Table of Contents
- 1 Video Transcript
- 2 What is Kratom?
- 3 Is Kratom Addictive?
- 4 Should I use Kratom to Quit Opioids?
- 5 Is Kratom Deadly?
- 6 Does Kratom Work Well for Everyone?
- 7 What are the Side Effects of Kratom?
- 8 What is the Best Kratom Dosage for Opioid Withdrawal?
- 9 What is the Best Kratom Strain for Opioid Withdrawal?
- 10 How Long Should I use Kratom While Quitting Opioids?
- 11 How Should I Ingest Kratom?
- 12 Where Should I Purchase Kratom from?
- 13 Kratom Resources
- 14 Subscribe on YouTube
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Hey, this is Matt Finch with Opiate Addiction Support and Elevation Recovery. In this video, we’re going to talk about using Kratom for opioid withdrawal effectively, safely, medicinally, and responsibly.
We’re going to answer a lot of frequently asked Kratom questions, dispel some Kratom myths, and talk about literally all the different aspects of Kratom that you could want to know about.
So let’s start off with talking about what Kratom actually is.
What is Kratom?
So Kratom is a plant in the coffee family, the Latin name for it is Mitragyna speciosa. It grows in Thailand, in Southeast Asia, it’s a partial opioid agonist.
That means that it binds to the MU and other opioid receptors in the brain, intestines, and spinal cord and other areas of the body.
And by binding to those receptors, it releases endorphins and enkephalins, which are our natural painkillers.
Dopamine, the motivation-reward-euphoria neurotransmitter.
It’s an anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, pain reliever, and it gives you energy, relaxation, motivation, and more depending on which strain you use.
It’s not regulated by the DEA yet, despite them and the FDA trying to get it banned.
But it is banned in several states and cities; federally, it’s legal.
It’s not regulated by the DEA yet, despite them and the FDA trying to get it banned. But it is banned in several states and cities; federally, it’s legal.
Very helpful for many people for opioid withdrawal and addiction, but it’s also potentially habit-forming.
Additionally, daily use leads to physiological dependence and the potential to have withdrawal symptoms from it once that dependence has been formulated.
So there are pros, and there are cons, it’s a double-edged sword.
Is Kratom Addictive?
Why do people get addicted to Kratom? Well, not everyone gets addicted to it, but a larger and larger percentage of people have becoming addicted to Kratom over the years.
So it quickly leads to a release of feel-good neurotransmitters when you take Kratom.
Again you get a spike in endorphins, dopamine, and other mood-boosting neurochemicals.
So it does help make life easier, and it can mitigate opioid withdrawal cravings, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, chronic pain, ADD, and more.
It’s good for a lot of different things, depending on the person’s biochemistry.
Again it’s legal in most states, and it’s widely available at smoke shops and also online vendors.
There’s a very low stigma associated with using Kratom, and it becomes a habit that some people just can’t kick despite diligent effort to stop using it.
So some people have an easy time, some people have a very difficult time quitting.
And that’s because of the Kratom withdrawal symptoms, both acute and post-acute.
So some people report quitting Kratom, it’s like quitting coffee or maybe with a little bit of Tylenol and codeine mix in it.
Others report moderate opioid withdrawal symptoms, and some report major opioid withdrawal symptoms and a long post-acute withdrawal as well.
That’s typically on for people that have been taking higher amounts and for longer periods of time.
But it depends on the length of use, the amount you use per day and the individual’s personal biochemistry, psychology, life stressors, and many other factors.
Should I use Kratom to Quit Opioids?
Should I use Kratom to quit opioids? This is a very common question. Most people would say yes that are addicted to opioids, but there is another side of the story, and a lot of people just say it’s replacing one addiction for another, and they’re violently against it seems.
So Kratom is still an opioid which is why it works so well, many are able to use Kratom short term to quit, but many just get addicted to the Kratom and then they have this new problem known as Kratom addiction.
People with addictive personalities tend to have higher chances of getting Kratom addiction, and the people that don’t have less chances of becoming psychologically addicted to it.
Anybody can get physically addicted if they take it daily over an extended period of time.
So some people say Kratom saved my life, while others say that it ruined their life.
I personally think using Kratom to quit opioids is an effective and pretty safe natural alternative and extremely 100% safe if you actually know what you’re doing, and it’s pretty easy to learn how to use it safely.
Is Kratom Deadly?
Is Kratom deadly? Well, let’s talk about this; this is a debated topic as well. The FDA claimed that Kratom is responsible for dozens of deaths; however, these cases seemed to have been debunked by researchers.
Recently one guy took a nap after using Kratom, and he left a baby in a car, and the heat killed the baby that was not good for Kratom right there.
For people that don’t know how to use Kratom correctly, it could lead to dangerous situations.
Using it safely and effectively is a skill anyone can learn, and it just takes education and are we starting off with the lowest dose possible.
Does Kratom Work Well for Everyone?
Does Kratom work well for everyone? This is a pretty interesting topic, as well. So some report that it works very well, some reports that it works a little, some report that it doesn’t work for them at all.
And some report minor side effects, some report moderate, and some report severe side effects.
So why is there all these different experiences of effectiveness and side effects?
It’s because of people’s individual biochemistry.
We’re all human, but seven and a half billion people, we all have a very unique biochemical makeup.
So that’s why different people have different effects, as well as people not using a high-quality Kratom and people using too much or too little.
Obviously, they’re not going to get the desired results.
What are the Side Effects of Kratom?
What are the side effects of Kratom? Unfortunately, it does come with side effects. At least most people experience at least mild side effects, things like bloating, constipation, nausea, other GI issues.
It could give someone tiredness and another person’s anxiety or insomnia, or depending on the strain; it could have different side effects.
Can lead to loss of libido, inability to orgasm, or delayed orgasm, endocrine dysfunction, hypothyroid, hair thinning, hair loss darkening of skin pigmentation like the guy in the picture on the right, plus there are some rare side effects as well.
And again, side effects are dose-dependent and individual biochemical dependent based on the person’s biochemistry.
What is the Best Kratom Dosage for Opioid Withdrawal?
So what’s the best Kratom dosage for opioid withdrawal? I get this question so much it’s ridiculous. Well, it depends on your length of use, the daily amount you’re using, your individual biochemical profile, and much more.
Typically people use anywhere from 1 to 2 grams per dosage 2 to 3 times a day, all the way up to 10 grams or even more four to eight times a day and even up.
Really depends on the person, how long they’ve been using it, and many other factors.
The highest amount I’ve personally seen was someone using a hundred and fifty grams of Kratom a day; I’m sure people have surpassed that as well.
A safe starting point for somebody that’s going to use this for opioid withdrawal would be a half of a teaspoon, and if that’s not enough, then you work your way up slowly every hour, taking a half teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired effectiveness.
Most do well on one to two teaspoons per dosage around three to six times a day, that’s probably the highest range of Kratom users for opioid withdrawal, or using somewhere in that range or close to it.
What is the Best Kratom Strain for Opioid Withdrawal?
So which Kratom strain is the best for withdrawal? This is a common myth as well, a lot of confusion around here. Really depends on the person’s personal biochemical profile; we keep coming back to that; it’s very important.
Many will say red strains because they’re the most pain killing, relaxing and sedating, but many say green or white because they’re more stimulating, they’re better at giving you energy and fighting depression.
A lot of people prefer mixing the strains such as a red and a green, or a red and a white, or even a red, white, and green.
It takes some personal experimentation to find out what works best for you, just because you read online or watch a video where someone says red probably is the best for withdrawal, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s going to be the best one for you for withdrawal.
You might try that, and it might work really well, but then you try a white Borneo, and you find that that works way better.
It all comes down to you figuring out through trial and error and experimentation which one actually works the best, or which combination worked the best.
There are no Kratom strains in nature; Kratom is just a regular old plant.
But the different colors and effects become the result of which drying process is used.
So it all comes down to how the drying process that gives it the different looks, and the different effects.
But in nature, there’s no different red Bali Kratom in nature, and white Barneo it’s all just Kratom.
How Long Should I use Kratom While Quitting Opioids?
So how long should I use Kratom for while quitting opioids? Well, it really depends on which opioid you’re dependent on and for how long.
So, for instance, as a short-term bridge, typically one to three weeks for short-acting opioids, and around two to six weeks if you’re coming off buprenorphine or methadone, which are long-acting opioids, so those are just typical times.
And most people use enough to feel comfortable at first, then after they have transitioned off their opioid and gone through the kind of stabilization phase, then they’ll start either a rapid, moderate or a slow taper off Kratom or some people will just cold turkey right off Kratom using a number of different detox protocols.
And then Kratom maintenance is when you’re staying on Kratom long term, to stave off withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Some people use it for chronic pain or daily anxiety treatment, so Kratom maintenance is extremely popular.
And I guarantee the pharmaceutical companies really are not liking that so many people are using Kratom maintenance, and also using Kratom to quit other prescription drugs like opioids and SSRI’s and many more medications than that.
For most people, it does take some good discipline and motivation to get off Kratom after using it for opioid withdrawal; for some people, it’s really easy.
But for most people, they have at least a somewhat difficult to a pretty difficult time.
How Should I Ingest Kratom?
How should I ingest Kratom? Well, there are many different ways you could take it, which just adds to the really in-depth information you can learn about this.
But it comes in Kratom powder, Kratom capsules which are powder inside little capsules or homemade Kratom tea, which you make from the powder.
You can also use Kratom extracts both liquid and powder, and they’re much stronger and cause higher dependence and withdrawal capability than do the powders.
Then there’s the toss and wash method where you put the Kratom in your mouth and wash it down with the beverage, or you could blend it with water or another beverage in a blender, or you could simply just swallow the capsules.
To make the tea, you bring the water to a boil and add Kratom powder for about 15 to 20 minutes down to a soft boil, then you strain and consume.
And in Thailand it’s really popular to chew on the Kratom leaf, that’s the most popular way to take it there, and I know some people do that in the United States and other countries as well.
Where Should I Purchase Kratom from?
So, where should I purchase Kratom from? I like Topextracts.com after trying, probably around 15 different places, both online and in-person, smoke shops, and herb shops.
This is the best one I found for my personal biochemistry.
Jim, the owner, has the best customer service I’ve found, but there are also other reputable online vendors to choose from.
Most smoke shops carry Kratom in states where it’s legal, and one of the most high-quality brands at smoke shops is OPMS, and there are other ones as well.
You might be able to find it at herb shops here and there; I live in Southern California, so there’s plenty of those.
But you can Google Kratom for sale and research the websites that come up. Again I love Top Extracts the most.
If you want to read my review on Top Extracts Kratom, you just go to Tinyurl.com/topextracts, or you could just Google “top extracts review” and mine I think is the third from the top.
Alright, so that is the educational portion of this video, now I also have some helpful resources for you which are my top picks for either using Kratom for withdrawal and/or for quitting Kratom.
So lots of different resources to choose from here, and you can find the links to these in the video description box below.
The Kratom Playbook for Opiate Recovery
So here’s resource number one, this is absolutely amazing a labor of love.
You can download my free eBook: The Kratom Playbook for Opiate Recovery.
This is a twenty-six thousand word eBook complete with pictures, chapters, sections.
It’s got a clickable outline so you can go to whatever chapter you want.
It’s got links to other resources in there like supplements etc. an amazing free resource.
I think it has around a 4.6 or a 4.7 out of five-star review overall from all the different reviews on it.
Ultimate Kratom Detox
And then this is my most recent Kratom resource; it’s a Teachable course on the Teachable platform, it’s all videos, six modules, I think over 30 videos it’s called:
Very effective resource.
If you’re stuck on Kratom and you want to learn how to get off, or if you’re planning on using Kratom for withdrawal and you want a good plan to be able to get off the Kratom afterward.
Ultimate Opiate Recovery Coaching
I also offer one-on-one confidential virtual coaching; it’s called the Ultimate Opiate Recovery Coaching Program.
So a lot of people say they want my help quitting opioids, and I do help many clients every single month do this.
So if you’d like to do that as well or learn more, book a paid phone coaching session, or you could check out more information on my coaching page.
And I’ll help you devise a customized detox and recovery plan, whether you’re coming off Kratom, Subutex, Suboxone, Methadone, Heroin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Tramadol or any other opioid.
That’s what I do, that’s my full-time job is I’m a coach.
Obviously, I make YouTube videos, I write articles, I make courses, I write books, but all of them everything I do and I podcast as well, it’s all about addiction recovery and 95% of it is opioid addiction recovery.
So the link to that is Tinyurl.com/opiaterecoverycoaching, which will be a link in the description box below.
Or you could go to Opiateaddictionsupport.com, the top menu right there, just click on coaching.
Check out the different coaching plans and the services, and if one resonates with you, you’re welcome to pick it out, and I’ll email you right afterward to set up your session.
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