Opiate withdrawals are the body’s response to the lack of opiate drugs and that is usually caused by addictions or long-term opioid pain prescriptions. Just like stopping your intake of coffee or soda that often leads to headaches and/or other withdrawal symptoms, the elimination of opioids carries its own withdrawal problems, although they are much worse than caffeine. Kratom is the leaf found on Mitragyna speciosa, a Southeast Asian tropical coffee plant that it has been found to provide great benefits when dealing with opiate withdrawals.
Opiate prescriptions permit temporary use to relieve pain, but they can become something the body depends on if used for long durations. In fact, the opiates produce synthetic endorphins and dopamine, and eventually, the brain stops producing its own. That is why your body experiences high-level, negative effects during the withdrawal process. Kratom does not deliver synthetic compounds. It works with what is already being produced by the body.
Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
The level of opioid withdrawal and the symptoms you experience are mostly based on how high the withdrawal level is. In other words, higher usage of opioids may create higher levels of withdrawal with more aggressive symptoms. Other than that, the body’s chemical composition and unique characteristics determine how you respond to both the drug and the withdrawals.
The most common withdrawal symptoms from opiates include:
- Tear shedding
- Increased perspiration
- Muscular aches
- And a few other side effects
How Kratom Works for Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
Kratom is one of the most powerful opiate withdrawal relievers that helps control the aches, sweat, tears, restlessness, and insomnia. The all-natural alkaloids that are found in Kratom are the ingredients that lower the level of withdrawal symptoms.
Mitragynine is The Key Ingredient to Opiate Withdrawal Control
Mitragynine is one of the main alkaloids in Kratom strains and it has been found to provide great results. It is known as an opioid agonist, which means that it binds to the natural opioid receptors in the brain. Those receptors control mood and anxiety. Therefore, the Mitragynine helps control both conditions.
When Mitragynine attaches to the brain’s opioid receptors, it delivers the same stimulating effects as opiates but works in a different way. It satisfies the need for opiates by providing the same results, but it does do through existing dopamine and endorphin compounds rather than create fake ones. This gradually reduces the brain’s desire for opiate drugs. The person slowly weens off of the addiction.
After a while, the body no longer suffers from opiate withdrawal. Mitragynine satisfied the needs without causing an addiction or the desire to constantly use it. This body is able to regulate its natural compound production when you stop taking Kratom compared to shutting it off and letting opiate synthetic ingredients take over. To avoid confusion, Mitragynine is not a strain, but it is a compound found in various Kratom strains, which are listed below.
What Strains of Kratom Work Best to Fight Opiate Withdrawal?
Getting the best results from Kratom strains is only achieved as long as you have quit using opiate drugs. It will help you relieve those withdrawal symptoms that are caused from cutting off your body’s opioid supply.
Kratom is like many other compounds in which there are several types (strains), just like there are several types of opiates. Cannabinoids have the same qualities too. There are several cannabinoid strains such as the various hemp plant strains that deliver many CBD oil benefits. When it comes to the similarities of Kratom to many prescription medicines, results can vary based on the person’s current health status, other underlying problems, and even their body’s chemical composition. Under most circumstances, these are the top Kratom strains for opiate withdrawal.
Red Vein Borneo
This particular strain produces the best reduction results for depression and anxiety. However, it also helps deal with withdrawal symptoms like pain that create the desire for opiate. Since your opiate use has been eliminated, your mind struggles to handle the emotions on its own and wants more opiate. Red Vein Borneo takes care of that problem and gradually allows your brain and body to adjust to the changes.
White Vein Borneo
This Kratom strain provides the exact opposite benefits of the Red Borneo strain. This one creates an energy boost, which is often desired in today’s busy world. Opiates do not technically produce an energized effect; they create a short-lived, artificial one that is followed by the mellow, euphoric experience. However, since the initial “charge” is there, one may feel the need to compensate for the lack thereof.
As previously mentioned, everyone’s body, brain and response to select compounds or prescriptions is different so one may desire the energy boost while another may desire the mellow-feeling experience. It could even be both—the fast rush followed by the euphoric calmness. If energy levels maintain for a long time, then the opioid is most likely infused with extra ingredients. Therefore, White Borneo can help with the withdrawal experience.
On another note; once you have conquered the withdrawal symptoms, you may desire a slight boost of energy without creating an addiction, which can be done with White Vein Borneo. This need is sometimes necessary because the mellow effect and relaxation euphoria you experience from treating the opiate withdrawal symptoms can leave you tired.
This strain of Kratom elevates the person’s mood by creating a euphoric feeling. It calms and relaxes their state of mind, as well as their body. The person will feel more laid back and mellow. Green Malay also offers some pain relieving benefits for those who suffer with muscle pain withdrawal symptoms. As with many addictions, the mind and body crave the euphoric feelings stemmed from using opiates so Green Malay helps compensate for lack of the opioids.
This particular Kratom strain leans more towards relief from insomnia and sleeping problems by serving as a sedative. In addition, it relieves pain to help soothe those sore muscles.
This strain serves as a stimulator, delivering a boost of energy and reducing fatigue symptoms. Just like White Vein Borneo, this strain may be desired before or after withdrawal symptoms cease to exist. It also acts as a euphoric stimulator to reduce depression symptoms. If anything, this strain is mostly used for depression.
This specific strain of Kratom carries a big focus on sexual dysfunction. If the libido is reduced from the withdrawal of opiate, this strain can help bring it back. Opiates usually cause physiological changes, which includes sexual functionality. Therefore, White Thai can help bring the sex libido back that opioids took away. It is mentioned as a withdrawal symptom too because it takes a while to bring everything back to normal levels. When you think about it, sexual functionality is a great distraction from using opiate so it will help reduce the desire after you have quit. From the withdrawal perspective, it will bring it back at a faster rate.
Does Kratom Help Fight Opiate Addiction?
Kratom doesn’t technically help you with an opiate addiction, but it does take the place of some side effects stemmed from taking opiate drugs, which in turn replaces some desires for opiate. Its main purpose though is to help fight the withdrawal symptoms once you have quit using opiate, as listed above.
Opiate enters the brain and fills it with artificial endorphins and dopamine, leading to satisfaction, pleasure, and the feelings of reward. Happiness and euphoria take over at that point. It supersedes the natural levels of dopamine and endorphins in the brain, which is why it is so addictive. It is the only way to achieve that higher level of feelings.
Even though Kratom is for withdrawal symptoms, opiate addiction issues that can be relieved include:
- The desire to control anxiety by feeling loopy
- The desire to relax the body when restlessness is a problem
- The desire to relieve muscle pain
For anxiety and restlessness, a strain of Kratom that delivers a euphoric state can help calm the body and mind, replacing the desire/need for opioids. For pain, a strain that delivers good pain relief can help ween your body and mind from using opioids to curb the pain. Just remember that Kratom does not stop all addictive desires, which is why you need to quit first and fight the withdrawal second.
In summary, opiates affect the body and brain in various ways, but they do it with artificial replacements. This means that the withdrawal symptoms are fairly aggressive because the brain and body stop producing the real compounds. Using a variety of Kratom strains to suit your particular withdrawal needs will naturally eliminate the problem. Since everyone’s internal composition and functionality is different, certain strains will work better for some than others and the particular withdrawal needs will vary. Kratom works with existing compounds so the body and brain still maintain natural compound functionality. Once you have fully relieved yourself of opiate withdrawal symptoms, your body is still in control and will normalize everything at its own pace without the addiction or withdrawal.