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Kratom can take up to 90 minutes to have an effect, be patient and don’t exceed the recommended dosage.


Avoid alcohol

Alcohol can increase the intended and negative side effects of kratom, making it a potentially lethal combination.


Drink water

Kratom is a diuretic, so it increases the amount of urine you produce. Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid negative side effects.


What is kratom?

Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical tree belonging to the coffee family that’s been used in traditional medicine since the 19th century. It’s a diverse drug that produces a different high depending on the dosage: at a low dose it has stimulatory effects, whereas at higher doses, opioid-like sedative and euphoric effects occur.

Historically, kratom leaves have been used by Thai and Malaysian workers to increase energy and stamina and to deal with fatigue. Nowadays, its psychotropic (mind-altering) properties are used as an alternative to treat muscle pain, diarrhoea and opioid withdrawal. Kratom can be consumed as a pill, extract, chewed, or infused in water. In the US, kratom is sold as an alternative medicine and can be found in health and alternative medicine stores.

Sources: DEA; Warner et al., 2016


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