In this article, you’re going to learn how Kratom can help to reduce or eliminate anxiety, cause anxiety, or exacerbate anxiety.
This is very important information you’re about to read.
When I was researching Kratom and experimenting with it, I noticed that some strains would get rid of my anxiety – but also make me too tired and lazy… or even sleepy.
And other strains would give me lots of energy and focus but also make me very anxious, irritated, impatient, and sometimes even angry.
It wasn’t until I learned about mixing Kratom strains that I was able to find the perfect balance of effects including anxiety relief, energy, focus, and contentment, with easily tolerated, minor side effects.
If you’re interested in learning “How To Use Kratom for Anxiety Relief” and also how to prevent Kratom from causing or exacerbating anxiety… this is the perfect article for you.
Let’s begin… shall we?
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Kratom Plant Pharmacology
Kratom is an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia and is a member of the coffee family. Currently, kratom is not regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency in the United States (making it legal).
However, some states have passed laws banning kratom, and it seems like more and more states are banning it or trying to ban it lately.
Despite common misconceptions, Kratom is NOT AN OPIATE.
Kratom, simply put, is an opioid-agonist.
Once a person takes a dose of Kratom, the drug binds to the same opioid receptors in the brain and other parts of the body that opiates bind to, and as a result, leads to effects that feel very similar (though not identical) to opiate drugs.
Mitragynine, the major alkaloid in Kratom, is a partial opioid agonist producing similar effects to morphine. An interesting minor alkaloid of kratom, 7-hyrdoxymitragynine, has been reported to be more potent than morphine.
Both kratom alkaloids activate supraspinal mu- and delta-opioid receptors, which is the main reason the plant alleviates pain and opiate withdrawal symptoms/cravings so well.
To sum things up, Kratom is not an opiate, however, it binds to the same opioid receptors that opiate drugs bind to. Thus, Kratom is a legal plant that can be used as a natural alternative to prescription or illicit opiates.
Kratom Risks and Effects
I will warn you with a good dose of caution, however, that many individuals are addicted to Kratom. If you take too much for too long, it can even cause a horrible withdrawal syndrome very similar to opiate withdrawal.
People can develop addictions to Kratom because the effects can be quite nice, and though I’ve never become addicted to it while testing different strains and dosages, I can see why so many people abuse it.
Kratom effects include the following:
- Pain Relief
- Mental Stimulation
Note: The Kratom effects vary depending on the strain and dosage used. For instance, lower dosages in the 2-6 gram range could produce stimulating effects, while higher dosages from 7-10 grams or more can lead to more pain relief and sedation.
*Furthermore, the red Kratom strains tend to be the most sedating, while the white strains are typically more stimulating. The green strains are typically not as stimulating as white strains, and not as sedating as red ones, and fall somewhere in the middle of the two.
Biochemical Uniqueness and Kratom
There are many different strains of Kratom to choose from. Kratom has become extremely popular, and there’s an abundance of different strains available online and in smoke shops. As I previously mentioned, different strains have different effects.
Along with this, each human being has their own individual biochemical makeup.
Thus, the same Kratom strain and dosage might make one person feel ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, while it could make another person sick to their stomach. There really is no way to know how you will respond to a particular strain or dosage until you try it.
Best Kratom Strain and Dosage for Anxiety
Due to your own biochemical individuality, there is no way to know for certain which Kratom strain will work best for your specific anxiety.
However, the best place to begin is with the red-veined Red Bali Kratom.
This one seems to be the most common strain of Kratom I see getting good reviews for relieving anxiety.
I myself have never had any Kratom feel more relaxing than Red Bali Kratom.
But it’s too relaxing for me.
So to be relaxed without being too tired and spaced out…
I have to mix in 50% white-veined Kratom or even yellow.
That combo is perfect for my personal biochemistry.
But it’s not perfect for everyone.
Every “Kratom Noobie” goes through something I call their own personal Kratom Learner’s Curve.
It’s where you educate yourself and then begin to low-dose sample a specific Kratom strain, then notice the effects when they kick in and go from there.
It’s an exploratory phase where you test out different strains, dosages, and combinations and notice the effects until you find the perfect strain and dosage for you.
It took me a few weeks of Kratom research and self-experimentation before I learned what dosage and combination of strains provided me with the desired effects.
But each person that wants to use Kratom for anxiety needs to figure this out on their own through educated self-experimentation.
Here are some helpful guidelines to find your best Kratom for anxiety relief:
- Start off with a 1/2 TSP of Red Bali Kratom powder 3 capsules with a glass of water.
- Wait an hour and notice the effects.
- Based on the effects you’re experiencing, you might leave dosage here if it works great or increase it if it’s not strong enough.
- Most people use Kratom in the 2-7 gram per dosage range; Some need less and some need more to get the desired effects they’re hoping for.
- If Red Bali works for your anxiety but makes you too tired, try mixing 50/50 with White Maeng Da or another white strain of Kratom.
- If you still haven’t found the perfect Kratom strain and dosage for anxiety after doing these experiments, test other strains, combos of strains, and dosages.
- Continue experimenting until you find a protocol that provides the results you’re seeking.
Cautions Using Kratom for Anxiety
Since Kratom is a partial opioid agonist and thus increases endorphins and dopamine when you take it, this can be a very effective plant medicine for treating anxiety.
However, the more you take Kratom, the less it works, as you start to get a tolerance with regular use.
Further still, daily use of Kratom over the span of months leads to physiological dependence, which is a state of neuronal adaptation that can cause a withdrawal syndrome if the Kratom stopped abruptly.
Kratom addiction is common these days, and many people have started out innocently using Kratom for anxiety and then got hooked on it.
However, most people are able to use Kratom medicinally and responsibly, without getting addicted to it.
If you decide to try out Kratom for anxiety, or if you’ve already used Kratom for anxiety or anything else, remember that daily use leads to physical dependence and has the ability to lead to psychological addiction.
But taking Kratom a few days a week or less prevents you from developing physical dependence, and that means that you won’t go through Kratom withdrawal ever, which can range from mild to severe.
Kratom “Add-Ons” for Stronger Anxiety Relief
While Kratom alone is strong enough for the majority of anxiety disorders to be stabilized, in many cases people need Kratom along with another one or two substances to relieve their anxiety.
Here are some of the best things to mix with Kratom to enhance anxiolytic effects:
- Natural Substances:
- Kava Kava (vaporizers, edibles, tea, liquid, extract)
- CBD Oil (liquid, vaporizers, soft gels, edibles)
- Cannabis with a 3:1 ratio of CBD:THC (vaporized oil, edibles, liquid extracts)
- Passionflower (capsules, extract, tea)
- Chamomile (tea)
- Lemon balm (capsules, extract, tea)
- Matcha powder
- L-Theanine (sublingual, liquid, capsules)
- Manmade Substances:
- Muscle Relaxers
Note: This is by no means a comprehensive or complete list, although these are the most common combinations that people report working the best. Other than cannabis, none of the other natural substances I listed above can cause addiction. However, with the manmade substances that I listed above, these can all cause dependence and addiction. These can also be dangerous to mix with Kratom due to the interaction of taking two or more CND depressants together. Always talk to your doctor before trying Kratom and before mixing Kratom with another drug or supplement.
- Kratom is a partial opioid agonist that binds to opioid receptors and thus can produce opioid-like effects (pain relief, relaxation, constipation, etc.)
- Kratom can be very helpful for reducing or eliminating anxiety when a person finds the ideal strain and dosage of Kratom for their personal biochemical makeup.
- Kratom can cause or exacerbate any existing anxiety when a person uses a stimulating strain and dosage of Kratom that is too strong for them.
- Kratom can be habit-forming and can even cause physiological dependence and psychological addiction in some cases, so caution is encouraged.
- Mixing Kratom with certain other natural or manmade substances can provide stronger anxiolytic effects but can also be dangerous and even deadly in some cases (typically when mixing Kratom with a pharmaceutical drug that causes respiratory depression)
- The safest way to use Kratom for anxiety relief is to start off with a half teaspoon of Red Bali Kratom, wait an hour, and take another half teaspoon if it’s not enough.
- Some of the most common Kratom add-ons for anxiety mitigation are phenibut, kava root, CBD oil, cannabis, and prescription drugs such as gabapentin, clonidine, Valium, and baclofen.
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