Many things can cause anxiety—work, family problems, social settings, money issues. The list is endless. Most of us have experienced anxiety multiple times in our lives, but if it is purely situational, the feeling usually goes away when the stimulus is gone.
If you have an anxiety disorder, however, the feeling stays and can have debilitating effects on your life. In the United States alone, over 40 million adults (19.1% of the population) suffer from an anxiety disorder, making it the most common form of mental illness.
Anxiety disorders can be classified as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which is excessive anxiety over everyday life; social anxiety brought on by social situations; panic disorders which lead to panic attacks; and phobias causing an irrational fear of something.
Anxiety disorders are usually treated using psychotherapy and medications, but some people have begun to turn to Kratom for help with their anxiety.
In this article, we will look at whether Kratom can be an alternative or supplement to prescription medications and treatment in alleviating anxiety.
We will answer the following questions:
- What is Kratom?
- Is Kratom good for anxiety?
- What are the best Kratom strains for mood-elevation and calming?
- What dosage of Kratom helps with mood elevation and calming the mind?
What is Kratom?
Kratom is a tropical tree of the coffee plant family. It is grown mainly in Southeast Asia and its leaves are said to have medicinal properties. The locals have used it for centuries in small doses to give them a boost and energy for their workday, and in larger doses as a sedative and analgesic because of its pain-relieving properties.
Kratom comes in different strains and veins. The vein color indicates the maturity of the leaf and determines the Kratom type. There is White Vein Kratom, Green Vein Kratom, and Red Vein Kratom. There is also Yellow Vein Kratom, which is created by mixing other veins.
The strain of the leaf is sometimes named after where it comes from, but usually just denotes the variety of Kratom grown. There is Bali Kratom, Borneo Kratom, Maeng Da, Malay Kratom, Thai Kratom, Sumatra Kratom, and Elephant Kratom, to name a few.
Is Kratom good for anxiety?
Many people use Kratom to assist with occasional anxiety or anxiety caused by their everyday life. Kratom has two main alkaloids that act on the opioid receptors in the brain to cause the desired effects. These alkaloids are called mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, and they interact with the neuroreceptors in the brain to create a feeling of well-being and euphoria. They may also boost serotonin and dopamine production.
In small amounts, they have a stimulant effect, and in larger amounts, they have a sedative and calming effect and can relieve pain.
People who suffer from anxiety often find that Kratom helps to relieve some of their symptoms.
What are the best Kratom strains for mood-elevation and calming?
The strains that are most effective to boost the mood and calm the mind can be down to individual preferences, but our recommendations are based on what helps most users.
Red Vein Kratom comes from the more mature Kratom leaf, and this means the mitragynine has had more time to oxidize and convert into 7-hydroxymitragynine. The higher level of 7-HMG is thought to give Red Vein Kratom its relaxing and calming properties.
Green Vein Kratom can also be used to help with boosting mood. It is not as strong a sedative as Red Vein Kratom but is also not as stimulating as White Vein Kratom, so it is seen as a happy medium.
Some types of Kratom that can boost mood and calm the mind:
Red Bali Kratom is probably the most popular of the Red Vein Kratoms. It’s a mild and smooth Kratom that many people find relaxing and soothing.
Green Malay Kratom is a good balance between Red Malay and White Malay Kratom. It takes effect gradually and has a relaxing and soothing effect on the body and mind.
Green or Red Borneo Kratom is good for relaxation and helps with calming the mind. Red Borneo has a stronger sedative effect, while Green Borneo gives a mild relaxation effect.
Yellow Vietnam Kratom is a mild and sedative strain that calms the mind without causing drowsiness.
Maeng Da is one of the strongest strains of Kratom because of its high alkaloid content. Red Maeng Da has a stimulating effect, but in larger doses, it is a strong sedative and relaxant as it has a high level of the alkaloid 7-hydroxymitragynine.
Gold Bali Kratom is popular for its ability to increase relaxation, alleviate pain, help with calming the mind, and give a general feeling of euphoria and well-being.
What dosage of Kratom helps with mood-elevation and calming the mind?
The dosage you should take to help with mood-elevation, calm the mind, and potentially help with some symptoms of anxiety largely depends on individual factors such as your age, weight, metabolic rate, and tolerance because these determine how Kratom affects you. We always recommend starting with low doses and working your way up so you can gradually achieve the effect you’re looking for and lower your risk of side effects.
For calming the mind, you can take Kratom one to three times a day, and the following dosage guidelines are based on this standard.
- Low dose — below 5 grams. This dosage usually has stimulating effects and may in some cases aggravate anxiety. Still, it’s better to start low the first time and gradually add 1 gram every 45 minutes until you get the desired effect.
- High dose — 5-12 grams. This is the dosage range that most people report helps with managing some symptoms of anxiety.
Kratom has been used by many people to help with their anxiety and may help ease your day-to-day stress as well. If you would like some guidance about the right Kratom strain and dosage for help with anxiety, our team of passionate experts here at Kingdom Kratom is available to answer your questions. We also offer Kratom sample packs so you can determine which strain or form is the best fit for you.