What is Kratom?
When one who is unfamiliar with kratom hears about it in the media, the first thing people usually do is Google the phrase, “What is Kratom?”
The first few results that pop up, in particular Wikipedia and Narcanon, give highly inaccurate and biased information.
First, Narcanon is just another branch of the Scientology cult. Consider that “unsuspecting clients pay as much as $30,000 for “treatment” consisting of a bizarre detox process that poses serious health hazards, followed by indoctrination in Scientology masked as drug rehabilitation.” (Source: The Fix)
Kratom is a plant. More specifically, it is a tree that grows in Asia and has been used there for centuries to combat work fatigue and to lift mood. It is related to coffee, and both kratom and coffee come from the Rubiacaea family.
Kratom, when used responsibly, is no more addictive than coffee. However, persons taking it daily for chronic pain may develop physical dependence, but this is to be expected when using any psychoactive substance for a sustained period of time. It is perfectly normal. One would experience withdrawal symptoms similar to caffeine and therefore it should be noted that consumers should plan on titrating down like any other medication.