What is it?
Mitragyna speciosa, formally known as Kratom, is a tropical evergreen tree native in parts of southeast Asia. This tree is related to the coffee family, which is also native to the same regions. Kratom has been used in herbal medicine, dating back all the way back to the 19th century. Like previously stated, Kratom is mainly found in parts of southeast Asia including…
- Papua New Guinea
A Kratom tree can grow up to 100 feet tall in optimal environments, but the leaves are typically harvested when the tree is about 20 feet tall. How old the leaves on the tree are, is what determines the strain or “stem color” of that particular leaf. The main strains of kratom are….
What does it do?
The best part about Kratom powder is that it does whatever you want it to do (within reason!). Depending on the strain (when the leaf was picked), the dosage you are taking, and the way you are taking your Kratom, are all factors when trying to achieve your desired effect. Kratom is a very versatile plant so here is a list of benefits!
- Pain relief
- Mood enhancer
- Boosts energy
- Improves focus
- Aids in addiction recovery
A good rule tool to remember is that small amounts of kratom powder (no matter what the strain) typically give an energizing effect like caffeine, and large amounts of kratom usually gives a sedating effect. Another tip, always take Kratom only if you have eaten that day. Taking Kratom on an empty stomach can cause nausea!
How Does it Work?
Kratom leaves have over 37 different types of alkaloids. Alkaloids are a naturally occurring compound in some plants that have physiological effects on humans. In Kratom’s case, these effects would include pain relief, energizing proporties, ect. The active alkaloids in Kratom is what gives this plant its magic! The two most active alkaloids being Mitragynine and 7-hyrody-mitragynine. The alkaloid content is always changing as the kratom leave continuously mature. When the leaves are the youngest, is when the Mitragynine content is at its highest. As these leaves begin to develop and mature, 7-hyrody-mitragynine production starts to rise and increases into maturity.