Kratom is a tropical evergreen herbal plant. It is scientifically known as Mitragyna Speciosa
. It was discovered and given its first name by a Dutch settler known as Pieter Korthals
in the early 19th century in Thailand. George Darby Haviland
gave the plant its current name and classification. Kratom is indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua in New Guinea
Description Of Kratom
Kratom tree grows to a height of up to 25m. Its trunk expands to a width of 0.9m. It is usually straight with a smooth grey outer bark. Its dark green leaves can grow to between 14 to 20cm long and 7 to 12cm wide. The leaves portray an ovate-acuminate shape when open and reflect an opposite growth pattern with 12 to 17 pairs of veins. Flowers appear in clusters of three at the tip of each branch.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Kratom?
The Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States declared that there was no legitimate medical use of the plant in 2013. Research and further studies have been continually conducted on extracts of kratom since 2013. The plant recently acquired the reputation of a legal substance with a variety of health benefits. The FDA
also included it in the category of concern drugs for its severe health impacts. The essential health benefits of kratom include the following;
1. Stimulant Action
Maeng Da strain of kratom helps in pain relief and stimulation. It is widely known as the most effective strain of kratom compared to other strains. The strain contains a high content of Mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, and mitraphylline compared to other varieties. One must consume at least 4grams of Maeng Da to yield positive results. New consumers are advised to consume less than 2 grams.
• It makes one feel more alert, vigilant and awake hence increasing productivity.
• It elevates enthusiasm and joy.
• It transforms the mental drive and state of a person.
Consuming more than 10 grams of the strain causes drowsiness, relaxation, and pain relief. Consumption of the fresh Maeng Da powder ensures maximum absorption of its chemical contents known as alkaloids. People are advised to initiate consumption through small doses for adaption.
Green Malaysian strain has long-lasting health benefits that are related to analgesia. The most common alkaloid in this strain is mitragynine.
• It is useful in relieving chronic pain such as a backache.
• It is used in the treatment of osteoporosis and migraine.
• It helps in increasing blood flow to the brain and numbing pain receptors. This helps to reduce an individual’s awareness and reaction towards pain.
The typical dosage of green Malaysian strain ranges from 2 to 6 grams. It can also be consumed according to the weight of individuals. For example;
I. Less than 70 kg or 150 pounds – 2 to 3 grams per day.
II. 150 to 200 pounds – 3 to 4 grams per day.
III. Above 200 pounds – at least 5 grams per day.
The effect takes slightly longer to be felt and depends on the amount of dosage. A more relaxed and calming effect is perceived as one increases the dosage.
3. Elevation Of Mood
White Vein Borneo strain
of kratom is useful in various ways.
• It contributes to re-energizing
especially to people who work for long hours in strenuous tasks.
• It has a stimulating effect that causes mental vigilance and alertness.
• It amplifies endurance, motivation and a positive mood.
• It helps in relieving one from stress and pain.Consumption of 2 to 6 grams of Bali strain
may also stimulate a confident and happy mood. 1 to 4 grams of Thai and Malay strains
is also sufficient for this purpose. The dosage of white Vein Borneo strain is recommended according to the intended purpose of use. For example;
I. For mental vigilance and re-energizing – 3 to 6 grams per day.
II. For stress and pain relief
– 7 to 9 grams daily.
4. Opiate Withdrawal
Red Indo strain enhances pain relief that results from opiate withdrawal symptoms
. It also induces sedation and makes it more desirable for opiate withdrawal. The recommended dosage for significant health results is 9-10 grams daily. It also reduces the cravings of a person and returns normal appetite. Other useful strains for this purpose include;
- Bali red vein
- red vein powder
- Maeng Da
- Green Thai powder
- Green Malay
5. Anxiolytic Action
Red Borneo strain
relieves one from anxiety disorders such as panic, insomnia
, tension, uneasiness causing sweating of hands, nausea, and vomiting. Beginners are recommended to start with a mild dosage of 2 grams. They can later increase the dosage per their needs and the effects. An intake of 7 to 12 grams yields incredible results to those who have adopted the strain.
6. Enhancement Of Cognitive Performance
Kratom is metabolized by microsomal enzymes in the liver into Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine alkaloids. These alkaloids act on the opiate receptors in the brain. Mitragynine
acts on the delta receptors while 7-hydroxymitragynine acts on the mu receptors. The opioid receptors are solely responsible for enhancing an individual’s cognitive
ability. The principal strains that facilitate this function are the white vein Borneo and Maeng Da. The recommended intake should be 3 to 6 grams of white Borneo and 4 grams of Maeng Da daily.
7. Improvement Of Focus
White Borneo, white vein Indo
, and white vein Sumatra are efficient in improving a person’s concentration and focus. They release large quantities of acetylcholine that prevents one from diffuse thinking. They also secrete dopamine and serotonin which stimulate attention and motivation in a particular task. The recommended dosage of the respective strains is 3 to 5 grams daily intake.
8. Relief From Depression And Stress Disorders
Maeng Da, green vein Borneo, and white vein Borneo release neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin that aid in depression and stress relief
. 7 to 9 grams of white Borneo and 4 grams of Maeng Da should be consumed daily to enhance this function.
9. Improvement Of Sleeping Pattern
Red Borneo and red Bali strains
help in relieving one from insomnia; sleeplessness and parasomnia; night terrors. It regulates the sleep-wake cycle of an individual by ensuring better sleep. Beginners should consume at least 2 grams while frequent users should consume 7 to 12 grams of red Borneo strain daily for positive results.
10. Anticonvulsant Effect
Red Bali and red vein Indo strains help in regulating the coordination and movement of body muscles. It regulates the nerve impulse discharge that results in reduced convulsions and increased muscle relaxation. People are advised to combine Thai strain with red Bali during intake in order to facilitate better results. A maximum daily intake of 8 to 10 grams of red vein indo strain is also highly recommended to suit this function.
11. Anti-diarrheal Action
Green vein Borneo strain helps to maintain a stable metabolic rate. It helps in rapid food digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body. It also facilitates removal of excess toxins from the body. It relieves an individual from constipation. The recommended intake for beginners is 2 to 3 grams of green vein Borneo
. It is highly efficient when consumed on an empty stomach. It is also advisable to take a lower dosage at irregular intervals to ensure the user does not develop immunity to the effects.
12. Anti-inflammatory Action
Red Borneo strain helps in reducing pain and swelling resulting from inflammation. It is commonly used in the treatment of arthritis
, rheumatoid, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis. Mild dosage is 2 grams or beginners. 3 to 5 grams should be consumed if no effects are realized after taking the mild dosage. Frequent users should consume 7 to 12 grams for healthy results.
13. Anti-oxidant Action
Green Malaysian strain protects the body tissues from injuries
. It enhances the body’s immunity by fighting off damaged cells and tissues. The minimum dosage ranges from 2 to 6 grams while the maximum dosage is 10 grams.
14. Relief From Fatigue
White vein indo strain is effective in relieving one from tiredness. The recommended dosage
is 7 to 10grams.
15. Sexual Stimulant
Green Borneo strain increases the sex drive in cases of low sexual libido and infertility. Beginners are recommended to begin intake at a dosage of 1.5 grams and slowly increase in 0.5 increments. This dosage is vital in facilitating a more straightforward adoption of the body’s receptor cells to the strain.
16. Weight Loss
Green vein Borneo and white Borneo strains help in regulating an individual’s appetite. They are commonly used by obese people to reduce appetite in an attempt of reducing their weight
. The recommended intakes are not more than 5.5 grams of green Borneo and 7 to 9 grams of white Borneo.
17. Increased Motivational Levels
Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine alkaloids induce the secretion of adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin hormones.These hormones consequently boost an individual’s motivational level. The principal strains that facilitate this include;
I. Maeng Da with a recommended intake of 1 to 3 grams.
II. Green Malay – intake of 1 to 3 grams
III. Red Borneo- intake of 2 to 2.5 grams
IV. Red Vein Sumatra- dosage of 1 to 2 grams
V. White vein Thai- dosage of 2 to 3 grams
18. Hypertension Relief
Red Borneo strain helps in reducing the blood pressure levels. This helps in minimizing the potential risk of heart attack and stroke which results from high blood pressure levels. The recommended dosage is 7 to 12 grams.
19. Diabetes Treatment
Red Borneo strain regulates the amount of glucose and insulin
the blood hence reducing the risk of suffering from diabetes. The recommended level of intake ranges from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 12 grams.
20. Energy Booster
Green Malaysian strain increases an individual’s energy level through;
• Facilitating increased blood circulation in all parts of the body
• Increasing metabolic processes and hormonal level
The minimum dosage ranges from 2 to 6 grams while the optimal dosage is 10 grams.