Kratom Effects

Kratom can cause some effects, both good and bad and we would be amiss if we didn’t mention them.

If you’ve just started taking kratom or increased too much it can cause nausea, vomiting, sweating, and dizziness, in some cases.

From January 2010 through December 2015, U.S. poison centers received 660 calls related to kratom exposure, according to the DEA. The problem with these numbers is usually kratom is simply in their system and not the primary cause.

Although kratom is benign by to be milder in comparison to opioid drugs, have been reported, such as increased muscle spasms and pain, difficulty sleeping, hot flashes, fever, watery eyes, runny nose, decreased appetite, mood disturbances, and diarrhea.

Although case reports have reported drowsiness, irritability, palpitations, high blood pressure, poor concentration, insomnia, hypothyroidism, seizures, psychosis, hepatitis, and coma in people using kratom, it’s unclear how much is solely due to kratom.

Risks appear to be higher when it’s taken in concentrated extracts (which have a higher potency), mixed with other psychoactive substances, drugs, or adulterants, or when it’s taken by people with alcohol use disorders, a history of heroin abuse, or certain health conditions.

The DEA noted that kratom has been associated with 30 deaths throughout the world, with none appearing to be solely due to kratom. Of the 15 alleged kratom-related deaths that occurred between 2014 and 2016, 14 involved other drugs or illegal substances. A cluster of nine fatal overdoses in Sweden were linked to a product marketed as “Krypton”, which was found to be laced with O-desmethyltramadol, an opiate related to tramadol.<

According to the FDA advisory, “the FDA is aware of reports of 36 deaths associated with the use of products containing kratom.”

You can learn more about using supplements safely, but keep in mind that herbal products aren’t reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before they hit the market. As a result, there’s no guarantee that a supplement will contain the ingredients listed on the label (or that those ingredients will appear in the indicated amounts). Adulteration and contamination with other drugs, herbs, and substances are possible.

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