UPDATE: The use of kratom in the United States has become somewhat controversial. Some people claim its a miracle plant that’s helped them kick opiates and improve their lives while others, mostly in the pharmaceutical industry or influenced by that industry claim it’s dangerous. You need to research and find out for yourself. This article is for informational purposes only. Always consult where you live and the local laws.
I’ve received quite a few questions from readers about using kratom for opiate withdrawal, so let’s dispel all the myths and let me tell you what its all about.
Lets start with the basics:
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a leaf harvested from a large tree native to Southeast Asia.
No, kratom is not an opiate. It is in the same chemical family as the coffee tree. And using Kratom is common wherever it grows throughout Southeast Asia. This plant remained virtually unknown outside of that area until the last few years when it was discovered for many uses.
Yes, countless people now take kratom for opiate withdrawal relief at home. A lot of people use it just long enough to ease their opioid withdrawal symptoms and to help make the transition to a drug free life easier. Especially because many people relapse. It can be hard to be sober again. Kratom offers a bridge of sorts.
Kratom contains many unique alkaloids that we are just beginning to understand the effects of, but some people have used Kratom to ease withdrawal pain, reduce cravings and act as a home remedy from hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, suboxone, heroin and other narcotic withdrawals.
The plant kratom has gotten a lot of press lately for this exact reason. They’ve even done studies on kratom’s effectiveness for opiate withdrawal. So according to many people the plant kratom has been known to ease many painful opiate withdrawal symptoms.
The effects of kratom when consumed orally or chewed in leaf form have been described as less intense but somewhat similar to the feeling of opioids.
Kratom is described as stimulating at lower doses and more sedating at higher doses. Most would agree it’s far less powerful and much less addictive than prescription painkillers. The effects of kratom can vary depending on the type of kratom, how much was consumed and that person’s individual chemistry.
Some people even say that Kratom is Nature’s Painkiller.
The trick to using kratom effectively is to use it only when you HAVE to get you through your worst opiate withdrawals, without relapsing. Use it only as tool and treatment to help you deal with your most acute forms of opiate withdrawal pain from heroin, oxycontin, percocets and other narcotics.
If you can make it through the worst symptoms 3 – 10 days of opiate detox, you can recover without relapsing. So if you need to use it as a non prescription withdrawal supplement, make sure you only use it for 1 -2 weeks max because it can create dependency, and that’s the last thing you need.
There are a wide number of different kinds of kratom for opiate withdrawal, they usually come as white kratom, red kratom or green kratom of the following types of Kratom strains. The kratom strains listed are good for opiate withdrawals:
You should use kratom as a tool for the hardest times of opiate withdrawal. Use it so that you don’t relapse when you hurt the most. It’s a medicine to help you through your most painful times and then you should stop as soon as your withdrawals ease off.
Kratom dosing vary’s by your height, weight, sex, age and experience. As you should do with everything, always test small to start. Some people have suggested something like bali kratom for opiate withdrawal 1 – 3 powdered grams and see how it affects you. People also take it on an empty stomach. Then you can adjust your dosage up or down as needed.
Kratom toss and wash method – This is when you take however much kratom you want to take and throw it in the back of your throat, then wash it down with juice or a beverage of your choice.
Kratom milk shake method – Get a small bottle of chocolate milk and dump your dose of kratom in the milk and shake. This mixes well with kratom while a number of other liquids don’t mix very well.
Kratom tea method – Kratom tea is another very popular way to consume. Most people put their desired kratom in water and squeeze a fresh lemon into it. Then boil for 20 minutes on med-low. After which strain the kratom and consume the liquid.
Kratom capsules – You can also cap your kratom and then just swallow the capsules so you don’t have to taste it. Or buy it prepackaged.
Popular kratom types for hydrocodone, oxycodone, heroin, and painkiller withdrawal relief are:
Maeng da Kratom – Maeng da is known to be good for dealing with cravings, giving energy and making it so your body doesn’t hurt, so it’s all around good kratom for opiate withdrawals Other kratom strains that are known to work well for narcotic withdrawal symptoms include Red Bali, Borneo White Vein, Premium Bali Kratom, Thai kratom, Malaysian green kratom, Bali Kratom,:Green Hong Kong, White Reserve.
Kratom can be addictive and people who use it daily will develop tolerance, and can develop dependence and addiction.
Remember kratom for opiate withdrawal relief is just 1 way to quit out of many, it may help you or it may not help you.
But to me, kratom seems like it falls into a similar class as cannabis. As in it really can help people suffering and it can get them to the other side if they’re prone to relapse. But it can also be abused and cause dependence. What I’ve heard from the people that do it the right way is that they only use it to help ease the first and hardest felt opiate painkiller withdrawal symptoms for about 7 days, and then they get off kratom fast as they can.
Here’s a good article on kratom for opiate withdrawal as the topics become a bit politicized. You either think its a natural effective reliever of painkiller withdrawal symptoms or you think it’s no good, apparently as some may think: https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2018/02/09/fda-weaponizes-opioid-label-against-kratom-consumers/#7ef955c14536