Until recently, 7-hydroxymitragynine was an innocuous alkaloid and hardly made an impression on the scientists. The Kratom leaves also until a few years ago were known only to the folks of Southeast Asia. Presently as the popularity of Kratom is slowly spreading in the Western World, the scientists are looking at the wonder herb with less suspicion and more hope. The 7-hydroxymitragynine is one such alkaloid that is creating a buzz in the natural health movement. Gradually this might even usurp the Mitragynine which was crowned as the Start Alkaloid of Kratom. Research credits 7- hydroxymitragynine with multiple powers which bring in the user multiple physical and mental benefits.
Alkaloids – The Essentials
Most of the Kratom experts are familiar with the Kratom’s healing powers and therapeutic qualities; however most of them are not aware of the source of all this power. The source of the Kratom power resides in its leaves where a number of bio active compounds form naturally. These bio active compounds are known as alkaloids. These alkaloids on entering the blood stream form bonds with adrenoreceptors in our cells. This bond sends signals through the body to the sympathetic nervous system, which acts promptly to protect and uplift the entire body and mind.
Kratom leaves contain 40 such alkaloids. Each alkaloid has a designated function to perform. Until recently, it was assumed that Mitragynine was responsible for the wide spectrum of benefits. However, newer findings suggest that 7-hydroxymitragynine though present in a lesser proportion lend the Kratom leaf much of its power.
7-hydroxymitragynine is an opiate agonist. This means that though not an opiate, it can act like one. However, unlike opiate, it does not over stimulate endorphin production to the point of destruction and does not create an over dependence causing major health risks.
Comparison with Morphine
7-hydroxymitragynine is many times more powerful than morphine. This makes it a powerful analgesic, more effective than morphine. Also unlike morphine, it does not create hardcore addiction. Hence, Kratom pills would be a viable alternative to fighting chronic pains and nagging muscle spasms.
Low Dosage: 7-hydroxymitragynine if taken in small doses improves mental focus, increases cognitive abilities and infuses the user with euphoria and enhanced sexual drive.
Higher Dosage: When 7-hydroxymitragynine is taken in higher doses it produces relaxing sedative and relaxing effects
Due to its powers described above, attempts have been made to isolate the 7-hydroxymitragynine. Boiling leaves and creating super-powerful resins, powders and tinctures promised more intense and long lasting benefits. However it has been found that isolating 7-hydroxymitragynine did not add to the power or intensity in any way. This means that 7-hydroxymitragynine thrives in the company. For this Bio-active to be powerful at all times, it needs the synergic power and company of all the 39 other alkaloids. Full spectrum extracts which contain the full range of alkaloids are manufactured either in water or alcohol preserve.
Some states are considering a ban on 7-hydroxymitragynine, although the reason for such an action is unknown. That said, more and more states are also gradually lifting the ban and embracing the idea of healing naturally with minimal chemical intervention.