Kratom side effects
Risks, dangers and side effects associated with kratom
As of today no serious risks, dangers or side effects of kratom are known from infrequent use at low doses. Mitragyna speciosa has been in use in South East Asia for centuries, and even if we still have to concede a lack of conclusive results from modern scientific research we can already evaluate the vast empiric knowledge from this long history of kratom use.
Daily Kratom use in high doses over an extended period of time can result in darkening of the skin, constipation, nervousness and aggression. If the consumption of Kratom is extended after such symptoms appear, the side effects can also include loss of libido, tremors and nausea. Finally a higher tolerance for Kratom will be experienced, which leads to a higher dosage at more frequent intervals to achieve the desired effects. As a result we can finally suffer a dependence on Kratom, which will require a withdrawal connected with unpleasant effects lasting for several days.
Daily kratom use over an extended period of time or in higher doses can therefore not be recommended. Low doses taken with day breaks between however have not shown any such side effects.
Just like any other herbal remedy or tonic, herbal or not, Kratom can be overdosed in a single application. There are indeed many cases known of kratom overdosing. The common symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, tremors, nausea, problems with motion coordination and aggression. There are however no cases known of kratom overdosing with fatal or irreversible consequences.
As medical research is still going on into the properties of Kratom alkaloids it cannot be excluded that there are side effects unknown until today. This especially could apply to the aggravation of existing health conditions by the use of kratom even at low doses. The use of kratom can thus not be recommended for people with serious mental or physical conditions like schizophrenia, very low blood pressure, cardiac, renal, hepatic problems, severe ulcers or during pregnancy.