Understanding Kratom Half Life
Alkaloids form an important part of the Kratom leaf. When a user ingests Kratom leaf, these alkaloids bind themselves to the cell receptors and the user experiences effects like euphoria, energy and sedation depending upon the Kratom strain. The time required by the alkaloids to perform these functions is known as “half life effects”. However the amount of time the alkaloids remain in the body is double this time.
Thus, the Kratom half life tells you the duration of the impact of the alkaloids with the cell receptors.
Why is Kratom Half Life Important?
The essence of any herbal remedy lies in understanding its half life and duration. This will help you reap the optimum benefits from your Kratom products. The question uppermost in the mind of any Kratom user is: How long does Kratom remain in the body. Although many cultures have been actively using the Kratom leaf as a herbal remedy, a typical Kratom user is still clueless about its functions. However with more widespread use, scientists are delving deep into the Kratom science to understand the exact manner in which the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree interact with our bodies.
Half Life of Kratom Alkaloids in the Body
As said earlier the alkaloids present in the Kratom leaf bond with the cell receptors in the body of the Kratom user. The main alkaloid present in the Kratom leaf known as Mitragynine has a half life of approximately 3.5 hours. There is another alkaloid by the name of 7-hydroxy-mitragynine which has a half life of 2.5 hours. All this indicates that an average Kratom leaf extract stays active for almost 5-7 hours. However the presence of other supporting alkaloids also plays an important role in the overall half life of Kratom.
There are other compound such as 9-hydroxycorynantheidine, 7-ethanoylmitragynine, mitraphyline, corynantheidine which have both longer and shorter half lives as compared to the start alkaloid- the Mitragynine. While the subjective effects of Kratom last for 4-5 hours, the other invisible health benefits are said to last for 10 hours or more.
Longest Kratom Duration
For a Kratom enthusiast however all these scientific names make no sense at all. A typical user predicts the duration of the effects by looking at the product packaging and reading the color of the leaf strain and the main strain of the product.
Red Strains: Most relaxing of all Kratom strains, the effects last for about 5 hours though some strains are said to last for as long as 10 hours.
White Strains: Although more rapid and intense than the red strains, these strains are said to have a duration between 3-5 hours..
Green Strains: These strains combine the benefits of both the white and red strain. The effects are energetic, powerful and more intense and last for as long as 8 hours.
Kratom products which carry the label “enhanced” blend both the extract and the traditional powder and have said to report the longest duration. For example powders like Ultra Enhanced Indo are super charged and users frequently experience effects which last for upto 10 hours.
If you are a Kratom enthusiast and looking for ways to optimize Kratom benefits, make sure that you follow the dosage instructions and avoid building tolerances. A little bit of experimentation will tell you the strain and dosage that will work best for your body in the long run.