Kratom: The New Legal Drug of Choice for Teens
There’s a new drug in town and teens all over the country are trying it out. Why wouldn’t they? It isn’t illegal. If it isn’t illegal, for sure it must be safe. Right? It isn’t, but one could see how a teenager might think so.
The drug is kratom, an herbal compound from southeast Asia. It has been used for years to treat depression and pain and to help alleviate the symptoms of opiate withdrawals. However, the United States has found no medical use for the product. It is worth noting that while kratom is not illegal, it is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s watch list.
Kratom comes as a capsule, powder, green or dried leaves. Teens are swallowing the capsules, chewing green leaves, drinking the dried leaves like a tea or even snorting the powder. The drug gives teenagers the sense of increased strength, alertness and energy. Kratom can be purchased at head shops or online. Listen for nicknames like ketum, thom, biak, kakuam and thang.
According to Kratom.com, kratom is a “…magic leaf to replace exhaustion with spirited energy…” Kratom makes you feel, “pain free, strong, active and optimistic.”
Is your teen using kratom? Some things to look for:
Increased sexual desire
Alertness and focus
Weight loss and loss of appetite
Sociability and talkativenes
Delusions or hallucinations
In larger doses your teen may end up with these symptoms:
Dry mouth Excessive thirst and frequent urination
Reduced sensitivity to pain
Darkening of the skin
Constricted pupils Itchiness
Nausea or vomiting
This post isn’t meant to be alarmist. Your teens probably aren’t using kratom. As is always the case here at Ooph I just want to keep you informed so you can be one step ahead of your teens. Talk to them about kratom. Make sure they understand that it is a drug. It is unsafe and highly addictive.