Kratom has been the hot topic around Columbus and Lowndes County this week. It’s a topic that comes with a lot of opinions and mixed views.
On Monday, WCBI did a story about the product, which led to dozens of comments and emails from dozens of people. We reached out to many of those people who are in support of the kratom, but didn’t get a response.
We also reached out to the American Kratom Association, who sent us many documents filled with facts and background info. The American Kratom Association said there are nearly 5 million Kratom users in the U.S.
It said people use the product for energy, pain relief, anxiety, and depression relief, and to relax.
The group said traditional use is reported to benefit the quality of life, and improve social and occupational behavior, with little evidence of serious or personal harm.
Until the user crosses the line from use to abuse.
“The patient came in because they wanted to have detox from taking this in massive quantities per day and so in talking with poison control, as well as our behavioral health folks, who do our medical detox, there is no detoxing from this,” said Baptist Golden Triangle Emergency Room Physician, Dr. Genelle Pernia.
American Kratom Association said users can develop a mild addiction from Kratom, but said it’s similar to caffeine addiction and its withdrawal is also similar to caffeine.
Doctors said the problem comes if people don’t keep close tabs on their Kratom usage.
“The problem comes is that it begins to like anything, require more and more to get the same response, until the point where you start taking larger doses, which lead to addiction. The things that can happen to you at that point is muscle pain, fatigue, you can have chest pain, insomnia.”