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How Long Does a Kratom High Last?

Kratom is derived from the Mitragyna speciosa plant. It is commonly marketed in tablet or powder form as a dietary supplement.

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.

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What Does Kratom Do?

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.

Kratom High Effects

Taking a low dose of kratom can lead to stimulant-like side effects, including:

  • Increased energy and alertness
  • Increased sex drive
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased sociability
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Agitation
  • Coordination problems

Side effects of high doses of kratom may include:

  • Sedation
  • Pain relief
  • Euphoria
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Itching

How Is Kratom Taken?

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.

Kratom Half-Life

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.

Is Kratom Addictive?

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:

  • Decreased performance at school or work
  • Frequent use of kratom
  • Avoidance of family and friends
  • Frequently associating with people who use kratom
  • Increased desire and effort to obtain more kratom, often at the expense of other obligations
  • Being secretive or defensive about kratom use
  • Inability to feel normal without kratom

Kratom Overdose

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:

  • Seizures
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver problems
  • Increased heart rate

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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