What is CBD and Kratom?

CBD and kratom are both being investigated for the ways they may affect conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety, and substance abuse.

What is CBD?

Many people still think CBD oil will get you intoxicated, it does not contain the part of cannabis plant that is responsible for causing a “high”. Therefore only the medicinal aspect of the plant is being absorbed. There is NO THC. CBD is made from a cannabis compound called cannabidiol (CBD) that is found in all cannabis plants. This compound interacts with our bodies endocannabinoid system.

What is Kratom?

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Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. Scientifically known as M. speciosa is indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea, where it has been used in traditional medicines since at least the nineteenth century. 

Kratom has opioid properties and some stimulant-like effects. The leaves are chewed to relieve musculoskeletal pain and increase energy, appetite, and sexual desire in ways similar to khat and coca. 

The leaves or extracts from them are used to heal wounds and as a local anesthetic. Extracts and leaves have been used to treat coughs, diarrhea, and intestinal infections. They are also used as intestinal deworming agents in Thailand. Kratom is often used by workers in laborious or monotonous professions to stave off exhaustion as well as a mood enhancer and painkiller. In Thailand, kratom was “used as a snack to receive guests and was part of the ritual worship of ancestors and gods”.

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