What is Kratom? Can it Help Ease Heroin/Opiate Withdrawals?

Kratom is a highly controversial non-regulated drug that is used for anything from making tea to treating chronic pain.  It’s even suggested that it may help and alleviate heroin/opioid withdrawal.  But does it really work?  Why hasn’t it been approved by the FDA?  And why is the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) trying to make it illegal in the United States?

What is Kratom?

Kratom for heroin withdrawal symptomsKratom is a tree originating from Southeast Asia. It has been used for years for relieving chronic pain, anxiety and as a form of expression from natives of Southeast Asia. It’s leaves can even be chewed or dried, ground and made into a tea. Many people use Kratom in place of their pain medications, anxiety medications and anti-depressants. Kratom contains active alkaloids, like mitragynine which is an opioid agonist that has an affinity for the opioid receptors in the brain – though Kratom itself is not an opioid.

Kratom is part of the Rubiaceace family, making it a cousin to the coffee plant.  Recently Kratom has been proposed to not only be banned in America, but placed as a schedule 1 narcotic. Kratom, the plant itself, has never killed one person. Those that were found dead with Kratom in their system also had other drugs such as heroin in their system. Many say that if Kratom is banned, thousands of people will die.   See “Should Kratom Be Banned in the United States?” for more information.

What are the Benefits of Using Kratom?

Can Kratom be abused?Just about everything has the potential to be abused. The better question to ask is – do the benefits of Kratom outweigh the negatives?  So what are the benefits of Kratom?

For many people, including recovering opioid and heroin addicts, chronic pain patients, people with anxiety and depression; Kratom has given them their life back in their own words. Many have 86’d (to do away with something) their pharmaceutical medications, that they were felt enslaved to and have been able to lead a happy, healthy life as a result of using Kratom. Furthermore, drug addicts have taken Kratom while in the midst of withdrawals from all types of drugs (heroin, xanax, etc.) and found that Kratom eased their withdrawals while giving them energy, pain relief and stimulation.  This has enabled many individuals in addiction treatment and recovery to turn away from drugs altogether.

Potential Dangers of Using Kratom

Unfortunately Kratom’s name has been thrown under the bus due to certain vendors and headshops who lace it, potentiate it and alter the plant.  Kratom is not likely to be tampered with if it is purchased in South Asian countries. However, the issue is that here in America vendors want a profit and loyal customers.

Lacing the Kratom to make its effects stronger and altered means business. Many who have heard bad things about Kratom have likely heard it because of the above problem Kratom consumers have with purchasing it from legitimate vendors..

Comparing Kratom with Medicine Assisted Treatment Like Methadone and Suboxone

Kratom vs Suboxone and methadoneMany recovering heroin addicts don’t like the idea of being put on a Suboxone or Methadone program for short term withdrawals because usually the programs last much longer than the 5 to 10 days needed to detox.  Thus, many turn to Kratom to alleviate withdrawals and then quickly taper from the Kratom, which is recommended.

Those who were put on prescription painkillers for injuries, then were cut off by their doctors and turned to the streets for heroin say that Kratom has become a “life-saver” for them. Not only does it fight heroin withdrawals but it has reportedly taken away some the pain associated from their injuries. Kratom has been their way to balance their chronic pain and stay away from heroin.  Many who have used Kratom say that it takes away the urge and desire to use drugs.

In a similar way, Suboxone and Methadone curb cravings however, these medications are also opioids and many who start using them stay on them for a very long time or for life.  Kratom is a non-opioid but behaves in a similar manner.  It’s natural, but unregulated.  Many consider this a benefit while others consider it a potential problem.  Kill The Heroin Epidemic Nationwide believes that Kratom requires more research to really understand its benefits vs. potential problems.

How Often Should Kratom Be Used?

Ideally, if using kratom for any type of disorder it is recommended to use it once every two days.  Increased frequency of use may be needed for those using Kratom for chronic pain.

Potential Side Effects of Kratom

Many people associate plants with being safer than pills. It’s said that the worst side-effect of kratom is constipation. Many pills, prescribed by the doctor have side-effect lists as long as football fields.

More research is being done on kratom and its effects, as it stays legal in most states. There is even talk of creating an altered pharmaceutical painkiller from kratoms active alkaloid- mitragynine. What is the future of kratom and its users?  Time will tell.

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12 thoughts on “What is Kratom? Can it Help Ease Heroin/Opiate Withdrawals?

  1. I was on Suboxone for over 5 years for opiate/drug addiction. I sought help for my addictions and ended up in one of the local Suboxone programs. After 5 years I felt I was not ready to come off Suboxone but the doctors wanted to taper me anyways. I ended up getting extremely sick from withdrawals to the point where I couldn’t function. Having been kicked out from both Suboxone programs in my area I was no longer able to receive help. I started researching withdrawal remedies and tried nearly everything besides Kratom. After a bit of searching I found a local store that sold it. The difference it has made in my life was amazing. Not only did it kill all my symptoms but made a drastic improvement on my life. I also suffer from a schizoid personality disorder which makes it hard to interact with people, leave the house and find work. I basically use energetic strains which to give me the drive and energy to function every day. Without Kratom I never want to do anything besides hide in my room. I struggled my entire life with drugs and drug addiction but with Kratom I finally found some stability in my life.

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  3. Babyboy, try red Borneo. Cheapest but helps. Then you have red maeng da, most pricey but I am not sure if it helps more. So I always stuck with Borneo, I have been thinking of trying a green vein Borneo to see if I still have pain relief but I need energy

  4. Hi im looking for help. To come off the heroin. I’ve been on methadone programs but o only end up taking heroin aswell. so now im not taking methadone programs but im useing heroin everyday. so im asking you if kratom. will help me to come off heroin without the the withdrawal please please i need help me

    • Yes, it will help alot. You made need to take higher amounts and I suggest red veins which mimic what your doing now closest. I tried everything myself. Immodium also helps but the kratom is your best option imo. Use a taper either way, otherwise you are prolonging withdrawal however the withdrawal from kratom will be far less painful than smack from my experience. If you take too much kratom you will just most likely throw up much like when you over do the h however less dangerous. I would recommend finding a sweet spot so to say where you can function normally.

  5. on methadone 4 over 40 years. i am 65. i got on methadone to alieviate heroin w/d. it was experimental,long term they told us,and it was free. all county hospitals were open for detox and probationers and parolees each had programs state or county paid,los angeles california after some time all these programs shut down,the corporations moved in now its 500 a month and m,ost cant hang with the bread,so what iam saying is this just bull,or does it work,because if it does it needs to be exploited,everyone should have access it should be in all new cars,all public areas,it should be every where

  6. Kratom is what got me and my hubby off heroin. Best place we found to get it is (promotional website removed) a u get 2.2 lbs for $75 versus a $1 a gram at Waterbeds and Stuff. We found the easiest way to take it is with coffee. Its related to the coffee plant so a teaspoon of kratom in about 2 oz. of coffee with some sugar really takes away the extremely bitter taste. And the only side effect we’ve found is lucid dreams. And as long as u don’t take Mah Jong right before bed that’s not even that bad. The Red strain is good for a euphoric buzz while the Green is good for speeding ya so we’d take the Red before bed and the Green before work. We’ve been clean for 2 years now but we still take it b/c it kills ur pain better than heroin ever did. And isn’t that why alotta ppl start trying heroin to begin with? Like everything else if u do too much u def feel it. Makes u sweat, feel nauseous, so try a little first cuz u can always take more if u don’t get the desired effect.

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