Is Kratom effective for pain?
Well the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) posted a 21-page notice published in the Federal Register, states Kratom does not have “an approved medical use” and “is misused to self-treat chronic pain.” Though these statements were not backed by any kind of studies, and are highly contrary to public opinion of Kratom consumers.
The PNN Pain News Network did a survey of Kratom users to understand their perceived effectiveness of Kratom’s pain management capabilities. What was found was more than 99% of users felt is was effective in mitigating their pain. Leaving no doubt that at least for it’s consumers, Kratom is a highly powerful substitute for opiates and other pain alleviation medications. Opiates, which are the most popular pain management option have adverse side effects, including severe addiction/withdrawal and high rates of lethal overdosing (More than 90 fatalities a day in the United States).
Kratom for Pain
If you’re interested in Kratom for it’s analgesic properties, then your in the . First off, because Kratom has very little published research, most of the information about it is gathered from various forums around the internet, where consumers are sharing their experiences.
What is known, is that the 7-hydroxymitragynine content in Kratom provides the pain relieving properties. So finding the strains with the highest concentrations of 7-hydroxymitragynine is the key.
However, there isn’t really a definitive publication on the alkaloid breakdown of various strains and sources of Kratom. So we’re left with crowdsourcing the information and finding what consumers experiences are.
Each region of growth, has different strains and growing conditions which make some sources more potent than others. Anecdotally the regions that are the best Kratom for pain are:
Best Kratom Strains for Pain
- Indonesian (Indo)
- Maeng Da
Best Kratom Color Variety For Pain
- Red Vein
The clear winner in regards to what pain alleviation consumers seek is definitely red vein. (There is however, no published research data showing that Red Vein Kratom has higher concentrations of 7-hydroxymitragynine).
It’s faily well known that Maeng Da is a good general strain of Kratom that if reasonably effective in most aspects of the Kratom medicinal spectrum. You’ll never go wrong with Maeng Da, though annecdotal reports seem to suggest that Indo/Borneo/Bali Reds are the best Kratom for pain.
If you’re using Kratom to quit opiates for managing pain, you’ll likely suffer withdrawal during the transition period. Typical opiate withdrawal usage is prescribed at 2 teaspoons (~8 grams) of powder every 4-5 hours during the first 4 days of withdrawal. An effort should be made to take as little as possible to both reduce your tolerance and dependency on Kratom. After the 4-day withdrawal period it’s try and take as little Kratom as required to manage your ongoing pain symptoms. Kratom also has addiction and withdrawal symptoms associated with it (although considerably less severe than opiates), so try to keep your dosing as low as possible .