The world is full of people stuck with an unhealthy reliance on expensive pharmaceuticals with ever-growing lists of side effects. As these multinational pharmaceutical companies continue to churn out “new” supposedly more effective drugs, they are also charging consumers more and more to fund the extravagant lifestyles of their executives.
Thankfully, people are beginning to wake up and realize that there are alternatives to the medications that are being forced down our throats. Many of these alternatives are derived from natural sources and come with little to no side effects.
Cannabidiol (or commonly known as CBD) has been a favorite of alternative health enthusiasts for years. CBD is derived from the Cannabis L plant, yet, unlike its counterpart Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it does not cause any intoxicating effects. This is according to a review by the World Health Organization. After extraction, CBD is incorporated into a wide variety of products including tinctures, capsules, edibles, vapes, and more.
Because CBD has been around for so long, there are several studies that have been conducted on its efficacy. Studies like this will continue to proliferate as attitudes change and more people begin to accept CBD and other natural health products.
CBD vs Kratom
Comparatively, a new and emerging natural remedy called Kratom has also been piquing the interest of some advocates of alternative health. Kratom (also known as “Mitragyna speciosa”) is a plant commonly found in South East Asia, especially in the countries of Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and Malaysia. People in these regions have been using Kratom for generations and have been known to chew it for its stimulant properties.
Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine (7HMG) are the active ingredients found in the Kratom plant. They induce their effects by communicating with the body’s opioid receptors. With the little-known research done on Kratom, it is currently believed that the therapeutic effects of the plant are brought about by Mitragynine while the psychoactive effects are because of the 7HMG.
The Kratom plant comes in a variety of different strains based on where it was grown. From OG Bali, and Super Green Malaysian, to Maeng Da Thai, the Kratom plant has names as varied as the people who enjoy it. Each strain boasts its own unique benefits and characteristics.
Despite 100s of years of documented use, Kratom faces a variety of challenges in 2020. It is constantly demonized by both US politicians and the media. Like CBD, this is because Kratom is a direct threat to the monopoly that pharmaceutical giants have over public policy. What we need with both compounds is more thorough scientific research.
So, this brings us to the question.
Does Kratom Go Hand in Hand With CBD?
Well, as with anything – that all depends on you and what you’re hoping to accomplish. CBD is widely used for the potential benefits of amplifying the cell receptors found within our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). These receptors have been found to orchestrate operations within our bodies such as anxiety, sleep, pain, and inflammation. CBD is widely consumed in order to reach the entourage effect, which is the amplification of our ECS to create more cannabinoids for prolonged homeostasis.
However, less is known about Kratom and its potential benefits. A recent study conducted by University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) points to several different benefits to the Kratom plant. This study suggests that Kratom is a safer substitute for opioids and has the potential to act as an anxiety reliever and mood enhancer.
With all of that said, there is very little research on whether Kratom and CBD work hand in hand. Anecdotal evidence points to their effectiveness when used together, but more research must be done before we can say anything definitively.
Because of the demonization of both products, research studies have been slow. Now that opinions are beginning to change, we hope that research on these two great plant compounds will continue to grow.
As always, we will continue to educate and advocate for natural health alternatives.