Recently, people are seeking natural ways to cope with a variety of discomforts. Herbal remedies are very sought after as everyone tries to explore naturopathic and homeopathic solutions. With the legalization of cannabidiol (CBD) in the 2018 Farm Act, the cannabis-derived cannabinoid became an almost instant overnight herbal supplement success. Along with CBD, kratom has also become a heavy contender for those exploring therapeutic supplements. However, you might wonder which is better kratom or CBD. In this article, we will explore the benefits of both.
What is Kratom?
Kratom is derived from the leaves of a tropical tree that grows throughout much of Southeast Asia. Thai botanical medicine has used kratom for centuries due to the high alkaloid content found in the foliage. In fact, kratom contains at least 40 different compounds and two leading alkaloids Mitragynine (MG) and 7‐hydroxymitragynine (7‐HMG). MG and 70HMG both act on the brain receptors in a fashion that is very similar to opioids. In fact, many people who are addicted to narcotics turn to kratom to cope with the often-earth-shattering physical symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
The Many Forms of Kratom
Users of kratom can ingest the leave in a powder or capsule form. Recently, many kratom brands are also offering kratom energy drinks and beverages laced with the herb. In Southeast Asia, the locals chew on the leaves of the kratom tree to extract the alkaloids. Also, after a long day or while socializing they will frequently brew kratom tea. Some vendors offer kratom fashioned into tea for U.S. consumers.
How is Kratom Processed?
Unlike CBD, which is extracted from the cannabis plant’s fibers, kratom is obtained by harvesting the leaves of the kratom tree. They are then cured through air-drying. Once cured, the leaves are ground down into a powder or small particles for teas. Kratom contains no additives. However, there are various strains of kratom such as red-vein, green-vein, and white vein. The vein-colors found in the leaves of the kratom tree denote the various alkaloid concentrations.
The Effects of Kratom
Typically, a user can obtain different physical effects by choosing different strains of kratom. When considering kratom or CBD, please remember that CBD tends to render no psychoactive responses in a user but kratom does alter perception and cognitive abilities which are two of the main differences between the two herbs. Users who do not wish to feel ‘different’ might want to avoid kratom and go with CBD.
Forms of Kratom
You do not have as many forms to choose between with kratom as you do with CBD. You can purchase kratom powder which you can mix in foods or beverages. Some people do a toss and wash method of ingestion where they take a dose of kratom powder and chase it with a glass of water to wash it down. If you do not like the bitter taste of kratom then you might want to try capsules. On rare occasions, you can find kratom energy drinks or beverages and teas that you can brew from the kratom leaves.
What is CBD
CBD stands for cannabinoid; one of the many chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD occurs in both hemp and marijuana. However, only CBD that is derived from hemp which contains less than 0.03 percent is legal in the United States. In some states CBD derived from marijuana is legal, but it contains greater levels of THC than hemp-derived CBD.
The Extraction Process of CBD
Extraction artists use a variety of extraction forms to pull the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant’s fibers. They often use butane, ethanol, CO2 extraction, or grain alcohol to gain CBD. The most popular extraction method is CO2 because it is environmentally friendly and solvent-free.
Types of CBD
You can purchase CBD in many forms such as tinctures, oils, vapes, edibles, topicals, and capsules. CBD comes as full-spectrum (contains all the cannabinoids found in the plant), broad-spectrum (contains all cannabinoids but no THC), and isolate (cannabinoid free-only pure CBD). When derived from hemp, the CBD must always contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
The Effects of CBD
CBD works on the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). It can bind with the CB1 and CB2 receptors which governor many responses in the body such as pain perception, inflammation, the immune system, digestion, and more. CBD positively affects the receptors and the ECS to help with a variety of health conditions. One of the nice things about CBD is that it causes no psychoactive responses so you can take it at any time of day without feeling any ‘different.’ Many people are turning to CBD for their pets too!
Not an Easy Choice: Kratom or CBD?
CBD reduces pain. Without a doubt, studies have clearly shown that CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help with arthritis-related inflammation such as pain and swelling. In addition, by reducing inflammation, the CBD helps prevent ongoing nerve degeneration and possible nerve damage. CBD is also favored for relieving neuropathic pain caused by multiple sclerosis. Many turn to CBD to treat migraines and headaches. As a topical, CBD can be rubbed on the area of discomfort for fast absorption through the skin and into the system. Many times, you will find CBD infused balms, salves, and lotions that also contain capsaicin or menthol to further soothe.
CBD and Epidiolex
Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first CBD pharmaceutical drug for the treatment of childhood epilepsies. Epidiolex has truly helped make CBD more acceptable as a potential treatment due to its success in preventing or reducing seizures in sufferers of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
Treating Anxiety with CBD
CBD has shown great promise in helping with anxiety, according to studies. Especially, individuals faced with public speaking and other stressful situations. The cannabinoid has gained favor for the treatment of panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Health Benefits of Kratom
Kratom has not undergone as much scientific research as CBD so its benefits remain in the dark and are often only backed by historic word of mouth in Southeast Asia. However, as time progresses and kratom becomes more mainstream research will start to take place to determine the potential health benefits of the herb. However, despite the concrete evidence, many kratom enthusiasts believe strongly that the alkaloids found in the plant reduce their perception of pain, help them sleep, improve their cognitive abilities, and relieve the withdrawal symptoms of opioid abuse.
A study was carried out by Psychopharmacology to study kratom for the treatment of opioid addiction and it was found that Mitragynine does appear to reduce opioid abuse and might even work as an acceptable antidepressant. However, despite the study, the FDA continues to drag its feet over approving kratom for medical uses and research contains to be scarce. Kratom remains a wee bit of a quandary since Mitragynine appears to effectively treat opioid addiction but 7-HMG acts on the brain’s opioid receptors which makes the FDA cautious about the herb.
Kratom or CBD: Which one is Better?
It is ridiculously hard to compare CBD and kratom. Both are herbs gathered from a plant, but they act in vastly different ways on the body. CBD is non-addictive and considered safe which makes it very appealing to users. With very few side effects and sound scientific support, there is no reason not to try CBD. Most people simply find it more comfortable then kratom. Perhaps it is the fact that kratom seems exotic since it comes from Southeast Asia and is not as intermingled in the culture of America as cannabis. Either way, most people opt to try CBD first. However, kratom is fast increasing in popularity as more people decide to try new things and explore treatments promoted by other cultures.
Ultimately, it is your choice which one is best for you: CBD or kratom. They are both hugely different, so you will want to experiment with each one to make a concrete determination.
Buying Kratom or CBD
CBD is widely available. You can purchase the cannabinoid online, at smoke shops, dispensaries, and even health food stores. There are many brands and choices. Kratom is increasing in popularity and you can find it either online or at brick and mortar stores. Ideally, you should find a vendor who you trust to purchase your kratom from.
At My Kratom Club, we sell a variety of strains HERE.
What to Look for in CBD or Kratom?
You want to find a respected brand whether you are buying CBD or kratom. The brands should perform third-party laboratory testing to ensure the purity of both kratom and CBD. Also, pay close attention to the manufacturing process and product reviews to determine if the brand will meet your needs.
If you want to learn more about kratom or CBD then please contact My Kratom Club. We are here to answer all your questions.