A kratom high usually takes effect within 30 to 60 minutes after taking it, but sometimes the effects can be felt after 15 to 20 minutes. The euphoric sensation can last from five to seven hours, but usually, the feelings are more intense after two to four hours of ingestion. The duration of kratom’s effects varies depending on the size of the dose, among other factors.
Kratom can cause stimulant-like effects when used in low doses. Stimulants typically boost energy. With higher doses, kratom can have effects similar to opioid substances, causing sedation, euphoria, and a possible dreamlike state.
Taking a low dose of kratom can lead to stimulant-like side effects, including:
Side effects of high doses of kratom may include:
Kratom can be ingested as a powder, resin or syrup, or as the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa plant (dried, usually). It is usually ingested by mixing with water or a sweetened beverage, or by making a tea out of the substance.
Two of the main active components of kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. The half-lives of these chemicals are about two and a half to three and a half hours, meaning that it takes the body this amount of time to eliminate half of the drug in the body.
The effects of these substances can still be felt after this period, but the sensation will begin to decrease after about three hours.
Kratom is considered addictive, although not much research exists in this area yet. Most scientists and researchers realize that kratom has abuse potential, and people may become dependent on or addicted to it with regular and prolonged use.
Kratom dependence and addiction are still not well understood, but someone who is addicted to kratom may show the following signs:
It is possible to overdose on kratom, although such an overdose probably does not directly lead to death. Overdose on kratom can result in toxic effects on the body, and if kratom is used with other substances, such as opioids or benzodiazepines, the likelihood of life-threatening overdose increases.
Symptoms of kratom overdose may include:
If you think that someone close to you is abusing kratom, it’s important that you help them find appropriate treatment options. Kratom withdrawal can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. Choosing an inpatient rehab treatment center like The Recovery Village Columbus that includes medically supervised detox can be beneficial.
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