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The coronavirus is plaguing mankind at the moment, and governments are trying to hold the casualties at bay. On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. That makes it the first virus to be labeled as such since 2009—when H1N1 (the swine flu) wreaked havoc on our planet. Back in 2010, the WHO’s statistics had the confirmed cases of deaths from the swine flue at 18,449, but later reports claim the toll was tenfold.
Right now, the confirmed cases of death from the coronavirus on a global scale are pushing 30,000. So it’s probably going to get a lot worse before it’s all over. And at the moment, there are no scientifically-known treatments that have been developed yet. But some countries state they’re close to a breakthrough vaccination.
Scientists have worked at incredible speeds, despite the governmental blunders that took place. One reason for the momentum moving toward a vaccination was the Chinese government’s ability to sequence the genetic material (genome) of SARS-CoV-2—the virus responsible for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
A huge controversy that has arisen with Kratom, is whether or not it’s addicting. Something to keep in mind is that virtually anything can be addicting. It all depends on you as a person and how you choose to treat any substances or product. People who watch movies can be considered addicts if they watch them on a consistent basis or schedule. So what the true problem is how we avoid addiction.
There are certain substances that interfere with your brain chemistry and can cause addiction easier than any others, but Kratom is not one of them. Kratom is an all-natural herb and does not contain any enhanced substances. It works with the opiate receptors in your brain, much like a prescription medicine. And just like a prescription drug, if a person takes Kratom on a daily basis, their body will become dependent on that daily dose and will crave it when it is gone.
Missouri House Approves Kratom Consumer Protection Act (HB 2061)
House members have approved legislation to regulate the sale of an herbal supplement known as kratom. The bill would establish the Kratom Consumer Protection Act to create a simple regulatory framework for the consumption and sale of the supplement.
Kratom is an herbal extract that comes from the leaves of an evergreen tree grown in Southeast Asia. Those who use the substance say it offers relief from pain, depression, and anxiety. Some also use it as a tool to combat addiction to opioid medications. Consumption of a large amount of kratom can be harmful, especially if it is mixed with another product, so it is important to ensure consumption of the product is at a safe level.
During my rotation in the Psychiatry ward, I came across a patient who was on prescription medication for depression for the past five years. I asked him if he was compliant, to which he answered he was. Next, I asked him the reason why he wasn’t getting off medications. He told me he wasn’t observing any improvement. I checked his previous medicine files and surprisingly I saw that he was being given stronger anti-depressants every 6 to 9 months, which have way more side effects than the common anti-depressants like SSRIs and SNRIs.
The side effects had adversely affected his lifestyle and he wanted to hold on to something, to anything that helped him survive the day. This is when he talked to me about observing some improvement recently.
He spoke to me about Kratom and definitely as a doctor I became curious. I looked at research to read about this substance and found articles linking to the efficacy of Kratom in the management of Anxiety, Stress and Depression.
What is Kratom Tolerance, Will it happen to me?
This question is asked to Kratom Vendors once a customer realizes that their doses have been growing in size. They are not getting the same effects from the kratom as they were when they first started taking Kratom. Over time your body will become less sensitive to the alkaloids in the Kratom plant. This usually leads to bigger doses, less time between doses and ultimately you’re spending more money.
THIS IS NORMAL.. Nothing to be alarmed by, We will need to break this down into a few sections to understand what’s going on and how to combat the issue.
Make the most of your Kratom! What many newbies don’t know about Kratom is there are tons of ways to get the most out of it and for whatever effect they need. Kratom potentiators increase Kratom’s effect and in different areas. Potentiates allow users to take Kratom in smaller dosages while still maintaining the same potency and overall effect. There are multiple potentiates out there and many of them work differently for each user. The best and most common are Turmeric, Chamomile, and Grapefruit.
The most raved about is Turmeric, a commonly found Indian spice. This spice has been said to lengthen Kratom’s effects and enhance them. Much like the Malaysian strains Turmeric would be good to mix with the Kratom powder to ensure a longer lasting result.
If you’ve happened to keep up with the media’s reports on Kratom over the last year, you may have noticed one similar, recurring statement in all of them that sounds something like “Kratom has not been found to carry any medicinal value.” How could this possibly be? These news and government organizations are trying to tell me that despite the use of this plant for 100’s of years and the countless success stories that can be found on the internet today for its multiple uses, not a single person has thought to actually test Kratom out in a laboratory setting? No way I say, so I took it upon myself to figure this out. About 60 seconds later I found a site with 10 different research papers written over the last 30 years, which I’ve linked to at the bottom of this article. Reading through them, I found out quite a bit of interesting information.
Kratom has been dominating the news lately. The argument is whether or not to keep it a legal food supplement or move it into a scheduled category of narcotics. We don’t seem to be hearing anything in regards to a compromise. A compromise which satisfies all parties concerned.
What we’re seeing now is knee jerk reaction which is not uncommon to food supplements. Many may be unaware of how many household items have gone through this. For example, Ginko Biloba had its challenges. Most vitamin supplements that we all buy weekly at the local market have had challenges. Don’t believe what you hear, verify my last statement by going here.
For those unfamiliar with Type 1 Diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus Type 1), this article will give you some medical and physiological background to help you understand the disease as well as the benefits that Kratom offers to those afflicted.
To begin, there are many factors that affect blood sugar levels for Type 1 Diabetics. In Type 1, little to no insulin is produced by the pancreas while Type 2 Diabetics there is still some pancreatic function and still produces insulin to some degree.
What is kratom? It depends on whom you ask.
If you ask those who have used kratom for 10 years, you will generally hear it is a mild plant remedy for easing their their physical and/or emotional discomforts and that it supports a positive mood, or perhaps relieves a variety of conditions better, in their opinion, than prescription or OTC remedies that they had used for years, previous to discovering kratom.
Others will say enthusiastically, “Kratom saved my life!”
If you ask a small town city councilor, “What is kratom?” they may not have heard about it, but — as soon as they have read the FDA’s accounts of kratom being addictive, associated with various numbers of deaths, plus being an “opioid” and a cause of hallucinations, they may quickly propose to ban it to “keep it out of the hands of children”.
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