What Is Kratom Powder?

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Understanding kratom powder and the dangers it poses

When many people think about addictive drug, they think of the most well-known illegal drugs like heroin or cocaine. But there are other substances that are just as sinister and addictive. If you have been hearing whisperings about a new drug, you may find yourself asking, “What is kratom powder?” To better understand the many dangers of kratom and what effects it can have on a person, it is important to learn the basic facts about kratom powder and what to do if anyone you love has encountered this substance already.

What Is Kratom Powder?

Of course, the first question to address is, “What is kratom powder?” While kratom powder is a relatively new drug in the United States, it is not so new in the world. In fact, it has been used in Southeast Asia for years for various purposes including to treat pain and diarrhea, and as a recreational drug.

This drug is named after the tree from which it is derived, the kratom tree. Kratom powder is actually made from the leaves of that tree and, sometimes, the drug is purchased in full leaf form. One of the most popular ways to get kratom powder in the United States is in capsule pill form. The substance inside of the capsule is a powder.

How Do People Use Kratom?

Generally speaking, kratom is ingested. This means that a person swallows it as a pill (the capsule form) or uses crushed or chopped kratom leaves in food or teas. There have not been documented cases of this drug being snorted or injected. However, because kratom capsules contain a refined powder form of the drug, it is possible that somebody could open the capsules and snort the powder in an attempt to get a more rapid result.

How Strong is Kratom Powder?

Kratom powder is a potent drug that generally takes very little time to take effect. Because of that, many people become hooked on kratom powder very quickly after beginning to use the drug as they crave the effects both emotionally/mentally and physically.

What Does Kratom Do?

Now that you can answer the question, “What is kratom powder?” you may be quite curious about the effects that the drug has on a person. To answer the question, “What does Kratom do?” you need to consider a few different factors. The exact immediate effects of the drug depend upon the dosage amount consumed. In small doses, kratom powder acts like a stimulant drug. This means that it will make a person more chatty, sociable, and energetic. If you take a higher dose of the drug, though, it acts like a sedative rather than a stimulant. In fact, high doses of kratom powder affect a person much like an opiate drug causing euphoria and extreme lethargy or relaxation. And much like opiates, some people enjoy that experience while others have horrible experiences with the drug.

Is Kratom Powder Illegal?

Kratom powder is not yet illegal throughout the United States. In Vermont, one of the main chemical components of kratom powder is illegal, therefore rending the drug unsellable throughout the state. Indiana also has banned a few chemicals commonly associated with kratom, but because of legal loopholes, it can still be sold in the state. The other 48 states have yet to catch up with this latest drug trend and the dangers it can pose. However, the nation of Thailand has banned the drug entirely and other countries throughout Asia are considering similar legislation.

What Are the Dangers of Kratom?

Kratom powder poses numerous dangers to those people that consume the drug. Some of these kratom dangers include:

  • Paranoia
  • Nausea
  • Itching
  • Vomiting (sometimes severe)
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Lethargy
  • Anger and agitation
  • Psychotic episodes

If you or someone you know is struggling with kratom abuse, there is help available.