Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa Korth) is a tropical evergreen and deciduous tree grouped in the coffee tree family (Rubiaceae) and native to Southeast Asia. It is mostly grown in southern and central regions of Thailand and rarely in the north region. Asian Mitragynine are found mostly in the rainforest while the African species (Hallea genus) are mostly found in swamps. Most of the species reach the height of 30 meters (100 feet). Its shape resembles that of bishop’s mitre and that’s where it got its first name.
Its genus is characterized by a globular flowering head of up to 120 florets each. Mitragyna Speciosa spread over 15 feet (4.5 meters) and its height is 50 feet (15 meters).It has dark glossy evergreen leaves in color, yellow flowers, its growth pattern is opposite and it has an ovate-acuminate shape. During the dry seasons the leaves fall off and there is new growth in the rainy season. The tree can be grown outside its natural habitat of around four degrees Celsius.
Uses: Mitragynine is responsible for most of Kratom effects. It has an affinity for the opioid receptor in the brain that affects mood and anxiety. Mitragynine gives euphoric-like feeling and improves your mood. Thai people use it as a traditional medicine to treat diarrhea. Users of Kratom are believed to be hard workers. Thai farmers, laborers and peasants use the plant to overcome the burden of meager existences and hard work. It is believed to give stamina. Kratom is known to have positive effects on your moods and it also affects the anxiety levels. Mitragynine act on the level of serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a chemical that affects your mood.
Research shows that Kratom treats symptoms of adult attention deficit disorder. It is an effective tool against addiction due to its effects of stimulating and mood lifting. It lowers anxiety levels and gives strong, active and happy feelings and gives one strong desire to do work. Some people take it to intensify or prolong sexual intercourse. It reduces erectile problems in men and stimulates sexual desire in women. It has opiate drug effects which include cough suppression and analgesia. It should never be given to children.
Legality: In many European countries and in the United States, it is legal to grow, use and possess Kratom. It is the buyer’s responsibility to check the legality of any product before buying it. Kratom has being banned in Australia, Finland, Poland, Denmark, Burma, Sweden, Malaysia, Vietnam and Romania. It was banned in Thailand in august 1943 though the law was not found effective as the tree is indigenous in the country.
Strains: There are different ways if ingesting Kratom. Making tea out of it is the mostly used method but there era other alternatives which can help you get more out of it. In the market Kratom is found in powder, leaves and resin. Powder and resin are stronger than the leaves but the strength depends on the quality of plant made from and the age. If you want to make your own extract, Commercial leaves are quite good .High quality powder and leaves are expensive but you need to use less compared to low quality.
Preparation: Kratom can be ingested in various ways. You can smoke the leaves, chew them or make tea of it. Making tea out of the leaves is the easiest way of consuming Kratom. The amount that constitutes a normal dose is too much to be smoke easily. When chewing the fresh leaves you have to remove the stringy central vein but since the dried leaves are a bit tough, crush them into powder is the easiest method. Chewing takes some time and a person has to drink warm water or tea after it. If you cannot cope with the bitter taste, you can fill the capsules. To measure the content of 1 capsule you are recommended to use a milligram precision scale. Use “00” capsule sizes for a convenient look and feel.
When used responsibly, Kratom is not habit forming. However, never get into the habit of using it on daily basis as it could become a habit hard to break. Set yourself usage guidelines before you start using it. Use common sense while use kratom for medicinal purposes.