All About Akuamma Seeds / Powder
Traditionally, Akuamma seeds have been used medicinally in West Africa to treat a number of conditions. Little is known about its precise origins, but it is generally understood that Akuamma was used in tropical regions of Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, etc.) as a folk medicine.
In fact, a hospital in Ghana commenced with the manufacturing of Akuamma powder at one point, standardizing the dosage at 250 gram capsules. Their decision to do so resulted in extensive medical research being conducted to determine the veracity of its supposed medicinal value as an analgesic.
Akuamma became a staple of West African medicine because of its ability to fight pain, cure diarrhea, relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia and assuage a number of other health problems including bulging discs, back injuries and sports injuries.
Akuamma’s two most potent alkaloids are akuammine and pericine. Akuammine is structurally in sync with mitragynine, the most effective alkaloid in kratom, and yohimbine which is commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction. Yohimbine is also used by veterinarians to reverse sedation in dogs.
Pericine binds to mu opioid receptors, loaning to Akuamma’s capacity for relieving opiate withdrawal symptoms or even mimicking the effects of opiates.
For decades, opioid abuse and addiction has been rampant in our society. According to an article from Businessinsider.com, published on February 28, 2017, in the last 16 years, more than 183,000 Americans have died from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
If more people were aware of an alternative treatment for chronic pain or discomfort, would we see less tragedy at the hands of Big Pharma? We undoubtedly would and Akuamma would be at the top of the heap in leading that charge.
The seed is a natural pain reliever which can not only offer similar benefits to that of traditional opiates and opiods but also ward off the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
Akuamma is an opioid receptor agonist which makes it ideal for these purposes. Kratom Guides has listed it as one of ten opiate alternatives. Akuammicine has the highest affinity for kappa-opioid binding sites.
It has been said that the active Akuamma alkaloid pericine is six times more potent than Codeine and it is believed to possess anticonvulsant properties as well, making it the perfect herb for those suffering from the restlessness and potential for seizures that opiate withdrawal can bring on.
Synthetic studies suggest that the akuammiline alkaloids make for in vitro anti-malarial activity, supporting the idea that Akuamma is a strong antimalarial herb. It is regularly used across the globe in the treatment of diarrhea and malaria, but it has a host of other benefits as well. It is used to lower high BP (blood pressure) and to combat chronic pain.
Akuamma is known to induce a sense of well-being in addition to its pain relieving qualities. In certain doses, Akuamma is also a sedative. It is extremely similar to kratom in this regard.
There is much debate as to which one is more powerful and the vast majority of reviewers lean toward kratom as being the longer lasting and more potent of the two. With that being said, many users prefer Akuamma’s effects because they come on slower and more mildly which several first-time users find to be more pleasant.
The other key reason why some choose Akuamma over Kratom is because Akuamma is more readily available all over the world. Where kratom is illegal in several countries and in some regions of Canada and the US, Akuamma is totally legal across the board.
Generally, the recommended dosage for akuamma is set at 2 to 4 grams. However, some people take as much as 6 grams to unlock the full benefits of akuamma seeds. According to users on Reddit, as little as 1.5-1.7 grams are effective at relieving pain. They say that akuamma works and provides great pain relief.
There are a myriad of ways to prepare your akuamma. It is important to have a cheap scale with which to measure out your akuamma seed powder. Whether you are working with raw akuamma seeds or found akuamma seed powder, measurement is imperative.
A lot of users like to combine their akuamma with Goji berry to cut down on the bitterness of akuamma. In drink form, akuamma is also combined with lemon juice for this same reason.
It is often ground up by using a coffee grinder, but methods vary and everyone can find their own way to prepare it. Some have even suggested that you combine it with kratom when brewing an akkuama tea.
Just like every other herbal supplement out there, Akuamma can have some mild side effects. They include any or all of the following:
It is worth noting that none of these effects are lethal and they typically only occur in users who have consumer Akuamma in excess of 10 grams.
The most ubiquitous form of akuamma in the Western world is akuamma seed powder. Akuamma powder is readily available from a ton of online vendors and can be found in some head shops and smoke shops across Canada and the US.
It is important that consumers obtain freshly ground akuamma powder to achieve maximum benefits.
Akuamma seeds are known for their analgesic action. According to users on Reddit and various drug forums, they have been using the seeds to alleviate pain that is caused by Lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and migraine. According to them, that it’s a better alternative to opiates as it doesn’t cause withdrawal symptoms and has little addiction profile. Moreover, it’s a natural solution, so it has fewer side effects. Taking two seeds daily has helped a lot of patients fight pain.
In different hospitals of Ghana, the seeds are sold under the brand name ‘Picap’ as a pain killer, and studies prove that it has potential analgesic activity. Physically active people can take the seeds alone for painful, sore muscles.
The best part about Akuamma seeds is that they act very quickly. The effects are visible within 15 to 30 minutes. However, users claim that the effects are not as strong as Kratom, but it helps a lot!!
One of the positive effects that are caused by Akuamma seeds includes sedation. For all those who are suffering from sleep disorders like insomnia and nightmares, akuamma seeds have proved fruitful as it has the sedative activity. Once taken before sleeping, it gives the best and most peaceful sleep. According to users, the calming effects appear within an hour, and the seeds have helped users with anxiety, pain, and stress to achieve peaceful sleep.
These seeds are known for reducing stress levels and providing an overall sense of well-being. The seeds have helped many users who face panic attacks and anxiety. When this drug is taken, it helps in relaxing the mental state and produces calmness.
Akuamma seeds are known for their anti-parasitic action. They specifically act against Trypanosoma, which is a protozoon with a single flagellum. It causes diseases like African sleeping sickness, Leishmaniasis, and Chagas diseases. According to a study ‘J Ethnopharmacol: 1989 May 25: 263-8’ Akuamma seeds have a trypanocidal effect, but its pharmacology is unknown as yet.
Picralima nitida seeds and other parts of fruit and stem bark have been investigated in vitro for antimalarial action. The seeds showed inhibitory activity against the resistant strains of Plasmodium such as Falciparum. Two alkaloids akuammine, and alstonine are important in the therapy of malaria Thus it is considered as a potential antimalarial drug.
One of the alkaloid ‘Akuammicine’ present in the seeds is demonstrated to have anti-diabetic properties. The alkaloid promotes the uptake of glucose into the cells thus reducing plasma levels of glucose, like that of insulin.
The worst thing that we know about Akuamma seeds is that it has a very bitter taste. It is even worse than that of Kratom. You won’t like taking the seeds directly because most probably you will vomit or you may feel nauseous after the intake of seeds. Chewing the seeds is out of the question. Users reported that since they are bothered by the taste of the seeds they usually grind the seeds in the blender, then add some turmeric powder and place it in capsules. This way they can avoid the bad taste of the seeds. If you take it in the powder form or tea, you can add sweetener to offset the bitterness.
If a larger dosage such as 2 grams or more of Akuamma seeds is taken, then there are possibilities that you might experience a headache, but usually, at such large dose, you will also be sedated.
The seeds can cause ion regulatory disturbances which include slightly increased levels of Potassium and Sodium in the plasma, but it is not significant enough to cause any problem.