Cannabis vs Kratom: What’s the Difference?

Marijuana and kratom are both plants that have many uses. But, aside from their medicinal properties these two substances also differ greatly in appearance as well as effects on the human body. Marijuana and kratom have different effects, so it’s no surprise that users will use them for things like what they can get out of each plant. Marijuana has both legal statuses as well as consumption methods while also having minor side-effects whereas the opposite applies with regards to how safe these plants may actually be in comparison (especially since there isn’t much research available).

There are many differences between marijuana and kratom, including the potential for safety. To help our readers understand this information and everything they need to know about these two substances, we have provided an overview of what each is, as well as a detailed look at their similarities followed by some points that compare them side-by-side.

What is Kratom?

Kratom is a type of tree that’s native to Southeast Asia and has been used in herbal medicine for over two hundred years. In countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia-Myanmar(Burma), or Papua New Guinea, it can be found being consumed by people who use kratom’s leaves to help alleviate suffering from chronic pain disorders like muscular problems caused by injuries sustained during competitive sports

Kratom is a powerful natural plant that people have been using for centuries in Asia to help them overcome pain and anxiety. In the United States, it’s just starting to become more widely known as an alternative treatment option with many different products available such as capsules or extracts you can mix into juice. These are all advertised towards those seeking out holistic remedies rather than medical ones. If used recreationally, Kratom seems like it could be beneficial at music festivals as well.

Kratom vs. Marijuana: Effects & Uses

Marijuana contains compounds called cannabinoids, which interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The two most prevalent types of these molecules are THC and CBD; they can either stimulate or calm an individual depending on how much is ingested/inhaled for each compound type respectively. Specifically, THC is famously responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, which include euphoria and sedation.

Meanwhile, the kratom plant contains over 40 alkaloids, including mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine which work on opioid receptors. It’s thought that these agents are responsible for producing stimulating effects in some people while others experience an addicted feeling due to their proximity with opiates or stimulants; however, it seems more likely than not this is a result of each substance’s composition rather than any one particular property operating alone as claimed by current research.

Kratom vs. Marijuana: Side Effects & Safety

With the potential for kratom to cause fatal side effects and marijuana being illegal in many states, you must know the differences between these two drugs. First of all, a report from 2013 showed there have been no reported deaths due to an overdose on Marijuana despite its addictive properties; however, some may become unpleasant if used too much while others will only give off stomach irritation which can lead users down the path but does not result from death per se because another substance was present during usage along with coma or depression as outcomes. On the other hand, there have been reports of fatal kratom overdoses in the United States and Europe.

Another difference between kratom and marijuana is that the side effects of kratom seem more severe than those from marijuana. Kratom can lead to addiction in some people while others experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using it or decrease their intake levels dramatically over time. 

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