Often people interested in Kratom want to know how it compares to the effects of Weed. It’s a logical comparison as they have many similar attributes.
I think people often buy Kratom looking to get a ‘high’ similar to that of weed and are generally left disappointed. Kratom isn’t the kind of drug you take to get ‘fucked up’ with your friends. If that’s your goal, then it won’t satisfy you. However if you’re looking for something that is a bit more mild (but still quite effective), that offers a euphoric experience, coupled with pain relief and anxiolytic effects then Kratom is a great herb to try.
Weed Versus Kratom Breakdown
Weed typically makes people slower mentaly, Kratom doesn’t have this effect.
Kratom reliefs pain for long durations of time, up to 6 hours. It’s very effective.
Weed has anti-inflammatory effects, but the durations is short, 2-3 hours.
Kratom is legal (Kind of) and thus the sources of it are typically well known and much more reliable.
Weed is highly illegal and it’s sources are rarely known and typically has unwanted/unknown additives.
Kratom is an excellent anxiolytic. This also helps enhance focus and motivation.
Weed can sometimes reduce anxiety, but it often increases paranoia and has the opposite effect.
Kratom in low doses has a stimulating effect. Combined with caffeine and L-Theanine, it’s a powerful motivator.
Weed is typically motivation lowering, as it causes most people to feel sedated.
Addiction and Withdrawal
Weed has little physical dependency and 0 physical withdrawal symptoms. Though it can be psychologically addicting.
Kratom acts similar to Opioids and thus has some physical dependency issues. There is a definite tolerance buildup, so users need to rotate their strains and also take periodic breaks to reduce their tolerance.
There is also physical withdrawal symptoms that will occur if heavy users suddenly abstain completely. Though these symptoms are mild compared to other popular opioids, they are still something to consider and not to be taken lightly. Kratom users need to understand the effect of tolerance and be willing to abstain from use to keep their peak usage levels at reasonable quantities. Kratom abuse is a real thing, and users need to be smart about their usage. Though it’s effects are not as intense as weed, it can be addictive, so care must be taken similar to any other pain killing medications.
Kratom tastes terrible, most people take it via “Toss and Wash”, but it’s not pleasant.
Smoking weed or eating it in baked goods is considerably more pleasant.
Almost all drug tests will test for Marijuana. It also stays in your fat cells so even if it’s been many weeks, you can still test positive.
Kratom is mostly unknown and rarely found on any drug tests. It’s also legal in most Countries so it’s not something that is tested for.
Potential for Work
Kratom is motivating in small doses, so it can be a good replacement for caffeine, when trying to take a break from coffee. Some users rotate their use each day to help fight tolerance of both caffeine and kratom. Weed is typically not good for work, as it makes users too slow mentally for most jobs. Stoners are typically a bit more careless and accident prone in the workplace and depending on your job, it may or may not matter about your cognitive abilities.
Recreational Use for Parties
If you’re looking for an intense ‘high’ or a party drug to accompany binge drinking, then you will find Marijuana much to your liking. It’s effects are strong and it’s been used as a social drug all over the world for centuries.
If you’re wanting something a bit more mild to alter your mood, relief your pain, help you sleep, and give you a euphoric feeling, then Kratom will make you very happy. It’s great for work, relaxing at home and conversations with friends.
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What have been your experiences?