A New Study Highlights The Primary Scientific Reason Why Kratom Lacks Addiction Potential, Which Is That Kratom Has No Effects On Nucleus Accumbens Activity In The Brain
Another scientific study rich with Kratom science has come out, and it is titled ‘Psychoactive Effect of Kratom: Evaluation of Addictive Effect of Kratom by Scientific Experiments in Animals‘. This study discusses the exact scientific reason why Kratom lacks addiction potential, which is that Kratom has no effect on activity in the nucleus accumbens of the brain.
Essentially, addictive drugs release a surge of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens of the brain, leading to feelings of pleasure and extreme euphoria. This leads to constant redosing of the drug in order to maintain these feelings of pleasure, in addition to causing a person to neglect important things like food, work, hygiene, and relationships, since within a short amount of time the only thing that will give a drug user pleasure is the drug, since the drug user becomes accustomed to, and constantly craves, the huge surge of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens.
In order to determine if Kratom releases dopamine into the nucleus accumbens, the electrical activity (also known as the neural oscillation) was measured in the nucleus accumbens, after administration of Morphine, distilled water, and Kratom.
After Morphine administration there are high frequency bursts of electrical activity in the nucleus accumbens, confirming that Morphine totally alters the nucleus accumbens, releases a surge of dopamine, and is highly addictive.
On the other hand, Kratom does not impact the nucleus accumbens at all, and there are no high frequency bursts. In-fact, Kratom has no more effects on the nucleus accumbens than distilled water. The data can be seen in the below chart.
Thus, this data definitely proves that Kratom lacks addiction potential, since Kratom has no effect on activity in the nucleus accumbens.
Further, this has been corroborated by another scientific study discussed previously on The Kratom Herald, where it was confirmed that Kratom has no effect on the nucleus accumbens, also known as the Mesolimbic Pathway or Reward Pathway.
Putting all of this science into simpler terms, essentially Kratom does not cause a huge release of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens, and therefore people who use Kratom are not constantly thinking about redosing, nor are people who use Kratom neglecting important things like food, hygiene, work, and relationships.
In other words, Kratom does not hijack the brain, unlike synthetic opioids and opiates which certainly hijack the brain. Indeed, countless subjective reports confirm this, since people who switch to Kratom after struggling with drug addiction report that they got their life back, since they begin to focus on the important things in life rather than focusing on drugs.