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Jan 21

Kratom: A Misunderstood Tree

kratomhistoryKratom is a tree that is indigenous to Southeast Asia. It grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Burma and other places. The Latin name for Kratom is Mitragyna speciosa. Kratom leaves are psychoactive. The leaves can be chewed to help improve energy and reduce fatigue at lower doses and to alleviate pain at higher doses. It is used all over the world for both recreational and medicinal purposes.

History

Fresh Kratom leaves have been chewed for centuries by people in Thailand. In Southern Thailand especially chewing kratom leaves has traditionally been popular and remains so to this day. Kratom use is an accepted part of numerous cultural ceremonies in this part of the world.

Medical Use

Kratom is commonly used to treat chronic pain. It helps reduce pain in a way chemically similar to how morphine works. If you’re not a fan of prescription strength painkillers or you’re trying to reduce your dependance on them, Kratom can be very helpful.

It is also used to treat indigestion and also to combat certain drug addictions like Heroin or other opiates. Kratom binds to the same receptors in the brain as opiate or opioid medication. Because of this, Kratom can be used to alleviate and reduce the withdrawal symptoms associated with this addiction.

On top of this, Kratom is commonly used as a mild stimulant. The leaves are chewed or brewed into tea which can provide a boost of energy for help improve your mental clarity.

Recreational Use

Consuming small amounts of Kratom usually gives a lift of energy. Chewing more Kratom generally leads to pleasant narcotic effects. Kratom is notable in that it is both a stimulant and a sedative. Users should take caution since they can feel stimulated at first and then suddenly groggy if they’ve taken too much.

There are many strains of Kratom, but many of these names are just arbitrary labels made up by vendors. In general, strains are categorized by leaf color and where the leaves are from. White Kratom leaves are usually good for charges of energy, while red leaves usually produce relaxed euphoria.

Kratom leaves are often chewed raw. Leaves can also be dried and powdered and then ingested in a mixture with applesauce or some other food.

Side effects are generally mild. The most common side effect is nausea. Kratom should never be chewed by pregnant women, however, since its effects on pregnancy are unknown.

Controversy

Recreational use of Kratom was banned in Thailand 1943. This ban was ineffective and today it is estimated that 70% of men in parts of Southern Thailand chew fresh Kratom leaves on a regular basis.

Although there has been little research on the long term health effects of Kratom use, there has also been little visible evidence of negative consequences throughout the centuries.

Kratom is considered legal in the United States. It can be purchased in the United States and other western countries from online suppliers.