Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa is an indigenous plant to Southeast Asia regions such as for example 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 elements of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, the plant is also known with the name thom, krathom, ketum, kakuam, ithang, or biak biak. Natives of Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia have long been using the plant traditionally even ahead of the Western discovered its properties in 19th century. Kratom products can be found in the shape of the plant extract, fresh leaves, dried leaves, powdered, paste, or small pellets.
Besides used as painkiller and for curing diarrhea, similar to 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 as well as elicit euphoria and stimulant-like effects what is the difference between red and green kratom powder. The stimulating effects of the herb include increased sexual and physical energy, more alert mind, improved ability to complete hard monotonous physical works, and improved personality such as for example 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. However, a kratom user can also get unpleasant unwanted effects such as for example constricted pupils, sweating, itching, nausea, and vomiting.
Kratom is also found to have 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 approximately 6 weeks, patients are let to smoke kratom when opiate withdrawal symptoms occur. Within the time range, the kratom dosage will soon be gradually reduced. Therapeutic usage of the plant should be controlled by authorized party as regular usage of kratom alone may cause addiction although never as severe as opium or heroin addictions. Actually, in certain countries such as for example Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Denmark, and Myanmar the utilization 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 have essential benefits similar to those found in Green Tea. The herb is also found to contain fiber which will be helpful in relieving constipation.