Scientific Study Confirms That Kratom Does Not Cause ECG Abnormalities, Suggesting That Kratom Is Not Cardiotoxic
In a previous article on The Kratom Herald, I conducted an experiment on myself where I took a strong of Kratom and then analyzed my heart activity via electrocardiograms (ECGs) from my Apple Watch. Ultimately I found that taking Kratom caused no change in the ECG, although I am not an ECG expert so I didn’t claim that was definitive proof regarding Kratom and ECG abnormalities. I then speculated that it would be a really good idea to conduct this sort of study on a larger scale, and it appears that is exactly what has just happened.
A study released today titled ‘Is kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa Korth.) use associated with ECG abnormalities? Electrocardiogram comparisons between regular kratom users and controls‘ compares the ECG activity of 100 Kratom users and 100 non-kratom users. Notably, this study used real ECG equipment from the hospital rather than an Apple Watch, and also lab tested and standardized the Kratom dosages, so this study was done with much scientific rigor.
It was found that 32% of non-kratom users had ECG abnormalities, whereas 28% of Kratom users had ECG abnormalities. Although from the straight data it appears that Kratom users have less ECG abnormalities than non-users, this 4% difference is within the standard deviation and considered statistically insignificant, although it is possible that Kratom users have less ECG abnormalities, it’s just that it would require further scientific studies to prove that.
The main point here is that Kratom users did not have more ECG abnormalities than non-Kratom users. Based on this, the scientists conclude “We found no link between regular kratom use and electrocardiographic abnormalities with an estimated average daily intake of 434.28 mg of mitragynine.”
Notably, the only difference that was found was that Kratom users had higher odds of sinus tachycardia, which is a fancy term for a slightly elevated heart rate, which makes sense considering Kratom’s stimulant properties.
Zooming out, ECGs are the #1 method that doctors use to determine if there are any problems with the heart, and ECG abnormalities are a tell-tale sign of heart problems. Therefore, since the long term Kratom users in this study showed the same, or even less, ECG abnormalities than the non-Kratom users, this seems to be proof that Kratom is not cardiotoxic, i.e. Kratom does not cause heart problems. Of course, more scientific studies need to be done in order to definitively prove this, but even this study alone is good evidence.
Thus, this scientific study which came out today shows that Kratom use does not cause ECG abnormalities, and strongly suggests that Kratom is not cardiotoxic. This adds to the mountain of evidence that Kratom is one of the safest supplements in the world.