harmaceutical drugs used in controlling depression, anxiety, pain, and insomnia have adverse effects far more significant than is assumed. For example, weight gain, insomnia, and loss of sexual desire as found in antidepressant use are alarming. Coupled with the enormous costs, solving one problem with another is not ideal.
This has led the health and wellness community to seek out more natural products. To assist in their ailments or make them a little bit better. Indeed, nature is always the answer.
One of those products is Kratom and has its origins in Thailand. It has been used for centuries as a painkiller, improving sleep, treating digestive problems, giving energy, boosting mood, and many more.
Many strains can be got from Kratom and it comes in capsules, powder, and tincture forms. Here you will see the popular types of kratom capsules available in the market, dosages, and side effects. But first;
Why Kratom Capsules?
Capsules come already packed with a specified dosage of Kratom. This saves you the hassle of weighing ideal doses every day. Besides, with capsules, you get to use Kratom anywhere, which would be inconvenient when measuring powder outside.
The Kratom powder can be bitter and irritating to your tongue and throat. With capsules, you never have to worry about that. Overall, you get to reduce the friction associated with forming the habit of using Kratom regularly.
Types of Kratom Capsules
Red Vein Bali Kratom Capsules
This strain contains over 30 alkaloids such as mitragynine (which acts on opioid receptors), paynanthine, speciociliatine, etc. It has a fast onset of action and bioavailability and has been used for its soothing and analgesic effects.
In pain management, it binds to the kappa subtype of opioid receptors and is thus used in palliative care. Opiates such as morphine are used primarily for this type of pain. But the downside of opiates is that they have an addictive property and severe withdrawal symptoms.
It also increases blood flow into the frontal cortex of the brain, which carries out cognitive functions. When this happens, you feel more driven, focused, and ultimately more productive in real life. This is better than energy drinks that will leave you with the guilt of having consumed empty calories unhealthy for you.
The Red Vein Bali also has antidepressant functions.
Red Borneo Kratom Capsules
The compound is fully organic and has powerful anti-anxiety effects. Unlike pharmaceutical anxiolytic medications, this natural compound does not cause drowsiness.
It is extracted from the Mitragyna Speciosa. Its name is the combination of the color of the leaf veins it’s got from, plus the location – Borneo islands in South East Asia.
It helps to reduce alcohol withdrawal symptoms which sometimes can be fatal. They include high blood pressure control and insomnia by helping with the regulation of sleep patterns.
It has compounds such as Corynoxin A and Corynoxin B. They affect the release of dopamine (the ‘feel-good hormone), thus making it invaluable for depression and PTSD.
Maeng Da Kratom Capsules
This type is the most available, and it is incredible in pain relief and stimulation. It is grafted and processed, then purified to a well-refined powder. This function is mediated by the many flavonoids and alkaloids present in it.
The caffeine alkaloid is ideal for productivity as it improves your levels of focus without the crash and insomnia associated with coffee. It also has euphoric effects and could be used in your pursuit of serenity and relaxation.
Green Malay Capsules
This product is ideal for relaxation, euphoria, and energy bouts that last for very long. It has over ten alkaloids to mediate this function.
It aids in bone growth and mitigation of the pain due to osteoporosis. This is achieved by increasing the utilization of calcium by the bones on the former. And activity on opioid receptors for the latter.
Are you having a migraine? Green Malay has been shown to treat the pain associated with a migraine and also its root cause.
It also affects mood through the activity of hydroxymitragynine on the brain.
Effects of Kratom can be felt in 20-30 minutes and last for about 6-8 hours. It is better taken on an empty stomach. However, this depends on age, sex, genetic factors, tolerance, body weight, etc.
You can start with one capsule as a beginner, equivalent to an amount less than 1g of powder. Experiment with the dosages then increases gradually to get the remedy you need.
If you are experienced, try 4-7 grams of Kratom.
When in doubt about what dosages to take for a specific purpose, use this simple guide. 1-2 grams are ideal for enhancing your mood, energy, and focus levels. 3-4 grams are an intermediate between energy and euphoria, ideal for relaxation. Over 5 grams are best for sedation and pain relief.
However, this is not absolute. Kratom is still not well regulated, and ideal doses are yet to be confirmed.
Some of the side effects of Kratom powder are mild but are primarily associated with overdosing. They include nausea, dizziness, constipation, vomiting, sweating, itching, liver damage, or even death.
Kratom is also associated with dependency, and stopping usage is linked to causing; anxiety, agitation, insomnia, sweating, and muscle aches.
Kratom comes in different strains and has very many benefits, as you have seen. Since the FDA does not regulate the compound, it is recommended to start with low doses, adding up according to your needs.
Consult your physician before using Kratom to know whether the product is a perfect match for you. Indulge responsibly.