Subject: 52 year old male with family history of hereditary hypertension/high blood pressure, which can eventually lead to kidney failure, stroke and heart attack.
In recent news, DEA wants to make Kratom schedule 1. Same level as Heroin and LSD. They are ‘being told’ people are just getting high from it, and that it’s dangerous to the public.
I found out about Kratom when I was doing research about Hypertension/High blood pressure. I was looking for an alternative supplement to control my hereditary hypertension. I have been on different types of BP meds for the past 11 years. They do not work for me. Too many negative side effects and most gave me a lot of anxiety and raised my blood pressure even more. I am self-employed and I have no health insurance. Doctor appointments every other month at $350.00 a visit (price 10 years ago) now $500.00 a visit for 10 minutes.
As I did internet searches for information, I used keywords like ‘lower blood pressure’ and ‘Alternative hypertension supplements’.
I came across a discussion forum where people were talking about Kratom. This was the first time I heard of Kratom.
Someone made a comment “I had to adjust my dose of Kratom because it made my blood pressure go to low”. This caught my attention.
I did more searches using words like ‘makes my blood pressure too low” or ‘lowers blood pressure’. I found more people making comments about Kratom making their blood pressure too low.
Now I began researching Kratom. I am finding most people use it for pain management. And it also used for anxiety and depression. Both of which are connected to hypertension symptoms (at least it does with me). I am also finding that people have used Kratom to relieve opiate withdrawal symptoms.
My only interest is how it lowers blood pressure.
Now I want to try Kratom to see how it works for me. I find many websites selling it. I am now wondering if it is legal. I find that in my state (Arizona) there are no laws against it.
After much research on Kratom, I finally buy some. There are different strains of Kratom that have different effects. I am trying to find the strain that lowers blood pressure. After two years of experimenting with different strains and dosages, I have found a strain and dose that works for me.
I stopped taking prescription BP drugs two years ago. My BP readings averaged 145/95 on an average. Usually higher in the mornings. Flushed face, headaches. Depression and anxiety worrying about what it might do to me.
For the past year, my BP numbers have been from 117/65 to 125/78. I have not had to see a doctor in over a year, except for routine lipid panel labs. With regular exercise, controlled diet and Kratom, I am managing my blood pressure on my own. I feel better, think and work better.
Here’s an overview of common hypertension medication I took compared to Kratom:
These are just two of 5 BP meds I took. Notice how many, and how long the list of side effects are of these drugs.
Kratom has given me ZERO side effects. There is no up and down feeling, no drowsiness. You do not feel stoned or intoxicated in any way. There is no feeling of being impaired. I have run out a couple of times. No withdrawal effects. I have wanted to tell everyone with hypertension about Kratom. But I also did not want to bring too much attention to it, fearing authorities would notice, and ban it.
The way they are doing now.
Like many others will attest to, Kratom is saving my life. I am only one person, but I am part of a large segment of society that fully supports keeping this organic plant legal and safe to use for adults. If you use Kratom or not, please join us in this fight.