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CBD and Kratom have been in the spotlight for some time now. They both fit into the same gray area of substances that are hyped up by many. But at the same time, there is a lot of misinformation going on around them.
Kratom and CBD also share similar effects and are used for similar conditions. This is why we thought, why not compare them? After all, it would be interesting to see how they fare against each other. This might also help you decide between the two if you are considering which one to try.
Let’s see how these compare in different aspects, including effects, use, legality, etc.
Mitragyna speciosa or Kratom is a large tree that grows in Southeast Asia. It can be found in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. This is why people from these countries have been using kratom leaves for centuries. But today, anyone in the western world can buy Kratom online.
The main ingredients for Kratom effects are 7-Hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine. They interact with opioid receptors in our body and have effects linked to pain relief, relaxation, energy boost, helping deal with depression, reducing anxiety, and as a cure for opioid withdrawal.
Kratom comes as dried leaves, powder, and capsules.
CBD or Cannabidiol is a very active compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. Unlike THC, this compound doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. In other words, it doesn’t make users high. There is a long history of CBD use for a variety of reasons.
However, the most popular reasons why people use it are to reduce pain, get focus, calm themselves down, and so on. However, studies show that CBD might be beneficial for treating conditions like anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, and so on.
CBD comes in various forms; the most popular one is CBD oil, but there are also tinctures, lotions, capsules, edibles, e-juices, etc.
In regards to popularity, CBD is definitely more popular, but only because it’s been in the spotlight for a very long time. Also, CBD is used by many celebrities, which makes it more accessible to the general public. On the other hand, Kratom is only beginning to enter the spotlight. For instance, we have seen Joe Rogan talk about Kratom, and we are sure that more high profile celebrities will be talking about it in the future. Only time will tell.
Kratom and CBD for Pain
Kratom is a potent opiate substitute. This means that it can be used during substance withdrawal. People who are suffering from pain related to substance withdrawal with heroin can potentially benefit from using Kratom.
This is where Kratom is far more effective than CBD. However, CBD is considered a better option for treating neuropathic pain. It can potentially help people with conditions like fibromyalgia and MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
Simply put, Kratom can be used for more severe pain treatments for a short period. On the other hand, CBD is a better option for treating mild pain but over a long period.
Kratom and CBD for Energy
Kratom has a wide pharmacological profile that can promote both relaxation and energy boost. Kratom affects dopamine production and can increase it. Dopamine is a known compound that increases energy.
However, in higher doses, Kratom also increases serotonin. Higher serotonin levels lead to relaxation and increased sleepiness. Kratom is also related to the increase in adrenaline production and causes endorphin release, promoting energy.
On the other hand, CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system. Through this indirect action, it can keep the body within the state of homeostasis. At the same time, CBD can indirectly give more energy by managing chronic pain, anxiety and regulating the sleep cycle.
Kratom and CBD for Depression
CBD has known effects that prevent anandamide breakdown. Anandamide is the natural antidepressant found in the body, and the more we have it, the less depressed we feel. It can also help with better sleep and pain reduction, leading to lower depression.
Much research is needed on Kratom’s effects on depression and mental health, but there is research indicating great potential. This is why so many people use it and claim that they’ve had great results in treating depression with Kratom.
Side Effects of Kratom and CBD
CBD doesn’t have any significant side effects. Most people have excellent CBD tolerance, and the worst side effects are dry mouth, drowsiness, and lower appetite. However, this happens when taking CBD in excessive dosages.
On the other hand, Kratom works on opioid receptors, which makes it addictive. Taking high doses or taking it over a long period can lead to addiction. At the same time, some people might get constipated, have nauseous, or vomit due to Kratom use.
Kratom and CBD can be used for similar things, but they are entirely different plants. Their effects come from different biochemical mechanisms. In the end, people that used them both say that they work differently. It’s all about trying them out and using them for the right therapeutic benefit.
What is most important here is always to stay safe. We urge you to continue your internet research and find other sources of information that will help you make an informed decision. It is also a good idea to consult a medical professional about this matter, but make sure it is someone you trust.
All in all, stay safe and responsible.