What is Kratom?

Mitragyna Speciosa or “Kratom” is a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. This plant is related to the coffee tree family (Rubiaceae). The leaves of kratom have been used as herbal folk medicine and is a immemorial custom to the peoples of Southeast Asia.

Kratom tea is popular as a stimulant, sometimes as an alternative to coffee, or at somewhat higher doses as a sedative and to induce feelings of calm. It is also used as a pain reliever or to help the user overcome drug addiction with fewer withdrawal symptoms.

Mitragyna Speciosa has many alkaloids such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine which interact with the opioid system of the brain. This opioid system controls the pain sensations. So alkaloids of Kratom work as morphine for the body. Pharmacologically, Kratom is not an opiate. Kratom targets Opioid receptors to help pain, it also stimulates serotonin and norepinephrine receptors.

In aggregate kratom is commonly used for managing chronic pain relief, depression or drug withdrawal. Little research has been done to solidify these statements or the possible health effects. However, use of this herb has become increasingly popular in western society.