What Is Kratom?
What Are the Side Effects of Kratom?
Depending on the dosage, Kratom can act as either a stimulant or a sedative. It can work like a simulant when taken at low doses. When it acts like a stimulant, Kratom may increase energy, give the user more alertness, and improve social skills. At high doses, Kratom acts like a stimulant. Individuals who are using Kratom as a recreational drug typically take high doses because it will likely cause euphoric effects and dull sensations and/or emotions.
If someone uses Kratom for an extended period of time, they might begin to feel negative side effects of symptoms. Side effects of Kratom may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Severe weight loss
- Face discoloration
- Liver damage
- Dry mouth
- Tongue numbness
- Thyroid problems
In large doses, Kratom can also cause trouble breathing, seizures, or brain swelling. Kratom is also known to cause dependence and can lead to withdrawal & its set of symptoms. Even though this substance can help with withdrawal symptoms, it can ironically be the reason the experience occurs as well.
Is Kratom Safe?
Managing and Preventing Kratom Side Effects
If Kratom is misused or is not used according to dosage, dependence is likely to occur. Kratom should not be used if you have a heart condition or a mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. If you or someone you know suffers through withdrawal due to Kratom, it’s important to contact a doctor or rehabilitation center as soon as possible for a comfortable and healthy recovery.
If you’re interested in learning more about alternative therapies like Kratom and their side effects, contact our team of substance abuse and medical professionals by calling us at 267.719.8689.