Kratom, or ketum, is the common name for Mitragyna speciosa, an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. The kratom tree is in the same family as coffee! The tree itself can grow up to 30 feet tall, and the large glossy leaves contain over 25 different alkaloids.
Alkaloids are a special type of chemical compounds that are present in a wide variety of plants. The alkaloids in kratom have effects ranging from analgesic to mood-elevating.
Kratom’s use was first documented in the 19th century. A Dutch botanist named Pieter Korthals described it in 1839. People have likely used kratom for its medicinal properties for thousands of years.
There is evidence that shows that kratom can be used for:
Kratom’s benefits need to be studied more, but the consensus among users is that it can help with these ailments. In addition, kratom contains antioxidants, and some experts believe that it is good for the immune system.
How to Consume Kratom?
Traditionally, users would chew on the leaves to give them energy. Now, users will drink kratom tea, swallow the powder, or take capsules.
Many users prefer to take the powder because it begins to work much quicker than capsules. Not only that, but some say that it is generally stronger than capsules.
The most common method to take powder is called “toss and wash.” This method is exactly what it sounds like. Users take the desired amount of powdered kratom leaves into a spoon. Then, they will “toss” it as far back in the mouth as possible before “washing” it down with water or other liquid. Many people prefer to use a strongly flavored liquid, or even milk, to taste kratom is not too strong or overpowering.
Others like to use capsules because they do not like the taste of kratom tea or powder. Other benefits of capsules:
- Pre-measured doses
- No taste
- Effects have a slower onset
Kratom tea is quite popular and known for its long-lasting effects. Not only that, but tea gives pleasant impacts that are not too strong. You can make kratom tea with any tea. Some prefer black tea because it covers up the taste of kratom. Others prefer the green tea because kratom has a similar aroma. Sugar or honey can be added for taste.
The primary alkaloids in kratom are mitragynine, paynatheinine, speciogynine, and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Different strains of kratom contain different amounts of alkaloids. This is what gives them their unique effects.
It is important to note that kratom affects everybody a little differently. Because of this, it is important to start with low doses and increase as needed. At low doses, under 2 grams, kratom produces stimulant effects such as energy and focus. At higher doses, sedation and pain relief are experienced.
The onset and duration of kratom are affected by the amount taken and the method of ingestion. However, effects usually kick in within the first 10 minutes and last up to 5 hours.
There are three main types of kratom that have different effects. The color of the veins in the leaves determines these main types. Under the categories of the color types, there are a number of different strains. Many of these strains are named for the region that the kratom originated, such as Borneo, Thai, or Malay (short for Malaysia). The primary colors are:
Red vein kratom is known for its calming effects. It also can give users peace of mind and a sense of well-being. Red kratom strains are good to take at night because they will help you relax and not keep you awake. Popular red strains are Red Sumatra and Red Bali.
White vein kratom is the most energizing color. This type is good for waking up in the morning or to combat the afternoon slump. Many users of this color report better concentration and increased productivity. White strains are also known for their positive effects on mood. Super White is an excellent choice for new and experienced kratom users.
Green vein kratom offers a balance between the stimulating white strains and sedating reds. This is perfect for relaxing without getting sleepy and gives users a sense of well-being. It can also be stimulating enough to help you work without keeping you awake when it is time to sleep. Kratom users love strains like Green Malay or Green Maeng Da.
A rare fourth color that is increasing in popularity is yellow vein kratom. Yellow strains are produced by using a unique technique for drying the leaves. Its effects are somewhere between green and red-veined strains. Our Yellow Borneo is a great option if you are looking for a stimulating experience with analgesic properties.
Kratom is a unique natural alternative to pain-killers, anti-anxiety, and stimulants. For decades, it has been used for its unique medicinal properties. Kratom offers a range of effects that can benefit anyone, no matter their preference or personality.
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