We all know that kratom, in the right (not excessive) dosages causes a bit of euphoria. But did you know that there is real science behind why kratom is capable of motivating us to study more? It’s prime source of motivation lies in its opioid-like actions in the body. Read on to discover why kratom and studying could be a good pair. Who knows, maybe it can help you score higher on that next exam.
Kratom has an innate ability to increase one’s drive to study. And better drive means better retention. Better retention equals better scores. Better scores and greater sense of achievement seem to perpetuate themselves into career success and eventually cause a positive feedback mechanism.
This makes one want to progressively achieve more and more. I happened to find out about combining kratom and studying while working towards my MBA, but it easily translates into all areas of life in which learning is important.
Back to the science I promised earlier. Kratom’s ability to help with studying stems from its ability to increase motivation. Motivation can be defined as one’s internal, intrinsic or extrinsic, drive to accomplish a given task. Kratom’s alkaloids, particularly mitragynine as it is present in the highest concentrations relative to the rest (about 66% of the total count), enter the bloodstream after consumption and begin attaching to particular areas in the brain known as receptor sites.
Although they have more specific names, these have no become commonly referred to, in kratom’s case, as mu-opioid and delta-opioid receptors. These are found all around in the brain in various structures, but research has shown that their ability to reinforce behavior (motivate) only occurs in very limited areas.
In the middle of the brain is an area that accommodates dopamine cell bodies. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter and a hormone that is part of the phenethylamine and catecholamine families. Catecholamines also include things like adrenaline (see where I’m going here?), which is increased when consuming traditional stimulants like coffee. Mitragynine, by way of its activation of the mu-opioid (and to a lesser extent delta-opioid) receptors, acts to increase dopamine levels in the brain.
Increased dopamine means more energy and greater satisfaction in completing tasks. We call this reinforcement, which is the key to the relationship between kratom and studying. Consumption of kratom leads to greater opioid receptor activation, which in turn has been shown to drastically increase reinforcement via self-administration and place conditioning. Are you starting to see why kratom and studying fit together so nicely?
What does greater reinforcement mean? The strong actions of the mid-brain dopamine neurons mentioned above have actually been linked to synaptic development. Synapses are the links in between two different neurons in the brain. Have you ever heard of neuroplasticity?
It is the brain’s ability to modify its own connections and neural networks, referred to in the context of improving learning and cognitive ability. It is the entire premise behind websites like Lumosity.com or SharpBrains.com. Kratom and studying make such a great combination because it allows you to get more out of the time you spend hitting the books.With greater neuroplasticity, we are able to interpret more information and better recall all of our knowledge later.
Neuroplasticity is also improved by the kratom alkaloid, rhynchophylline, as it acts as an NMDA receptor agonist. NMDA plays a huge role in neuroplasticity, and when NMDA receptors are activated one develops a greater ability to learn and process new information. It makes the brain more adaptable in a way.
Not only does dopamine make you want to study more because you are more content, it provides you with greater results from the time you spend studying. Mitragynine has proven to be a fairly potent mediator of dopamine levels in the brain.
So to sum it up, kratom’s mitragynine and rhynchophylline both promote neuroplasticity. One through dopamine modulation and the other by firing up the NMDA receptors in the brain. Kratom and studying together could be worth your time. I would recommend you try it next time you are preparing for a big exam, or even just trying to learn a cool new hobby.