Kratom is the famous tree of Southeast Asia which is getting the status of a miraculous tree. It grows naturally in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and joining areas. For centuries, it has a wide use in native medicines of these areas.
The amazing psychoactive effects of Kratom are due to its alkaloid rich leaves. These leaves are now available in the form of dried leaves, fine powder, tincture, and capsules.
What makes Kratom so strong?
The tree of Mitragyna speciosa, commonly called Kratom has special bioactive compounds called alkaloids in it. These alkaloids predominantly cover leaves and sometimes in stalk too. The people of its native areas of growth used to chew the raw leaves, smoke them and use them in formulating medicines. 
A complete profiling of Kratom alkaloids is now complete. Two most abundant alkaloids of Kratom are Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxy mitragynine. Mitragynine is the most abundant alkaloid which is basically a stimulant. Adding to this, 7-Hydroxy Mitragynine is more of a sedative and analgesic compound which stimulates too. 
What is the reason for recreational use?
Although Kratom is under extensive research for the medicinal benefits one should not forget that it was always a recreational tree. It is a personal mood modulator and stimulator with relaxing properties. However, these effects are highly dosage reliant. [3, 4]
At initial dosages, Kratom is a best herbal nootropic which serves its functions well. It starts from a stimulatory effect which turns into stress relief and finally sedation. These effects last for 3-6 hours depending upon the user status and previous experience.
What is the medicinal use of Kratom?
Kratom is showing more of a medicinal tree than recreational reasons. It is helpful to treat pain, either acute or chronic. It also helps to the east the withdrawal symptoms of chemical drugs. Kratom works best to reduce fatigue, stress, depression, and anxiety.
The traditional usage also includes Kratom to provide relief in diarrhea. Latest research proves that Kratom has a pain suppressing effect. 
What is opiate withdrawal effect?
Opiates hinder with the functioning of the brain and promote a high feeling which is pleasuring for the brain and body. The Central nervous system has receptor sites which bind to opioids. This attachment induces various mental and physical effects.
A repeated or over usage of an opioid drug can interfere with the natural working of the brain. The end result is a permanent dependence which may bring other effects too. All these effects are collectively called “withdrawal effects”.
The effects of withdrawal range from mild to extreme, it depends on how much dependence the user has. The duration of use determines the nature of dependence along with medical conditions or bodily changes. Expression of these effects may vary from person to person.
What are the symptoms of opiate withdrawal?
The most common effects to experience during opiate withdrawal are following.
- Fluctuation in blood pressure
- Digestive problems
- Irregular sleeping cycle
- Stress and anxiety
These symptoms last for three to seven days, almost making it a week. Kratom helps to ease these symptoms because the natural potential of alkaloids is to ease these conditions.
Does Kratom help for treating withdrawal symptoms?
Kratom can be helpful to make the withdrawal process of opiates easy for the user. It helps against the common symptoms and makes sure that they go away soon. The potential of Kratom as an opiate withdrawal help has support from historical evidence.
The southeast Asian region has numerous cases to show the effect of Kratom in such a situation. Unfortunately, there is no sufficient medical research on Kratom, particularly on its opiate withdrawing effects. It is now under extensive research and soon there will be scientifically proven evidence too. 
How is Kratom helpful?
When a user becomes opioid dependent, he starts experiencing the symptoms as soon as he leaves using the opiate drug. It is a specific condition which makes the stimulatory effects to come.
Working of Kratom and opiates are more or less same. Kratom mimics the working of common opiates like heroin. The difference is that Kratom is herbal and is not harmful like opiates. In fact, Kratom helps to reduce the severity and nature of withdrawal symptoms.
When the user takes Kratom, the stimulation which comes is same as that of opiates. Additionally Kratom works on other brain functions which reduce the discomfort of withdrawal effects.
How to use Kratom for opiate withdrawal?
When it comes to using Kratom for opiate withdrawal ease, the method should be known to all Kratom users. There is no scientific basis to determine this method, as there is not much research on Kratom from the past. 
It is better to take all the information on Kratom’s use and select the most suitable method as per user’s previous experience with Kratom. Generally, there are a few steps try for treating opiate withdrawal with Kratom, a few of which are as follows.
- Stop using opiates at once and do not consume even a little dose during the withdrawal period.
- Take Kratom occasionally for treating opiate withdrawal effect. Using it frequently can cause addiction.
- Consider Kratom as a detox support, during which there must be no use of opioids.
- Using on empty stomach has added benefit.
- It is not suitable for frequent use.
Which dosage is ideal for the user?
Opiate withdrawal is an extreme effect for which Kratom needs sufficient strength to work. It suggests to use Kratom in a considerable amount which can initiate the healing effects.
The general dose of Kratom which works for everyone is between 1-4 grams. It is comparatively less in the case of enhanced strains or tinctures. The regular Kratom powders or capsules need this amount as a standard to follow. 
For new users, even the low amount of Kratom works better. But this low amount is not that much to reach to produce healing the withdrawal effects.
The user profiling indicates that opiate withdrawal needs a high amount of Kratom to suppress. This high amount of Kratom is generally between 5-8 grams. However, for experienced users, the dose can be more than 8 grams.
Using a high dose can be risky, as it can induce the dependence or addiction. The low or moderate dose may not work for all users. Also, each user is different. Nothing works same on everyone. Which means one has to experiment for finding the respective suitable dose of Kratom. 
How Kratom produce tolerance?
Kratom tolerance is a real thing which can hit the user in a certain situation. It takes long term Kratom use to produce this effect. Sedation usually requires a high amount of Kratom to work. In the case of tolerance, the user needs high amounts of Kratom to work for him.
The common reasons for the body to develop Kratom tolerance is enzymes of the lover which metabolize the Kratom alkaloids. The metabolic rate increases with Kratom use which causes the receptors and bonding of body cells and alkaloids of Kratom to reduce in number.
The natural mechanism of the body is to maintain a balance which body tries to do. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work properly and initiates a condition which requires a high amount of Kratom to work.
Kratom addiction is different than Kratom dependence. Addiction is an irresistible desire to use Kratom whereas addiction is the overwhelming involvement of Kratom to perform body activities.
It is better, not to use Kratom on daily basis. Using it a few times, let’s say three times a week is the best. This strategy works to reduce the risk of tolerance addiction and dependence of Kratom.
Opiate rotation with Kratom
Alteration between different Kratom strains reduces the risk of tolerance. Kratom itself is very powerful which may become problematic for the user. The best way to overcome all the possible risks with Kratom is to follow a rotation.
It is better to use different Kratom strains. For example, if red vein Kratom strains are good for easing the opiate withdrawal effects, the user can switch between multiple red vein Kratom strains. Fortunately, there are so many strains of Kratom available nowadays. It gives many options to select from. 
This inconsistency of Kratom strains makes the body confused. It becomes a problem for the body receptors to build any tolerance when the user is following a rotational scheme of Kratom.
However, it may be difficult for a user to schedule the strains due to different alkaloids concentration. It may be confusing for the first time users.
What are cautions for using Kratom?
Regulation of use
Kratom needs extreme regulation, particularly when one is using it for easing the withdrawal symptoms. Least dose will not produce the satisfactory result and overdosing is simply the worst idea. It will make the condition even worse.
Using the right strain
All Kratom strains are not beneficial for the respective reason. The concentration and quantity of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxy mitragynine is not same in all Kratom strains. It is necessary to use a strain which is beneficial for the right reason.
Avoid possible interactions
Interactions by mixing Kratom with other potentiators is not a wise idea. It may lead to an adverse health effect which is problematic for everyone. Opiate withdrawal effect usually needs high dose which often brings sedation too.
In this situation, mixing it with another sedating compound will accelerate the effect by multiple folds such as alcohol or benzodiazepines. It is not a recommendation to try it.
Risk of side effects
There are no severe side effects of Kratom unless one takes it in extreme high dose. For beginners, this risk has some value but the regular users know how much Kratom will work. Serious health problems of Kratom are rare.
The only risk which it may bring is tolerance which needs a long term use to show up. More long term side effects are dizziness, weight loss, suppression of appetite, anorexia etc.
Final thoughts on Kratom for withdrawal effects
Kratom is a miraculous tree which produces relaxing effects during withdrawal period of an opiate drug. The dosage of Kratom needs accuracy and aiding in withdrawal effects needs a high amount of Kratom to work. The dose which works for most of the users is between 5 to 8 grams. However experienced users need more than that.
Rotating the strain is an ideal approach to avoid the undesirable effects. It prevents the Kratom to induce an addiction which a regular Kratom use brings after a long term use. Kratom is powerful and it needs equally careful administration for proper working.
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