Kratom: It Can’t Turn You Into A Superhero, But It Comes Pretty Close

Kratom: It Can’t Turn You Into A Superhero, But It Comes Pretty Close

The Kratom tree (Mitragyna Speciosa) is a native tree that grows in the Southeastern countries of Asia like Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, and Indonesia to name a few. This tree is in the same family as the coffee tree, however unlike coffee where you harvest and roast the beans, it is the leaves of the Kratom tree that are used.

The leaves are considered to be a sacred medicinal remedy to the indigenous people of where the tree grows. These people have used the plant for social and religious ceremonies, but people all over the world are using the plant to treat a variety of ailments like pain relief, mood enhancement, stimulate the immune system, and much more.

A Brief History Of The Kratom Tree

For thousands of years, people all over Thailand have been using Kratom on a regular basis. They would chew the leaves to receive the benefits of Kratom, however if 1943, the government of Thailand banned the substance and made it illegal to consume and possess the plant.

Young Kratom Tree

In order to enforce this law, the government went to great extremes. What were those extreme measures? They cut and burned their forests so that they could destroy every kratom tree. Naturally, they killed entire ecosystems in the process.

Why would the Thai government go to such extremes? At the time, the benefits of Kratom was gaining more attention and the people were turning to the Kratom instead of opium.

During that time, Opium was generating a lot of money and the government was lining their pockets with the money from the drug. Of course as you would imagine, the government wasn’t happy about the declining opium sales, hence the drastic measures.

Today, the ban on Kratom is still illegal in Thailand, but the Thai Narcotic Control Board issued a proposal in 2010 that would decriminalize the plant. When those changes take effect remains to be seen.

What Does The Kratom Tree Look Like

When it comes to how Kratom is actually classified, it borders between a tree and a shrub, although there are some species that can reach up to 50 feet, but most of them average around between 15 to 20 feet when they are fully matured.

Big Kratom Tree At River

The leaves are dark green and they can grow larger than 7 inches in length and 4 inches wide. The tree does produce yellow flowers that will typically grow in little clusters. These flowers closely resemble the American Sweet Gum tree.

You can grow your own kratom tree, but it is going to be quite challenging, but if you have time and patience, you’ll have a direct source of Kratom!

Medicinal Uses Of Kratom

Kratom has over 20 alkaloids that have been identified in the lab, one of which is the alkaloid, mitragynine. This particular alkaloid plays a big role in pain relief. This alkaloid has been classified as being 13 times more potent than morphine and is thought to have effects similar to opium.

Because of this, Kratom has been used to treat opium addicts who are going through withdrawal. With that said, we want to point out that it isn’t replacing one drug for another.

While you may not need to overcome any addiction to opiates, you can still use Kratom for other stimulation and even as a sedative. To feel the stimulant effects, you don’t need a large dose of the kratom. With a moderate dose, you can expect to feel more alert and focused. This will help you tackle almost any physical task before you.

Young Woman Holding For Head

It can also be used to improve your mood. Kratom has also been known to help people who experience social anxiety and have difficultly talking to folks. Although it can help you with physical tasks, people often consider Kratom to be a mental stimulant.

In order to feel the sedative effects, you’ll have to take a slightly higher dosage. With these higher doses, you can expect to feel more relaxed and calm. You may also feel an improved sense of wellbeing and see a reduction of any pain you may experience.

Some people have said that they experience some itchiness or nausea, but those side effects subsides once you lay down and relax.

Kratom’s Recreational Uses

While there are numerous medicinal uses for kratom, people can still use it for recreation. When kratom is used recreationally, you’ll get a narcotic effect because of the alkaloids that are similar to opiates.

Some say they feel a sense of euphoria that is a lot less intense as one would experience while on heroin. Keep in mind that kratom will have different effects on different people. Some say they experience that same euphoria, but they feel incredibly relaxed. Others will experience the euphoria, but still have enough energy to function like normal.

Young Woman Smelling Kratom

Interestingly, some users have said that when they use kratom, they are able to perform sexually for a longer period of time. This is because the kratom reduces the sensitivity in your genitals, thus allowing you to enjoy your partner and building up to an orgasm.

Types Of Kratom Extracts

Although the Thai people used to chew on the whole leaves to get the full effects of the kratom, you can use kratom extracts to achieve the same effect. There’s a variety of extracts available that provide with varying effects. It all depends on the extraction method as well as the plant material that has been used to create said extracts. Continue reading to learn more.

Water Based Extracts

Kratom powder is among the most common type of kratom extract. To make this, you will extract the alkaloids from the plant by dissolving some of the alkaloids in water, then straining the powder, and then letting the water evaporate. This is going to leave a strong concentration of the alkaloids behind. You can find the powder loose or in capsule form.

Water extracts often denoted because they will have an ‘X’ in the name (for example, 5x or 15x). That ‘x’ indicates how much leaf material was used to create the extract. Unfortunately, you can’t always rely on this because vendors aren’t always honest and will inflate the number to make their product seem more potent.

Kratom Powder In Plastic Spoon

The most common method of taking kratom powder is by making a tea with it. To make the tea, it’s really simple:

  • Pour up to 10 ounces of water into a pot of water
  • Add your desired kratom dosage
  • Allow the water to simmer for 20 minutes
  • Pour in a cup and enjoy
  • You can strain the powder before drinking if you wish

The tea is probably the most preferred and effective ways to consume the kratom powder. Do be aware that if you decide to strain the powder after the boiling process, you may lose some of the potency.

Tips For Making The Tea

To increase the amount of alkaloids absorbed, you can add water to the powder and freeze it before making your tea. You can also add some lemon juice or even citric acid as well. The lemon is a great option because it will give your tea some flavor and sort of mask the bitter flavor of the tea (if you don’t like the initial flavor, that is).

Kratom Tea

If you have strained the powder after the tea making process, you can save the refuse, allow it to dry, and reuse it one more time so that the alkaloids are not going to waste. By doing this, you may not have a tea with the same potency as the first batch.

Kratom Resin Extracts

Kratom resin extracts are going to have a much more well-rounded list of effects than with the kratom powder or kratom capsules. To get the resin, the kratom is going to be extracted with both a polar and non-polar solvent such as water and ethanol. Much like the water based extracts, the powder has been strained and the solution is left to dry.

Kratom Tinctures

Tinctures aren’t like the others because the way the alkaloids are extraction can vary from vendor to vendor. Because of this, the potency can be unpredictable, leaving some people disappointed. However, if you’re able to find a properly extracted kratom tincture, they’ll be very potent and fast acting.

Enhanced Leaf

Many kratom users often opt for enhanced leaf kratom extracts because it’s high potency and the minimal side effects. To use this kind of extract, take a strong kratom extract and dissolve it in a solution. Then kratom leaves or powder are soaked in this solution and left to dry. When this process is done correctly, you’re going to have a very potent leaf on your hands.

Red Vein Kratom Leaf

Kratom Strains And Effects

There are many different strains available on the market, but for our purpose, we are going to discuss the most popular strains and we are going to discuss the effects of these strains.

First, let’s talk about how the strains are named. Reputable vendors will use this standard naming practice:

  • Location where the kratom tree originates
  • The Region where the kratom leaf was harvested
  • The color of the veins in the leaves: red, white, green

So if you have a product called Red Vein Thai, you know it the kratom comes from tree in Thailand and it has red veins.

You may be wondering what is the importance of the colored veins and what those differences may be, if any.

Red Vein Kratom

Red vein kratom leaves will have a red coloring on the stem and veins. This type of kratom is the most popular, especially among beginners who are new to the world of Kratom. The red vein is so popular because it has calming effects that will give you peace of mind and help you to feel a little more optimistic.

Red Vein Kratom Leaf

Not only will it make you feel more relaxed and happier, it can also be a good sleep aid for those who have trouble sleeping. The red vein also is known to relax your body and relieves pain. Many who depend on prescription pain killers will opt for this type of kratom.

Two popular types of red vein kratom include:

Red Vein Thai

This strain has a balanced alkaloid content. It features a unique flavor and tends to be preferred for its sedative and pain relief properties. It can also be used to help the withdrawal process from an opium addiction.

Red Vein Kali

This strain isn’t going to be as energizing or sedating as other strains, but it is quite effective for pain relief and to detox.

White Vein Kratom

White vein kratom is popular because it is a stimulant and it can enhance your mood in a good way. Each strain will vary from one to the next due to several factors like quality of the product you’re using, your lifestyle, and your tolerance level.

White Leaf Kratom

With that said, when people feel that sense of euphoria, it is usually because they have tried a white vein product. White vein kratom can help you feel more alert, able to concentrate, and even be cheerful. This is the perfect option if you experience moodiness and exhaustion.

A popular type of white vein kratom is White Vein Kali. The White Vein Kali tends to give the user a euphoric feeling or dissociating than other strains.

Green Vein Kratom

Green vein kratom is somewhere in the middle between the red and white strains. It is a mild energy booster and it can also enhance your alertness and focus so you can get your to-do list complete.

Green vein strains are going to be more subtle than the other counterparts, but they can still be used to treat any discomfort and pain you may feel, without getting drowsy. Also, the green vein kratom can help you tackle social situations and have more fun when you’re out on the town. You’ll be more chatty, cheerful, and approachable.

Green Vein Kratom Leaf

A popular type of green vein kratom is the Green Vein Kali. These will help you to feel calmer while giving you high energy. This strain will let you do your daily activities while having an inner peace.

Other Popular Strains

Out of all the different kinds available, there are two more popular Kratom strains that stand out from the rest.

Bali

This is another popular strain, especially among those who are new to the world of Kratom. When used in lower dosages, it can boost your energy whereas in larger doses, it has a strong sedating effect, as well as potent pain relieving effects.

Maeng Da

This is probably one of the most popular strains because it will give you a huge burst of natural power. You may experience an intense euphoric feeling, really good pain relief, and best of all, the effects last for quite a long time.

White Vein Maeng Da Kratom

How To Use Kratom Safely

As someone who is new to taking Kratom, you’re going to want to start off slow so that you can find your sweet spot. We recommend that you take 2 capsules or a half of a teaspoon (1 gram) on an empty stomach. You should drink hot water to help your body absorb the alkaloids.

You will want to keep track of how you feel during the first hour after taking it. If you notice you aren’t getting the kind of relief you were hoping for, you can gradually increase the dosage (by 1 or 2 capsules, or .5 to 1 gram of powder) then wait an hour or so. You want to remember that less is more with kratom, so always start off slow!

Possible Negative Side Effects

Sometimes if you increase your dosage too quickly, you may experience some side effects that aren’t very pleasant. While they aren’t serious, you may experience the following:

  • Upset stomach
  • Slight dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Unable to be alert or focus
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • A “hangover” the next day

If you do experience these things, you should stop using the kratom for a few days and drink plenty of water during this time. Avoid any cigarettes and alcohol during this time and get plenty of rest. Once you are back to your normal self, you can then try again, but lower dosages.

Where To Get Kratom

You can purchase kratom online at any reputable vendor. There are a lot of vendors available, so we recommend that you do some research before you just buy from anyone.

Building Of Tobacco Shop

You may also be able to find kratom in local headshops, tobacco stores, or adult stores. We do want to press upon you that you make sure it is legal to purchase, possess, and consume Kratom in your area first.

Kratom And The Law

As beneficial as kratom can be, there are still some places where it is illegal to purchase and use the substance. Right now, there are only four countries in the world where the substance is illegal: Australia, Burma, Malaysia, and Thailand. If you are caught with the substance, it could cost you some time in prison—or even death!

In the United States, Kratom is pretty much legal except for in 6 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. If the DEA had their way, it would be illegal throughout the entire country. Fortunately, it hasn’t gotten to that point yet. There are a few states that have regulated the use of the substance by putting an age requirement on it.

Wrap Up

The tree is native to countries in Southeast Asia and it has been used for centuries by the natives for ceremonial and social use, but it also has great medicinal uses as well. When you use it at a low dose, it can be used as a stimulant so that you can focus on your work, you’re more alert, and even a little more cheerful.

Group Of People Jumping On Beach

At a higher dose, it can be used as a sedative and pain reliever. People who suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, and even opium withdrawal have felt relief when they’ve taken some strains of Kratom.

There are several different methods of taking kratom, but the most popular is by consuming it in a capsule or making a tea with it. You can also mix the powder with other beverages or even yogurts, although it’s recommended that you take kratom on an empty stomach to maximize the effects.

However you do decide to take kratom, it’s important that you start off slow. While the side effects aren’t serious, they are enough to cause discomfort and make you not feel well. By taking small doses, you can work your way up to stronger doses gradually until you find your sweet spot.

It is important to remember that the different strains work differently, so if 4 capsules of a Red Vein Bali works for you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the same dose is going to be as effective for another strain like the Maeng Da. As a beginner, it’s trial and error. However, once you do figure it out, you can reap all the benefits of this incredible plant.

Kratom Pills And Powder On Plate

We do want to press upon you that if you do want to start looking for kratom at shops near you, you first have to make sure it is legal to use in your area. We don’t condone illegal activity and we would feel terrible if our readers got into legal trouble.

Fortunately, most online vendors clearly state where they will and will not ship to. We still recommend you read up on the laws in your area, just to be on the safe side.

Leave us a comment below and let us know what is your preferred strain of Kratom and what you use it for. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, you can certainly ask those too!

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