Tramadol is not an opioid; however, it affects the brain in a very similar way. It acts as an analgesic, and has opiate agonist activity, which gives people a feeling similar to opioids, though it is not as strong. It is often abused by recovering addicts, or people looking for a more easily-obtainable high similar to heroin, or other synthetic opioids such as Vicodin.
Tramadol enjoys a very unique legal status. While it is considered a prescription drug, it is not federally scheduled, and has only been scheduled in a few US states. What this means is that, while one is supposed to have a prescription to purchase Tramadol, it is perfectly legal to posses the drug without a prescription in most of the United States.
Kava is an herb that comes from the Pacific Islands, where the islanders have been using it medicinally for a very long time. They crush the herb and use it to make a tea-like beverage, which is supposed to be relaxing, but also consumed as part of tradition among the islanders. Apart from its relaxing effects, or its use in tribal medicine, it has recently developed some popularity in the Western world, where it is still very legal to buy and use. While low-to-moderate doses of Kava give one a sense of euphoria, relaxation, or general well-being, higher doses can cause hallucinations. It is also believed by scientists that chronic use can cause yellow skin discoloration, drowsiness, ataxia, liver damage, and malnutrition, none of which sound very fun at all.
Kratom, referred to in scientific literature as Mitragyna Speciosa, is a plant native to Southeast Asia. This plant is from the same family as coffee, and is often used medicinally to relieve pain. However, it has gained recent popularity in the United States for its psychoactive properties. It is currently unregulated, and can easily be bought at online or at certain “herbal supplement” stores. The powder or leaves are usually ingested in a tea-like preparation, or smoked; sometimes it is also ingested orally. A few grams of this substance can give someone a high for two to three hours. While it was originally used medicinally, it has been banned in its native Thailand, due to the abuse of the plant. Watch out, this plant is considered highly addictive.
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