Kratom refers to a tree (Mitragyna speciosa) indigenous to Southeast Asia. The leaves are thought highly valuable to the indegines, particularly for its interesting health benefits. Researchers have identified hundreds of compounds in the plant. Although Mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxy mitragynine are the most celebrated, studies show each compound has their distinct deliveries.
Kratom is of different types – each with its unique strength. Typically, these types are distinguished by their colors:
- Red Kratom
- White Kratom
- Green Kratom
To be more specific, kratom is often sub-classified based on their origin:
- Borneo etc.
Hopefully, this explains names like:
- Red Kratom bla lba bla…
- Green Malay Bla bla bla …
What then is DELTA 8 CBD?
Delta 8 CBD is one of over 100 chemical compounds in Cannabis sativa plants. Delta 8 is usually referred to as marijuana-like or Diet Weed because of its much lower ‘high’ when compared with Delta 9.
People who take THC products to get high affirm that delta 8 THC does not have the pronounced type of high obtainable with delta 9 THC. Quite interestingly, Delta 8 is similar to delta 9, only with slightly different chemical structures.
As with kratom, delta 8 CBD’s effects are based on different factors, including:
- Quantity taken
- Body weight
- Health condition
- Mode of consumption
As with most supplements, it’s safer to start with low doses – particularly for starters.
Moderate delta 8 doses may not get you stoned, but instead, uplift your mood and boost energy. On the other hand, higher doses may cause sedation.
Thankfully, even with high doses, delta-8 may only cause an insignificant level of psychoactivity, compared to the delta-9 variant.
THC is the main psychoactive substance in cannabis which is responsible for the ‘high’ you feel after consumption. Thankfully, our delta-8 products contain extracts sourced from hemp plants, eliminating the risk of having too much of the high-causing compound.
Now, back to kratom Vs. Delta-8 – what are their benefits?
Benefits of Kratom
Historical records and increasing anecdotal reviews suggest kratom’s amazing benefits. Commonly reported benefits of kratom includes:
Kratom for pain relief: Kratom has a striking resemblance to opioid, functioning as a pain-reliever in many instances.
A study of 26 males comparing the effect of kratom and placebo in the management of pain showed a significant improvement in pain tolerance where Kratom was used.
Kratom for Libido Improvement: reviews show kratom may help improve your sexual activity, boost energy levels, curb anxiety, and sgenerally uplift mood.
Kratom for Mood Boosting and the management of Anxiety: A review of studies on Kratom and mental health shows that Kratom improves mood and may therefore help to manage anxiety.
In the US, the major reasons for Kratom use are to self-treat acute and chronic pain, manage opioid and/or heroin addiction, and to manage emotional or mental health concerns.
What about delta 8?
Benefits of Delta 8 CBD
Though the research on Delta 8 is still in its infancy, users have attested to some benefits such as its ability to:
- Improve your appetite: There are speculations that the appetite stimulation for delta 8 could be twice as strong as delta 9
- Boost your mental health
- Calm nausea
- Help prevent vomiting, a side effect of cancer treatment
Some studies suggest that Delta-8-CBD could be effective in treating anxiety, chronic pain, stress, and depression.
That said, it’s not all good tidings with these compounds. Among the wonderful testimonies, some reviews report a handful of side effects from kratom consumption.
Common Side Effects – Kratom Vs. Delta-8-CBD
Kratom’s side effect is mild if used moderately. Kratom use may result in weight loss, muscle pain, and constipation.
In worse situations, it could also affect the mind and nervous system causing hallucinations, seizures, and, sometimes, death.
However, most of these severe cases are caused by too-high doses, extensive usage, or consuming it alongside otherdrugs.
Commonly reported side effects of delta 8 CBD are restlessness, anxiety, drowsiness, irregular heart rate, numbness, low blood pressure. As with kratom, these effects are widely traceable to excessive dosage.
Note that delta-8 products may contain impurities or very high levels of THC, especially since they are usually synthesized. This explains the need to order from manufacturers with a transparent manufacturing process and ingredients.
With the right product and dosage, you should have zero or negligible cause for concern.
If you sense any of these side effects upon consumption of kratom or delta-8 CBD, discontinue usage and see your doctor.
Both Kratom and Delta 8 CBD are effective in treating anxiety, and alleviating pain among other health benefits.
Kratom obviously has more research backings than Delta 8 CBD.
Nonetheless, more research is expected to bring more light on the usefulness of Delta 8 CBD.
Some important points to note while purchasing your Kratom or Delta CBD:
- Trust your source.
- Share this information with your doctor, this could help you avoid issues that may arise as a result of drug-drug interaction or natural product-drug interaction.
- Be careful of overdose.