Anyone who suffers from pain, anxiety, sleeplessness, lack of energy, is looking to get off of other substances, or even if you just want a good mood boost, kratom is a fantastic herb. Kratom, otherwise known as Mitragyna Speciosa, is a plant native to Southeast Asia and has been used for thousands upon thousands of years by those who live in Thailand and Indonesia.
In addition to the medicinal effects, this plant is astonishingly safe in comparison to other plants and in the thousands of years it has been used there is not a single recorded death that is attributed to its effects. I have been using kratom for a long while for several purposes with only good effects. This article is going to go through what the effects of kratom are, how it is used as well as a little bit about the plant in general.
Unlike a lot of other medicinal herbs, kratom is rather large. In fact, a kratom tree can grow up to 30 feet tall (around the height of a three story building) and can be up to 12 feet wide as well. This plant grows wildly in a variety of areas, but especially Thailand and Indonesia. Because this plant grows so large and wildly, it’s prices are rather cheap in comparison to other plants, and when fully grown, this plant can produce a heck of a lot of leaves.
I briefly went over the effects of kratom in the first paragraph, but there is much more to kratom than that. This plant has a vast amount of medicinal benefits, and can function effectively as: an immune system stimulant, a powerful pain relief, a sleep promoting substance, an anti-anxiety agent, an aantidepressant in low doses, an energy booster or a sedative depending on strain. A massive amount of people have used kratom to get off of opiates as well with great effects, as it eases withdrawal symptoms as well as reduces craving for opiates. This plant even has anti-malarial properties, you can find a full list of all the effects of each strain and alkaloid in this massive guide to kratom.
Interestingly, kratom has seemingly paradoxical effects such as sedation and energy boosting. The reason for this is because there are a big differences in each different strain of kratom, similar to another herb. For example, a Thai kratom can function as a powerful coffee replacement while an Indonesian kratom can put you to sleep really fast. Because of this, we could potentially design different strains for different medicinal purposes, which could truly turn the pharmaceutical industry on its head.
Kratom has a massive amount of different alkaloids that contribute to its effects, the most potent of which is 7-hydroxymitragynine. 7-OH-mitragynine is an alkaloid that affects the mu opiod receptors and slight affects the delta opiod receptors, which is around 17 times the potency of morphine but with almost no side effects and much less addiction potential, a truly ideal painkiller. Mitragynine is the second most potent alkaloid in kratom, and like the former it is a mu opiod agonist, however it also stimulates the adrenergic receptors, which is responsible for kratom’s stimulating effects. Mitraynine is about 1/30th as potent as 7-hydroxymitragynine, but is found in much larger quantities than 7-OHM.
Kratom is a truly amazing herb, anyone reading this post that hasn’t tried kratom should definitely check it out, it has a lot to offer to almost everyone.