Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa is an indigenous plant to Southeast Asia regions such as 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. You can find two several types of the plant: the White Vein and Red Vein varieties. In different parts of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, the plant can be known with the name thom, krathom, ketum, kakuam, ithang, or biak biak. Natives of Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia have been utilising the plant traditionally even before the Western discovered its properties in 19th century. Kratom products can be found in the form of the plant extract, fresh leaves, dried leaves, powdered, paste, or small pellets. how many capsules of kratom is a doseage?
Besides used as painkiller and for curing diarrhea, just like 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 in addition to elicit euphoria and stimulant-like effects. The stimulating ramifications of the herb include increased sexual and physical energy, more alert mind, improved ability to accomplish hard monotonous physical works, and improved personality such as 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, be in pleasurable feeling, feel and look calm, and have pleasant daydreaming. However, a kratom user can also get unpleasant negative effects such as constricted pupils, sweating, itching, nausea, and vomiting.
Kratom can be found to have properties in treating opiate addiction. While the plant has cross-tolerance with opiates, it’s often useful for opiate detox treatment especially in New Zealand. For around 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 use of the plant should be controlled by authorized party as regular use of kratom alone can cause addiction although never as severe as opium or heroin addictions. In fact, in a few countries such as Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, New Zealand, Denmark, and Myanmar the use of kratom is controlled and illegal possession of the herb can result in strict penalty.
More studies on kratom also revealed that the herb contains antioxidants and therefore is considered to have essential benefits just like those present in Green Tea. The herb can be found to contain fiber that will be helpful in relieving constipation.