Kratom and Neurotransmission

So how does Kratom work? To say that it messes with the chemicals in your brain to produce a euphoric effect is a bit too simplistic—but it’s a good place to begin. In this article, we use simple metaphors to try to explain how neurotransmitters function and what they have to do with kratom. 

Neurotransmitters - Three metaphors

Highways and toll booths

Let’s think of the nervous system—specifically the brain—as a territory. In this space there are towns where things happen. 

One town manufactures creative thoughts, another town might make feel-good emotions. Connecting these towns are highways, via which the products of each town are transmitted. The things travelling across these highways are neurons.

Now, these highways aren’t smooth travelling for neurons the whole way. Say, there are toll bridges, and border checks, and other blockages (or gaps) in the highway before which neurons have to stop and negotiate their way across. 

These tiny spaces disrupting the smooth neural transmission are synapses, and this is where the real exchange of neural information occurs.

Time for an earful

What happens at these synapses? Well, let’s move off the metaphor of transportation and one to communication. The neuron stops at the synapse and must shout something over to the other side to arrange getting across.

In other words, what we have now is mouths that speak and ears that hear. This is the system of neurotransmission and receptors.

These neuron cells not only “speak,” but do so in a variety of languages And the receptors—as the ears—are attuned to understanding different languages. Take for example opioid neurotransmission: This speaks the language of pleasure and pain.

The success and subsequent effect of the neuron traveling across the synapse depends on the language, and the message.

Turn on the lights

A final metaphor is that of a series of light switches. Once the neuron traverses the synapses, it finds itself in a control room with a large switchboard.

Think of the switchboard as the receptors now. When a “messenger” molecule is transmitted, it comes with a certain set of instructions to switch on (or off) some (or all) the lights.

Not only do such molecules manage the switchboard, but they can also block other molecules from getting in there and messing around with the levers.

Back to the substance

So here is where we get back to Kratom (or other similar stimulative substances). 

Unlike neurons or message-molecules that our own bodies produce to regulate the day-to-day stuff of ordinary living (breathing, regulating heart rate, etc.), ones that enter our system without having the power to make us feel something out of the ordinary.

See, when we take a substance like Kratom, it guides the synapses across off-the-beaten-path highways of our nervous system, and it knows just how to negotiate at all those synaptic tolls in ways our own homegrown chemicals aren’t trained to do.  

Most importantly, when it gets into the receptor’s control room, it not only starts flipping on and off the lights, but it can temporarily block our homegrown chemicals from performing their day-to-day functions in favor of creating a new and special mood.

It’s one thing to get sick, where the body is invaded with unwanted foreign entities that hijack the nervous system and make us feel like shit. 

It’s a whole other thing, though, when you educate yourself on the desired effects of a substance like Kratom, and willingly relax your internal controls to allow an outside influence take over for a while.

Kratom isn’t just a single monolithic set of instructions either. Different veins come with different road maps, languages, and switchboard instructions. Depending if you want something to perk you up (green vein), or chill you down (red vein), the first step is getting educated (and by reading this article you’re halfway there), and the second step is kicking back and enjoying the ride.

FAQ

Which Strain Should I Try First?

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It all depends on what you're looking to achieve! As a general rule, people typically have the following responses from each color: White: Boost in productivity and an increased energy level, Red: Feel good, restful sleep and a reduction in general discomfort (but only for a little while!), Green: A balance of the two

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GMP stands for "Good Manufacturing Process" and it is a voluntary set of procedures that a vendor takes upon themselves to ensure a certain standard of safety and quality of their products. The certification is handled and given by the American Kratom Association who assesses the vendors procedures and verifies the 3rd party audit for authenticity. We have not yet been given certification, however, we completely believe that it is in the consumers best interest to ensure quality and consistency since the industry is not yet regulated. We are working towards becoming certified and we have incorporated many guidelines and procedures that are fully aligned with the requirements set forth by the AKA to ensure that our product is safe.

What Is "Premium" & "Super" Kratom? Why Is It More Expensive? Is It Better? Is There Extract In It?

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Our premium and super strains are derived from wild kratom leaves; leaves harvested from naturally grown kratom trees found in the wild, and have typically reached higher levels of maturity than farmed grade leaves. Many customers have seen far better results with these strains and often use a smaller serving size compared to other farmed strains. These strains are produced from pure kratom leaves and do not contain any extract in them.

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Which Kratom Strains Are Best?

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Remember there are only three veins of kratom, gold and yellow represent blends of the different veins. The different strain names originate from the different regions where the kratom was grown and the different drying techniques. That being said, there's no best kratom strain that everyone can agree on because it entirely depends on what you're looking for and personal preference varies from person to person.

A Batch Is Not As Good As I Expected, What Should I Do?

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Mount Kratom always does its best to source the best Kratom available. Unfortunately, because Kratom is a natural product, even with all of quality control in the world nobody can guarantee absolute flawless consistency between batches a 100% of the time. That's why customer service is our #1 priority. That being said, here are three things you can do in a consecutive order: 1. Always shake and mix your bags before use. Alkaloids tend to naturally settle in the bottom, so this simple trick ensures consistency between servings. 2. Try experimenting with serving sizes. Remember, sometimes "less is more", and you may actually be getting more for less. 3. Finally, if in the end you decide that this batch is not for you, you can always reach out to us for a replacement. Trying out a different variety may help most people discover their perfect leaf. Alternatively, you can utilize our 30 day satisfaction guarantee to get a full/partial refund. Just give us a call at 1-(866)-572-8664 and we'll be happy to oblige! Whatever you think of your order, we always welcome your feedback. It helps us out greatly. Please, let us hear your voice. It is our greatest asset.

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