The Medicinal Wonders of Mitragyna Speciosa Kratom.
Mitragyna speciosa, aka. “kratom” is a leafy tree, native to Southeast Asia that grows anywhere between three and fifteen metres tall. Kratom is typically used for its medicinal benefits.
According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, “the effect of [kratom] mimics that of opiates, ranging from sedation to pain reduction to intense euphoria.”
First described by the dutch colonial botanist, Pieter Korthals, kratom was initially called “mitragyna” by Korthals, because the stigmas in the first species he examined resembled the shape of a bishop's mitre.
Kratom is traditionally used as a stimulant, sedative, pain killer and antidiarrhoeal. Kratom leaves are either dried and/or powdered to be made available as capsules, tablets and liquids.
Kratom may be perceived as bitter to some, so a powdered alternative can be mixed with fruit juice or apple juice, to offset any after-taste. Kratom tea can also be mixed with sugar, honey, black tea and herbal tea.
There are forty compounds in kratom leaves, including the following alkaloids: mitragynine; mitraphylline; 7-hydroxymitragynine; raubasine; corynantheidine, and rhynchophylline. These chemicals contribute to the psychostimulant properties for which kratom is used in traditional medicine.
in Southeast Asia, kratom has customarily been chewed in raw leaf form, and has been incorporated as a part of Southeast Asian customs for thousands of years; often for traditional practices and rituals. In some areas of southern Thailand, upwards of 70 percent of the male population use kratom on a daily basis.
There are very few records available, showing negative health or social consequences from kratom consumption. It has been noted that Kratom can be habit forming but most would agree that it's not much more than coffee.
When chewed or boiled into a tea, kratom produces a mild, calming effect that is generally perceived as harmless. Many kratom supporters believe criminalization of the plant is unfounded, and based on economic control and/or disinformation.
Like various herbs with psychostimulant properties, kratom has become a target of concern with the Drug Enforcement Agency. However, insufficient data and research enables the legality of kratom
in the USA and some parts of Europe.