Kratom is a Southeast Asian tropical tree which has compounds that are capable of producing psychotropic effects. It is currently not illegal in most parts of the world, with the drug being given an unlawful status in only 16 countries around the globe.
Kratom is usually taken as a pill, capsule or an extract. Its leaves can be chewed or rolled and smoked. It contains two opioid type stimulants: mitragynine and 7-alpha-hydroxy mitragynine. Mitragynine can have varying effects on the body based on the amount consumed, from decreasing pain to sedation to pleasure. When taken in small amounts, however, kratom users claim that they feel a strong surge of energy, alertness and sociability rather than sedation.
Kratom is, however, not always good for the body and can cause side effects. These include nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, loss of appetite, increased urination and in extreme cases, seizures or even hallucinations. Since mitragynine has an opioid-like effect on the body, it can be safely assumed that kratom has been linked to dependence and addiction. Withdrawal symptoms have been recorded like muscle aches, insomnia, irritability, hostility, jerky movements, runny nose, emotional changes and in extreme cases, aggressive behaviour.
Marijuana, commonly known as pot or weed, is a psychoactive drug derived from the cannabis plant. The primary psychoactive component of marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for short. It is used in medicine as an anti-nausea agent and is also used as a recreational drug in many places.
Now, what would happen if kratom and weed were used together? And how do you do it?
How to Mix Kratom and Weed
Since kratom has not been extensively studied, its correct, safe dosage has not been recorded, and therefore it is essential to keep the dosage of kratom very low. Individual kratom strands can be far more potent than others, and it is crucial to know the difference.
Kratom is generally mixed with weed by drinking kratom tea and then smoking cannabis for one to two hours after drinking the tea. While some people take a little weed, others prefer more. It all boils down to personal preference in the end.
Mixing kratom and weed can have positive effects on the body. The extent to which the results vary in intensity is, however, still under study.
- Pain Relief
The kratom weed mixture can have incredible effects when it comes to pain relief. The chemicals present in both these substances can effectively reduce both physical and mental pain significantly. This combination has been used to treat IBS, joint pain, fibromyalgia, MS, and in some cases, even endometriosis.
Kratom has chemicals such as 7-alpha-hydroxy mitragynine and mitragynine, which affect the pain receptors in the brain. They help numb the pain by blocking the receptors.
The cannabis, however, has alkaloids that increase the pain tolerance of the body. So with the combined effects of the kratom’s pain-numbing effect and the cannabis’s pain tolerance effect, it can form an excellent pain relief agent.
- Opiate Withdrawal
Although there is very little research being done on the opiate withdrawal effect of the kratom weed mixture, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence supporting the claim. Kratom has been found to help with opiate withdrawal effects, and combining it with cannabis can radically enhance those effects.
- Psychological Effects of Mixing Weed & Kratom
Since kratom and weed both alleviate the senses, their combination may have positive effects on mental strain as well. The psychological effects of the kratom weed mixture range from antidepressant abilities to stress relief, with additional benefits of reducing anxiousness and acting as a guard against insomnia. It may also act as medicine for psychotic disorders, but research is still being done on the subject.
The Legality of Kratom & Weed
Kratom is a comparatively more natural product to get because it is well under the radar regarding it being a dangerous drug. This is because it has less harmful side effects, even when consumed in higher doses. Kratom users are also not frequently admitted to having substance abuse problems. The deaths related to kratom are often because of whatever is mixed with them and not just kratom alone. Therefore it is much easier to get in most parts of the world. However, cautious governments have banned the use of the substance like Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Denmark, Romania etc.
Weed, however, is not that easy to get. Since it has been responsible for a significantly high number of substance abuse cases, it is banned in a large number of countries and has strict regulations over the use of the plant or plant extracts. However, marijuana does not have drastic maddening capabilities like Harry Aslinger says it does, and research has proven that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. However, the stigma created by Harry Aslinger still exists in many countries, and marijuana remains banned in several countries across the world.
Kratom and marijuana have several medicinal values that should be better explored and given more significant funding and research. Simply banning something because it is dangerous is not a solution to the problem, especially if the substance is something of high demand. It is like trying to ban cars for causing accidents or banning aeroplanes because they crash. There are several compounds in marijuana and kratom that have not been explored because of the ban of the substance. It is therefore essential that research is done on these substances and given proper funding so that right quality medicines can be developed from them.