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Can Kratom Make Me Happier?

We hear about kratom being used for a variety of purposes, though chronic pain – as an alternative to opioids – is certainly the most prevalent in the news and advocacy forums. Kratom is popular as an opioid substitute or supplement because it doesn’t do the main thing that makes opiates so dangerous: it doesn’t cause respiratory failure because it doesn’t connect to receptors that control that part of the body. As such, kratom doesn’t stop respiration, the most common overdose fatality in opioid users.

Many people who use kratom also report that in addition to easing their pain like an opioid, kratom lets them live their lives – rather than leaving them feeling like nothing more than a patient with an illness, kratom can bring joy and meaning back into their lives, helping them get “back to normal”, even if their illness is still hovering in the background.

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Anecdotal evidence suggests kratom could be helpful in alleviating symptoms of depression.

There are certainly anecdotal reports of kratom helping boost mood and alleviate symptoms of depression, but before we discuss this benefit further, we’d like to make our position on the matter clear: we at Original Harvest see kratom as an alternative herbal supplement – not a recreational “high” – and always encourage customers to practice care and restraint, using kratom only as needed and not as simply a passing pick-me-up for a bad day not associated with a disorder or symptom. Please be safe and smart!

Why Does Kratom Affect My Mood?

Kratom, like opioids, can affect a person’s mood because it binds to delta opioid receptors in the brain, which scientists believe exerts some control over mood and anxiety. Kratom alkaloids are also thought to affect the dopamine uptake pathways in the brain. Like opioids, kratom alkaloids may be able to increase the amount of dopamine; this is part of why substances like opiates can become addictive – they create a false “high” that perhaps the body was unable to create naturally due to some kind of existing deficiency. That said …

Is Kratom Euphoric?

Though some sites and users do describe a euphoric sensation that comes along with using kratom, it’s a far cry from the kind most people experience from substances like cannabis (also an excellent medicinal plant) and opioids.

Generally speaking, only larger amounts of kratom will give you a feeling of euphoria. In small doses, it has more of a tendency to fight fatigue, offer mental clarity and increase productivity. Larger quantities of kratom could deliver euphoria along with deep relaxation and pain relief, but as noted above, at Original Harvest we recommend taking only as much of this healing plant as needed to treat your symptoms. Ideally, if you require pain relief you’ll turn to red vein varieties, which should give you the effects you want in smaller doses than green or white vein options.

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These strains could help alleviate symptoms of depression in some patients.

Best Kratom Strains for Better Mood

People struggling with fatigue and lack of sleep will naturally feel a bit more down in the dumps, so kratom can be a useful, natural option to deal with both fatigue (or insomnia, depending on the strain) and provide a little boost in mood that should feel fairly natural, not substance-induced. Here are three Original Harvest kratom strains that could encourage a more positive mood:

Have you tried kratom as a treatment for depression or other mood disorders? Tell us about your experience in the comments below, and join the kratom community!

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