So, you’ve been hearing a lot about kratom lately and have developed an interest in finding out what this fascinating plant can do for you. However, there is a bit of hesitation that sets in. Why? Because, perhaps, you are not sure how it will interact with your unique body. We understand due to kratom being such a new niche market still. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that some people might be worried about how it will make them feel, and whether or not it’s safe for them.
Why Does Kratom Affect Everyone Differently?
Kratom, which is a ground up powder made from the leaves of the Southeast Asian Mitragyna speciosa plant, is a fairly new addition to the Western market, despite having been used medicinally for centuries in its region of origin. It comes in a variety of delivery methods, strengths, and strains. All of these factors have a lot to do with the ultimate outcome. Our bodies are unique, which means that everyone will ultimately react to it in their own specific way.
It’s important to discuss the safety of kratom. It is possible to overdose on kratom if you take extremely high doses. Might also interfere with certain medications. For this reason, we do urge you to speak to your doctor about using kratom before beginning a routine. They can offer personalized medical advice and help you determine whether or not it is safe for you. Along with best ways to take it for the desired results.
General Effects of Kratom, According to the Majority of Users
First, let’s talk about the most common effects felt by kratom users. These are each desirable in their own unique way. This information comes from the few studies that have been done on kratom’s properties, as well as lots of anecdotal information from frequent kratom users. The properties come from the distinctive alkaloids that are found within the leaves of the tree, which offer effects to the body and mind.
Kratom is commonly used for its analgesic properties, which play a role in dulling pain receptors in the brain, much like opioids. Many people use kratom for chronic pain due to these particularly powerful effects.
Kratom offers mood-lifting properties as well, ranging from a subtle feeling of upliftment to full-on euphoria. These effects tend to last for a few hours at a time.
Kratom can also be sedating, due to its effects on the central nervous system. It may slow down mind activity while bringing down heart rate and breathing patterns, while also relaxing the muscles in the body. Some people find that kratom is useful at bedtime when they’re struggling to fall asleep. Others use it for stress.
Kratom can be stimulating under some circumstances, providing a boost of energy and better focus and motivation. This seems to occur more frequently when a person takes a low dose, and chooses a specific energizing strain.
Factors that Play a Role in How Kratom Affects You
There are lots of different kratom products out there. Each one may affect you differently. We know how intimidating it can be to try to choose a product from the huge array of options available. With that said, here are the main factors that determine how kratom affects you.
Factor #1: Dosage
The dosage plays a big role in how you’ll feel after taking kratom. Obviously, higher doses will deliver stronger effects, which may or may not be what you actually want from your experience. Further, we’ve found that lower doses tend to be more stimulating, while higher doses tend to be more sedating, overall.
Factor #2: The Vein
Kratom strains are separated into three categories, according to the color of the leaf’s vein: red, white, and green. Red veins are easily the most popular. They’re best known for analgesic properties along with sedating properties, and many people use red veins for sleep, stress and pain. White veins are more energizing and mood-lifting, and green veins are somewhere between red and white veins.
Factor #3: Strain Type
Within each vein is a variety of strains, which offer more specific properties. The strain you select has a lot to do, therefore, with what affects you will feel.
Factor #4: Delivery Method
The delivery method refers to the manner in which the kratom is delivered into the body. Kratom comes in different forms, including capsules, tinctures, and pure powder, which is usually blended with a liquid. Any form of kratom that is ingested will likely deliver the strongest effects and offer the longest-lasting effects as well.
Factor #5: Your Body’s Unique Reaction to the Alkaloids in Kratom
Ultimately, you can have a totally unique kratom experience because of how your body utilizes and metabolizes the specific alkaloids in the kratom leaves. This means that we cannot ever say with certainty how kratom will make you feel. Some people are more sensitive to specific properties than others, and the only way to find out how you’ll react to kratom is by taking it and being willing to experiment with different products.
Taking Kratom as a Beginner
Taking all of the above information into account, it’s a good idea to come up with a plan as a beginner that will be the most likely to satisfy your needs without putting you at risk of unwanted effects. As we said, you should always talk to your doctor first, as he or she can give you the best advice in terms of starting a kratom routine.
We do recommend researching the different veins and strains available further, to figure out which will give you the most desirable results according to your unique goals. And, it’s wise to start out with a low dose, just to get a feel for how kratom works in your body. You can increase your dosage over time as you get familiar with its effects and know that they are the effects you were looking for.
Kratom’s distinctive effects can vary from person to person for a variety of reasons. That’s why it’s important that beginners start slowly to see how a particular product feels in their body. Over time, you can get more familiar with kratom and enhance your routine based on the specific properties that you’re hoping to achieve.