An introduction on kratom & phenibut
There are thousands of people in the country who suffer from various forms of mental conditions and diseases. Stress, anxiety, and tension are the most common mental and emotional problems that many of us suffer from. It could be because of many reasons. Some could be genetic, while others could be because of some physical conditions or diseases. Many others could suffer from stress and anxiety because of their day-to-day activities. Whatever might be the cause, there is a need to identify the cause for the same and have it treated or remedied. There are many drugs that are used for treating the above disorders and also for those who suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. In this article, we will be looking at two options that are becoming quite popular. They are phenibut and kratom. Let us discuss more each of these drugs, their history, the benefits that they offer, the side effects, the dosage that should be followed and also learn how to use them for optimal benefit.
Kratom is basically a plant derivative and is obtained by crushing the leaves of the kratom plant. This plant grows the best in South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and also a few other countries like Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The scientific name for Kratom is Mitragyna Speciosa and it belongs to the tropical evergreen family. This substance can be taken in many ways. The leaf of the Kratom tree is the only source from which the ingredients are extracted. Hence, it is common to see the local people chewing Kratom leaves to get the desired effect. Other ways include converting into powder or tablets/capsules and also making tinctures and decoctions out of it. Kratom is available in many strains of colors and depending on the country and region the name could also change with some prefixes before add-ons before and after the main name kratom.
Kratom could have been around for centuries or even thousands of years. However, there are no documented pieces of evidence to suggest as to how long it has been around. Ancient tribes and natives of South East Asia have been using it for centuries. However, the first documented evidence of the use of Kratom was in the 19th century. Peter Willem Korthals was the first person to document the use of Kratom. He mentioned the use of Kratom as a cheaper alternative for opium. He noticed that it was used by the natives of South East Asia after a hard day’s labor and work. They used to chew the leaves while they were on work. It is believed to have helped them to overcome pain and stress. The use of kratom in tablets, capsules, pulverized powder, and other forms must be around 60 to 70 years.
Benefits And Uses
Apart from being used as a mild pain killer, it is now being used for managing insomnia and other illnesses that could impact normal sleep. Further, since it is considered to be a cheap replacement to opium, it also is used as a mood enhancer and forgiving that artificial feeling of euphoria. Further, there are also some unconfirmed reports that natives of southeast Asia used it for injuries, and also for improved energy.
Here are some possible advantages of using kratom:
It could be a pain reliever and help replace harmful NSAIDs.
It also is used as an immune booster because it is rich in many antioxidants.
It increases energy because it improves blood circulation across and body and improves oxygen supply to the brain.
It also is used in many western countries as a sexual stimulant.
Kratom can soothe nerves and calm the brain and therefore could be useful in anxiety, stress, fear and other such mental conditions.
It could improve sexual performance.
It is used for people who are struggling in their efforts to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.
Yes, kratom is not free from side effects and here are a few of the common side effects.
The most common side effects of kratom are as follows:
Tongue numbness and dry mouth.
Constipation or diarrhea
Urge to urinate frequently.
Dosage And How To Use
There is no fixed dosage for kratom because it is not a synthetic drug. However, as a beginner, you need to exercise caution. You must take into account your age, gender, general health condition, special events like pregnancy and adjust your dosage accordingly. As a beginner, it would be advisable to start with a dosage of 1 to 1.5 gram and increase it gradually. Researchers also believe that a dosage of 20mg per kilogram of body weight could be a benchmark.
Kratom can be chewed (the leafy part) or it could also be taken as a powder, or in the form of tablets and capsules. Modern technology has made it possible to consume it in the liquid form by way of tinctures and decoctions.
Phenibut is a chemical that is similar to GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) GABA is a chemical that is present in the brain. This chemical is used as a medicine and also is consumed for recreational purposes. It also is used for treating problems related to fear, anxiety, insomnia, stress, tension, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), fatigue, alcoholism, depression and also for the treatment of irregular heartbeat. It can also come in handy for improving thinking, memory and learning.
Phenibut is a product that was developed in the then Soviet Union and was used first medically also in this country in 1960. It is now used in a few countries like Latvia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia. The product is not approved in the USA or Europe for clinical use. However, it is common to see Phenibut being used as a nootropic. Hence, it is a recent product compared to old plant-based substances like Kratom.
The Benefits And Uses
Since it is nootropic drug it has a wide canvas of uses. It is widely used in the above countries for the treatment of depression, asthenia, alcohol withdrawal syndrome, alcoholism, stuttering, post-traumatic disorders, vestibular disorders, tics, dizziness, and Meniere’s Disease. Many people also use it for fighting the symptoms associated with motion sickness. Many people have to go through painful diagnostic tests and surgical procedures. They could suffer from fear and anxiety. For such people, it is common to use Phenibut.
There are obviously a number of benefits associated with Phenibut.
Brain enhancement: Since it is a nootropic, phenibut has a natural ability to help men and women to mold a mind that is sharper, alert and more focused. Some research studies have shown that it could help in fostering creativity, enhance memory and also learning capacity. It does hold out quite a bit of promise as far as cognitive functions are concerned, but more research is needed.
Brain protection: Chronic and uncontrolled tension, stress and anxiety could be damaging the neurons. It could lead to the long-term damage of the brain and its ability to function optimally. It helps improve blood flow to the brain cells and therefore prevents possible damage caused by oxygen deprivation.
Sleep: As mentioned in the beginning Phenibut stimulates GABA and therefore it could reduce chaos in the brain and puts the user in a state of calmness. This could lead to better rest and normal sleep patterns can be restored in patients who suffer from different stages of insomnia.
Sexual functions: Though this is still a question of debate, Phenibut has the capability of stimulating neurotransmitters in the brain. It could lead to better sexual performance and some people have reported explosive orgasms. Women seem to experience better sexual satisfaction using Phenibut compared to men.
Like all sedative and other drugs that stimulate GABA, there is no doubt that Phenibut also has quite a few side effects. The list of the most common side effects is shared below:
Feeling of being sedated.
Agitation and irritability
Dosage & How To Use
The dosage of phenibut would depend on the individual and should take into account his or her age, physical condition, history of other illnesses and most importantly the purpose for which it is being used. Beginners ideally should start with a dosage of 750 mg for 24 hours. A typical dose could go up to 1500 mg while strong dosage in some rare cases could exceed 1500 mg but it should be taken only under doctor’s advice.
It is mostly taken in the form of tablets or capsules, but liquid form is also available.
Can Phenibut And Kratom Be Taken Together?
The method of action of Kratom and Phenibut is different. While kratom targets the various opioid receptors, phenibut targets the GABA receptors in the brain. You must keep this in mind when you decide to take Phenibut and Kratom together. Both have similar effects and therefore you must be careful while taking them together. Here are a few instances where both can be taken together.
Phenibut can be used to overcome problems associated with kratom withdrawal. While Phenibut can help a person to get out of kratom, Phenibut could itself become a habit for many.
Both these derivatives can be used for treating two different symptoms. While Phenibut can help in improving sexual stimulation better, Kratom could be useful in combating pain, stress and tension.
Both the products work well in fighting insomnia and sleep-related problems.
The Final Word
To conclude, Phenibut and kratom have quite a few things in common but at the same time, their way of acting in the body is different. Both can become habit-forming and therefore must be used carefully. Both also have certain side-effects and many of these side-effects are the same and overlap.
Hi there, I’m Michael and the owner of Buds & Blossoms. I’m a former opioid addict and I survived a three-year addiction. With the help of kratom I managed to get my life back on track and the main goal of this site is to inform and help people. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.