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Does Kratom cause hair loss?

About Kratom

Kratom is an extract from a tree mainly found in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand and Malaysia. It is found in some parts of Africa too. More than 20 alkaloids are present in the plant’s leaves, and numerous alkaloids work together to produce mood-altering effects.

Kratom’s main alkaloid is mitragynine. With a potency of one-fourth that of morphine, it is a partial opioid agonist.

Although kratom use can lead to dependency, kratom withdrawal symptoms seem less severe than opiate withdrawal symptoms. Recent research has shown that regular Kratom causes only minor structural changes.

There are numerous ways to consume Kratom, including chewing or smoking the leaves, making tea from the leaves, putting powdered leaves in capsules or pills, or making a liquid dose from an extract. Kratom frequently has additives that mask its naturally bitter flavour, such as sugar or honey.
Malaria, cough, hypertension, diarrhoea, depression, analgesia, fever decrease, and the management of opiate withdrawal were all treated with Kratom. Further research on Kratom revealed that mitragynine, previously known to Westerners as an opiate alternative, is a central nervous stimulant.
Kratom was compared to cocaine. Thus, it seems that, in smaller doses, Kratom acts as a stimulant, while in larger doses, Kratom acts as an opiate, and Kratom is easily available for purchase as well.

Some drug users buy Kratom just to get pharmacological effects without worrying about the consequences of their actions. On the other hand, Kratom might be quite popular among drug users because it has stimulant- and opiate-like properties and can be used legally to treat opiate withdrawal. As a result, Kratom has the potential to be bought and used for purposes other than the basic curiosities of polydrug users.

Kratom can be used to treat panic attacks, but Kratom toxicity is poorly understood. There is evidence that kratom use can cause seizures, coma and other stimulating CNS effects.

Users have reported feeling euphoric within 10 minutes of intake, and the effects are known to linger for roughly 90 minutes. Greater alertness and increased sociability are possible additional short-term benefits of Kratom.
Insomnia and hyperpigmentation of the cheeks, which happens when some regions of the skin become darker than the typical pigment of other places, are additional side effects of kratom use.

Additionally, kratom users have reported feeling sick, perspiring, and itching after ingesting the drug.
There are a variety of recognised negative effects of Kratom, including constipation, dry mouth, chills, nausea, and vomiting. Liver injury, muscle ache
Additionally, Kratom has neurological and mental effects: nausea, fatigue, hallucinations and delusions, depression and delusions, suppression of breathing leading to seizures, coma and even death.

When painkillers are used in large quantities for an extended period, many difficulties with them arise. As with painkillers and other recreational drugs, it is unknown at what dosage kratom is harmful to humans, although it is very much possible to overdose on Kratom easily. 

Link of Kratom with hair loss

While there is no direct link between losing hair with Kratom, higher doses can cause severe constipation. This would mean fewer minerals and essential vitamins being absorbed into the body.

This could lead to hair loss due to a lack of minerals and nutrients for the body’s optimum growth and development.
Studies suggest that long-term use of Kratom can cause a loss in appetite and significant weight loss, which could mean possible hair loss due to malnutrition.

Hair follicles are especially vulnerable to blood circulation and an iron profile. Blood circulation and iron in the body can lead to hair follicles dying. The use of Kratom has even been linked to Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder resulting in the body losing most of its glow and glamour. The skin, hair and nails are greatly affected by this condition.

Frequent use of Kratom both in the short-or-long term would be detrimental to health, which could cause hair loss, among other deficiencies.
People face a very uncomfortable situation when using Kratom, with constant difficulty passing bowel movements and being tired and stressed. This internal imbalance can also be an indirect cause of hair loss.
Another major factor that should be of concern is the lack of appetite which comes with kratom usage. This would mean an overall health decline in a person and could lead to brittle and weak hairs and other structures.

One of the indirect links between hair fall and Kratom is the heavy pesticides used in the fields, especially the selenium-based sprays that can cause a dangerous level of contamination.
So, always check the internal lab reports of the merchants dealing in Kratom to eliminate the fact that it has been heavily pesticide-laden.
The pesticide residue should be broken down before the final kratom product is sent out for the market; that is only possible if the pesticides are applied at the very beginning of the yield.

Some studies also show that Kratom use can cause low testosterone in the body. This can result in relatively more harmful free testosterone molecules circulating in the blood, causing increased hair fall. Androgens and testosterone are linked with hair fall in the female body and can mimic male pattern baldness.

One significant finding in Kratom usage is also being used as an agent to increase the body’s infection-fighting ability by stimulating the immune system. But this could also mean an overall inflammation in the body leading to the destruction of our cells. And inflammation usually leads to the destruction of hair follicles which is visible by the excessive shedding of hair.
Since the painkilling ability of Kratom is the same as opioids, they follow the same receptor pathway; this creates a belief that Kratom might cause the hair to fall as a side effect similar to opioids. But this theory is still under study and is not a strong evidence-backed theory.

Although there isn’t strong conclusive data to back the above claims, high doses of taking Kratom in the long term could cause problems with hair loss. Additionally, there are no documented instances of hair loss that may be directly linked to kratom use.

Kratom is not likely to contribute to hair loss. Hair loss is a rare but well-known adverse effect of opiate medicines. Some have concluded that because Kratom also includes opiate agonists, it must share opiates’ negative side effects. The conclusion is that it is incredibly unlikely that Kratom will directly result in issues with hair loss. 

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