Ok this is more than one question. The main thing I'm aiming at is using kratom to prevent mild depression and social anxiety.
I was reading the EDS thread and from many insightful comments from Jacky and HOM, who I hope will weigh in here, and others it seems like the main objection to using opoids as anti-depressants is the problem of tolerance and long-term depression/insomnia after withdrawal.
Kratom, unlike standard opiates, seems to have much milder withdrawal and tolerance issues. From what I can gather from reports of withdrawal on kratomforum.com it seems there are virtually no long-term symptoms such as depression or insomnia. And of course short-term symptoms are very mild, like a cold or flu, if the person has tapered down to a reasonable level, and the taper seems practically symptom-free.
Also, as a note, I've used kratom for 11 days straight and gotten the same effects from the same dose. And, admittedly, I'm also using it for the mild buzz, not solely the anti-depressant and anxiolytic effects.
This isn't a clear question but I guess I'm getting at does anyone have thoughts on the use of kratom for these purposes vs. normal opiates. And, does anyone have any scientific knowledge or guesses as to why kratom is so much less addictive. I was thinking maybe kratom doesn't cause the growth of receptors? And therefore tolerance doesn't build nearly as fast and withdrawal is so much easier.