Kratom Category: Headshop Drugs
Also called: krypton, mitragyna speciosa, mitragynine.
Kratom comes from the leaves of a tropical tree, grown in South East Asia. At low doses it has cocaine-like stimulant effects but at higher doses it can have sedative-narcotic effects. Chemicals in the leaves, chiefly mitragynine & 7-hydroxymitragynine, bind to the same opiate receptors as heroin & morphine. You can get it in the form of leaves, powder and resin. You chew or smoke it or make it into a tea.
Short term effects
- You may get stimulating (‘upper’) effects at low doses and sedative (‘downer’) effects at higher doses
- Negative effects include headaches, dry mouth, needing to urinate more often, loss of appetite and constipation
Long term effects
- You can develop dark patches of skin on your cheeks
- Weight loss
- Psychosis – when you lose contact with reality
- Can be dangerous if you use it with other substances including cocaine, amphetamines, alcohol, benzodiazepines, heroin or MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitors)
If you are pregnant
Do not use if you are pregnant as we don’t know enough about the risks to your baby.
You can become dependent on kratom if you use it regularly.
If you use it often you may get withdrawal symptoms such as muscle aches, irritability, a runny nose, diarrhoea and muscle jerking.
How long does it stay in your system?
Kratom will show up in a urine test for about six hours. (The length of time depends on the test used, the amount you take, if you have other medical conditions and your own metabolism. Please use this figure as a guide only)
What help is available?
- Self-help support such as Narcotics Anonymous
- Counselling or psychotherapy
- Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture
- Support from your doctor
- Residential treatment programmes (clinics)
- One to one or group family support
- Contact the Drugs Helpline 1800 459 459 to find out about options in your area