Why We Can't Sleep?
According to the American Sleep Association without an adequate amount of sleep, "our minds and bodies are unable to perform at their peak. There are several potentially bad outcomes that are associated with inadequate sleep. Sleep influences the immune system, memory consolidation, attention, hunger, mood, response time, and many other body functions."
Kratom can help people sleep if their sleep deprivation is because of anxiety and worry, stress, or physical pain. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Chemist, Susruta Majumdar and Andras Varadi from Columbia University and Sloan Kettering, have reported research results of pain relief from kratom. In a Scientific American article, they claim that "the mitragynine molecules from kratom seem to activate mostly the ‘good’ systems, leaving behind the unwanted effects yet keeping pain relief."
Good Things to Know Before You Start Using Kratom to Get Better Sleep:
As with any product or substance you ingest into your body, it is important to do your own research to learn as much as you can. This is especially true for a product such as kratom that can have dramatic effects on your body, and your mind, and have legal implications.
This article will focus on the relaxation qualities of certain strains and blends of strains effective to get a good night’s sleep. Because of the complex nature of kratom, it is important to touch on other aspects of it. A well-rounded education is the best way to assure that you use kratom safely and effectively.
Everyone’s body chemistry is a little different so kratom strains will affect people uniquely, according to your particular chemical makeup. Always begin kratom use with low doses and notice the effects you feel. Think of the long-term benefits you may experience, and dip your toe in slowly rather than plunging in and regretting your experience.
There is a fine and delicate balance between energy enhancement and sedation or calming effects. You will need to experiment with different strains before you find the best match for your needs. It is a good idea, especially in the beginning stages of taking a particular kratom strain, to record your experience with a daily journal. This will avoid confusion and making unpleasant mistakes.
Switch back to a smaller dose even if you are changing your vendor because there may be subtle differences that can surprise you.
This video describes a general view of dosages according to the kratom grade.
Your body weight and your history of drug use are important factors in the dosage you will require to improve your sleep.
Avoid using alcohol, prescription medications, or other herbs when you are using kratom, as strong interactions may occur.
Purchase your kratom product from a reputable vendor who will not cut corners in their commitment to providing the best quality kratom. Never use kratom that may be adulterated or come from any questionable source.
Kratom tastes vary according to the variety, and you may wish to mix it with juice or other food to fully enjoy the experience.
A Few Words About the Kratom Tree and the History of Kratom Use:
Before beginning the use of Kratom for sleep, it is interesting to learn about the tree. Kratom strains are identified by the origin country and whether it has red, green, or white veins. Each country of origin has trees with white, red, and green vein kratom. Southeast Asia is the origin and source of kratom, an evergreen tree that has grown wild in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, and Africa for centuries. More recent sources have been from Vietnam as well. This tropical evergreen tree is as common to those areas as the pine tree is in the United States.
According to Azarius.net, Asian varieties are grown in tropical and subtropical rainforest regions. African grown kratom is known as Hallea and is grown in swampy areas.
The National Institutes of Health reports that although it may be officially banned, the natives of Southeast Asia have a well-established traditional use of kratom, both in their medicine and in their social culture.
The kratom evergreen tree is a member of the coffee family. Natives have used the root and the leaves for medical purposes for centuries.
The scientific name of kratom is Mitragyna speciosa and is known by other popular names as Cratun, Ithang, Kakuam, Ketum, Krathom, and Thom. Pieter Willem Korthals, a Dutch botanist is credited with being the first person to describe the species in 1839 according to Kratom Guide.
Kratom Strains and Grading Basics:
Many strains are named according to the country of origin, and other strains by certain qualities of the tropical tree or the alkaloid content of the product. Products are branded and named by companies who are marketing kratom varieties.
Red, White, or Green Veins:
The white, red, or green veins refer to the color of the central veins running through the leaves. Each of the kratom tree varieties has all three of the colors. Sometimes, the different colored veins are present on the same tree.
Red vein kratom leaves produce more sedative qualities, while green and white have a more energizing effect.
The kratom tree is rich in alkaloids. Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine are the main compounds, and there are more than 25 other alkaloids in kratom. When consumed this bioactive material enters your bloodstream. The alkaloids interact with cell receptors within your body and send messages to your sympathetic nervous system. The receptors in your system will respond.
Kratom has become quite an enigma for users, scientists, and regulatory agencies as the debate rolls on. The centuries of kratom use by natives of Southeast Asia cannot be ignored. Kratom first came to America from soldiers who had used the substance in the Vietnam War. Since then kratom use has become popular in the United States and for a good reason. When used with knowledge under their belt, kratom has been effective to relieve physical pain, stress, and anxiety.
The Kratom industry has not established a set standard for grading, but the industry tries to follow a loose set of guidelines. It is graded according to the method used to harvest and the alkaloid content. The Commercial Grade is the weakest potency. This is followed by Premium Grade, then Super Grade, Enhanced Grade, and finally, Ultra Enhanced Grade which is the strongest.
Best Kratom Products to Improve Sleep and Reduce Insomnia:
#1 Red Borneo Kratom:
This strain well known to calm both mind and body. It is relaxing and you can use it for pain relief. It is a potent painkiller with little sedation. Red Borneo Kratom reduces your stress from pain as it calms your mood and increases happiness. If physical pain prevents you from getting a good night's sleep, this may be your answer to relief and starting each new day without feeling depressed or anxious and see the world sunny-side up.
Start with a small dose of two grams. Many users increase the dosage slowly to a comfortable level of three to five grams.
Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei all claim parts of the Island of Borneo. Most Red Borneo Kratom comes from Indonesian Borneo. The tree grows close to the river and even in the river. The stem of this tree also has red veins, and they can recognize the tree in the forest by the cast of this reddish hue.
#2 Red Bali Kratom:
This kratom is a favorite of people who live in a high-stress environment, who find it calming and also relieves physical pain. Red Bali Kratom relaxes your muscles as it clears your mind and calms feelings of depression and anxiety.
Begin the dosage slowly to feel the desired results, and avoid possible side effects of nausea, headaches, constipation, and blurry vision.
According to Kratom News, it is named for Bali, but there is a disagreement about whether it originated in Bali. They may have named it for Bali because of the shipping port.
#3 Red Vein Indo Kratom:
Experienced users often choose this Indonesian grown strain to relieve anxiety, depression, and physical pain. It can relieve stress, muscle tension, and enhance your mood. Red Indo Kratom may take a little longer for your body to notice the effects, but be patient. Some users who want more of an energy enhancer as well choose a blend of the red vein with the green or white vein Indo Kratom.
Kratom News reports that Red Vein Indo Kratom contains more of the Mitragynine alkaloid than other kratom strains. The relaxation effect from Mitragynine makes it a favorite ingredient of indigenous Indonesian medicine that treats stress.
Additionally, Kratom Online says that Red Vein Indo Kratom is known to both stimulate energy and to provide the best pain relief and muscle relaxation effects that allow for a good night’s rest and sleep.
#4 Riau Kratom:
Riau Kratom originates from the Riau Province in Southeast Sumatra. They use this rare strain for a sedative feeling and relaxation. It can give pain relief and enhance your mood. Kratom Guides says "Use of Red strain of Kratom not only brings the mind of a user in the sense of tranquility but also enables him to embrace life with peace."
The pleasant sweet aroma of Red Riau Kratom draws people in. It has an equally pleasant taste, and many users find tea as the preferred method of consumption.
#5 Red Vein Maeng Da Kratom:
This is a good strain for beginners. It has a slower effect, taking a little longer to feel the benefits and lasts longer. It is a sedative, enhances your mood, and relieves pain.
The dosage for Red Vein Maeng Da is more sensitive than the other red kratom strains. Take it in the capsule which is already pre-measured to assure accuracy. A user would be unlikely to notice any effect at all with a dosage of 1.5 grams or less. Start with a minimum dosage of 2 grams, and slowly increase from that point. Indications that your dosage is too high are headaches, nausea, vomiting, shivering and sweating. You may feel dizzy and notice your sleep cycle degrading if your dosage is too high. Red Storm Scientific cautions the user to treat Red Maeng Da like all other chemical substances and avoid consuming high doses of it. They say that taking any more than seven is not safe and over ten grams is very dangerous.
#6 Bentuangie Red Vein Kratom:
This is a newer strain, and as the Red Vein Maeng Da, it takes a little longer to kick in and the effects last longer. It is great for relaxing and relieving stress. You can reduce any type of body pain with Bentuangie Red Vein Kratom. Kratom Guides describes the Bentuangie Kratom strain is well-known for its relaxing effects. They say that it calms the nerves and is great for a sleep aid. They suggest starting with 3 grams of Bentuangie Red Vein Kratom mixed with banana and orange juice. They also claim that you can get instant physical pain relief by mixing Maeng Da Kratom and Bentuangie Kratom.
#7 Hulu Kapuas Red Vein Kratom:
This one is also a little slow to kick in but once it does, you will really relax and sleep well. "This strain is something which is as stimulatory as coffee and as relaxing as herbal tea," says Red Storm Scientific about Hulu Kapuas Kratom strain. Hulu Kapuas Red Vein is not effective for cognitive enhancement as are the green and white Hulu Kapuas strains.
Hulu Kapuas Kratom is relatively new in the market. It grows deep in the forest inaccessible for many so it may be harder to find than other strains.
#8 Red Vein Thai Kratom:
This strain is great for sleep, but it is not advisable to use it during the day as it may be too relaxing. As the name implies, Red Vein Thai Kratom grows mainly in Thailand. It is the primary choice of many people experienced with kratom. They report that it produces tranquility, it is calming and mood lifting, it works for pain relief, and it is a great aid to good sleep. Users claim it even relieves pain for conditions such as arthritis.
Recommendations are to start with two grams and adjust according to its effect on you. Never take more than nine grams.
#9 Sumatra Red Vein Kratom:
According to Kratom News, the red kratom strain has been a part of the daily lives of Sumatra Island natives for hundreds of years. They relax both their mind and their body simply by chewing on the raw leaves. It is widely believed that the relaxed, laid-back lifestyle of the Sumatran people is due to the popular use of kratom.
The effects may last as long as ten hours, so take in moderation, and remember you have to work too. Most people’s dosage is two to three grams, but it is best to start with one to two grams and see how it works on your body. Do not exceed six grams. If you become nauseated, you are taking too much.
#10 Red Kalimantan Kratom aka Kali Red Vein Kratom:
Use only the original pure strain from Bali. Kali Red Vein Kratom is longer lasting than Bali Red Vein. It is very relaxing as it reduces your stress and fatigue. You will notice your pain reduction as it works rather quickly. Kratom Guides reports that Red Vein Kali Kratom is mild and safe to use every day with no known problems.
Here are kratom strains that are NOT recommended for sleep enhancement.
#1 Malaysian or Malay Kratom:
This strain is not a good choice for sleep enhancement. It stimulates, rather than relaxes. It does relieve pain and anxiety without causing drowsiness and fatigue.
#2 Maeng Da:
This potent strain originated in Thailand, and it is a new favorite for pain relief that lasts a long time. They sometimes use it as a replacement for caffeine, as it is a powerful energy stimulant for the rigors of the day. Do NOT use for sleep improvement.
#3 Vietnam Kratom:
A recent kratom in the west, it has a higher potency than others with as much as 25% more alkaloid than other strains. It is used to increase energy and focus enhancement. It has a sweeter taste than the Mitragyna Speciosa leaves of other strains. It is NOT recommended for sleep enhancement.
Kratom Powder and Capsules
Kratom Stem and Vein
A more recent choice now available comes from leaf parts and stems that are typically discarded during the harvesting process. This source creates different alkaloid profiles causing effects not seen with only the leaves. They have found effects to last longer and may have other health benefits. These products are mood lifters and are sedative.
Making Kratom Extracts
These are various ways of extracting kratom using methods to increase the potency by a higher concentration of alkaloid content. Because of extraction smaller doses and smaller amounts are used for the desired effect.
Water Based Extraction
Alcohol Based Extraction
Kratom Full Spectrum Tincture (Liquid FST)
This process provides the best natural balanced alkaloid content giving effective benefit and less risk.
Ultra Enhanced Indo Kratom (UEI)
This is a strong strain that combines Indo leaves with pure alkaloids in a concentrated powder. Used in very low doses is highly euphoric for well being and relieving pain.
Gold Reserve Kratom
It is a blend of powdered Indonesian kratom with 90% pure alkaloid extract. It is faster acting usually within 5 to 10 minutes and is effective to create feelings of bliss and tranquility. This is not a good choice for the new user.
Here is a video describing some tips for getting started with kratom use.
Be Mindful of Legal Issues:
The Amerian Kratom Association is a non-profit organization committed to the safe and legal use of kratom. They keep updated information on every state's legal position on kratom use and have a list of resources to keep you informed. Their website is a great resource and beginning point for anyone who wishes to become an active advocate in their state.
The FDA attempt to make kratom a Schedule 1 Substance was largely due to deaths in Sweden wrongfully attributed to kratom. Actually, the deaths resulted from ingesting adulterated kratom products, the use of two or more psychoactive drugs, and other health-related conditions.
Scientists Weigh In On the Kratom Debate
Scientific evidence does not show that kratom is dangerously addictive and has the same qualities as classic opioids. Scientific evidence does show that kratom alkaloid levels are not dangerously addictive and do not have the same pharmacological effects that damage the respiratory system of classic opioid use according to AKA Policy Report of December 2018.
A pharmaceutical scientist at High Point University study confirms the complex nature of kratom. Dr. Scott Hemby, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences claims their research reveals no possibility for addiction from a moderate level of mitragynine in kratom and that it actually decreases opiate consumption. Their research also demonstrated that 7-hydroxymitragynine which is in kratom at much lower levels does have significant abuse potential and might boost other opiate use.
This video produced in 2018 features a presentation by Christopher McCurdy, Ph.D. He is a recognized expert on the scientific study of kratom and has found promising therapeutic applications for kratom.
A Kratom Fact Sheet 2019 published by the American Kratom Association in January 2019 reports that similar to the caffeine addiction of coffee drinkers, kratom users may develop a mild addiction, but that the natives of Southeast Asia have been using kratom for a very long time without reporting any death by overdose from using kratom.
An article published in May 2019 in ACS Publications reports "preliminary research has provided some evidence that mitragynine and related compounds may act as atypical opioid agonists, inducing therapeutic effects such as analgesia, while limiting the negative side effects typical of classical opioids."
Learn all you can about kratom. It is another one of nature's remedies. Sweet dreams!
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