What is Kratom Exactly?

First things first, what exactly is kratom? Well, scientifically known as Mitragyna Speciosa, this is an herb/plant native to the marshy regions of countries like Thailand, Indonesia, the Pacific Rim, Myanmar (basically many of the Southeast Asian countries).

This plant carries a variety of healing properties, which is why it is particularly famous in folk medicine. It has been used widely for managing a spectrum of physical and mental issues coupled with its potential as an occasional recreational herb.

This plant can grow up to be quite tall (13 feet). Its leaves are meticulously hack-picked by the growers. They are then sun-dried and brewed as a coffee/tea. Many would chew the leaves or swallow them with water to achieve the same desired effects.

General History

Some accounts suggest kratom’s usage in folk medicine to be as old as belonging to the early 19th century. But, it wasn’t until the onset of the 21st century that this herb found its place in the Western world. The Internet is to be thanked for the rising popularity that has skyrocketed ever since the early 2000s, thanks to the online message boards. Ever since it first came to the western market isles, kratom’s popularity has only continued to increase.

How to take it?

There’s not a whole lot of technicality or science involved in kratom consumption. Consuming it is actually pretty straightforward. From the traditional toss and wash to brew it as a tea, you have myriad choices. Let’s look at those –

  • Toss n Wash – This is basically like consuming any other dose of medicine. So, you essentially take the kratom dose on the palm of your hand or a spoon, quickly toss in on your tongue, and before the powder can begin to settle on your tongue, you rinse it off with water. Some people like to use orange juice instead of water just to overcome the often bitter taste of this herb.

 

  • As a tea – Consuming kratom in the form of tea is a rather lengthy process. You may have to dedicate around 25-30 minutes. But, if you are trying to replace your tea and coffee with more of an herbal refreshment, then it’s totally worth the investment. You can find a bunch of recipes available on the internet on how to make kratom tea. Most of them are pretty simple and don’t require a lot of ingredients or efforts.

 

  • As a capsule – Kratom capsules come pre-measured, pre-packaged for quick consumption. Although they are more on the pricier side of the spectrum, if you don’t like the hassle of measuring dose or simply can’t stand the taste of it, then capsule is going to be your best bet. So, you pop the capsule and quickly rinse it down with water or juice or any beverage of your choice (not alcohol, though).

 

Is it legal?

If we talk about kratom’s legality in the United States, then it is legal for the most part. What we mean by that is that kratom is readily available for consumption in most states except a few such as Wisconsin, Arkansas, Alabama, Vermont, etc. These states have banned its usage.

Other than that, you should have no problem getting your hands on any type of kratom, both offline and online. However, do check your state guidelines before you buy or consume it. Also, know that the FDA has not approved this herb for distribution or consumption, and no company can make any health claims to sell it.

Many states still have legislation pending meant to decide whether or not to ban it. If you want to learn in-depth about the latest developments around kratom’s legality and its actual legal status, you can follow this page.

The UK has listed kratom as a psychoactive substance. The use of kratom is deemed as a ‘criminal act’ in the United Kingdom. Interestingly enough, kratom is also banned in Thailand, Myanmar, New Zealand, Australia, among other countries.

 

Benefits of Kratom

Depending on the variety of kratom strain you go for (it has a bunch of those), you stand to reap a couple of physical and mental health benefits such as –

  • Relaxation – Certain kratom strains can relax you after a long tiring day. It can induce a feeling of tranquility, calm, and rejuvenation.

 

  • Energizing effects – Some kratom types tend to have energizing effects on the mind and the body, much like a caffeine rush. The fact that this herb is part of the coffee family should explain that effect.

 

  • Improved focus and mental clarity – Kratom can bestow upon you a sudden improved cognitive functioning where you are able to think straight. It can calm down an overactive mind and a train of thought that seems to be uncontrollable.

 

  • Mild Pain Management – This has to be the #1 reason behind kratom’s growing popularity. Just look at the kratom reviews on this page where people talk about the different ways in which kratom has helped them manage chronic pains. While there is no scientific data to back those claims, the anecdotal evidence is plenty.

 

  • Reduced anxiety and stress – If you are someone who has a hard time socializing and walking up to people and striking up a conversation, then certain kratom strains can reduce anxiety levels for you and make you more sociable. It can also calm you down and make you less stressed and worried. But, do your research before betting on it.

 

Side-effects of Kratom

If you are not careful enough with kratom’s consumption, you may experience a bunch of side effects like –

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipations
  • Jitters and anxiety

To  name a few.

 

How to avoid them

The best way to avoid facing any unwanted effects is to start low. Preferably with a small dose as tiny as 3 gram. Carefully observe how each dose makes you feel before slowly upping it over a long time.

Consume a lot of water if you sense dehydration or dry mouth.

Also, make sure to buy from a reputable vendor like Kratom Crazy.

It is also advised to never mix kratom with any kind of medication, alcohol, or any other psychoactive substance, just to be on the safe side.

A mild sense of discomfort or uneasiness should pass away in a couple of hours. However, if you sense something’s not right, call for emergency medical assistance.

Lastly, make sure to familiarize yourself with different kratom strains and how they might make you feel (energized or lethargic). Accordingly, take your pick.

Note – People with liver problems are not advised to use kratom because of the way this herb is metabolized in the body. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid it, although there is not much known about how it may affect them. If you have a health condition, ask a doctor before making kratom a part of your lifestyle.

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