Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa is a native plant to Southeast Asia regions such as Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia. This tree is characterized by the ovate-acuminate-shaped dark green leaves and globular yellow-clustered flowers. A kratom tree can grow to 12-30 ft of height and 15 ft of width. There are two various kinds of the plant: the White Vein and Red Vein varieties. In different parts of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, the plant can also be known with the name thom, krathom, ketum, kakuam, ithang, or biak biak. Natives of Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia have been using the plant traditionally even ahead of the Western discovered its properties in 19th century. Kratom products are available in the form of the plant extract, fresh leaves, dried leaves, powdered, paste, or small pellets.
Besides used as painkiller and for curing diarrhea, much like other alkaloid-containing plants, kratom is usually useful for therapeutic and recreational purposes. Taken at low to medium dose (around 2 to 20 grams of kratom leaves), the herb can reduce fatigue in addition to elicit euphoria and stimulant-like effects. The stimulating effects of the herb include increased sexual and physical energy, more alert mind, improved ability to do hard monotonous physical works, and improved personality such as more talkative, sociable, and friendly. Meanwhile, higher dose of 21 to 50 grams the plant’s leaves bring sedative-like effects; making its user resistant to emotional and physical pain, maintain pleasurable feeling, feel and look calm, and have pleasant daydreaming kratom powder 20 grams per day how many days should i break for kratom. However, a kratom user can also get unpleasant side effects such as constricted pupils, sweating, itching, nausea, and vomiting.
Kratom can also be found to possess properties in treating opiate addiction. Whilst the plant has cross-tolerance with opiates, it is often useful for opiate detox treatment especially in New Zealand. For about 6 weeks, patients are let to smoke kratom when opiate withdrawal symptoms occur. Within enough time range, the kratom dosage will be gradually reduced. Therapeutic usage of the plant must certanly be controlled by authorized party as regular usage of kratom alone can cause addiction although never as severe as opium or heroin addictions. In fact, in a few countries such as Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Denmark, and Myanmar the usage of kratom is controlled and illegal possession of the herb can lead to strict penalty.
More studies on kratom also revealed that the herb contains antioxidants and therefore is known as to possess essential benefits much like those found in Green Tea. The herb can also be found to contain fiber that is helpful in relieving constipation.