Anyone who suffers from chronic pain, is struggling with substance abuse, anxiety and so forth might have considered alternative treatment over the conventional medications. Two of the possible recommendations are Kratom and CBD. Before you consider using any of these products, it is important to understand what they are about, and what they stand to offer you. This would give you a better understanding of their molecular activity, and how this would help you manage your situation.
What Are They?
Kratom is an indigenous botanical product that is grown in Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In these countries, it is often grown for use as a substitute for opium. However, it can also be used as a diet supplement, energy booster and for pain management.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from the cannabis plant, but should not be confused with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has a psychoactive effect on the user, commonly referred to as a high.
For many years, Kratom has been used in the healing process as an alternative form of medication. Kratom is ideal for managing hypertension, coughs, fever, fatigue and many other ailments. This is for traditional medication. However, in the modern age, Kratom comes in handy for managing chronic pain, withdrawal symptoms from opiate use, and anxiety.
Perhaps one of the main differences between Kratom and CBD is that while the effects of CBD can be felt almost immediately depending on the product you use, you will normally feel the effect of Kratom after at least one hour after ingestion.
CBD has been successfully used to treat or manage many psychological and physical disorders, including inflammation, anxiety, stress disorders, pain, arthritis, and substance withdrawal.
When consumed in the natural form, you can mix Kratom in your tea, smoke it or chew it. You can also grind it into powder and mix with warm water. This presents another difference between Kratom and CBD. While you might need to heat CBD before use, this is not needed with Kratom. You can also mix Kratom with different foods and liquids before consumption, which makes it easier for you to ingest. Experts recommend using yogurt as the best food to mix Kratom.
CBD targets different receptors in the body, causing them to manipulate your body functions, and your responses, like your perception of pain, temperature, and inflammation. CBD also increases the anandamide level in your body, which affects the way your brain reacts to motivation and pleasure.
Each country has unique rules regarding the legal status of Kratom and CBD. Before you use any of these products, make sure you know what the law stipulates in your country or whichever jurisdiction you plan to use it.
While Kratom is highly effective in treating several conditions, there are also some side effects that you must be aware of. When you use Kratom, you are at risk of experiencing the same symptoms you would when using opioids. Therefore, you might experience a loss of appetite, dryness in the mouth, itching, vomiting, nausea or stomach pain. Besides, there’s always the risk of addiction and overdose. Most fatal cases involving the use of Kratom usually also involve the use of other narcotic substances.
CBD is not psychoactive like THC, and it is not addictive either. Therefore, when using CBD, users don’t need to worry about addiction or adverse effects.