Mengenal Daun Kratom, Tanaman Obat Penenang yang Kontroversial –

Have you ever heard of kratom leaves? This leaf is a plant that grows in the tropics. Kratom leaves or extracts are widely used as a sedative.

Some use it as an herbal remedy for digestion, chronic disease, or to get rid of marijuana addiction. Several cities in the United States have legalized this plant for consumption.

But for countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and some European countries consider it illegal.

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It has been known in Southeast Asia since 1836 and is still controversial

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According to research, kratom leaves are estimated to have been known in 1836 in Southeast Asia, such as Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, including Indonesia.

The leaves are often used for sedation, doping or productivity boost.

But to this day, the consumption of kratom is still controversial. The effect after consuming it is a momentary calm or euphoria, but the effect is not as big as when taking heroin.

In low doses, it can be a stimulant. Unless you eat too much. The leaves can also work like an anesthetic, affect emotions, and sensations in the brain that are strange and interfere with brain performance.

The active ingredients in it are alkaloids partner and 7-hydroxymitraginine which can provide analgesic or pain relief effect.

The effect on the body can be felt for 10 minutes and can last up to 1.5 hours

Get to know Kratom Leaf, a controversial sedative plant

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The alkaloids in it are even rated the same as those in narcotics such as opium and opium magic mushroom. The effects can be felt by the body in a short time, which is about 10 minutes after consumption.

After 10 minutes it can stay for 1.5 hours if consumed in larger quantities.

According to BNN (National Narcotics Agency) in Indonesia there have been cases of people dying from consuming kratom leaf extract mixed with other drugs.

Although it is still in the same family as the coffee plant and was thought to have the same effect as caffeine, it turns out to be much more than that.

Here are some other physical symptoms that can be felt after consuming it; dry mouth, chills, urinary disturbances, drowsiness, and dizziness.

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In America it was allowed to be consumed like when drinking tea

Get to know Kratom Leaf, a controversial sedative plant

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Although it has been consumed in Southeast Asia for a long time, it has only been recognized by Americans in recent years.

In the United States, this leaf is commonly marketed for alternative medicine, especially in Michigan and several states there.

How to consume it like when drinking tea or can also be made into capsules.

In 2016, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) had announced about banning kratom, though later had a change of heart.

It is not easy for the FDA to decide on a ban on kratom consumption. In addition to considering the plan, the FDA also heard public reports.

Emergency medicine experts from the University of Massachusetts Medical School revealed the results of research that this plant could be a recreational medical alternative.

But more research is still needed about the benefits for the body in the long term.

More negative effects, so it is included in the type of narcotics

Get to know Kratom Leaf, a controversial sedative plant

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When a person begins to get addicted to kratom and is not satisfied, he may experience panic, confusion, nausea and vomiting, or body aches.

Indeed, for a moment it can increase stamina, but its nature is just a sensation that always demands even higher doses.

At the end of 2019, the Palangkaraya police, Central Kalimantan, managed to secure two trucks loaded with kratom leaves weighing 12 tons which were planned to be exported abroad in front of the big roundabout on Jl. Yos Sudarso.

This plant has become one of the mainstay commodities of several farming communities in West Kalimantan. So far in Indonesia, the kratom plant is illegal.

Because the benefits are considered to be no more than the negative effects, kratom leaves have been listed as a type 1 narcotic.