Well, to answer your question in regards to addiction
potential, it all depends. Body chemistry, as well as mental preferences, can play a huge role as to which one might be more addictive. In my opinion, however, I think that tramadol
has a higher addiction potential; namely because of its effect on serotonin
levels in the brain.
Tramadol is way more dangerous than doctors choose to believe. While it is a quite weak opioid
, its M1 metabolite is far stronger. Not only can that cause opioid dependency, but its qualities of being a SNRI also play into how difficult it can be to get off of it.
Needless to say, both possess addictive qualities, and allowing yourself to succumb to addiction, in any form, is reckless and hazardous to one's health.
As far as pain relieve goes, I find kratom
to be far superior in alleviating pain. In fact, I think its one of the better pain relievers that are commonly available. Recently, I found it superior for pain relief to my prescribed oxycodone
due to injury.
To kind of throw some serious math out at you, check this out:
7-hydroxymitragynine is about 17 times as potent as oral morphine
. 7-HOM is the alkaloid
primarily responsible for the effects of kratom (far more potent that mitragynine, which was once thought to be the active alkaloid).
Wikipedia cites that 7-HOM makes up about 0.01-0.04% of kratom by weight.
That would mean that a relatively standard dose of 5 grams contains the equivalent of 8.5-34mgs of oral morphine, based on the ratios of strength of morphine to 7-HOM. (And this figure might be slightly higher given the added effects of mitragynine as an analgesic).
And to go further, 100mgs of tramadol is about equipotent to 10mgs oral morphine.
Keep in mind, this is just based on relative analgesic effects, and does not indicated the high a person will actually feel. I really like the tramadol high, where as others despise it.
There is plenty of good information on kratom in this forum. I highly suggest you look at the stickies, and well as some of the other threads available.
It's a great plant, but because of its relative ease to obtain, can quickly lend itself to addiction. You say to yourself right now that you won't get addicted, but that is a phrase many of us current addicts have used before; hindsight is 20/20. With that in mind, you should take a look at some of the kratom addiction threads, and while it is less addictive than some other opiates
/opioids, it still very much is, and it is a real bitch to kick.
There is a thread going on right now titled "Just how stupid am I...", I suggest you give that a read and see how difficult a time that guy is having kicking his kratom habit.
Not trying to scare you, but it is something you want to consider before going down this path
Hope this is helpful!
Here is a link
to the study I posted that suggest that 7-hydroxmitragynine is 17 times more potent than oral morphine. That exact figure can be found on page 35. The study was written by Kenjiro Matsumoto, who has done extensive studies on kratom and its alkaloids. If I can find more, that aren't just the abstracts, I will add them to the Kratom Studies File. Note: I have come across other figures in the past, which might be more recent (wouldn't know how to find them again with any ease), but this is one that I've seen used on numerous equianalgesic charts, which actually include 7-hydroxymitragynine.