Kratom is the name for the leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa tree which have been used as a traditional medicinal for thousands of years. This tree grows natively throughout Southeastern Asia, but it is especially prevalent in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. The leaves of the tree are traditionally chewed during long days by farm laborers to give them strength, positive mood and pain relief. The leaves are also being investigated today for their ability to ease withdrawal symptoms from opiate drugs – both narcotics and prescription painkillers.
The reason for Kratom’s medicinal properties is derived from the alkaloid content found in the leaves of the tree. One of the main alkaloids is known as mitragynine. Other alkaloids include mitraphylline and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These alkaloids combine together to create the positive effects of Kratom. Some of these alkaloids may influence opioid receptors in the body, but that does not make Kratom an opiate compound. However, it does explain why this natural remedy is able to be used for relief from opiate withdrawal and addiction.
Kratom Strains and Extracts
There are several different strains of Kratom and each has its own unique effects.Each strain will have individual benefits determined by the mix of alkaloids present in the leaves. Maeng Da Kratom is one of the strongest and most popular strains of this plant. This strain is said to by highly energizing and it provides fast and effective pain relief. Another strain, known as Bali Kratom Leaf, is known for being more relaxing and it sometimes is used by people who want relief from social anxiety. Other people will take this strain for help with falling to sleep.
Within the strains you will find that there are three different colors of products: Red, White and Green. The colors are determined by whatever color the central vein in the Kratom leaf is. Even though this vein is removed before preparing the leaves for consumption, it is a key marker of the alkaloid content within the leaf. Red veined leaves are more sedating in their effects while green and white veined leaves will be more energizing and stimulating. Some people will use only one color at a time, but it is more common to mix several colors together.
Another option is to buy an extract Kratom product which will be stronger and will therefore require a smaller dosage. Extracts can come in a number of different styles from a hard, rock-like resin that needs to be melted down in order to be use, a fine ground powder or as a liquid tincture. The tinctures are quite convenient and have the added benefit of lasting longer than crushed Mitragyna leaves would last on their own in the natural state. One of the best-selling extracts is known as Ultra Enhanced Indo extract. This product is made from the very best Indo Kratom leaves which are hand-picked and sifted for purity. The extract is then made into a resin, ground into a powder and sold at strengths of 15x to 40x the normal leaves. Only purchase Full Spectrum Extracts as this will prevent side effects from single alkaloid formulations.
How to Use Kratom
What is the right way to take Kratom for the best benefits? The recommended dosage is between 4 – 8 grams for the average user. At the low end of this range, you will find the effects to be stimulating while taking more means you will have a more relaxing experience. Dosages are one of the best ways to play around with your personal experience when taking this plant. If you get the right dose for your body weight and tolerance level, you could find yourself having an almost euphoric mood.
You can buy Kratom in capsules or as bulk powders, though many users prefer the capsules for the ease of use factor. The one advantage of the powder or crushed leaf packages is you can buy them at cheap prices – especially when you purchase it in bulk. Sometimes the mark-up on capsules will amount to several times the retail price for the same quantity in bulk powder form.
The powder can be swallowed using a “toss and wash” strategy or you can brew a pot of Kratom tea using one of several popular recipes posted in online forums. Other recipes are also available for making Kratom brownies or smoothies. You will notice that this leaf has quite a bitter taste if you attempt to swallow it without any other substances used to mask the flavor. Orange juice is an easy chaser for Kratom powder that you can use to help hide the bitter flavor.
If you are ready to try Kratom, check out our list of trusted online vendors and see reviews. Some vendors are known for having higher quality product, but there are a lot of low-quality importers that sell questionable goods. This is why user reviews should drive your purchase decisions. Kratom is legal in the United States in most states, however some individual jurisdictions may have different rules. You should be checking with local authorities to make sure it is legal where you live. In countries like Canada and the UK, it is also an uncontrolled substance. Thousands if not millions of people have used this herb with excellent results and we hope you have the same positive experiences as they have had!