Is Kratom addictive?
In my experience, it is.
Here’s everything you need to know about Kratom addiction.
What Is Kratom?
Kratom is “Mitragyna Speciosa,” an addictive plant from Southeast Asia. The leaves on the plant contain chemicals that produce mind-altering effects similar to opioids.
The leaves of this plant are dried then ground down into a green powder commercialized as Kratom. Kratom is legal to buy in the US, so it’s sold online or at certain dispensaries in all sorts of forms.
The most common form of Kratom is the powder, followed by a pill containing the powder. They all contain a warning label saying not for human consumption, but the only way to take Kratom is to basically eat it.
Some people do chew the leaves if they’re able to get them or drink them as a tea, or even smoke them. It’s pretty clear that it’s meant to be consumed.
Kratom, Like Weed, Has Different Strains
Kratom and weed are similar in that both have different strains. Similar to weed, each strain can produce a different or deeper effect.
Maeng Da in my experience is the strongest of the strains. In some, it produces a euphoric and pain-killing effect similar to an opioid.
It basically affects the same brain receptors as an opioid would, thus causing the similar side effects.
However, any time you’re messing around with an opioid receptor, you need to be careful.
In My Experience, Kratom Is Addictive, but It’s Also Safe
I’ve had years (about 5) of experience with Kratom and all its strains and forms.
In my experience, Kratom didn’t get me high. I was introduced to it by a coworker then who used it to treat GI issues and to get high.
I can’t say I ever got “high” off it, but I know that Kratom can get you high because I’ve met many people who say that it does.
I had tried different strains from different places as well and never seemed to get any real effects.
My theory is that it was most likely because I had abused way too many opioids and my body was accustomed to a certain type and level.
However, it did seem to help with SOME withdrawal effects I had had when I went on and off different opiates. Kratom is an opioid, so that makes sense.
I never felt like I overdosed on Kratom, so I can say that Kratom is safe in my experience.
How I Did Kratom
With the need to experiment with all sorts of different substances, I kept going with Kratom. I did the rawest form, which is the ground down powder, and somehow shoved it into my mouth and ate it.
It was pretty disgusting shoving some bitter green powder shit into your mouth and then trying to swallow it. It didn’t dissolve in water or anything, but taking a “shot” of it was the easiest way I had found.
After taking it, my stomach would always grumble a bit and then I always hoped I would feel high, but in the years I took it, I really never did.
I even adjusted the amount and then different combinations, but it didn’t work for me. It is proven to have real effects on you and not just a psychological mind trick, it just never happened to me.
As I had mentioned, I did notice that Kratom treated opioid withdrawals as I slowly weaned myself off OxyContin and Hydrocodone and onto Kratom. So now I was taking a lot of Kratom every day instead of pills.
Any substance that interacts with the opioid receptors is addictive, even if they don’t produce any effects, as in my case. I definitely felt the NEED to take Kratom every day on the dot, and few times a day as well — I learn that Kratom is addictive as hell.
I did get the sweats and the anxiety you would feel with normal opiate withdrawal when I missed a dose. It wasn’t as severe, but it happened.
My Kratom Detox
To detox off Kratom, I had to reduce the amount i took little by little. It really wasn’t worth it for me. I guess I sorta felt a difference with and without it, but having similar withdrawal effects made it pointless.
It could have been a psychological addiction for me as well. Any product or chemical that messes around with the opioid receptors will cause an addiction and withdrawal effect.
I first took it for about 3 months then tried to get off. I ended up going back on it to try different strains, and then it became a 5-year ordeal.
Kratom costs around $1–2 per serving loose and $2–5 per capsule. If you hop on blue light, you’ll see a lot of people trying to manage their Kratom addiction.
Kratom Is Addictive — It Won’t Keep You Sober
Kratom isn’t a drug you’re able to “replace” your addiction with. It’s safe to use, but Kratom won’t keep you sober.
A lot of people who do Kratom still take many other drugs, so it doesn’t take out your addiction factor — it just adds another product in.
At one point, I was doing Kratom, pills, and snorting coke.
I like to think of it this way.
Let’s say you smoke cigarettes.
You find some fancy flavored ones that you love and start smoking those.
You just added some flavor and more money onto cigarettes you already smoke.
You’re not smoking fewer of them, and it isn’t magically causing you to stop.
But now you’re going to have a hard time finding those fancy cigs, and maybe they’re going to be illegal soon too (just like Kratom might soon be illegal).
Your body tho has adjusted to wanting just those. It’s a bit of a lose-lose situation here.
But hey, if Kratom did wonders for you, I would love to hear about it.
From my interactions and what I’ve read, it’s not something that’s sustainable.