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Kratom - Friend or Foe?

Updated: May 16


Kratom is a plant with no small amount of controversy. I imagine some of this controversy and misinformation is due to folks usually encountering Kratom at the local gas station. Now, while I certainly do not endorse gas station Kratom - there are enormous benefits to this plant, and that is why we carry high grade Kratom at Greenlight Natural in Omaha. So, lets look at the Kratom plant! Kratom is a plant found in Southeast Asia. Interestingly, it is a part of the coffee tree family. In the past, many people have used Kratom primarily by chewing the leaves. Likewise, kratom is traditionally used to improve sleep and in various religious ceremonies.

Today, people use Kratom to relieve pain - and increasingly - to overcome opioid addiction. The strains of Kratom offered here at Greenlight in Omaha are: White, Green, and Red Meang Da. Each strain offers their own unique qualities. White is uplifting, Red is relaxing, and Green can offer the benefits of both White and Red. With an increase in opioid addiction - I think it is important to touch more on why it can help with addiction. Kratom interacts with the brain's opioid receptors and this is the same reaction that you would get when taking opioids or other types of pain medication, this is because the two compounds found in Kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These compounds interact with the opioid receptors in your brain. Many people going through opioid rehabilitation programs can benefit from taking Kratom because it is a natural way of overcoming addiction.

Kratom doesn’t only help with opioid addiction and pain relief, it can also help with boosting mood and studies have shown it has increased libido in some people. Kratom Geek wrote: Kratom can be used to support relaxation and relieve physical discomfort, which could result in lower sensitivity. Nevertheless, kratom is reported to produce other effects that could increase libido, including:

  • Increased confidence

  • Relief from uneasy feelings

  • Temporary relief of physical discomfort

  • Increased excitement

Anyone who is new Kratom may benefit from coming into our shop here in Omaha and talking with one of our great staff members to answer your questions when it comes to choosing the right strain for you. We hope to see you!

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