What Is Kratom? Everything You Need to Know

For thousands of years, Kratom has been used for traditional purposes in Southeast Asia. With its long history, it is no surprise that it has made it’s way to the West.

But what is Kratom?

In many respects, it is a lot like many other traditional plant-based traditions. But Kratom also has several interesting properties and characteristics that make it one of the most talked-about supplements around the world.

The following are just some of what is known about Kratom, its different forms, and its qualities.

What Is Kratom?

Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant found throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. The green, leafy plant grows anywhere from four to 16 meters high and is in the same family as the coffee tree — one of the largest families in the plant kingdom with some 6,500 species related to it. Plants akin to coffee and Kratom grow mostly in tropical or subtropical climates.

The chemical makeup of Kratom is considered some of the most unique in the plant kingdom. With its properties, it’s no wonder that the indigenous cultures of Southeast Asia have considered Kratom an herbal ritual for thousands of years.

Some cultures consider the plant essential to religious rituals.

Another traditional use for Kratom is to administer the plant to manual laborers. It is considered to be similar to the coffee plant and, reportedly, to promote productivity.

Kratom has a few different aliases, including:

  • Thom
  • Biak
  • Ketum
  • Ithang
  • Kakuam

What Are The Qualities of Kratom?

Studies are ongoing about the qualities and potential of Kratom.

Kratom in the United States is legal to possess and sell but it is not approved as a drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and, therefore, Kratom designated for sale is labeled “Not for Human Consumption.”

What Forms Do Kratom Come In?

Kratom is packaged and dispensed in a number of ways.

Historically in Southeast Asia, the leaves of the plant are used during religious or medical rituals in Kratom’s native lands of Southeast Asia.

There are no as-of-yet approved uses of Kratom in the U.S.

However, Kratom is available as an extract, dried and or powdered leaves and capsules.

How Is Kratom Extract Made?

Kratom extract is possibly the most potent and popular form of the plant.

To make Kratom extract, farmers in Southeast Asia harvest the mature leaves of the tree.

The leaves are gathered and placed to dry in the sun on drying racks. Once the curing process is completed, the Kratom farmers crush and powder the dried leaves. Then the process begins.

By boiling the crushed or powdered Kratom leaves, evaporation occurs. This process creates a concentrated extract that can be sold as a powder or other form.

Another popular form of Kratom extract is resin.

The Kratom resin is made by mixing the powder with water and lemon or lime. The mixture is then frozen and then boiled again. This produces a thick substance that is highly sought after and extremely potent.

The potency of Kratom comes from the plant’s unique alkaloids – Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

Alkaloids naturally exist in our bodies and help fight off a host of maladies like bacteria, pain, and some illnesses.

While Kratom contains 40 or so different alkaloids, it is Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine that give the plant its unique qualities.

Many reported positive qualities of the kratom extract.

The strain or variety of the Kratom can also determine the power.

How Is Kratom Graded?

When people consider a Kratom product they’ll see on the label “25X” or “50X”. The meanings of these ratings are easy to confuse. The 25X and 50X do not denote the products power. Rather, the denominations signify how many grams the product weighed before the Kratom was made into an extract or other product.

In this regard, it is also important to check if your Kratom product has been lab-tested. This is a necessary gauge for determining if the product you buy is pure and contains only the elements you desire.

Testing will also determine the products alkaloids, the Kratom variety, any heavy metals or contaminants, and if any substance was used to “cut” or adulterate the Kratom product.

What Are The Side-Effects of Kratom?

While side effects are typically mild, it does bear usefulness to be educated on reported side effects of kratom.  Among those side-effects are:

  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Seizures

Is Kratom Addictive?

For the most part, reports of people becoming addicted to Kratom is largely anecdotal. But people do say it happens and they say that withdrawal from Kratom addiction causes many poor symptoms that would be typically avoided.

A larger body of anecdotal evidence suggests that steady use of Kratom can create a high-level of dependency.

According to the American Addiction Centers website, “[the system comes to expect] Kratom’s presence. These chemical messengers may not be produced or moved throughout the central nervous system in their fashion. A dependence is then formed.”

It is important to stress that no clinical or scientific research that states Kratom products can help with addiction withdrawal and that the evidence is largely anecdotal.

Find Out More

The best way to answer the questions “What is Kratom?”, “Is Kratom right for me?” or “Should I sell Kratom in my store?” is to do your research.

There are so many claims about the plant’s value as a supplement that is can be hard to get the real story about the power of this long-used traditional plant.

Luckily, you have started your Kratom journey in the right place. To learn even more, contact us here today.

It is important to stress that no clinical or scientific research that states Kratom products can help with addiction withdrawal and that the evidence is largely anecdotal.

Find Out More

The best way to answer the questions “What is Kratom?”, “Is Kratom right for me?” or “Should I sell Kratom in my store?” is to do your research.

There are so many claims about the plant’s value as a supplement that is can be hard to get the real story about the power and the potential of this long-used traditional remedy.

Luckily, you have started your Kratom journey in the right place. To learn even more, contact us here today.

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