Kratom, Latin Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical tree growing mainly in Southeast Asia. It grows to a height of 30 meters and its most important part is the leaves. These contain psychoactive alkaloids that have made it popular throughout the world. It belongs to the family Rubiaceae, where also belongs very well known coffee. The tree is very difficult to grow, so we can only find it in certain regions of the world where the climate is suitable for it. The best-known varieties are from the Indonesian islands, Malaysia and Thailand.
Kratom has a rich history, especially in Asia. It has been used since time immemorial especially as an effective stimulant. There is a legend in Thailand about a father who preferred to marry his daughter to a man who used Kratom rather than a man who smoked cannabis. It is believed that after Kratom, one has a much greater desire to work. This is evidenced by his popularity with the original Thai peasants, who regularly drunk Kratom to replenish energy and overcome fatigue while working the land. Kratom also found its place in classical Asian medicine, where it was used as a cure for ailments of all kinds – from influenza, intestinal problems to the alleviation of physical pain.
Despite its long tradition, Kratom was first described in the 19th century by botanist Pietro Wellem Korthas, who became a passionate investigator of this tree, dedicated his entire life to it and described it with the Latin term Mitragyna speciosa.
In the same century, however, because of the Opium Wars in Asia, Kratom was almost extinct. The tree was slowly becoming more popular than opium, and the government that benefited from the sale of opium did not like it. And so there was a difficult period for Kratom, during which many plantations were felled and burned. Consequently, Kratom was even outlawed. In 2013, however, this provision was canceled, cultivation was resumed and Kratom today enjoys a greater boom than ever.
According to scientific studies, more than two dozen alkaloids have been discovered in Kratom’s leaves. Among the most important are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. The first of these appears in much larger proportions – up to 66% – and acts as a stimulant. The second alkaloid is present in only 2%, but it is many times more effective and acts as an analgesic. The particular ratio of these alkaloids, however, depends on the variety of Kratom.
The effects of Kratom can be very diverse. It depends in particular on the dose and the variety. Therefore, we will specify the effects of specific varieties separately. In general, at lower doses, Kratom’s effects are generally stimulatory, anxiolytic, and aphrodisiac. Higher doses have a relaxing and analgesic effect.
Effects start after 15 minutes and last up to 5 hours.
White varieties of Kratom are characterized by strong stimulating and energizing effects. Morning hours are ideal for using these varieties. It is a great alternative to coffee. White varieties are also appreciated by students, because they have the greatest potential to improve the ability to concentrate and attention – they serve as a nootropic. The intoxicating effects of these varieties are minimal.
Green Kratom can be considered the most balanced variety in terms of effects. It combines the characteristics of Red and White Kratom. So if we are looking for pleasant stimulation accompanied by relaxing euphoric states, the green option is the right choice for you. This type of Kratom is best taken in the afternoon. It acts as an effective anxiolytic, so it is also suitable for socializing and breaking down barriers to communication.
The red variants of Kratom are characterized by highly sedative, intoxicating and euphoric effects. They act as an analgesic so they are best suited for pain relief. They are also an effective remedy for flu, sore throat or cold. Some individuals describe that certain Red varieties can act as a cure for insomnia. We therefore recommend taking it for the evening.
The classic and most common method of preparation. Pour the powder from the leaves with 100 – 300 ml of water at 85 ° C. Within five minutes, the active alkaloids in the powder should be infused in liquid and the tea is ready for use. You can flavor with honey or use lemon, which is not only helpful in flavoring, but also helps better absorption of alkaloids. The resulting sediment at the bottom of the container can still be poured with hot water and leach the remaining active substances.
Put the required amount of Kratom from a sealable container filled with liquid. We can add ingredients for flavoring – lemon, mint or juice. Close the container and mix until the powder has been distributed over the entire volume of the liquid. Store the container in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours. Then drain the kratom powder using a coffee filter. Finally, ice cubes can be added.
Combination with food
The powder form of Kratom is active on its own, so only its bitter taste and smell prevent it from being poured into our mouths. You can get rid of this by adding the powder to your favorite dishes. Kratom is suitable to be mixed into smoothies, juices, yogurts, honey, milk, porridge and the like.
Kratom in the form of the extract can be used in any way. Its high concentration of alkaloids and the absence of a typical taste or smell is suitable for direct use by pouring it into the mouth or use as a capsule. It can also be mixed with any food or liquid.
Low doses : 2-3 grams | 1-2 teaspoons
Medium doses: 5-10 grams | 2-5 teaspoons
High doses: up to 10 grams | 5 and more teaspoons
In the case of Kratom in the form of an extract, doses of approx. 8x smaller.
Higher doses are not recommended. Overdose may cause unpleasant side effects such as headache or stomach pain, malaise and nausea.