What is Kratom?

Simply put, Kratom is a dried and crushed up leaf…no more!

Mitragyna Speciosa (Kratom, Ketum or Kratum) is a tropical tree in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) native to Southeast Asia in the Indochina and Malaysia floristic regions. Kratom leaves are used for medicinal properties and works on the opioid receptor. However, its effects differ significantly from traditional opiates.

It was first formally described by the Dutch colonial botanist Pieter Korthals. The genus was named Mitragyna by Korthals because the stigmas in the first species he examined resembled the shape of a bishop’s mitre.

Kratom trees usually grow to a height of 12–30 ft tall and 15 ft wide, although some species can reach 40–100 ft in height. Kratom can be either evergreen or deciduous depending on the climate and environment in which it is grown.

There are two main active alkaloids in Kratom (40 compounds all-together),Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. These alkaloids are thought to be responsible for its pain relieving, sedative, euphoric and energizing effects.

Kratom has been traditionally chewed, in raw leaf form, by people in Thailand and especially in the southern peninsula. Kratom is also used in neighboring countries in Southeast Asia where it grows naturally. In Southern Thailand, Kratom has been a part of traditional culture for thousands of years.

This is a general description of Kratom. We encourage you to research Kratom on your own to learn more about this miraculous herb. A good start would be to search wikipedia.