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4 Healthy Ways Kratom Helps Stop Drug Abuse

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4 Healthy Ways Kratom Helps Stop Drug Abuse

For those who don’t know, Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant native to Southeast Asia. It is tremendously effective as a healthier alternative to opioid abuse, and it has been used to treat people going through certain drug withdrawals.

In fact, a few people ‘round the internet have gone on to state that higher doses of Kratom made them feel a bit sedated – similar to the very opioids they’re trying to get away from! This is because Kratom has psychoactive properties, and it definitely (beyond a doubt) inspires euphoria.

And it is completely legal.

It’s no wonder many health institutions (and people already in the know) have resorted to using the plant to treat their addictions to various harmful drugs. Kratom’s leaves have been used (at low doses) as a stimulant, as a sedative (at high doses).

One of the ways to use the leaves is as a painkiller. Another way is to use the leaves to make a tea which promotes positive feelings.

Let’s take a look at why Kratom is a healthy alternative to traditional medicines used for treating several ailments.

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Helps with Opiate Withdrawal

Kratom is often used to treat drug addiction because its properties mimic the sensations induced by opiates and similar, “good-feeling” drugs. The life-saving power of this natural plant cannot be overstated or exaggerated, as it has prevented many relapses.

This is because (aside from helping people kick the habit), the beneficial plant has also been shown to help people in these ways:

  • Inspires happiness
  • Soothes upset stomach
  • Washes users in a calming euphoria
  • Reduces anxiety

Many labourers overseas even use the plant at low doses to get through a gruelling day of back-breaking work.

By the same token, those experiences might not be the same for everyone. Since all our bodies are different, and what works for one person could be toxic to the person sitting next to you, people using Kratom may instead experience:

  • Constipation
  • Uncontrollable sweating
  • Mildly-tolerable itching
  • Obnoxious nausea
  • Loss of appetite

Considering the benefits and risks, I would say the trade-off is worth it for most people. Methadone and oxycontin are two drugs that have DESTROYED thousands of lives and brought devastating horror to countless families. When it comes to Kratom, we can count our lucky stars that its side effects of nausea, itching, and not wanting to eat are mild (or so I personally think).

Is Safe at Low Doses and Not Addictive

Kratom, taken at lower doses, has been shown to provide a healthy boost of energy. This is wonderful news, isn’t it?

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Especially for people who are sensitive to caffeine and are looking for other ways to get that bit of extra “boost” to grind through the morning or late-afternoon, Kratom can be a great option.

Helps with Mundane Tasks

Another interesting effect surrounding this plant is its mood-enhancing qualities. This means that time-consuming, fun-stealing chores (such as filing taxes, cleaning the house, dealing with parents-in-law, etc.) become tolerable.

Additionally, since Kratom doesn’t impair cognitive function, you could even actually – let’s say – fill out some government forms. Such as tax forms. Its effects (when used at the proper – low – doses) are similar to painkillers. You will still manage function properly. Although Kratom’s main effect are to boost energy levels, it is by NO means a stimulant/psychoactive drug in the same vein as speed, coke, or caffeine.

In some parts of the world, Kratom is commonly referred to as “herbal speedball”, “Thom”, “Ketum”, and “Biak-biak.”

Can Be Quickly Absorbed for Maximum Effect

If you like chocolate milk, then whipping up a delicious Kratom choco-milkshake will be no problem.

There will be a problem, however, if you just add a dose of powdered Kratom to chocolate milk. The powder will float on top and not mix with the milk at all. This is bad, since you want the Kratom to be thoroughly mixed with your drink – that’s how you receive its healthy, beneficial properties.

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Ideally, to get Kratom’s health benefits in the best-tasting way of all (in my opinion), you need to transform it into milkshake form.

To do this, all you have to do is make it the same way as you would with whey protein or creatine powders. I buy chocolate-flavoured powders – chocolate is amazing. Which is why I think I’m going to try out the following “Chocolate Kratom Milkshake” recipe the next time I have some on hand. The recipe is simple to make, and all you need are a few items you can pick up anywhere.

Ideally, you want to use 1 cup of chocolate milk for each dose of Kratom. Some people suggest using chocolate-flavoured almond milk since it’s incredibly healthy but personally, I’m not a fan.

What you do next is prepare the milkshake as you would any other drink. You do this as follows…

  • Put a dose of powdered Kratom into your drinking glass.
  • Add a cup of chocolate milk to it.
  • Stir it up until the liquid thoroughly mixes with the powder.
  • Add ¼ cup of chocolate milk to get rid of any lumps and make the drink smooth.
  • Once all the lumps are gone, feel free to add whatever chocolate milk is left.
  • Drink up and enjoy!

If you don’t want to make a milkshake, Kratom leaves can be chewed (which some people do), or brewed to be used as a tea. Many people have gone so far as to smoke the leaves or to crush them up and eat them in food (like basil leaves).

Can Be Addictive If Used Improperly

As with anything, Kratom has negative side effects, as well.

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Typically, these effects result when people use much more than the recommended dosage. Blatantly abusing this wonderful plant leads some people to experience “opiate”-like sensations – this is why Kratom is a wonderful treatment for helping with opiate withdrawal.

However, it should be obvious that these sensations pave the way to addiction and relapses.

Other harmful symptoms of a bad experience are nausea, vomiting, constipation, and insomnia. (Vomiting is why I may never use Kratom again – it was a horrible experience that was supposed to be fun. I was an idiot, though, and took too much without reading up on the negative symptom related to higher doses. If you’ve ever had your mind/body/spirit altered by a plant, chemical, or substance, and you HAVEN’T thrown up, then consider yourself lucky.)

Conclusion

While Kratom can be a healthy alternative to opiates, can help with withdrawal, and can help curb addiction, be warned: Kratom itself can be addictive. As with anything we ingest (coffee, beer, food, etc.) the potential for becoming addictive is high – no matter what it is. That, however, is a story for another day.

I hope you’ve gained some valuable insight into this “mysterious” alternative so that you can make wise choices for yourself.

Featured photo credit: tea-honey-lemon-ginger-mint-above via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on December 7, 2021

World’s 15 Weirdest Museums You Must Visit

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World’s 15 Weirdest Museums You Must Visit

When we think about culture one of the first things that come to mind are museums – it is ingrained in our collective consciousness that we need to visit a few museums when vacationing abroad, so we can then feel free to indulge in hedonistic pleasures because we’ve bowed at the altar of culture first. However, not all museums are created equal. While some may have your standard collections of classic artwork, statues and pottery fragments, there are a lot of unconventional and even fairly quirky museums around the world. If you like to travel and want to experience something new and truly unique, to be awed, then be sure to visit some of the following museums on your next vacation.

1. Cancun Underwater Museum

Let’s start off the list with something entirely different. The Cancun Underwater Museum boasts hundreds of beautiful sculptures such as “The Silent Evolution”, a huge crowd of people, and “Inertia”, a fat man sitting on a couch in front of the TV. These sculptures would evoke powerful emotions regardless of their location; however, being situated underwater gives them an air of mysticism and an almost unnerving calm. The marine flora and fauna has already become one with some of the sculptures, making the whole site look like the sunken remnants of an ancient civilization.

2. Paris Sewers Museum

We all admire the grand architecture of famous cities, particularly one as iconic as Paris, the city of romance and art. What people seldom stop to look at is the complex labyrinth that is the Paris sewer system. It is an entire network of tunnels as large as the city itself and it is also a museum that tourists can visit and explored, complete with tour guides. It doesn’t smell as bad as you’d think, so if you ever find yourself in Paris and have about an hour or so of time to kill, this is definitely an interesting option.

3. Franz Kafka Museum in Prague

A man with a dark and near dreamlike vision of the modern world, where bureaucracy, alienation, lack of empathy and human suffering are the order of the day, Franz Kafka is rightfully considered one of the greatest modern writers. The Franz Kafka Museum reflects some of the main themes of the authors works, which Kafka himself wanted his friend to burn after his death, and their unique atmosphere. The weirdest thing about it is probably the sculpture of two men urinating in a pool shaped like the borders of the Czech Republic, which are, for some reason, animatronic and can spell out words in the pool based on SMS messages that people send.

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4. Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri

Art has always been very accommodating, allowing artists to choose from a huge range of different mediums and materials from which to create unique designs. That being said, I doubt you’ve ever considered hair as a valid material for creating works of art. Luckily, Leila’s Hair Museum is here to prove you wrong. With thousands of wreaths and various creative jewelry pieces made out of real human hair, which is said to have been popular in the Victorian period. There are multiple pieces containing hair from famous people, including the likes of Queen Victoria.

5. Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in Saint Petersburg

The Kunstkamera houses Russia’s oldest museum, the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, which has exhibits ranging from interesting to bizarre and morbid. Peter the Great reportedly wanted to dispel myths about monsters and mythical creatures among his people, so there are plenty of deformed skeletons, jars with fetuses and rarities like two-headed animals. Some of the exhibits are not for those with a weak stomach, but they are definitely unique and rare.

6. Iceland Phallological Museum in Reykjavík

Iceland is known as “The Land of Ice and Fire”, a small and some would say magical island with a long and proud history. It’s no surprise that it would feature a world renowned museum, but what’s unusual about the Phallological Museum is the fact that it is devoted solely to showcasing penis samples from 93 different animal species – including the 67 inch front tip of a blue whale penis and specimens supposedly belonging to mythical creatures like trolls and elves. It definitely offers a unique experience.

7. Meguro Parasite Museum in Tokyo

Many museums feature animal exhibits, showcasing everything from dinosaur bones and large stuffed land mammals to unusual insects, but rarely does a museum focus solely on parasites. The Meguro Parasite Museum takes humanities worst nightmares, lays them before you and provides plenty of information on each and every one. Their motto is “Try to think about parasites without a feeling of fear, and take the time to learn about their wonderful world of the parasites”, and there really is a lot to learn if you can get over the initial feeling of unease.

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8. The Iga Ninja Museum in Mie

Western pop culture has been in love with ninja’s since the 80’s and we have only grown fonder of them with time. If you find this topic intriguing or just want to learn more about the whole ninja phenomenon, then the Iga Ninja Museum is the right place for you. You can see the numerous weapons and tools used by these legendary warriors and enjoy a practical display of some of the traditional techniques and tactics. It is a lot of fun and very informative to boot, great for people of all ages.

9. Bran Castle near Braşov in Transylvania

The name might not sound familiar at first, but the geographical location kind of gives it away – yes, this is the castle of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. Count Dracula from the Bram Stalker novel and world-famous horror character. Bran Castle is the only Transylvanian castle that perfectly fits Stokers description of the world’s most famous vampire’s castle and has thus been dubbed Dracula’s Castle. It has been turned into a museum which every horror fan is welcome to visit and explore.

10. Malacca Museum of Enduring Beauty

The nature of beauty is a topic that has troubled mankind for millennia.  Aesthetic preferences and sensibilities have been very different in different regions and at different times, and as fashions changed so too did people try to change themselves to conform to the various ideals of beauty. The Museum of Enduring Beauty showcases the numerous traditions and the jewelry, tools and practices used by peoples the world over to try and make themselves as beautiful as possible. Practices such as foot binding, neck elongation, inserting huge discs into the lips and many others are explained in detail, which gives us an insight into our nature, and perhaps motivates us to see the current standards of beauty for what they really are – an artificially created set of desirable features based on a subjective interpretation of beauty.

11. The Museum of Human Disease in Sydney

Doctors spend years and years in medical school for a good reason – there are a lot of diseases that can plague humans. Some of these are more serious than others, but each one is interesting from a scientific standpoint. The Museum of Human Disease catalogs a huge variety of diseases and their effects on the human body, including the most common causes of death. You can participate in dissection workshops or explore some of the large number of vital organs on display. It is a real eye-opener and highly educational, if somewhat morbid and unusual.

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12. Museum of Medieval Torture Devices in Amsterdam

There are, of course, some parts of our history that we are not exactly proud of, and this includes wars and atrocities like torture. However, it is interesting to see just how creative people of the past centuries have been when it came to thinking up different ways of inflicting pain to fellow humans. If you’ve got a morbid curiosity for this sort of thing, the Museum of Medieval Torture Devices in Amsterdam has a lot to offer you. There are plenty of weird torture devices, complete with images and even sculptures, depicting the various torture methods that were in use, and the courteous staff is more than happy to answer any questions.

13. The Skull Tower of Niš

The Balkans region has had a very turbulent history, particularly in the past few centuries. In the nineteenth century, as Serbians sought to free themselves from their Ottoman oppressors, many battles raged, and one of the most famous was certainly the Battle of Čegar. When the tides of war changed and it became clear that the Turks would win, Serbian commander Stevan Sinđelić sacrificed himself and the remaining Serbian forces in an unprecedented act of bravery, blowing up the gunpowder storage and taking out thousands of enemy soldiers in the process. In order to silence the rebellion and frighten the people, Hurshid Pasha had a ten foot tower built using over 900 skulls of the fallen Serbian soldiers. The original Skull Tower suffered some structural damage over time, and now only 58 skulls remain in the wall, one which is said to belong to Sinđelić himself and is encased in glass. It is a fairly frightening, yet awe inspiring site.

14. Funeral Carriage Museum in Barcelona

Funerals are still somewhat of a taboo topic and it’s certainly something you’d mention in polite society. This is really a shame, since there are plenty of wonderful rituals that have been built around escorting the departed on his way to the afterlife. The vehicles used to transport the deceased have always had a somber tone, but where not without a hint of grandeur, as you can witness by exploring the Funeral Carriage Museum in Barcelona.  The exhibit consists of 13 beautiful funeral carriages and six coaches that were used to transport departed citizens to their eternal resting place.

15. Siriraj Medical Museum in Bangkok

The word “medical” in the name of this museum has surely tipped you off that you are in for something morbid and unusual. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it has a lot to offer. Also known as “The Museum of Death”, you can see everything from the mummified remains of a serial killer and cannibal to a large variety of human skulls and different preserved body parts. There are plenty of interesting examples of fatal injuries in the Forensic wing of the museum, and there is enough material to keep you occupied for several afternoons, if you aren’t squeamish.

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It is good to sometimes break from the mold and look for something a bit more thrilling and unusual than rusted bits of ancient swords, broken pottery and pieces of jewelry. These museums may be a bit weird, morbid or even spooky, but they will not disappoint. If you are an adventurous soul, be sure to check them out.

Featured photo credit: Igor Miske via unsplash.com

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