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What is Kratom

Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Its leaves have been traditionally used as medicine, but now they’re also being used as a recreational drug. The leaves contain two major psychoactive ingredients: mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.


Stimulant and Sedative Effects

Consuming kratom leaves can produce both stimulant effects (in low doses) and sedative effects (in high doses). At low doses, kratom acts like a stimulant, similar to medications commonly used to treat ADHD. At higher doses, it’s like an opioid, producing a sedative effect.

Traditionally, fresh or dried kratom leaves are chewed or made into tea. At a low dose, kratom has stimulant effects and is used to combat fatigue during long working hours. At high dosages, however, it can have sedative-narcotic effects.

Side Effects and Pharmacological Mechanism

Regular kratom users may experience side effects such as loss of weight, tiredness, constipation, and hyperpigmentation of the cheek. The pharmacological mechanism responsible for stimulant activity is unclear, but it’s known to interact with opioid receptors and other neurotransmitter systems.


Kratom is a plant with stimulant and sedative effects, which can be addictive and dangerous. While it’s legal and easily available, it’s essential to approach its use with caution and be aware of the potential risks.

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