You may have heard about kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), an herbal supplement used traditionally in Southeast Asia for energy and to help ease aches and pains. It is derived from a type of evergreen tree. Kratom contains alkaloid compounds called mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
People should consume adequate dosage of kratom. Some people find that they are very sensitive to Kratom, and even small doses may produce adverse effects such as prolonged vomiting. If this happens to you discontinue use and find an alternative herb.
Begin using Kratom in small doses of between 2-6g, this should produce mild, stimulant like effects.
7-15g can produce medium stimulant like effects, or sedative effects depending on the person and their tolerance level.
16-25g produces strong sedative like effects, and is too much for people who are very sensitive to Kratom.
26-50g is too much for most people and produces very strong sedative like effects.
Are There Any Risks?
When Kratom is taken alone, and not mixed with any other drug or herb, the biggest risk is falling asleep. Because of this you should never drive, or operate machinery after using Kratom. Even if you feel stimulated, you can become sleepy extremely quickly.
Is Kratom Addictive?
While there have been a few reports of people becoming dependent on Kratom after years of daily use, if used responsibly, it is not addictive. If used occasionally rather than daily, there is almost no risk of becoming dependent. But with almost any drug, including coffee, alcohol, and tobacco, if used daily for a long period of time, it can become a habit that is hard to break.