Right now, CBD and Kratom are two very popular health supplements in Canada and across the rest of North America. They have gone viral for reason; they seem to be very effective in managing certain conditions even though they are not exactly approved medication.
In this guide, we are going to show you what is better between CBD and Kratom. We will start by defining each of the compounds and highlighting their uses. We will then discuss how each natural compound relieves. At the end of the article, we will show you what works better for pain relief.
What is CBD and what does it do?
CBD aka Cannabidiol is a natural supplement that is used to manage a variety of conditions even though the government and big pharma don’t want it to be advertised as such.
It can be made from the cannabis plant or from the industrial hemp plant. Hemp-derived CBD with no more than 0.3% THC is legal in Canada.
Other names of CBD oil include cannabis oil, marijuana oil and hemp oil.
When consumed sublingually, with food, or in tea/ coffee, Cannabidiol molecules interact with your internal ECS (Endocannabinoid System) to provide a variety of benefits.
Some of the proven benefits include the treatment of insomnia and pain relief (which we will discuss a bit later). Cannabidiol is also known to reduce stress and depression. Unlike addictive OTC drugs such as benzodiazepines and others that may cause addiction when treating anxiety, cannabidiol has shown great effectiveness in treating anxiety without any related addiction.
Cannabis oil can also alleviate cancer symptoms such as pain, vomiting, and nausea. Several studies have investigated this benefit and proven it right. One particular study done on 177 patients revealed that cannabis oil significantly reduced chemo-related vomiting and nausea. The oil is also thought to have anti-cancer properties; that it may stop the spread or induce the death of cancer cells. However, that is yet to be proven in human studies.
CBD oil is thought to lower blood pressure. Recent research has linked marijuana oil to better cardiovascular health. CBD in the oil can reduce high blood pressure which is the cause of several cardiovascular problems such as stroke and heart attack.
Other benefits of the natural remedy include the facts that it: may reduce acne, may have neuroprotective properties, may treat drug addiction, may treat tumors and may prevent diabetes.
However, despite all these benefits, you have carry out due diligence when buying cannabis oil. Make sure the vendor has clearly stated that the CBD is derived from the hemp plant. This is because cannabis oil from the marijuana plant is not only illegal but also contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – a compound with mind-altering properties.
What is Kratom and what does it do?
Kratom is quite like cannabidiol in many respects. Before we get to the similarities, here is the definition.
Kratom is a plant supplement derived from the Mitrogyna speciosa tree, which is native to Southeast Asia. So it basically does not grow around here.
The leaves of the tree contain two powerful alkaloids – 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine. These powerful alkaloids are the active ingredients found in this natural remedy. They do all the healing.
Kratom leaves have for a long time been used in Southeast Asia as an herbal remedy to a variety of ailments including to provide pain relief, to stop diarrhea, to manage coughs, reduce depression and to treat opiate addiction.
Compared to cannabidiol, Kratom has not received sufficient scholarly attention from scientists and researchers in the west. This is perhaps because it is not as popularly used as cannabis oil and products are in the Western World.
The powder is legal in Canada and even the US. It has, however, been illegalized in Thailand and several other countries.
Taking high doses of the powder may cause headaches, seizure and even liver damage. These are pretty unpleasant side effects. The powder was also recently linked to a salmonella outbreak. So there is also that to consider before taking your Kratom pills or tea.
The powder also has stimulant properties. These properties may be good or bad depending on whether a user would like to experience them.
How CBD relieves pain
As mentioned before, your body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system part of the nervous system and it plays a part in regulating appetite, mood, sleep and the immune system.
Your body naturally produces special neurotransmitters for your ECS system. The neurotransmitters are referred to as Endocannabinoids.
CBD is thought to reduce chronic pain by affecting Endocannabinoid receptor activity. Hence preventing receptors from efficiently passing on pain signals to the brain.
How Kratom relieves pain
Of the two powerful alkaloids in Kratom, mitragynine is thought to be the pain-relieving agent. Mitragynine interacts with opiate receptors in the brain just like morphine. This interaction releases endorphins and enkephalins which will numb the pain receptors in your nervous system providing pain relief within 20 to 30 minutes.
Which is better between the two?
As it is evident in the statements above, both CBD and Kratom have a variety of benefits. Both can relieve pain and have been proven to do so.
Though we are tempted to call it a tie, we will settle on Kratom powder for pain relief. This natural remedy affects more powerful receptors located throughout your nervous system. This makes its numbing effect more powerful compared to the effect of cannabis oil on the nervous system.
Nevertheless, CBD also provides pain relief so there is no need to worry about not experiencing that effect. Some experts say that CBD is better suited for relieving chronic pain compared to Kratom so if your pain is of that nature then you are better off using cannabidiol-infused products.
Apart from Kratom slightly edging it as a pain reliever, CBD is known to be a better supplement in terms of how it improves general well-being.
So if you are looking to improve overall health, you should go for CBD. Furthermore, CBD is made from local sources and manufactured in local industries hence you can be surer of the quality of CBD products than of the quality of Kratom products from halfway around the globe.