A tale of two herbs: Kratom vs. Marijuana
Pain relief comes in many forms. People turn to opioids and herbs as a means to get high or because they are suffering from physical pain which they are trying to alleviate. While the consequences of opioids and painkillers are often addiction and dependence with life threatening effects, marijuana and kratom provide different forms of pain relief with potentially far less dangerous costs. This article will compare kratom and marijuana, highlighting the differences both positive and negative, as well as in comparison with harder drugs.
Nociceptive and Neuropathic pain
The human body experiences two distinctive types of pain which tend to respond differently to different drugs. Nociceptive pain is caused by damage to body tissue and may be triggered by inflammation, chemicals or physical events in which the sensory system responds to potentially harmful stimuli. Examples range from a broken nose to smashing your funny bone into a piece of furniture. The pain is often described as sharp, aching or throbbing. The tissue damage sends these pain signals through the spinal cord, to the brain, in order to initiate the healing process.
Neuropathic pain is a result of problems with nerve signals. It results from damage to the peripheral or central nervous system, unlike the normal stimulation of pain receptors. Often the effect of an illness or infection, neuropathic pain may be different for various people. It could last throughout the day and is described as a variety of sensations such as stabbing, prickling or burning.
Marijuana is known for treating neuropathic pain more effectively, while kratom is considered the go to pain relief for nociceptive pain. So if, for example, somebody broke their arm and is suffering from pain, kratom would be the way to go, while if somebody is suffering from a condition like cancer, marijuana would be recommended.
Will I get addicted?
A big reason for avoiding hard drugs like heroin as well as many prescription medication that are opiates, is that they can be very addictive. So much to the extent that stopping them could be extremely unpleasant due to withdrawal symptoms and in some cases even be life threatening. Marijuana is not known to have any addictive properties. This makes it a very attractive choice, especially for those suffering from conditions which marijuana relieves most effectively.
Kratom is known to have some degree of addiction and withdrawal effects, although nowhere near the amount for heroin and morphine addictions. In addition the effects are not uniform but everybody experiences it differently. When weighing the costs and benefits of taking kratom, one should certainly take the risks of addiction into account. However as kratom can deliver benefits that marijuana cannot and compared to harder drugs, kratom is considered vastly safer—the cost side of the ledger seems largely mitigated.
Different strains and forms
Both herbs come in different forms. Marijuana come from Cannabis which can be turned into hemp or marijuana. Hemp is a material with minimal THC, the psychoactive property, while marijuana is loaded with it and is often used for the specific purpose of getting high. Cannabidiol, an active compound in Cannabis, is contained in high levels in hemp and other products such as oils and creams which can interact with the endocannabinoid system to provide therapeutic relief from various pains including arthritis.
Kratom originates in southeast Asia and contains mitragynine and other alkaloid compounds which are similar to what is contained in the poppy plant from where opioids are derived. While kratom contains similar compounds, they are much milder in effect. Kratom comes in three strains: red vein, green vein and white vein. Red vein is the most potent and effective as a pain reliever and sedative. White vein is known to provide energy and be uplifting. Green vein is in between the two.
How to consume it?
The active ingredient of kratom, mitragynine, does not have to be heated to take effect. As a result, people often will mix it with some sort of food or drink or take it as a capsule and it will take effect upon swallowing. Marijuana is usually smoked, while Cannabidiol substances such as oil is commonly placed under the tongue for about a minute and then swallowed.
The final takeaway is that both of these herbs should be preferable because they are likely much safer than taking hard drugs and prescription medication. Which of the two depends on what kind of pain one is suffering from, as well as consideration for possibility of addiction. With these in mind, people can make an educated decision about enjoying those natural herbs which delivers relaxation and relief from many pains—and safer than many other substances which may do the same for a higher cost.