What is Kratom?
The mitragyna speciosa or Kratom industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the health and wellness sector all over the world. As the taboo around herbal substances such as cannabis and Kratom breaks, people are growing more and more aware of the host of benefits they can accrue from substances like Kratom.
As the popularity of Kratom or Ketum grows worldwide, there has been an influx of Kratom vendors and brands all of which claim to offer the most authentic Kratom products. In light of this flooded market, it is essential to know just what is Kratom to use most safely and effectively.
From the different strains of mitragyna and its history to its uses and ideal dosage, you will find all the information you need regarding Kratom in this blog. All you have to do is keep reading ahead!
History of Kratom
Mitragyna speciosa is a member of the Rubiaceae or the coffee family of plants. Native to Southeast Asia Kratom has been in use long before its popularity in the western market. Traditionally, dried Kratom leaves were either chewed as they were or chopped up to make tea. Farmers in Thailand for instance, preferred chewing Kratom leaves to get an energy/productivity boost while they worked. Even today, many laborers in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and New Guinea make use of Kratom to keep themselves alert and on top of their duties.
What are the different strains of Kratom?
The mitragyna speciosa plant consists of two major alkaloids namely, mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine both of which are responsible for all of Kratom’s effects. Consequently, the potency of each Kratom strain or vein is determined by the concentration of these alkaloids in them. Since these alkaloids influence the opioid receptors of your brain, they are used to help with problems like chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and procrastination.
Whether it be Kratom powder or Kratom capsules you will find all types of Ketum products in one of the three following veins which are then further subdivided according to their origin which is what one calls ‘strains’:
Red Vein Kratom
Red Vein Kratom is the mildest variant of the plant yet it is more popular in the Kratom industry than all other veins combined.
The key feature of the red vein Kratom is that these leaves are taken from the most matured Kratom trees which means that the 7-hydroxy mitragynine count in this vein of Kratom is the highest. These leaves are dried either by utilizing significant amounts of sunlight, by use of powerful UV lamps, or even through fermentation processes.
Effects and Potency:
As mentioned before, red vein Kratom is the least potent of the bunch which means its sedative effects are also the mildest. Red vein Kratom is known for its use as an analgesic for chronic pains although it does have other effects such as calming an individual or improving their focus.
Green Vein Kratom
If you were traveling from Red Kratom Town to White Kratom Town, the middle point of that journey is where you will find green vein Kratom or Green Kratom Town. Perfect for beginners green vein Kratom is not too mild nor is it too intense.
Green vein Kratom is made from Ketum leaves which are harvested in the middle stages of their life cycle. After harvest, they are dried indoors in air-conditioned rooms first, after which they are moved outside to complete the drying process.
Effects and Potency:
Green vein Kratom is most popular for its effects as a focus and productivity booster. The green vein maeng da strain of Kratom is also perhaps the most popular strain of Kratom out there currently. To put it simply, the effects of green vein Kratom include a mild energy boost and enhancement in your focus so that you can work without procrastinating.
White Vein Kratom
As the order would suggest, white vein Kratom is the most potent vein of Kratom in terms of its effects and its alkaloid count. Not recommended for beginners, white vein Kratom is perfect for veteran Kratom users to try out.
The reason for the high alkaloid count of this Kratom vein is the fact that leaves from young Kratom trees are used for it. These leaves are then dried indoors longer than green vein Kratom in absolute darkness.
Effects and Potency:
Being the most potent of the Kratom strains white vein Kratom is known for giving an energy boost and making the user alert. While its stimulant effects are mild, some strains of white vein Kratom are just as good of pain relievers as the red vein Kratom.
What are some popular Kratom strains?
To give you an idea of which Kratom strains you should look out for, here are some of the most popular strains of Kratom:
Green Maeng Da
Maeng Da Kratom itself is one of the most popular but green maeng da is known for being the most sought-after strain of Kratom. Grown in Thailand, this strain is known for its effects as a focus booster that will make sure you don’t procrastinate.
Red Bali Kratom
Red Bali Kratom is highly regarded as the best-suited Kratom strain for pain relief. Sourced from the island of Bali in Indonesia, this strain is perfect for you if severe aches are bothering you.
White Sumatra Kratom
Being one of the strongest strains of white vein Kratom White Sumatra is popular amongst veteran Kratom users. Grown on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, this strain is high in alkaloid count and is mostly used as an energy booster.
What type of Kratom should I get?
In the current day and age, you will find Kratom in a variety of forms ranging from powder to capsules. While Kratom powder and Kratom extract are the most potent, the issue users often face is with regards to the bitter taste of Kratom. To evade that issue, you can make use of Kratom capsules or flavored Kratom tea. If you are planning on consuming mitragyna for a long time, it is best to devise a way to consume it most comfortably for you so the experience is desirable.
As far as the dosage of Kratom is concerned, there is no set dosage. A rule of thumb one should employ when consuming any herbal substance is to start small and work your way up. This way you don’t have to go through an undesirable experience because you consumed too much and you can simply gradually increase your dosage if the desired effects are not showing.