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Can Kratom Treat Depression?

2020 was a year that took everyone by surprise. Now, in the 2021 of things, some of us are still feeling the aftershock of Covid-19, and lockdown and grappling with our new normal. Depression has spiked but luckily Kratom can help. According to the CDC during June U.S adults reported elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with Covid-19. In laymen's terms, adults are depressed.

How can Kratom help depression?

Practitioners of Eastern medicine use kratom to treat various ailments including depression. Despite research evidence that kratom may help alleviate some symptoms of depression, scientists are ambivalent about declaring it effective.

A 2017 study on Kratom showed that people that use Kratom to self-treat mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety reported a reduction in symptoms of depression.

How does Kratom help treat depression?

The study showed that users of Kratom found that enhanced their mood and reduced anxiety symptoms. Scientists believe that certain compounds in Kratom leaves interact with opioid receptors in the brain, and depending on how much Kratom a person takes, this interaction may result in sedation, pleasure, or a lower perception of pain.

Mitragynine, one of the active compounds in Kratom, also works with other systems in the brain to cause a stimulant effect. At low doses, Kratom may act as a mild stimulant, giving users more energy, whereas, in moderate doses, it may bring on feelings of euphoria, higher doses of Kratom may create sedating effects.

What have we learned?

While Kratom hasn't been clinically approved by a scientist there is considerable evidence that it can aid in reducing symptoms of depression. Kratom is an ancient tree that grows in Southeast Asia. It has been used for centuries in healing many ailments. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression Kratom can help but it's best to consult a physician. Happy Healing!