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What Is Kratom And How Is It Made?

Kratom is an herbal extract from the Mitragyna Speciosa evergreen tree found in Thailand. The plant itself is a member of the coffee family. It has been used as a medicinal substance in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries for many years. It has been available in the United States since 1943.

Kratom is cultivated by picking of the leaves which are then washed and laid out in the sun to dry. The amount of time they are dried is determined by the desired strain. There are three common strains based on the color of the vein in the leaf. The vein colors are determined by length of time in the sun and alkalinity. The three strains are red, white and green.

Kratom’s effects can range from that of a stimulant, pain relief, or sedative depending on the strain. The effects differ according to dosage. Due to their opioid-like qualities, they are most commonly used to treat chronic pain and to ease the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

While those in the plants’ native Thailand chew the leaves, it is most commonly found in the form of powder, crushed leaves, extract, capsules, pellets and chewing gum. It is most commonly smoked, chewed, or brewed into tea.

What are the Health Benefits of Kratom?

  • Increased energy
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces depression
  • Antioxidant
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improved sleep
  • Pain relief
  • Increased focus
  • Weight loss
  • Enhanced libido
  • Eases opioid withdrawals

Frequently Asked Questions

The three strains of Kratom are red, white and green. Red Kratom is known for inducing calmness, relaxation, and sedation. It is commonly used for pain relief. White Kratom and Green Kratom are the opposite. They are both stimulants but the white leaf is known for energy and productivity while the green strain is known for clearer thinking, focus, and endurance.

Kratom is used in the treatment of chronic pain, digestive ailments, coughing, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, insomnia, diarrhea, and opioid withdrawal symptoms. It has opioid-like tendencies which explain the more sedating effect found in some strains.

Since Kratom is botanical, it needs to be kept tightly sealed. It will degrade over time if it isn’t stored correctly.