Kratom Mitragyna speciosa
Kratom is the name of a medicinal leaf from a tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. The locals have been know to use this plant for its medicinal quality. Native people often chew the kratom leafs to help them work harder and longer. Kratom is often thought of as the “workers drug” because users enjoy working while chewing kratom leaves.
Mitragynine is the main alkaloid found in the kratom leaf. This alkaloid is responsible for kratoms desirable effects. There’s a complex series of 14-24 alkaloids, identified in the kratom leaf, and can be extracted through water and an alcohol extraction combined.
Kratom trees, usually grow to a height of 12-30 feet tall and the leafs can grow 7 inches long and 4 inches wide. The flowers on this tree are one of the wired est things Ive seen. They look like little yellow spike balls.
At this time kratom is a controlled substance in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bhutan, New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden.
The Thai government passed the Kratom Act 2486 which went into effect on August 3, 1943. This law makes planting the tree illegal and requires existing trees to be cut down. This law has not stopped kratom use completely and is hard to enforce since kratom grows wild all over Thialand.
Before using kratom its advisable to read as much information about this plant as possible. You always want to start with a low dose and work your way up. You can read more information about kratom dosage here.There are different forms as well as different ways to ingest your kratom. The main forms of kratom are crushed leaf,powdered kratom leafs, kratom extracts, and kratom resin. These different forms have different strengths requiring different dosage. I enjoy the powder but it can take large amounts to have maximum effects.
Types of Kratom
There are several different “strains” of kratom all varying in strength and effects. The different types of kratom are bali,Thai, Borneo, Maeng Da Kratom, Indo, and more. Bali and Borneo tend to be the cheapest and I take it these strains are less potent. Thai kratom and maeng da kratom are reasonably priced and have more potency. I personally have bought allot of Thai kratom its not to expensive and has nice effects.
Active Alkaloids in Kratom
There are many alkaloids found in the kratom leaf among them are mitragynine, mitraphylline, and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These are the main alkaloids thought to be responsible for kratoms effects. Acting primarily as mu-opioid receptor agonists, mitragynine, mitraphylline, and 7-hydroxymitragynine feel similar to opiates.
The structure of these molecules are very similar to psychedelics but have no psychedelic effects at all. Since they interact with opiate receptors kratom is some times used to prevent or delay withdrawal in an opiate dependent individual. In my opinion kratom is a much safer substance to wean your self off opiates then pharmaceuticals like methadone.