What is Kratom?
The tropical herb Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) originates in South-East Asia. From time immemorial the herb has been used as a substitute for opium. Kratom is derived from various trees of the same species. We call these subspecies. This explains why the the effects of Kratom can differ. More on this later. The trees can vary in height from between 3 to 30 metres. It’s the large, fresh leaves which are chewed to ingest the active substances.
The active substances are attributed to a number of alkaloids like 7-hydroxymitragynine, mitraphilline and mitragynine. Of the different types of Kratom, that from Thailand has the more stimulating constituents, while Kratom from Bali and Malaysia works more as a relaxant. Kratom also contains naturally occurring raubasine, a blood pressure reducing agent which is well-known under the name reserpine on account of its many side effects and which is therefore no longer used in many countries.
There is still not very much known about the precise working of Kratom. But it can be said that wild Kratom from South-East Asia contains many more active constituents than Kratom from other regions or cultivated Kratom. So where it grows makes a big difference to its effect.
You can chew fresh leaves or brew tea from dried leaves and extracts. Tea can be made from Kratom by pouring hot water over 3 to 5 grammes of leaves or powder and leaving it to brew for a couple of minutes. A large dosage is around 10 grammes. If taken on an empty stomach, the effects will be noticed within 5 to 10 minutes and will last for several hours.
In South-East Asia, Kratom is uses as a traditional folk medicine for pain and fatigue. From 1943 until recently, possession of Kratom leaves was illegal although it was still widely used there. Nowadays, that ban has been lifted. In other countries including the Netherlands, Kratom is legally obtainable. As we wrote earlier, the precise effect per subspecies differs because the composition differs quite a lot due to the growing location.
The effects of Kratom can be closely compared with a low dose of cocaine or a substantial dose of opium. It intoxicates and suppresses the perception of pain. In lower dosages Kratom has a euphoric and stimulating effect while larger dosages feature feelings that are more dreamy and narcotic in nature. For some people Kratom also has aphrodisiac qualities which increase the sex drive of both men and women. Others report the exact opposite: that the sex drive disappears completely.
Kratom is also known for its differing side effects. From relatively harmless longings for sweets and dehydration symptoms to more concerning side effects such as constipation, tinnitus, lethargy and psychoses.
For these reasons we do not recommend that you use Kratom. Having said that, we really wanted to show you the differences between types. We understand that you could benefit from it despite the side effects.
Types of Kratom
Malaysian Kratom is often used for long-term pain. It is an effective pain reliever thanks to its active ingredients but at the same time it also acts to improve mood and create energy. Some 5 grammes of Malaysian Kratom will give you an energy boost and feelings of bliss and euphoria.
Balinese Kratom works in a completely calming way. It is also effective against pain and it provides even stronger feelings of euphoria than the Malaysian species.
Are you just looking for a stimulating Kratom? Then you should choose Thai Kratom. 5 grammes of Thai Kratom has a motivational and concentration-enhancing effect. In Thailand, Kratom is used to make heavy, physical work more bearable.
Then there’s Maeng Da, a special Kratom whose origin is unknown. The biggest difference with the other types is that you need less of them. Just 1 gramme is enough for both stimulant and pain-relief effects. That’s why the versatile Kratom is so popular.
Kratom is no innocent smart drug. It’s vital therefore to critically examine how often and why you are using Kratom.
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Is Kratom Addictive?
A blog about Kratom is not complete without a discussion around the chance of becoming addicted to this herb. If we write that Kratom is traditionally used as a substitute for opium, does that mean we should be concerned about the addictive effect of Kratom?
Kratom can be mildly addictive. That means you may get the feeling you can’t do without it. However it varies in degree depending on the person and the dosage. Some people talk about withdrawal symptoms such as a runny nose, diarrhoea and nervous twitches after long-term use and stopping abruptly. Others say it’s no problem to do without it.
You can also build up a tolerance. Then you need more to experience the same effects. You can mostly avoid that by swapping the various types with each other.