With the side effects of chemical drugs becoming a huge menace at this point of time, people have no other go than to embrace the roots. One such herbal medicine that has been used for over a century in treating various ailments is growing huge with popularity, all around the world. Yes, Kratom is very much known to the masses now for its striking properties in providing pain relief and for the competence to act as a stimulant and a relaxant.
However, it is due to the lack of detailed research on herbal medicine that there are certain things that people might not be aware. Kratom belongs to the tree family from which the coffee plant comes up. Hence it is believed that Kratom could play a role positively or negatively affect people with heart conditions or the ones suffering from blood pressure. This is the reason why Kratom is very popular today for its benefits and also for the speculation theories surrounding it on its credibility.
Let’s have a look at how Kratom influences someone’s heart health positively or negatively by addressing some important questions related to it. If you are someone who has been following Kratom closely, then it must not be news to you that Kratom is surrounded by legal complications and other accusations by the FDA and the DEA. The very outbreak started after the Kratom deaths related to Salmonella. But most of these cases have been proved that Kratom was consumed along with other prescribed medications or certain adulterants which caused the deaths in those individuals. But this was not reported in the main press conference. However, one youth died as a result of a heart attack after the consumption of Kratom. Though toxicology report states that other factors like alcohol could have played a role, Kratom’s hand can’t be denied completely.
After the outbreak, the FDA proposed for the Kratom products to be taken back from the market by Kratom vendors. Though most of the vendors accepted to it, few didn’t which in turn led to a harsh rule on the recall of the Kratom products.
The status of Kratom is quite debatable today since one group believes that Kratom needs to be put under the list of scheduled drugs, while other groups still believe Kratom is beneficial to the public and that it needs more research for a deeper understanding. But on a neutral viewpoint, it can be said that Kratom can pose certain risks on interaction with adulterants and other chemicals. Hence, a medical practitioner’s advice is recommended before the use of Kratom.
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What to know about Kratom and Blood Pressure?
The stimulant properties of Kratom may lead to an erratic heartbeat due to the production of an adrenergic response by the alkaloids. It can also trigger epinephrine and norepinephrine levels by making them act as a neurotransmitter. That is why Kratom influences the cognitive and behavioral abilities of its users. It is in a way positive for people who want to improve their mood but it can also alter the cardiac contraction force due to the receptors in our heart.
These responses can increase one’s heartbeat or Spike the BP which in turn leads to blood vessel strain resulting in a heart attack or stroke. The problem with hypertension is that you will never know if you are suffering from it. Hence it is a risk when stimulants are consumed at that point in time. For example, if someone is suffering from mild hypertension and tends to increase Kratom dosage without any knowledge, then there are chances that it could lead to a massive spike in BP.
This particular scenario can lead to a dreadful cardiac event like Tachycardia where without proper treatment, it could cause a shortage of oxygen supply, dizziness, chest pain and fatigue in some cases. If you are a regular Kratom user who has experienced these effects, then it is advised that you consult your health professional.
People’s view on Kratom and BP
You can see various posts on Reddit on this very topic. I vividly remember one post where the user had asked which strain he should opt for if he doesn’t want faster heart rate and experience euphoric effects at the same time since he was suffering from a type of Tachycardia. This clearly shows that the user is suspicious if Kratom could alter his health condition, to which a kratom user suggested gold vein Kratom strains for safety. We can never come to a conclusion with one particular opinion since it may vary. I also recall a post where a user had mentioned that Kratom had no role to play in his minor heart condition and that he was born with it. But still, you could always see people complaining of developing chest pain after the consumption of Kratom.
The strains to Avoid?
If you are someone who is suffering from BP or any heart-related issue, you shouldn’t opt for Kratom strains that can be a potent agent in causing highly stimulating effects. For example, Maeng Da Kratom strain displays potent stimulating effects.
Although this particular natural herb has been used for more than a century, it can lead to some health risks in some individuals with a history of heart-related issues. Hence it needs immense research until it is proved to be safe for consumption. Otherwise, before taking Kratom it is recommended that you consult a doctor.