Scientific Proof That Kratom Helps Opioid Withdrawal

“Kratom Alkaloids, Natural and Semi-Synthetic, Show Less Physical Dependence and Ameliorate Opioid Withdrawal”

Published in the January 2021 issue of the journal Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, new research reports that kratom may indeed be of clinical value for chronic opioid users. Regular opioid use and abuse produce physical dependence. Reducing intake after chronic use or abuse results in a variety of withdrawal symptoms. While none of these are pleasant, perhaps the most pernicious withdrawal symptom is called “opioid-induced hyperalgesia”.

The short version? When opioids are used for pain management (acute or chronic), reducing or stopping opioid use increases the amount of pain felt. In chronic users, even gentle pressure can be unbearable. No wonder it’s so difficult to cut out. The good news is that most people report that kratom has a pain-relieving effect without the dangers presented by opioids. The great news is that the same mechanism that makes kratom safe seems to also reduce the withdrawal effect from opioids.

For many users online, this doesn’t really count as news, but we can’t say enough about how important it is that mainline studies from reputable institutions are starting to back up claims with hard data. With the help of the American Kratom Association and research like this, we’re looking forward to seeing relaxed restrictions, easier access and higher quality product. If you’re interested in seeing what kratom can do for you, shop our full product range or check out the Pop Kratom blog for even more information!

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Publication details: Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2021 Jan 12. doi: 10.1007/s10571-020-01034-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33433723


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