So what exactly is Kratom? Kratom or Mitragyna Speciosa is a tropical evergreen tree of the coffee plant or Rubiaceae family. This towering tree is native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. More specifically Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. The farmers in Southeast Asia have become experts in growing and harvesting Kratom and so to this day the highest quality Kratom available in the world comes from this region. The leaves and powder of the Kratom tree have been used for centuries in Southeastern Cultures for medicinal purposes and as an aid for workers. Kratom leaves are made up of two main alkaloids, Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. These alkaloids have been reported to both interact with the opioid receptors of the brain and can result in euphoria, an analgesic response, an increase in energy as well as improved focus. 

Different Kratom Leaves and Strains and Their Unique Benefits 

There are quite a few Kratom strains available today on the market and just like with any other supplement it can become overwhelming when trying to decide which option to choose based on your needs. Kratom is broken up into different color families based on the color of the leaves stem. There are the Green Vein strains, Red Vein, White Vein and Yellow. To set you up for success here is a brief explanation of each of these color strains of Kratom. 

Red Vein Kratom 

The most popular color strain of Kratom available today has to be the Red Vein Strains. This is due to the fact that this color strain tends to offer a more calming effect than that of green or white vein Kratom. Making it a fantastic option for beginner Kratom users. Red Vein Kratom also has a higher amount of the main alkaloid found in Kratom, Mitragynine. Mitragynine is reported to have analgesic properties, the ability to boost mood and help with symptoms of anxiety, as well as helping to create an overall sense of well-being. Some strains of Red Vein Kratom such as Red Bali have even been reported effective when taken for assistance with insomnia. The most popular strains of red vein Kratom available today are Red Maeng Da, the previously mentioned Red Bali, Super Red Borneo and Red Elephant Kratom

Green Vein Kratom

Green Vein Kratom is another incredibly popular stain family as it has been reported to possess the perfect combination of the analgesic properties of a red vein strain and the energy producing abilities of a white. The green strains are typically a bit higher in the alkaloid 7-hydroxymitragynine which is responsible for energy production, boosted focus and an overall sense of well-being. The one major thing that sets this strain family apart is it has been reported by Kratom users to assist in relieving pain without the sedative type effect that typically comes with standard pain relievers. The most popular green vein strains are Green Maeng Da, Super Green Borneo and Green Malay Kratom

White Vein Kratom

White Vein Kratom is the family of Kratom that is most associated with energy production and euphoria. It is reported by Kratom users as the most stimulating of all the Kratom strains with much higher levels of the alkaloid 7-hydroxymitragynine than that of Green or Red. The white strains are the ones Kratom enthusiasts go to if they are looking for an alternative for their morning cup of joe as it is reported to not only provide energy but also concentration and even cheerfulness. The most popular strains of White Vein Kratom are White Maeng Da, White Malay, White Horn and Super White Borneo Kratom

We hope we have been able to help you understand the basics of what Kratom is. Here at Kingdom Kratom, our products are all sourced from within Indonesia and from verified farmers with whom we’ve built a strong lasting business relationship with over the years. Our products are tested and packed right here in the United States. Our team here at Kingdom Kratom are Kratom experts and we are more than happy to field any questions from newcomers and devotees alike. We also offer sample packs so that you can try out new strains to see which one is the best fit for you. Check them out here or contact us for more information. 

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What is Kratom?

Kratom, formerly known as Mitragyna Speciosa in the scientific community, is a raw botanical product that comes from the Rubiaceae (coffee) family of trees. Kratom is native to the tropical rainforests of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Mitragyna Speciosa powder and leaved have been used for centuries in customary rituals, ceremonies, and fold medicine all over Southeast Asia. It was only in recent years that it has gained popularity in Western cultures. Although Kratom is widely sold as a raw botanical product for various uses, in both powder and capsule form, as well as in a more concentrated extracted form, known as Kratom extract, it has not been approved for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When dealing with Mitragyna Speciosa, it is important to know that even though it is legal to . buy and sell Kratom, the ingestion of Kratom has not been proven safe for humans by the governing bodies of the FDA.

Kratom as a Medicine

One of Kratom’s first western researchers, L. Wray, worked with the university of Edinburgh in 1907 to isolate the alkaloids of Mitragyna Speciosa. This research was officialized in 1921 when Fray named the alkaloids Mitragynine, as well Mitraversine and Mitragyna parvifolia. In 1930, I.H. Burkill studied the psychoactive effects, and he described its traditional use as a medicine, mentioning it as an effective treatment for diarrhea and fever, among other ailments. This study was compared to a Thai study conducted in 1975 by Dr. Sangun Suwanlert, in which he observed the additional alkaloids. Mitragyna Speciosa leaves have been studied and found to have over 40 chemical compounds that include a number of alkaloids such as mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, mitragynine pseudoindoxyl. The potency and concentration of Mitragynine contained in the leaves is dependent on several factors, especially the region where the tree was grown. For example, trees grown in Southeast Asia tend to have higher levels than trees grown elsewhere. Controlled climates such as greenhouses, tend to produce kratom leaves with very low levels of Mitragynine.

Another well-known compound in Kratom is 7-hydroxymitragynine. According to a series of recent research, its potency level is massively higher than Mitragynine, which makes it the most powerful substance in the Kratom plant. Furthermore, studies showed that 7-hydroxymitragynine has also been found to communicate with three major Opioid sites – Delta, Kappa and Mu. However the chemical is said to bind itself most commonly to Mu receptors.

Laws

While several countries have banned the possession and sale of Kratom, it is still federally not a controlled substance in the United states, although the FDA has made numerous attempts to finally ban it. Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Vermont, Tennessee, and San Diego have banned the possession, trade and distribution of substances contained in Kratom and thus sales to those states are prohibited by local laws. The US FDA does not approve the alkaloids for human consumption at this time.

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