Kratom Drug Facts

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Kratom is a medication offered for psychotropic effects and a pain reliever in many countries, including the United States. It is extracted from a tropical tree that grows exclusively in the regions of Southeast Asia. It is known by the common names - Biak, Ketum, Kakaum, etc. It is not an illicit drug but can produce immediate euphoric and sedative effects once consumed. If taken to overdose, it can cause severe impacts and health consequences.

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Kratom Abuse

Kratom is not a scheduled drug or controlled substance in the United States. It had not been listed under the Controlled Substances Act either. But the DEA had listed them as “Drugs of Concern.” Kratom is not usually abused or used as an illicit drug. Still, it is considered a cheap alternative to COC as it can cause euphoria within 5 to 10 minutes of its ingestion. It can be ingested orally either as capsules, tea, or through the extract.

Signs and Symptoms of Kratom Abuse

  • Change in physical appearance
  • Improper sleep patterns 
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings 
  • Lack of concentration
  • Craving and dependence on the drug
  • Lack of responsibility
  • Secrecy and social withdrawal

Effects of Kratom Abuse

Kratom may not show off many effects in the beginning or with light exposure. But if it goes to overdose, there are threatening consequences and outcomes. Some of them include

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of consciousness
  • Rough skin
  • Night sweats
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Excess urination
  • Tremors
  • Increase in Blood pressure
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Aggression

Kratom Withdrawal symptoms

Some anti-depressants, anti-xylotics, and anti-inflammatory drugs are used for kratom dependence treatment. But it may have some withdrawal symptoms. They may go off within a week or may take months based on your intake and usage frequency.

Detection of Kratom

Drug amount in ng/mL

Detection Window

200 ng/mL (Urine)

4 to 7 days (Urine)


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