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Kratom As An Appetite Regulator

Kratom has many uses, from pain management to anxiety relief to…appetite regulator? While there is much information about the first two, a lesser known benefit from kratom is in fact its ability to aid in regulating appetite — whether you’re looking to eat more or less.

Because the efficacy of a kratom dosage can be impaired by the presence of a full stomach, many tout the benefits of taking kratom without food. Those who prefer kratom on an empty stomach also often report that their appetite has been suppressed. Research has found that this could result from kratom’s influence upon central nervous system activation, hormone secretion, neurochemistry, and/or gut microbiota.

While the chemical reasons for appetite suppression can change from individual to individual and from variations between kratom strains, there is also the fact that for those who ingest kratom in dried or powder form versus liquid tea, there is a lot of plant matter entering the digestive system. It’s essentially a big ball of fiber that will make you feel full.

But kratom doesn’t just suppress appetite. Those who take a dose after a meal often report an increase in appetite. This effect has been attributed to the stimulation of stomach acid and digestion following the ingestion of kratom.

But no matter when you take kratom, research has found that over the long term, the majority of kratom users gain weight because, just like with opioids, users will experience sugar cravings from glycemic dysregulation.

So how can you use kratom best to regulate your appetite? If you’re looking to lose weight, the energizing and stimulating properties of white and green strains are your best bet — especially when taken on an empty stomach. However, if you are trying to eat more, the sedative qualities of red strains, especially when ingested after eating a meal, have ben found to increase appetite.

Finally, no matter whether you’re looking to lose or gain weight, be sure to opt for healthy, whole foods when you do eat. Skipping too many meals or overindulging on processed and sugary foods will not only ruin your kratom experience, but also wreak havoc on your wellbeing.

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CNN Asks If Kratom Can Fix America’s Opioid Problem

Usually when kratom is being covered by the national media in the United States, it’s a factually inaccurate, fear-mongering piece meant to scare Americans away from the misunderstood herb. But as the nation falls further and further into an opioid crisis, the media is starting to come around to the fact that kratom can be a miracle solution.

Kratom has been used for centuries not just to control pain, but also to help those suffering from opium withdrawals. With about 1.9 million opioid addicts in the US, kratom should be heralded as a panacea. Instead, it’s constantly vilified. What’s the problem?

CNN has abandoned the false narrative of the US government and many media outlets and recently highlighted the benefits of kratom in the midst of the opioid crisis. The short but informative segment promoted positive stories of opioid addicts who used kratom to curb withdrawals while exposing the lies surrounding kratom and the dollar-chasing pharmaceutical industry that wants nothing to do with the unpatentable, natural plant.

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Kratom By The Numbers [Infographic]

Kratom is again under attack by the United States government. On November 14, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., who has previously worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical giants like GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol-Myers Squibb, issued a statement on the FDA’s advisory about the “deadly risks associated with kratom.”

The statement includes false information about the dangers of kratom — dangers that can more truthfully be applied to drugs from firms that employed Gottlieb in the past and that have paid billions for FDA approval.

Now more than ever it is important to share the truth about kratom and its benefits in quelling America’s opioid epidemic.

One of the simplest ways to share info about the benefits of kratom is via the “Kratom by the Numbers” infographic below from the American Kratom Association:

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How To Make Kratom Tea From Leaves

While kratom is often purchased in powder form, it can sometimes be obtained in its natural leaf form. Of course, the leaves can be made into a powder through boiling — but that isn’t necessary!

The fact is, kratom doesn’t need to be powdered to be enjoyed. For hundreds of years, kratom leaves have been used by Asian cultures to make tea. And the very same way kratom tea was prepared centuries ago is still effective today!

What you will need:

    • Dried kratom leaves
    • Tea kettle or pot
    • Tea infuser or strainer
    • Water
    • Heat source
    • …That’s it!

Simple, right? And if you’ve ever made tea before, you can probably guess what to do. In fact, the only difficult part is deciding just how much kratom to use.

Determining Dosage

While results will vary depending on kratom strain and user tolerance, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind:

  • 1 to 3 grams offers a “beginner’s” dose with effects that, although prominent, will only be felt for a short time.
  • 3 to 5 grams is a “moderate” dose with more pronounced and longer lasting effects, including stimulation.
  • 5 to 8 grams is a “strong” dose, meant for those who are familiar with the effects of kratom. Instead of stimulation, strong doses offer more sedative effects.
  • 10 or more grams is an “expert” dose only for those experienced with kratom. The tea will be extremely sedative.

Making The Tea

  • Boil 10 to 12 ounces of water in a pot or kettle
  • Using the above information as a guide, place the desired amount of dried kratom leaves in a tea infuser
  • Once water is boiling, pour over infuser
  • Let steep 10 to 15 minutes
  • Remove infuser and enjoy!

Simple, right? But be aware that the tea may be bitter, especially to those not accustomed to drinking tea. To combat the bitterness, a sweetener such as sugar or honey may be added. Milk can also counteract the bitter tannins of the kratom. Also, while an increased steeping time will result in a tea with stronger effects, it will also be more bitter.

So…how do you enjoy your kratom tea? Share your recipe or tips in the comments below.

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VICE News Shared A Story Of A Heroin Addict Who Was Saved By Kratom

Although kratom is still unknown to many Americans, its use as an opium substitute to aid addicts through withdrawals has been documented for years in Asia. In fact, as far back as 1836, kratom was being used as an opium substitute.

With America now facing an opioid crisis of its own, more and more Americans who are fighting their addiction are looking to kratom. HBO’s VICE News recently featured the story of one such addict who used heroin for six years before turning to kratom. Watch his story below and learn how kratom can be a powerful tool in the fight against opioid addiction.

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The Differences Between Red And Green Kratom

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If you’re new to the world of kratom, you probably have noticed that it’s usually marketed as either “red” or “green.” That’s because despite the fact that all kratom is Mitragyna speciosa, there are different strains named for the color of the central vein on the leaf. And while the difference in color is certainly stark, the distinctions don’t end there.

Red Kratom

The more prevalent kratom strains are derived from red-veined leaves. Red kratom, such as Red Maeng Da Kratom, is sought after both for its pain relief and sedative properties.

The pain relief of effects make red kratom popular with both those looking for an alternative to pharmaceutical pain killers and those searching for relief from opium withdrawals.

In addition, red kratom users often report feeling more relaxed and calm. These properties have made red kratom also popular as a sleep aid.

Green Kratom

Derived from green-veined kratom leaves, green kratom strains such as Green Maeng Da are valued as euphoric energy boosters.

More mild than red kratom, green strains can often be effective pain reducers without the sedative and lethargic effects of red strains. But they are most popular as energetic mood enhancers.

Users of green kratom report feeling more focused and happy along with a mild energy boost. These properties make green kratom a popular choice for those with social anxiety.

So…Red or Green?

While the above descriptions are generally true, there are many different strains of both red and green kratom, all exhibiting different properties with varying effects. Depending on your needs red or green could be more suitable or perhaps even a mixture of the two. The only way to know for sure is try them out for yourself, using the information above as basic guidelines.