What is Kratom?
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
Kratom, Mitrogyna Speciosa, is a tree primarily found in Southeast Asia. It is a relative of the coffee family (Rubiaceae).
Kratom is most commonly used to self- treat muscle and joint pains, aid in the suppression of coughing and diarrhea, help treat anxiety and act as an anti inflammatory.
Kratom generally comes in a powdered form. Leaves of the tree are harvested, dried, and then ground into a fine powder. When consuming the Kratom plant, it can be capsuled, brewed as a tea, and mixed into water or other drinks.
It is widely popular for people to use Kratom for it’s alleged mild pain relieving properties.
“Analyses of the medical literature and select internet sites indicate that individuals in the United States are increasingly using Kratom for the self-management of pain,”
Kratom has been growing in popularity over the recent years. An increasing number of people are using the plant to help treat various ailments. One of the most favored reasons users consumes Kratom is because of its ability to help manage chronic pain, and for the plant’s anti inflammatory properties.
“Kratom contains a potent blend of unique alkaloids that make it free from the majority of problems that plague users of traditional pain medications, which can cause a variety of unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects.”
Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, are the two major alkaloids primarily responsible for the effects of Kratom. Both alkaloids are different in terms of the benefits that they provide, but they are each shown to be responsible for the relieving property of the plant. “Mitragynine effects slightly vary from person to person. It mostly depends on their sensitivity towards Kratom.”
While it is true that not everyone will react the same to certain strains or types of Kratom, there are copious effects of the herb that are known to be more consistent. Predominantly, Kratom is claimed to be; anti-malarial, antitussive (relieving or stopping coughing), anti-diarrheal, and is widely known to help with pain management and inflammation relief.
Kratom is still widely underground. Some people claim Kratom to be their miracle plant; being a completely natural approach to helping them treat chronic pains or ailments without the use of pharmaceuticals.
There is still much more research needed to help get the plant out and open to the public.