Kratom is a drug made up of leaves from a tree native to Thailand, which when chewed, smoked, taken in gel cap form, or brewed in tea, produces a psychoactive opiate-like high. Because Kratom is technically legal in some American states, there is an illusion that it provides a “safe high.” Teens, young adults, and former addicts are common users, convinced that Kratom is safe because it is an “organic” product. These illusions are part of what makes Kratom addiction so dangerous.
If you’re here, you probably have some knowledge of the drug Kratom. Maybe you read a story about designer drugs in the newspaper, or you have a friend or loved one who uses Kratom to self-medicate and you’re concerned they’re abusing it. Kratom addiction develops easily, and is disturbing and life-altering for not just users, but their friends and family as well.
In very low doses, Kratom can be energizing, (since the tree its leaves are harvested from are in the coffee family), but as dosage increases, the high quickly changes to that of an opioid like heroin.
In moderate to high doses, common side effects of Kratom use include: