Kratom BLOG

The growing problem of kratom is bound to escalate, as the FDA recently reported a surge in the number of shipments in the U.S. carrying the substance.

Kratom is usually shipped in the form of dried leaves, capsules, processed leaves, powdered leaves and in liquid form from leaf extracts. The influx of shipments of this substance in the U.S. may have resulted from several websites that are now openly selling kratom. As a result, a lot of people are confused if kratom is safe to use.

The emergence of dietary supplements that contain kratom has become an alarming issue because of the numerous reported adverse effects once ingested. Those who regularly ingest kratom for pain management may experience any of the following side effects.

Side Effects of Kratom Use

    • Agitation
    • Nervousness
    • Sleeplessness
    • Respiratory depression
    • Delusions
    • Tremors
    • Hallucination
    • Nausea
    • Skin pigmentation

Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms of kratom can be similar to the side effects of using the drug depending on the period of time a person has used the substance. Symptoms range from hallucinations to digestive issues, particularly in long-term kratom users.

Kratom Tolerance

Kratom tolerance will vary from individual to individual. Just like marijuana, users who become desensitized to side effects will need to up the quantity and frequency of their kratom dosage for desired results. Some kratom users reportedly use up to 8 grams of kratom in a single administration. 

Can Kratom Cause Depression?

Kratom is usually used in place of narcotics for the treatment of chronic pain. As tolerance grows, users may experience symptoms of depression or anxiety when they are not under the influence of the substance.

Prescription drugs are more likely to cause addiction and psychological side effects than kratom; however, it is possible for the brain to develop a chemical dependency to kratom over time.

How Long Does Kratom Stay In Your System?

Studies show the half-life of kratom is approximately one day, meaning it usually takes anywhere from 2 - 10 days for the body to completely eliminate traces of the substances. Kratom metabolizes more easily than synthetic painkillers, especially extended-release tablets which are designed to remain a person's system for a longer timeframe. Laboratory kratom urine testing can detect the presence of kratom in a user's system.

Kratom For Weight Loss

Some dietary supplements and bulk dietary supplements were found to contain this opioid-like substance, prompting FDA to come up with a Red List of companies and products that ship kratom.

Proper documentation is requested for detained products that appear to be similar to the dietary supplements but are not yet on the currently listed list. These will fall under the “Center Review Detention” cases.  After the screening process finds the suspected products worthy to be included in the list, it can now be added to the Red List based on the center's evaluation. All results are submitted to the concerned district's Compliance Branch.

The public is warned against purchasing dietary supplements that may contain kratom or kratom-like substances as there may be misbranding of these products to mislead the consumers. It is advised that the detection of kratom use should be reported immediately.