The Beginners Guide to Kratom

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.

kratom treeThe Plant

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.

The Effects

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.

The Alkaloids

mitragynineKratom 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.

Different Kratom Grind Styles

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about different kratom grinds. You don’t really see this talked about too much on kratom forums but it can have a big effect on the duration and quality of effects of different strains.

Typically, most strain grinds range from coarse to flour-grind. Flour grind can drop as low as 200 microns, which can literally blow away in the wind. Because of this variation, it is a good idea to make sure that your kratom is ground in a way fitting to your needs.

kratom grind

Coarse grind kratom used to be much more common than it is now, but there are a few kratom websites that still sell coarse ground kratom. Coarse ground kratom typically tends to last a lot longer than finely ground kratom, up to 8 hours, and takes a bit longer to kick in, up to 45 minutes. A downside of using coarsely ground kratom is that it can seem to be nearly ineffective when taken on a full stomach, as it takes a very long time to break down in the stomach.

Moderate grind kratom is still fairly common, and has balanced between the time to take effect and length of duration. This type of kratom typically takes about 30 minutes to kick in and will last around 4-6 hours. This type of kratom is ideal for those who need to take kratom regularly for conditions like pain, and don’t want to have to redose regularly.

Flour grind kratom is the most finely ground kratom, and can often take effect in as little as 10 to 15 minutes when taken on an empty stomach. However, the effects of flour ground kratom do not last as long as either coarse or moderately ground kratom, around 3.5-5 hours. A lot of high quality kratom vendors currently sell flour ground kratom.

Because a lot of vendors don’t specifically advertise what type of grind they use, it may take some research to find the ideal kratom grind for your needs. There’s a discussion on kratom grinds you can find here as well for more information.

Green Vein Kratom: Effects and Info

green vein kratomGreen vein kratom is one of the most unique types of kratom, a sort of blend of effects between red vein and white vein strains, but unique in its effects. In comparison to red vein strains, green vein is less commonly encountered, however there are a few popular strains sold like green malaysian and green indo which are very popular.

There are a few unique aspects of green vein kratom, one of the most pronounced of these is a mild, but powerful effect on relaxation and focus, making it a great type of kratom for daily use — not too stimulating or too sedating, just clean and potent.

Nootropic Effects

Something that people have repeatedly remarked about is green veins nootropic effects, especially green malaysian. The reason for this is because the strain isn’t overpowering in any direction, stimulating or sedating, but lets one focus with an enhanced mood and ability for comprehension. Because of this, this kratom can be great for tedious activities and work.

Pain Relief

While not quite as powerful in pain relief as most red veins, green veins can be very effective, especially high quality malaysian and indo strains. Because they aren’t too sedating, these strains can give keep one clear headed all day without sacrificing pain relief.

Long Length

Something interesting about green veins, especially malaysian, is that they last for a good bit longer than most other strains. There are a few theories about this, but I am no expert in the area.

I feel this type of kratom has a lot to offer anyone, so be sure to try it!

On Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa): Effects and Vendors

kratom - mitragyna speciosaAlthough indigenous to Southeastern Asia, kratom is slowly becoming a popular plant, but not for reasons you may at first think. Unlike many other popular plant species, kratom is not primarily used for decorative purposes, or even for culinary use. However, despite not having these characteristics, many who use it say it is has changed their life.

What is Kratom?

Kratom is a relative of the coffee (Rubiaceae) family, and similar to its brother, it has unique and interesting effects on people. The primary of these effects is its powerful ability to reduce pain, in fact, its most potent alkaloid — 7-OH-Mitragynine- has been shown to be up to 17 times as potent as morphine. While kratom does have mood-boosting effects, writing this plant off as a drug may imprudent, as there are no recorded cases of overdose in the several thousands of years it has been used. Additionally, from current studies, it seems that severe physical and mental dependence upon kratom is fairly rare, and primarily a result of the cultures that exist where it is traditionally grown.

In addition to powerful pain reducing effects, this plant seems to have other very useful properties, such as treating addiction to narcotics and other substances. One can find reports all over the internet and in chat rooms of those who would likely still be drug addicts were it not for kratom.

In total, kratom has a vast range of medicinal effects, some of these include:

  • Analgesia (Pain Reduction)
  • Anxiolysis (Anxiety Reduction)
  • Mild Euphoria
  • Eases Withdrawal from Many Drugs
  • Stimulates the Immune System

The potent medicinal effects are dramatically contributing to the popularity of kratom, especially in more modernized countries.

However, despite the growing popularity of this plant, there are still many who would like to see it made illegal. In fact, as of 2014, there are 9 states which have tried to pass laws banning kratom; in all cases, however, this ban on kratom was lumped into the ban on bath salts, although the two are dissimilar at the least. Luckily, thanks to letters sent to congressmen and congresswomen, five of these states have removed kratom and its alkaloids from these bans.

While the medicinal properties of kratom seem to be powerful, there is still much technical knowledge to learn about this drug and the ways in which it effects the body — a subject which the dramatic press enjoys taking advantage of — however, after thousands of years of use, it seems both highly effective and fairly safe.

The potential medicinal applications for this plant are vast. Perhaps, alkaloids found in this plant will be the inspiration for a powerful group of safe and effective standardized medications.

Where can I buy Kratom?

One of the most frequent questions people have are related to finding the best place to buy kratom. While finding the best kratom vendor isn’t easy, there are a few tips that can help one find the perfect solution. There are several things to look for. One of the biggest of these is quality of kratom leaf, this is important because of the massive amount of vendors with very low quality kratom leaf, it can be hard to find a great vendor and it may take a lot of trial and error.

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