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about kratom

Biak, kakuam, thom, ketum, ithang. These are all kratom aliases.

Kratom is from a tree in South East Asia called Mitragyna speciosa. Along with coffee, it is one of the plants that descend from the Rubiaceae family.

Are you fatigued, stressed, or suffering from pain? What if Kratom could help with that? Over the years, this powder has garnered a cult-like following as people realized how helpful it could be in their everyday life.

If you would like to try it out, here are the best kratom shops to buy from. However, before buying, here are six things you should know about the powder.

1. Kratom Strains

There are many kratom variations on the market, and they differ in how the leaves are dried.

Red Vein Kratom

This is the most potent strain for therapeutic and recreational use.

It is dried in natural sunlight for several days, and if that is not enough, farmers use artificial lamps emitting UV light. It helps concentrate the alkaloids present in the leaf before it is ground to a fine powder.

White Vein Kratom

Leaves of the tree are harvested as soon as they mature and then dried indoors. The effects of this powder are mainly stimulating and sedating, best used for stress management.

It allows you to focus, boosts your positivity in the face of pressure, and, thus, enhances productivity.

Green Vein Kratom

It is dried indoors, then exposed to the sun briefly before being ground to powder form.

The effects are an intermediate between the red vein and white vein kratom. It is mildly intense, making it ideal for a beginner, and is thus mainly used for recreational purposes.

2. The Potential Uses of Kratom

about kratom

After the processing, kratom leaves are grounded and packed into capsules, gums, or made into a liquid extract. The powder can also be sold and consumed as is.

You can add the powder into food, make tea with it or chew the leaves like the natives in South East Asia.

The powder has contradictory responses when consumed. It works as a stimulant in low doses but gets you high and sedated in high doses.

Therefore it can help with anxiety attacks, revitalization of energy, ease of body aches and pain, improve focus and boost cheerfulness.

It can also help in easing opioid addiction withdrawal symptoms.

3. Kratom in your Body

After dosing on kratom, effects last for a few hours, and the drug stays in your system for about 24 hours before it is fully metabolized.

There have been reports that it could stay in the body for 5-6 days.

However, this depends on various other factors such as; age, dose, genetics, and body fat composition.

4. The Downside of Kratom Use

about kratom

Side effects mainly occur when kratom is combined with other drugs or in case of an overdose, and they include:

  • Sleepiness
  • Anger
  • Abnormal heartbeats
  • High blood pressure
  • Psychosis
  • Seizure attacks

Everyday kratom use is addictive, and cessation of use can cause withdrawal symptoms. They appear between 24-48 hours and last for up to 72 hours.

However, the intensity pales in comparison to that of opioid use. Symptoms include;

  • diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Anorexia
  • Uncontrollable tearing and a runny nose.

Tolerance can also develop, and to go around this, take an intermission for several days before reintroducing kratom into your regimen.

5. Legal Status of Kratom

The FDA has not approved this herbal medicine, nor has it cleared the sale of any of its products. This is because the current research is still unclear about what kratom is capable of.

In 2016, it was classified under the Schedule 1 category of drugs by the DEA (together with meth, LSD, etc.). But this was met with overwhelming resistance. People who believed in the benefits of the product said that banning the product could make users slip back to opioid use, costing many lives.

The uncertainty surrounding kratom is also fostered because no isolated death cases are attributed to kratom use.

However, the only cases reported are those that Kratom was used together with other harmful drugs like heroin.

6. Beware of Mediocre Companies

Before purchasing Kratom, please make sure that the product is lab-tested, look at the reviews, and finally, if the vendor has a diverse range of strains. If so, it means that they get their product from trusted farmers.

This is because there have been cases whereby kratom capsules have been laced with acetaminophen, benzodiazepines, narcotics, and even Salmonella.


Kratom is available in many strains, each with its unique use. It can induce calmness, boost energy and alertness and even mitigate pain.

It, however, has some downsides which you should consider before consumption. You can discuss this with your physician for the way forward as research is still inconclusive.

Please confirm if it is legal in your country and always buy kratom from trusted sources.

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