Common Kratom Myths Debunked!
Each year, as kratom (scientific name: Mitragyna speciosa) gains popularity, we can notice a spike in the number of kratom myths and misinformation about it circulating online.
Not only are uninformed people spreading myths about kratom or false information about it; health authorities such as are also willingly altering facts in order to disparage kratom without scientific basis in evidence.
This post will debunk several popular myths about kratom and its use. This will assist you in distinguishing false information from the truth.
Common Myths of Kratom
Myth #1: Kratom Is Hazardous
One of the most common and pernicious misunderstandings regarding kratom is that it is hazardous.
While it is true there are potential hazards associated with kratom (drug interactions or adverse effects), the notion that kratom is fundamentally hazardous or lethal lacks scientific support. There has not been a report of a kratom-related death that did not involve the use of additional drugs or the diagnosis of underlying health problems.
Not only is kratom not harmful, but it is also being used to help individuals in overcoming addictions to more drugs that are actually proven dangerous.
Myth #2: People Overdose on Kratom
Kratom's dose has a self-limiting effect, making it almost impossible to overdose on it. You will feel terrible and vomit long before reaching the toxic dose whenever you take too much kratom.
Myth #3: Kratom Is a New and Dangerous Street Drug
Sensationalist headlines on major news outlets are spreading this myth, yet there is little truth behind it.
To begin, kratom is not a new substance; it has been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years in Southeast Asia, where it naturally grows.
Second, this is not a street drug; you will not find kratom being sold by local street dealers. You cannot use kratom in the same manner that you would use prescribed pain medication or illicit substances.
You cannot inject kratom, and snorting or smoking it is useless.
Myth #4: Kratom Would Not Cause Any Side Effects
Because kratom is not a harmful herb, some argue that it has no side effects. However, this is not the truth.
Kratom may not have any adverse effects that jeopardize your health. However, it may induce several negative effects, some of which may be worrying if you are unprepared.
With short-term use, kratom can produce dizziness, nausea, constipation, brain fog, dehydration, restlessness, and anxiety in the short term.
Prolonged usage can impair memory, alter hormone balances, and result in addiction and dependence.
Myth #5: Kratom Is Not an Addictive Substance
The myth about kratom is that it is non-addictive affects the kratom community. A lot of kratom users will tell others about the plant's non-addictive properties in the hope that this will urge others to try without fear.
While kratom is just less addictive than the drugs it is used to replace (such as benzodiazepines or opiates), it can nonetheless develop tolerance and dependency with use over time.
Myth #6: Different Strains of Kratom are Extracted from Different Trees
If you have ever tried to purchase kratom online, you will discover that there are a plethora of various kratom strains available. Many people actually believe that each strain is derived from a distinct kratom species.
This is simply not true. All kratom is derived from a single plant species – the Mitragyna speciosa.
The various strain designations provide further information about where the kratom was grown and how it was processed and fermented following its harvest.
For example, strains developed in one location of Indonesia may have effects that will last for a longer time of effects than strains grown in another region.
Myth #7: A Kratom "Vein" Color Is Determined When It Is Has Been Harvested
Most kratom forums agree that the colors of kratom are termed after the vein of the leaf's underside. It was most likely the case when kratom products were named initially — however, this is no longer the case.
The fermentation process influences the strain's color. The color of the vein on the leaf's underside is unrelated to the season it was harvested. Growers usually harvest kratom plants with green veins and use different processing processes making the colors differ (red or white veins).
Myth #8: People Love to Snort, Smoke, or Inject kratom
There have undoubtedly been numerous individuals who have experimented with smoking or snorting kratom. However, the overwhelming majority of these individuals eventually realize that one is sufficient.
First off, the amounts of kratom powder that must be smoked or inhaled to have any impact render it almost worthless in this form.
Snorting a raw plant is generally not a good idea. It will immediately clog your sinuses and cause significant discomfort.
Anyone who has mistakenly ingested a spoonful of raw kratom powder will attest to how uncomfortable this is. This discomfort would be approximately tenfold worse for your sinuses.
Injecting kratom powder is also an absurdity. Even if the powder could be sucked up with a syringe, the hazards associated with injecting powdered plant matter into your veins are quite extreme. This is incredibly risky and almost likely will result in injury, if not death.
Most likely, isolated extracts of certain kratom alkaloids might be injected. However, due to the difficulty of separating these chemicals, only a few experiments have been performed.
Additionally, injecting purified extracts would be comparable to injecting synthetic opioids, negating all of the plant's benefits in the first place.
Myth #9: Kratom Is an Herb; Therefore, it is Safe
This is an example of the famed logical fallacy known as the appeal to nature. The notion that something must be healthy just because it is natural is fundamentally erroneous. Take, for example, the angel mushroom, which is capable of wreaking havoc. This mushroom's cap alone has enough poison to kill 3 adult men.
While kratom is generally considered to be harmless, this has little to do with the fact that it is a herb. Numerous herbs are not deemed safe.
Myth #10: Kratom Can Cause a False-Positive Drug Test
Kratom may carry a mixture of chemicals that act as opioid receptor antagonists. This has led many people to believe that kratom can cause a positive drug test result for opiate substances such as heroin.
Despite the fact that they have similar effects to conventional opioids, their chemical structure is entirely different. This means they will be undetectable in drug tests designed to detect opiate drugs.
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