CBD, a plant compound found in hemp, is well known for its myriad of benefits. It’s often used for pain and inflammation control, sleeping aid, anxiety relief, and skincare, just to name a few.
Another natural plant being used for its many health benefits is Kratom. Recent estimates indicate over 5 million population in the U.S. are using Kratom as a remedy for a range of health issues, like chronic pain, mood swings, insomnia, and opioid use disorder(OUD) earlier known as opioid addiction.
One natural combination that is uncommon, yet very effective in mitigating pain is that of CBD and Kratom. Both compounds contain pain-relieving properties, and their effects can be amplified when combined. People tackling chronic pain often resort to painkillers that become very addictive and create problems later on. This makes it imperative to find an alternative therapy emerging from natural ingredients.
Read on for an overview of Kratom and CBD, showing their ability in managing pain, and how to utilize them.
A Brief Recap On Kratom
Kratom, also known as Mitragyna speciosa, is a tree that is common throughout Southeast Asia. Its leaves have been used throughout history in Southeast Asia in low doses as a stimulant and at higher doses as a sedative and analgesic. Over the past few years, it has gained popularity in the United States and is sold online and at local shops. The use of Kratom has been legalized at the federal level, much like CBD.
This plant treats chronic pain positively and possesses anti-inflammatory properties. When consumed, it raises endorphin levels, which works like natural painkillers, lowers inflammation, and alleviates pain.
Kratom Relieves Pain
Kratom binds to the opioid receptors within the brain and all over the body, but its impact after binding to the opioid receptor is different from that of opioid analgesics like morphine or oxycodone.
Oliver Grundmann, a clinical associate professor at Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing at the University of Florida shares his know-how on Kratom saying, “We don’t necessarily see the same respiratory depression [which may occur with chronic opioid therapy]. We don’t see the same degree of constipation. However, we do see an analgesic, or pain-reducing, effect.”
Dr. Grundmann further observes that individuals have been found to employ Kratom for several reasons, such as self-therapy for pain, withdrawal symptoms from several prescriptions as well as non-prescription drugs, and mood disorders. He shares that people suffering have reported optimistic outcomes from Kratom use in surveys conducted by him, including self-treatment of chronic as well as acute pain. “There is also a tendency for users to use kratom for self-treatment of mood disorders, A minority who are users or consumers use it to mitigate withdrawal symptoms from a variety of prescription drugs or even illicit drugs,” he notes. But, he further mentions that some more clinical trial details are still being awaited.
Kratom contains active alkaloid compounds(7-HMG and mitragynine) similar to that present in opium poppy like morphine and codeine. However, Kratom’s effects are milder and is not regarded as an opiate. As far as pain relief goes, the red strain is more useful in alleviating mild to intense pain. Its powerful sedative effects can be beneficial in relaxing muscle exhaustion, pacify the brain and the body, and also soothe multiple points of pain. The green strain produces greater energy, increases focus, and physical movement. This makes it helpful for patients undergoing physiotherapy to subside their pain.
CBD As A Pain Reliever
Cannabidiol, or CBD, has emerged as one of the most beneficial natural plant compounds discovered by humans. At present, research shows that CBD can manage a wide range of health concerns, be it neuropathic or nociceptive pain, muscle aches, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders, and is stacked with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects.
The phytocannabinoid CBD works on our endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a physiological system within the body that impacts major processes such as sleep, memory, appetite, mood, hormone regulation, metabolism, body temperature, and much more.
Additionally, CBD operates in a big way in the endocannabinoid system by interacting with the receptors inside the ECS and modifies the ability of the receptors to bind to cannabinoids. This inbuilt ECS helps CBD to display its effects and could not be absorbed in our bodies. The receptors in the cells react to the chemical signals sent and aids to alleviate pain. Several studies have reported the beneficial effects of CBD on both mental and physical wellness. It has displayed amazing pain-relieving effects on people suffering from muscle spasticity and pain in multiple sclerosis, joint pain and arthritis, and various chronic ailments.
Kratom And CBD Combined For Pain Relief
These two botanical extracts can combine to offer a powerful pain-mitigation solution. Kratom raises endorphins that are the ‘feel-good” chemicals generated naturally by the nervous system to counter pain or stress and reduce inflammation. CBD augments cannabinoids and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. The synergy of both of these potent painkillers offers a plethora of beneficial effects.
Kratom and CBD both rose in prominence as patients tried alternative therapy for conditions like inflammation, chronic pain and opioid withdrawal. Kratom is taken by its users for its analgesic benefits while CBD is generally used for its potential to combat inflammation. As a potent painkiller, Kratom also raises your energy levels, and you should be cautious while dosing to avoid physiological dependence.
Nonetheless, as an effective natural remedy, it is useful for chronic pain and sagging energy and when combined with CBD, it uplifts your life quality in a way much higher than the prescription drugs in circulation.