Kratom, Latin Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical tree originally from Southeast Asia. He gained popularity mainly because of his leaves – they are psychoactive. These leaves are dried and then used in a variety of forms to produce desired effects. The tradition of use in Asia dates back to far history. Kratom was a part of traditional rituals where he served as an alternative to green tea or alcohol. It was also used in classical Asian medicine for its medical properties as a remedy for colds, coughs or diarrhea. Today, this miraculous plant is becoming increasingly popular in our Western civilization.
It is possible to meet the whole range of individual varieties of Kratom. Each has its unique qualities and effects, and the claim that Kratom is a remedy for any ills is not an exaggeration. The varieties are distinguished by the coloring of the bottom of its leaves. We distinguish three main types of Kratom – White, Green, and Red. The stimulating varieties White and Green were traditionally used by Thai peasants and farmers to increase performance and overcome fatigue during demanding physical work. Today, varieties with similar characteristics are popular among students and managers, because they increase the activating ability of the nervous system and improve attention and concentration. Thus, kratom can serve as a nootropic.
Sedative varieties Red can then be used to calm and relax the body. They effectively relieve stress and, thanks to their analgesic properties, they can help relieve pain. They are also popular among users as a remedy for inducing restful sleep. All varieties have a strong influence on our mood. The flow of euphoria promotes socialization, man becomes more talkative and relaxed. Thus, kratom can serve as an anxiolytic and can be considered as a healthy alternative to alcohol or antidepressants.
According to the legislation of the Czech Republic, Kratom is not an approved nutritional supplement or food and is therefore sold only for collecting purposes.
For more information about the herb, its history, and more, visit our herbarium.