

In conclusion, It isn’t just students and working people who need an energy boost. People who suffer from social anxiety and introverts may find that Kratom gives them the push they need to interact with others in a confident and energetic manner.  

References 

[1]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6612999/

[2]https://www.kratomexchange.com/best-kratom-for-energy/

[3]http://kratomshop.com/kratom-research/kratom-for-anxiety/
[4]https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/kratom/art-20402171

[5]https://kaybotanicals.com/kay-kratom-gazette/how-to-use-kratom-as-a-stimulant-for-energy-and-focus/

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