Utilizing Kratom For Opioid Withdrawal

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Kratom Dosing

Kratom is a plant that originated from Southeast Asia. Many kratom strains with varying potencies exist. It has become more popular due to the wide range of benefits it possesses. The benefits include:

  • relieves pain,
  • promotes the body’s energy,
  • improves both the mental and cognitive functions and many others.

Kratom Dosage When Withdrawing From Opioids

The side effects of kratom are influenced by the dosage one takes. Add to that the fact that opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone are very potent, and you have a sticky situation. Few and less severe side effects are seen in individuals who use low kratom’s doses. This is because the lower kratom doses provide fewer alkaloids, while higher kratom’s doses provide more alkaloids, therefore, exerting a substantial physiological effect. This promotes the likelihood of many severe side effects. The doses are classified as either low doses, moderate doses, and high doses. Codeine users generally use lower doses since it tends to be a weaker opiate.

Many people are now using Kratom to quit opioids, although the efficacy of that remains to be seen.

If you are on opioids and wish to get off of them, please contact a doctor, however, and do not take this as official medical advice.

  • Low Doses

Small doses fall within a range of 0 to 4 grams. Side effects in this category are less likely to occur. This is because few alkaloids are provided. Low doses bring about greater stimulation as compared to high doses, as kratom has a unique dose-response curve. It is for this reason that small doses are more prone to causing stimulatory-type effects such as anxiety, irritability, restlessness, and anger.

  • Moderate Doses

They fall under the range of between 4 and 6 grams. Individuals using moderate doses are more susceptible to side effects as compared to those taking low doses. Moderate doses provide more alkaloids to the body than the small doses. A mixture of stimulation and sedation is evident at moderate doses. Sedation is pronounced at the higher end of the moderate dosing. On the other hand, the stimulus is more prevalent at the lower end of the moderate dosing.

  • High Doses

Doses exceeding 6 grams are classified as being high. More side effects are evident in this category as compared to low and medium doses. This is more alkaloids are provided in high doses. Analgesic effects and sedation are seen in this category. Little or no stimulation is observed. The common opioidergic side effects observed include the following deficit of cognitive functions, constipation, depression, brain fog and many others. The higher the dosage, the more likelihood of developing severe side effects.

Tramadol and suboxone are other things you could consider – as these opiates are widely available and less abuse-prone than others.

 

The occurrence of side effects is also associated with other factors. Such include the composition of the body and the genes involved in the alkaloid’s metabolism.
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Frequency Of Dosing When Coming Off Opiates

The occurrence of side effects is also influenced by the rate of ingestion. Individuals who use kratom regularly and in high dosage, have a higher chance of developing side effects and vice versa. The frequency of ingestion is in three categories namely: high-frequency, moderate-frequency, and infrequent.

Remember, you will probably want to start with a Kratom dose that is similar to the equivalent of the opioid dose you were on.

  • High-frequency

Individuals falling in this category are those who use kratom multiple times per day. Dependence is more likely to occur in this category. There is ingestion of a high quantity of alkaloids. Therefore, more physiological effects are experienced. However, the development of severe side effects is more prone in this category.

  • Moderate frequency

Individuals in this category are those who consume kratom between once per day to several times per week. As compared to high-frequency, there is low alkaloid consumption. Therefore, the occurrence of side effects is rare unlike in the high-frequency category.

  • Infrequent

One is considered an infrequent kratom consumer, if it is ingested once per week or even less frequently such as once in a month. Such individuals have a low tolerance, and one may end up developing severe side effects if high doses are used. In this category, side effects development is very low due to the little number of alkaloids ingested.

Term of administration

The side effects are also influenced by the duration over which kratom is administered. The kratom’s cumulative duration also influences the decisions of one’s dosing. People with low tolerance to kratom should opt to initiate treatment with a low dose for a short-term. Those using it for a long-term and are tolerant to kratom may ingest high doses. The term of administration is classified as short-term, moderate-term, and long-term.

  • Short-term

It represents those who have been using kratom for one day to one month. Such people ingest little quantity of alkaloids and thus are at a lower risk of developing side effects. However, when such individuals take high doses, the risk of developing adaptation-related side effects is very high. Such effects include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting and many others.

  • Moderate-term

In this category, people who have used kratom for a period of between one and six months are included. Adaptation-related side effects are rare. This is because side effects such as nausea and vomiting, subsidize during the first few weeks of kratom’s consumption. Another reason is that one has optimized the kratom dosage. Tolerance develops and individuals in this category less severe side effects as compared to those in the short-term category. Tolerance can persist to a level that the user might opt to switch to a more potent kratom’s strain.

  • Long-term

Individuals in this category are one who has used kratom for more than six months. Such people have developed tolerance. If they remain using a fixed dose, the likelihood of developing negative side effects is very minimal as compared to short-term and moderate-term users. However, consumption of kratom regularly and for a long time is associated with the development of severe side effects such as psychosis, respiratory depression, and many others.  This occurs as tolerance sets in making the individual increase the dose or shifts to more potent strains thus increasing the risk.

Oxycontin and morphine are very strong pills to be on.

Conclusion

Kratom has many benefits no wonder its demand keeps rising. The benefits are, however, evident when the kratom is consumed in the right way and dosage. Dosage is a significant factor to consider. Beginners are recommended to start at a lower dosage. The dose should then be increased gradually according to the reaction of one’s body. One should also avoid using it regularly, as this is associated with the development of tolerance and addiction. The kratom’s overdose has devastating health complications. It should be avoided at all costs.