Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. are reported to be suffering from anxiety. Treatments for the same range from the natural to those aided with prescribed medication. Included in the natural treatment is the intake of organic or plant-based substances and supplements.
In recent years, Mitragyna speciosa, commonly known as kratom, has been gaining a reputation as an organic, plant-based supplement for helping people alleviate their pain and anxiety. It usually comes in powder or capsule forms although some users have been known just to chew the leaves directly. It is taken and is compared to coffee or tea.
There are many different strains of kratom, each with their own effects. While some strains are pain-relieving, they may not necessarily be sedatives. Some have milder effects, giving you a feeling of relaxation instead of sedation. And there are those which are considered boosters and stimulants.
Below is a list of some of the known strains of kratom for anxiety sufferers.
There are other red strains available, but some have mixed effects and have been known to act as stimulants in certain doses. Be sure to check the name of the strain you prefer as well as their effects.
Although mostly associated with pain-relief, users rate it as a relaxant more than a sedative. Smallest dosage advised is at 2 grams although 3-5 grams may be ideal if there is little to no effect with the smaller dose.
Some side-effects, like nausea, have been reported in relation to higher doses. Minimum dosage of 1 – 2 ½ grams is ideal to counter anxiety lightly. 2-4 grams is considered the moderate dose; however, it can be increased for those with higher kratom tolerance.
Suggested dosage from kratomscience.com is at ½ -3 teaspoons. However, you should read the labels of Indo kratom and be sure to steer clear of the white vein strain. The white vein produces the opposite effect and is said to be a powerful stimulant.
If you have anxiety, keep away from the white and green strains of kratom.
Whether you’re taking kratom for the first time or an accustomed user, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Always check the labels and make sure you’re getting the right strain for your needs. Since kratom is not FDA regulated, always read important guidelines, labels, and instructions in each package you purchase. Each provider nowadays has their own recipe, so smart-buying is highly important.