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Are You in Pain? Addicted to Opioids? Kratom Can Help

Opioid Alternative Pain Management

Every year, thousands of Americans succumb to the horrors of opioid addiction, and thousands more die of overdoses.  Through no fault of their own, many in severe pain become addicted to opioid pain killers after being diagnosed with chronic pain.  You might ask: is there a safer alternative?

There is, and chances are it is sold at your local ethnobotanical establishment.  It is called kratom (it is pronounced “krah-tom” or sometimes “kray-tom”).  Kratom, known by its scientific name Mitragyna Speciosa, is native to Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.  It is an evergreen plant and a member of the coffee family.  You can either smoke kratom or drink it like a tea.

In traditional medicine, kratom is used for a variety of ailments and conditions.  Traditionally it has been to boost energy and sexual performance.  Blue collar workers in Southeast Asia have customarily used kratom to kill pain or boost their moods during jobs that are either monotonous or physically taxing.  Kratom has even been used to clear out intestinal worms.

Now this humble plant is gaining popularity in the West.  Many former opioid and heroin addicts are turning to kratom to wean themselves off their former vices.  Kratom, especially varieties such as Red Meng Da, is known to kill pain at higher doses typically at two grams and up.  Lower doses produce a euphoric effect.  Some varieties such as the green varieties, are known for their euphoric and mood boosting properties.

Where does kratom get its special magic?  Mitragynine (MG) and 7‐hydroxymitragynine (7‐HMG) are the psychoactive constituents of kratom that work on the central nervous system.  Kratom can be also good for joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back pain and osteoarthritis.  Another benefit of kratom is that you won’t fail a typical drug screen if you decide to partake; only specialized tests detect it.

Independent studies have indicated that kratom can boost the immune system; it contains chemicals that can “scavenge” free radicals from the body.  It is also a natural source of antioxidants and has anti-microbial properties.

Given its mood boosting qualities, kratom can help those who suffer from chronic stress, anxiety or depression.   As mentioned earlier, the green strains of kratom are chiefly known for this effect.

If you are suffering from diabetes, there is hope with kratom.  Research has indicated that kratom can help with regulating the body’s blood sugar levels,  which is crucial for diabetics.

Do you want to try kratom out?  Come down to Ohana Kava Bar, with two locations in Colorado Springs.  There is one location near the corner of Tejon and Boulder, and another on North Academy near Austin Bluffs.  Matthew Clark, the owner of Ohana, can give you additional details on this plant.  Matthew is very knowledgeable about ethnobotanicals and used to work as a registered nurse at Penrose St. Francis.  If Matthew is not at the bar, his friendly and helpful “kava slingers” can fill you in on the world of kratom.  The bar serves a hot kratom tea and customers can take home bags of kratom powder in white, red, and green varieties.