Is the Consumption of Kratom Safe?

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After hundreds of years of consumption in humans, no one has died from consuming Kratom alone. A curious fact: only in the USA, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) cause about 7,600 annual deaths and 76,000 hospital admissions.

In this country, opioid analgesics (morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, etc.) kill more than 16,000 people annually. And this trend grows. Compared to the 0 deaths caused by Kratom, we firmly believe that this herb should be taken into account, do we not deserve a better alternative?

The facts speak for themselves. The consumption of Kratom is considered safe, as long as it is not made abusive (something that happens with many herbal remedies and drugs). You can buy kratom capsules and its powder form to get started and get the benefit comes beneath. To try to reduce risks, any consumer has to avoid:

Adulteration: Adulteration is rare, but it can be fatal, as in the case of "Krypton," a commercial product that was found to contain O-desmethyltramadol. What measures to take to prevent adulteration? Buy from trusted sites, avoid "commercial" products (the typical "colored bottles" with impossible descriptions) and if you reside in Spain, do not hesitate to send a sample of your Kratom to Energy Control if you think it may be adulterated. In general, avoiding adulteration is easy: consume leaves instead of extracts.

Dependence: prolonged and uninterrupted consumption causes dependence. It is convenient to space the shots as much as possible. Tolerance can return to baseline states in 1 week without consumption.

Personal idiosyncrasy: nobody knows how your body will react, with its particular biochemistry, to an exogenous substance. As with many drugs, there could be a severe anaphylactic or neurological reaction.

Reviewing the medical literature, so far there are hardly any documented cases, so it does not seem to be more important. In chronic long-term consumption, there are 2 possible risks apart from the obvious dependence: psychosis and liver damage. In a study on Kratom Consumers in Thailand conducted by Sangun Suwanlert, some skin coloring similar to jaundice is described. 

However, so far there is only 1 case of intrahepatic cholestasisreported in the medical literature for the consumption of Kratom. Recall that correlation does not imply causation: for the moment it seems an irrelevant fact but that it should alert anyone with previous liver problems only if their condition worsens.

Polyconsumption: Without a doubt, the greatest risk is to consume large amounts of Kratom together with various drugs or drugs. In the medical literature, we only found 3 cases of death due to the use of Kratom and other drugs were present, either depressants or stimulants.

By ignoring the interactions of each drug with the Kratom alkaloids, the concomitant consumption of Kratom and other psychoactive drugs is risky. Therefore, you should never mix Kratom with other substances. Special caution is recommended in case of people medicated with tricyclic antidepressants, antiepileptic drugs and it is totally discouraged if an MAOI is taken.

They should not take Kratom:

  • Children.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • People with severe hepatobiliary or renal disorders, in the absence of information about their safety in these cases.
  • People medicated with an MAOI, due to lack of information about the interaction between them and the Kratom alkaloids.
  • People with serious heart problems.

In short, the consumption of Kratom is safe if we use common sense.

Enjoy your Kratom in moderation!

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