There is alot of conflicting information about Kratom’s addictive potential. So what’s the truth? Is it addictive or not?
Not surprisingly the truth, lies somewhere in the middle. Kratom can become highly addictive for some people, while others experience little to no addiction or withdrawal symptoms. Why? What’s the difference that makes a difference when it comes to Kratom’s addiction potential? On this page I will present the 3 factors that influence the degree to which Kratom can be addictive. First, the addiction potential according to science…
1. From a Scientific Point of View
Kratom Addiction From a scientific point of view:
“Neither kratom nor any of the constituents in kratom or its alkaloids are controlled substances or are precursors of a controlled substance. They are not a morphinans by origin or molecular structure, and the science to date indicates that they differ significantly in from prototypic opioids of abuse with respect to abuse potential and safety. Kratom has some opioid effects but low respiratory depression and abuse potential compared to opioids of abuse.”
Christopher McCurdy P.HD. is a highly recognized and respected addiction bio-chemistry expert and one of the worlds leading authorities on Kratom. He has been researching the plant for the past 15+ years. Since before it was even a blip on the FDA radar screen. You can watch a very informative Christopher McCurdy Kratom interview on this web site by clicking here.
According to McCurdy: “Research on mice shows kratom has a clear potential to treat opioid withdrawal with few side effects… “It is probably addictive, but its addictive equivalent is something like coffee, which isn’t surprising because the leaf is in the coffee family,”… “We firmly believe that it will be very good for treating opioid withdrawal and may be a possible solution to the opioid epidemic we are facing as a country.”
Conclusion: From a scientific point of view, Kratom is no more addictive than caffeine, nutmeg, hops, St. John’s Wort, chamomile or Kola Nut. Many things in life possess addictive potential. Sugar for instance is a common addiction for many people and can cause personality and behavioral changes. However when determining just how addictive a substance is, as opposed to how addictive is “can potentially be”, we have to consider…
2. The Human Factor
Our sensitivity and reaction to various substances, foods and medications, as well as our tendency or inclination for dependence and addiction is partially determined by our individual bio-chemistry. Which is why it’s impossible to come to a “one size fits all” conclusion regarding Kratom addiction.
In addition, there is also the psychological (mental/emotional) factor. Some people are psychologically more prone to addiction and dependence than others. These people are often labeled as having “addictive personalities”.
These two factors are largely responsible for the difference between those who develop a strong dependence on Kratom (and/or many other substances), and those who don’t. However there is one final factor that has to be considered…
3. Quantity and Frequency of Use
How much is used, and how often it’s used is the final factor that contributes a person’s potential for dependency. This should be obvious. There is a difference between someone who uses Kratom infrequently as needed for occasional pain, another who might use 3 grams once or twice per day on a daily basis or another who uses 10-15 grams four or five times a day, every day for years, etc.
The Bottom Line
There is a growing body of evidence and historical use that indicates, even at worst, Kratom is a far safer alternative to prescription opioid pain relievers.
However, reckless, irresponsible people will find a way to misuse or abuse almost anything, as opposed to responsible, health conscious people, who do their research, know their limitations, and treat herbs and medicine respectfully and responsibly.
Existing research, anecdotal evidence and kratom user surveys indicate that the vast majority of the millions of Kratom users use it to reduce or eliminate chronic pain (in place of pharmaceutical opiates), ease anxiety and depression, and wean themselves off dangerous opiates (pharmaceutical and other).
According to independent scientific research and the vast majority of Kratom users, for those who need it, the benefits of the Kratom outweigh the risks. However If you are thinking of using Kratom, especially long term, the potential for addiction does exist and should be taken into careful consideration. Kratom should not be used recreationally and the benefit of consuming it (on a long term basis) should outweigh the risks of some level of potential addiction and the resulting uncomfortable side effects of withdrawal if and when you decide to stop using it. Again, the severity of those effects will differ from person to person based on the human biology factor and can be anywhere from mild to extreme based on the anecdotal evidence.
However the real issue we need to address is should we allow the FDA to BAN another medicinal plant that is helping millions of people overcome pain and more dangerous opiate addiction, just because of the small fraction of people who may find a way to overuse or abuse it?
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