‘Kratom is my lifeline’: Author and journalist Amanda Hess joins HuffPost Live to talk about her new book, ‘The Kratom Diet.’
By Amanda HessPublished August 04, 2018 06:09:10As an avid consumer of kratom, Amanda Hess had a gut feeling that it would be a good way to kick-start her weight loss journey.
“I had an intense addiction to it in college,” she said.
“It was like, ‘I’m gonna lose weight.
I’m gonna make it through this.’
So I decided I needed to take it.”
The author of the bestselling “Kratom Diet” and “The Kettle and the Mute” blog, Hess said she tried kratom twice before finding a doctor’s recommendation for a long-term treatment.
Her doctor recommended an anti-inflammatory drug called risperidone, but it didn’t help.
“I was like ‘I’ve been taking this stuff for years,'” she said of the drug.
“But I didn’t feel good.
I was miserable.
I couldn’t eat, I couldn.
It was like a chronic thing.”
After a two-year battle with the drug, Hess decided to try kratom for a while.
“If it was really, really, totally worth it, I would try it,” she says.
“That was my gateway into it.”
After months of researching the herb, Hess found that it was a natural anti-addiction medicine that has a wide variety of effects, including weight loss and mental clarity.
It is not addictive, nor is it considered a dangerous drug by the FDA, and is one of many natural, plant-based supplements that can help combat anxiety, depression, and anxiety-related conditions.
Kratom, which is also known as Mitragyna speciosa, is a leafy herb that is native to Southeast Asia and is used to treat various conditions including migraines, seizures, pain, and PTSD.
While kratom is a natural remedy, its benefits are not without risks, Hess says.
“It’s got a lot of side effects, and it’s not safe,” she explained.
“People don’t like it.
It might make you feel better, but there are so many other things that can make you miserable.”
One of those side effects is addiction.
While most of the kratom users I spoke to said they had tried the drug before, Hess is one who took the first dose for the first time in the winter of 2018.
“My first time, I started craving more kratom,” she recalled.
“And I couldn’t get enough.
I started to feel like I had to take more, and then I started binge drinking, which I didn’ have a problem with, because it was all about food.
But now I’m at an all-time high, and I’m really getting high.”
Kratom can be a valuable aid in weight loss.
In fact, it can actually help people who struggle with weight gain.
“Because it works on a chemical level, it works like an antihistamine or an antianxiety drug,” Hess said.
She also found it to be an effective medication for stress.
“We all know that when you get stressed, your mood drops,” Hess explained.
And stress can have an impact on the way the body regulates weight.
“When you’re stressed, you’re trying to eat less, you lose your appetite, you gain weight,” she noted.
“So kratom has some of the same effects, but the mechanism isn’t quite as powerful,” she added.
“You can use it to reduce your stress, and you can also reduce your appetite.”
As a medical doctor and nutritionist, Hess also recommends kratom to her patients.
“Kava is really useful for depression,” she told me.
“Most people will tell you that you can do kava with kratom.
It doesn’t have any psychoactive effect.
It actually does a lot to relieve stress.”
While the medical community is still learning more about kratom’s effects, the drug has been gaining popularity in recent years, especially among teenagers.
According to a 2017 report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the country is on track to surpass its 2015 peak of 10 million deaths in the next decade.
According in the report, a 2015 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about one in five people who use kratom report experiencing weight loss in the last six months.
Hess said that she was surprised to see the drug becoming so popular among young people.
“The way they’re taking it now, I’m not surprised.
I know how it works, but I’m surprised to hear about it,” Hess added.