Citation: Kaybee. "A Very Unpleasent Experience: An Experience with Kratom (exp67650)". Erowid.org. Feb 26, 2018. erowid.org/exp/67650
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After doing some research online and learning that Kratom acts on opiate receptors and was totally legal I became intrigued. I found a good price on 30 grams of powdered 'super grade' Bali Kratom from a reputable vendor that was selling this stuff at a popular online auction site. Upon receiving the order I immediately measured out a 7 gram dose and stirred the powder into 2 cups of grape juice. I drank the grainy concoction over the course of about 30 minutes. As I drank it I noticed myself becoming more alert but my mouth was also numbing a bit. Over 30 minutes I sipped the juice until it was all gone. After it had start to set in I felt pretty lethargic, but there was no noticeable feeling of euphoria whatsoever. Soon I became aware of the effects of this drug. It was very sedating, but not in a pleasant way. It was overpowering and the nausea was unbelievable, I had intense dysphoria. I crawled into my bed, and being so sedated I was able to sleep, so about 2 hours after taking the stuff I fell asleep.
The next day I realized I had taken too much, and probably just needed a smaller dose. So two days after the inital experience I tried again with 5 grams. I got less sedation, but again no euphoria to speak of (except some slight stimulant effects on the come up). I was nauseated again and thought this stuff was a waste, but it did help me sleep and I enjoyed the nap. I finished out the rest of the 18 grams I had remaining over the course of the next week in 6 gram doses mixed with cups of water, the naps I got from it were satisfying sleep. But it wasn't worth it as I soon realized. I became quite constipated as this experiment went on finishing off the remains of it.
After finishing the last of it, I soon developed intense stomach pains from the constipation, a complete lack of passing bowel movements. I knew that opiates could affect this necessary bodily function, and this had happened to me. While Kratom may not be considered an opiate, it does work on the mu-opioid receptors and I got the worst of it. It was awful, my digestive system was literally so backed up that I couldn't process food through my stomach! I couldn't eat much without throwing it up soon after because my food had no place to go!
After a week of this horrible constant stomach pain, I started having sharp and intense pains on my left side. Fearing that this constipation had caused an inflamed appendix I was scared but didn't want to see a doctor. Over the course of the next month I did my best to find a regular supply of cannabis, which I smoked to ease the pain and that helped get my digestive system working smoothly again.
Overall, Kratom was a horrible experience for me. It wasn't fun while I did it, it was tiring, and was very dysphoric at higher doses. I really thought it might kill me at some point in the first experience. Later I thought the constipation would rupture my insides, and it nearly did. Some months later, I still have problems with constipation and my left side still hurts slightly.
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