Kratom Crazy Review

KratomCrazy.com is a retail website selling a variety of kratom products. Many people use kratom as a stimulant, or to boost their energy when they are feeling sluggish, need help with chronic pain, or anxiety. Different effects manifest depending on the strain of kratom, the dosage, and the individual taking it. It’s sold in a variety of forms, from chopped leaves for making tea, to loose powder and powder capsules, to extracts and tinctures for adding to juice or water. 

Kratom plants grow in southeast Asia: Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bali, Borneo, and Malaysia. Eight to ten different strains of it that show up in retail, in the various forms stated above. Different strains have different effects; some are better at pain relief, others as a stimulant, and still others as a mood enhancer. 

KratomCrazy.com specializes in loose powders of eight different strains, each costing around $30.00 for 250 g. They also sell in larger quantities up to 5 kg (which is likely a year’s supply or better) at comparable prices. One strain also comes in capsule form. 

Kratom is currently legal in the United States, but it has been placed on the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) list of concern. It was originally set to be banned for three years starting in August of 2016, but there have been further investigations done about reconsidering the ban. According to Stat News (later republished with permission in Scientific American),  

In making its decision, the DEA pointed to an increase in the number of calls to poison control centers related to kratom as a justification for acting swiftly, without seeking input from other government agencies—and with no opportunity for public comment.  

Now, however, after protests in front of the White House, a petition that garnered more than 130,000 signatures, and criticism from members of Congress, the DEA is reconsidering. … 

Given the outcry from thousands of kratom users, many of whom claim that the substance has saved them from addiction, a public comment period could potentially shift the federal government’s view on the plant. [1]  

Research is still being done on whether or not this product is harmful and addictive before any decision is made. The interest happened when poison control hotlines noticed a spike of calls regarding kratom overdose; nearly a thousand calls came in from 2010-2015. [2 

KratomCrazy.com Claims 

You won’t find a lot of fancy marketing buzzwords on this site. They lay out the reality-check of kratom along with clear, calm descriptions of what each strain does and how potent it has the potential to be. And they stress responsible use.  

We do not endorse, support or offer direct medical advice about kratom and its effects. Kratom is not approved by the FDA and carries proven risks and dangers. Our website supplies advice around these areas however, it is not meant to replace medical or legal advice. Trained medical professionals are the only entities that can supply medical advice. We are also not liable for legal advice and this requires due diligence on part of the client. We are not responsible for third parties selling or promoting our products. Handle kratom at your own risk. [3]  

Our kratom powder is extremely high-quality and is backed by a full 30-day satisfaction guarantee. We are confident that you will find the alkaloid percentage of our kratom strains to be some of the highest in the market today. [3] 

I spoke with a representative from KratomCrazy.com on the phone, and asked exactly what Kratom is.  

Kratom, also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, is a tree that’s leaves have most commonly been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Originating in Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Malaysia, Kratom provides euphoric and stimulating effects. It evolved into a powder that produces opiate like effects; these effects have made Kratom a popular aid in helping kick an opiate addiction. [4] 

I also asked about legality.   

Kratom has been banned in a few states in the USA, but remains mostly legal in almost all of Europe, America and Canada. We do not sell to states or countries where kratom is known to be illegal, but it is up to you to stay up-to-date with your local laws. Currently, kratom is illegal in the US States: [Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont]. [4]  

The company offers a 30-day money back guarantee of their product, but they do not provide any customer service number to call or a support e-mail to reach out to. There is a separate form on the website you must go to and fill out.  

KratomCrazy.com Products/Ingredients 

This is a single-ingredient product: kratom, in whatever strain you’re buying. The most prominent alkaloids in their products are: Mitragynine, Mitraphylline, 7-hydroxymitragynine, and Mitragynine Pseudoindoxyl. 

The company currently sells nine different strains of kratom and two alternative forms of kratom, all sold as powders and one also in a capsule form. The different strains are:   

  • Maeng Da 
  • Red Vein Bali 
  • Super Green Malay 
  • White Vein Borneo 
  • Red Vein Borneo 
  • Red Vein Indonesian 
  • Red Vein Thai 
  • White Indonesian 
  • Green Vein Borneo 
  • Akuamma – Kratom alternative powder made without Mitragynine or 7-hydroxymitragynine 
  • Mitragyna Hirsuta – Kratom alternative powder made without Mitragynine or 7-hydroxymitragynine 
  • Mitragynine Javincia – made without Mitragynine, even though it is in the name. 

The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind KratomCrazy.com 

Those unfamiliar with kratom can find it very confusing at first glance. There are articles available on the KratomCrazy website, but there is a caution you must accept before you’re allowed access to the articles (do please actually read it): 

This blog is strictly for informational purposes only. Kratom has not been evaluated by the FDA and we do not promote the use of Kratom for human or animal consumption. Consuming Kratom can lead to documented health risks and also has addictive potential. Our company does not endorse consumption and any information relating to such is for educational purposes only. [5] 

One article is on the science of kratom, and it cites several clinical studies. So I went to those outside sources. 

A study in the 2016 Addiction Biology looked at the abuse potential and cognitive effects, specifically of the mitragynine component in kratom.  

Mitragynine is the major psychoactive alkaloid of the plant kratom/ketum. Kratom is widely used in Southeast Asia as a recreational drug, and increasingly appears as a pure compound or a component of ‘herbal high' preparations in the Western world. While mitragynine/kratom may have analgesic, muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects, its addictive properties and effects on cognitive performance are unknown. We isolated mitragynine from the plant and performed a thorough investigation of its behavioural effects in rats and mice. Here we describe an addictive profile and cognitive impairments of acute and chronic mitragynine administration, which closely resembles that of morphine. [6] 

So to be clear, they looked at acute (large-dose) and chronic (long-term) administration of one compound in kratom. Which is fine, but it’s best to note the same effects may not occur at low-dose or occasional ingestion. Just to stay objective here. 

The study concluded: 

Acute mitragynine has complex effects on locomotor activity. …While there was no increase in spontaneous locomotor activity during withdrawal, animals showed hypersensitivity towards small challenging doses for up to 14 days. Severe somatic withdrawal signs developed after 12 hours, and increased level of anxiety became evident after 24 hours of withdrawal. …Chronic mitragynine administration led to impaired passive avoidance and object recognition learning. Altogether, these findings provide evidence for an addiction potential with cognitive impairments for mitragynine, which suggest its classification as a harmful drug. [6] 

So large doses are likely a bad thing (though the abstract for this study never says how big a dose), as is using it every day. KratomCrazy says as much. 

But what about human studies? According to a 2012 article published in The Journal Of American Osteopathic Association 

Although to our knowledge, no well-controlled clinical studies on the effects of kratom on humans have been published, there is evidence that kratom, kratom extracts, and molecules isolated from kratom can alleviate various forms of pain in animal models. Studies have used a variety of methods including hot plate, tail flick, writhing, and pressure/inflammation, tests in mice and rats, as well as more elaborate tests in dogs and cats. [7]  

This is the hot selling point of kratom for many people, which makes it seem appealing if you deal with chronic pain of any form or an addiction.  

There is also some evidence—though the two studies I looked at were so filled with heavy science jargon a direct quote would be next to useless—that magnesium supplementation might magnify the effects of kratom, meaning a lower dose would be needed and the risk of dependency would lessen. An interesting side note.  

Word On The Street About KratomCrazy.com 

Because kratom still has a lot of unknown variables and its legality varies from country to country and state to state, you can’t just pick it up on Amazon. You’ll only find it on specialty websites and some local shops, like smoke shops or cannabis dealers in states where such is legal. Probably the best word on the street is the uproar I mentioned at the top of this review when the first DEA ban was being considered. 

There was a study done via online survey on the use of Kratom and the health impact it has on people, regarding side effects and typical users. It found the majority of people purchasing Kratom are around 31-50 years of age, making more than $35,000 dollars annually. The two main reasons for using Kratom were for managing pain and for treating addictions. [8] 

Pregnant women are strongly advised not to take Kratom, and it is best to not operate a motor vehicle directly after you take the supplement, due to its potential effects on the brain.  

The Bottom Line: Is KratomCrazy.com Worth A Try? 

For weight loss? Definitely not.  

For chronic pain, anxiety, or opioid addiction? Maybe. 

This is still a risky substance, hands down. Most of the reasons it was banned in various countries have to do with extensive use as a recreational drug. This is not a weight loss product and should never be considered such. And as a treatment for anxiety, pain, and addictions, I would stress responsible use and supervision by a health care professional. Overdose will land you in the hospital, can lead to dependency, and neither will help you at all. The US Drug Enforcement Agency is wise to keep an eye on this one, I think, but I do hope the promise it has to help people get over terrible opioid addictions ends up being solid. 

Review Sources
  1. https://www.statnews.com/2016/10/05/kratom-ban-dea-delay/. 
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhedgecock/2016/11/21/what-you-need-to-know-about-kratom-before-december-1/#5de0b487539e. 
  3. http://kratomcrazy.com/store/. 
  4. http://kratomcrazy.com/faqs/. 
  5. http://kratomcrazy.com/blog/. 
  6. N. H. Yussof et al., “Abuse Potential and Adverse Cognitive Effects of Mitragynine (Kratom),” Addiction Biology, 2016 Jan; 21(1): 98-110, epub 2014 Sep 28, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25262913. 
  7. W. C. Prozialeck, J. K. Jivan, and S. V. Andurkar, “Pharmacology of Kratom: An Emerging Botanical Agent with Stimulant, Analgesic and Opioid-Like Effects,” The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 2012 Dec; 112(12): 792-99, http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2094342. 
  8. O. Grundmann, “Patterns of Kratom Use and Health Impact in the US: Results from an Online Survey,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2017 Jul 1; 176: 63-70, epub 2017 May 10, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28521200.

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