The Best General Information About Kratom
Do you suffer from chronic conditions such as pain or migraines? Depression and anxiety? Chronic fatigue? May be PMS, IBS, or Crohn's Disease? I would like to introduce you to an herbal remedy known as Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, and what it could possibly do to help you.
What Is Kratom?
Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is a plant and herbal remedy in the coffee (Rubriaceae) family that was discovered by a Dutch botonist named Peter Korthals in the 19th century. You can find it growing naturally in many countries in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. It has been used safely for thousands of years in these countries to treat a wide spectrum of ailments. There are many types, strains, and varieties of Kratom that are harvested and available today, and each one will effect every individual differently. This mystical herb is very diverse in its use, and can be beneficial to many.
Therapeutic Uses For Kratom
While in several countries it is not technically "approved" for any legitimate medicinal/therapeutic use, many people have indeed found Kratom to be beneficial.
It is uncertain exactly what Kratom was used for historically before it was discovered in the 19th century. But in it's countries of origin, mostly working-class and laborers have used it to help get through long and demanding days working in the feilds or on the farms. It gave the workers the stamina and energy needed to work hard, much like coffee. Kratom was also traditionally used for other things, including as an aid in opiate withdrawal and for pain management.
Kratom contains around 28 known active alkaloids that could have possible uses as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antitussive, antidiarrheal, smooth muscle relaxer, antipyretic, antihypertensive, antidepressant, antianxiety, hypoglycemic/antidiabetic, antiviral/antibacterial, and immunostimulant/possible cancer preventative. Kratom contains the same antioxidant found in chocolate and green tea.
Most people today find Kratom to be useful and fairly effective for treating chronic pain, depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety and panic attacks, social anxiety, headaches and migraines, PMS and mood swings, and digestive diseases such as IBS and Crohn's disease.
A lot of the people I know who use it today have tried Kratom after conventional treatments and medications have failed to properly treat their symptoms, with great sucsess.
Varieties Of Kratom
There are many varieties of Kratom on the market today. Most vendors label their Kratom strains by the places they were grown and the vein color of that particular variety. You may find the most popular strains labeled as Thai, Malay, Indo, Vietnam, Borneo, and Bali.
Almost every vendor will also label vein color before or after the country of origin. The most usual vein colors you will find are red, green and white. All Kratom contains the same alkaloids, but in different levels and variations. While all Kratom will result in basically the same effects, each vein color has its own typical benefits.
You can expect white veined Kratom to be more energetic and mood lifting. White vein strains are great for mornings and daytime. Red veined Kratom tends to be more relaxing and the most pain relieving of the varieties. Red seems to be quite useful at night. Green veined Kratom is usually somewhere in between the red and white veins, with rather balanced effects but mostly used for daytime relief.
While you can expect each strain to react as I described above, everyone will react differently to each variety.
Expected Side Effects
Generally, Kratom does not have any harsh side effects.
Kratom is a mild stimulant. it is great with or inl ieu of coffee for your morning pick-me-up. But because of this, some people find it hard to sleep when taking Kratom too late in the evening. Some people have had mild nausea, but that is easily fixed by eating a small meal or taking some ginger tea or candies with your Kratom dose. Others have experienced mild constipation. This can be avoided by getting your proper fiber intake and drinking plenty of fluids.
Most Kratom users find that these can all be easily avoided and do not find them too bothersome to quit taking it. You can however, find that there are many good effects from Kratom. I have personally found that it has helped my focus and alertness, given me a good mood, proper pain relief, and motivation. I have also noticed that I have enjoyed and taken part in many more activities than I did before and given me a fabulous general sense of well-being without the unwanted side effects you'd expect from most pharmaceutical medications.
How To Use Kratom
Most people have found ingesting Kratom to be the most efficient means of taking Kratom. Any other way is just not practical.
You can expect Kratom leaf to taste like a slightly bitter green tea. Most don't find it to be that bad, but some people find it to be disgusting. Personally, I don't find it to be that discouraging and easy to deal with.
There are a few ways to ingest your Kratom. You can purchase a capsule machine and make your own Kratom pills, which seems to be the easiest method.
Another idea is to make a tea, by heating water and letting it steep for about 20 minutes. Beware that boiling may kill off some of the beneficial alkaloids.
You could also mix Powdered leaf into soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, smoothies, and applesauce. Even mixing Kratom into juices and milkshakes is tolerable.
By far the quickest way to ingest powdered Kratom leaf is to "toss and wash". It means that you would take a sip of water or other liquid, spoon some powder into your mouth, and swallow the liquid and powdered leaf. Most find the taste to be too displeasing, so they ingest Kratom in the other ways I have listed above.
Beginners should start at a low dose. A 2-3 gram dose of powdered leaf is sufficient for 3-5 hours of relief, while some experienced consumers ingest around 5 grams of powdered leaf. If the starting dose isn't working well, try adding an extra gram to your next dose. Once again, Kratom will effect everybody differently. The only way to figure out your proper dose is trial and error.
There are many things to look for in a Kratom vendor.
Do your research and find online reveiws outside of the vendors website. This is very important, as many vendors reveiw themselves on their own sites to boost sales. Look at different sites, including social media and forums for some customer reviews.
It's also important that you check out the names of the products. As I stated above in an earlier section, most Kratom strains are labeled with the country of origin and the vein color. For example, you should see strains listed like "Green Thai" and "Bali Red Vein". If a vendor uses obscure names or renames the product, you don't know exactly what it is, and you shouldn't buy from that vendor. While it's not uncommon for a vendor to name a special or house blend, it is suspect to see names like "Monarch Kratom" or "Big Tiger" listed as an individual strain. Also, avoid vendors that have flashy or bright and colorful packaging. This another suspect sales tactic. Most reputable vendors will use generic packaging and label strain apprpriately as they are focused on the quality of the Kratom and not so much on the sales pitch.
Don't think that because the Kratom is expensive, that it's better. Most vendors sell their Kratom for $5-$12 an ounce, but anything over $15 per ounce is outrageous to me.
Before you consider Kratom as an option, you should always look into the legality in your area.
Kratom is legal and unregulate in most states and countries. However there are some places that have banned Kratom completely or made laws to only be legal for adults 18 and older. I think there is even one country that requires a prescription for Kratom.
In my opinion, the bans are completely unfounded and due to negative reports in the media, lack of Kratom education, and scare tactics. It is important for you to research Kratom yourself and check the legality in your area before purchasing Kratom.
Extracts And Enhanced Blends?
Extracts and enhanced plain leaf blends are another thing you may find when browsing for Kratom.
Extracts usually come in pure alkaloid blends or in full spectrum alkaloid versions. The full spectrum alkaloids usually have a number and an "X" as the name, such as 25x. The "X" simply means that whole leaf Kratom has been condensed and the number before it says how many times. With a 25x extract, it means that 25 pounds of plain leaf kratom have been concentrated into 1 pound of extract. The pure alkaloid version has had pure kratom alkaloids extracted and added to a very small amount of plain leaf.
Enhanced blends just mean that extracts have been added to powdered leaf.
While these are very useful in times when you are in extreme amounts of pain or anxiety, extracts and enhanced blends are not recommended as they do increase your tolerance to plain leaf Kratom. If you do choose to enjoy either, it's best to do so sparingly.
Kratom In Shops
In some areas, you may find Kratom capsules and powder at your local smoke shop or gas station. I do not recommend purchasing your Kratom from these places. The only brick-and-mortar shop I would even consider buying my Kratom from is an ethnobotanical store. But even so, only in a pinch.
When you find Kratom in these places, it tends to be old or of poor quality and insanely overpriced. The flasy packaging and strange names I had warned you about can be found in abundance in these shops. They don't even really know what they are selling in most cases. Ethnobotanical stores are the only exception because the people in these shops are most likely educated on every herb they are selling there.
The Kratom Community
Yes, there is such a thing as the Kratom community. If you are a Kratom consumer or even considering becoming one, you are not alone. There are many sites, forums, and social media groups that welcome new members and are eager to educate them on Kratom. Many are focused on fighting for legality, bad press, and giving proper education to everyone interested in this herb.
There are many complicated and enlightening aspects to Kratom, and I urge you to continue to research it. Kratom could be very beneficial to everyone who is seeking relief from an ailment that just hasn't been treated or addressed properly by traditional medicine. I hope to see more interest and research on this amazing plant in the future, and that everybody can benefit from Kratom one day. It has helped me so much, I know it could help you too.