Kratom is also known by its scientific name Mitragyna Speciosa is a tropical tree in the coffee family that is native Southeast Asia. The plant Mitragyna Speciosa was discovered by Dutch settlers in the 1800s. Kratom quickly became a source of energy and endurance after its discovery. Kratom’s active ingredient, Mitragynine, is found in its leaves. The native would chew on the leaves on long hikes through the jungles of Thailand. The natives would traditionally chew on the leaves as a quick way to reap the benefits of the plant. They discovered that the leaves could be dried and grounded into a fine powder to make a tea. Kratom quickly became used as a traditional medicine since the nineteenth century by people in Southeast Asia.
The Mitragyna Speciosa or Kratom tree can grow up to 82 feet and can be as wide as 3 feet in diameter. The Kratom tree trunk is commonly straight with the outer bark being smooth and grey. Leaves are green and highly glossy with a length of about 8 inches and the width of about 5 inches when fully opened. The leaves are oval shape with 12-17 pairs of veins. The tree has flowers that grow in clusters of three at the base of the branches.
Kratom has been used as a medicine since its discovery in countries in Southeast Asia. The traditional way to use Kratom is to chew on the leaf but can also be ground up in a fine powder and brewed as a tea. It is believed that depending on the dose it can relieve musculoskeletal pain and increase energy, appetite, and sexual desire. Kratom extract has been known to heal wounds and be used as a local anesthetic to the natives who discovered it. Kratom has been known to be a mood enhancer as well as a painkiller.
Other names for Kratom is Biak, Kakum/Kakuam, Ketum, Thang and Thom. Kratom is illegal in many countries around the world including Australia, Denmark and its country of origin, Thailand. It is legal in the United States, but it is heavy regulated.There are many ways to take Kratom. The most popular is to make a tea but some find it more convenient to take Kratom in the form of Capsules, Tablets, gum, tinctures, or extracts.