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Exploring the Awesome World of Kratom

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For all you kratom newbies out there, you should know that kratom is a tropical plant! The tropical tree Mitragyna Speciosa Korth, better known as “kratom”, can seem a bit daunting for those just entering into the kratom space, as after all, it has a vast array of potential uses/properties. Kratom has become a globally known phenomenon. Used for centuries in Southeast Asia, the internet is now expanding kratom’s reach, while also making it highly accessible to consumers across the globe.

While Kratom is continually touted for its potential benefits in supporting a range of issues, i.e., chronic pain, anxiety, and mood, coupled with an influx of individuals starting to turn to it as a natural remedy, many people are still unaware of the basic history of the kratom market. So, we will take a look at the different aspects of kratom, in order to help you get a better understanding of this potent, tropical botanical.

Welcome to Kratom 101

Native to Southeast Asia, particularly in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea, kratom belongs to the Rubiaceae family, which also includes the coffee plant. There are several compounds in kratom leaves, with Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine being the most active alkaloids. These alkaloids interact with opioid receptors in the brain, which can lead to both stimulant and sedative effects, depending on the dose. So essentially, kratom’s effects are often likened to opioids and stimulants. You see, at lower doses, it acts as a stimulant, making users feel more energetic, while at higher doses, it can provide opioid-like effects, such as pain relief and euphoria.

Now, keep in mind, there is limited scientific research on kratom. While some anecdotal reports highlight potential benefits, more comprehensive studies are needed to understand its safety and efficacy fully. With that said, the effects and uses of kratom once again include:

  • Stimulant Effects: At lower doses, kratom can increase energy, alertness, and sociability.
  • Sedative Effects: At higher doses, it produces sedative effects similar to opioids.
  • Pain Management: Some people use kratom to manage chronic pain.
  • Opioid Withdrawal: Some individuals claim kratom can help with the withdrawal symptoms from opioids.

As for kratom's legal status, this varies by country and even within regions of countries. Here in the U.S., for instance, its legality varies from state to state.

A Brief History of Kratom

For hundreds of years, local populations in Southeast Asia have chewed kratom leaves or brewed them into tea. It has been used as a stimulant in low doses, as a sedative in higher doses, as a painkiller, and for the treatment of opioid withdrawal.

During the colonial period (19th Century), kratom came to the notice of European colonizers and explorers. Pieter Korthals, a Dutch colonial botanist, is credited with the early classification of the plant, and he gave it the genus name "Mitragyna" due to the resemblance of the leaf's stigma to a bishop's miter. Some attempts were made to monetize it, but it didn't become as commercially valuable as other substances like opium.

Now, despite its long history of traditional use, in the early 20th Century, several countries in its native region have imposed regulations or bans on kratom. For instance, Thailand banned its use in 1943, although the ban has been somewhat controversial given its cultural significance and potential for medicinal use. Basically, this ban was, in part, an economic move as the government sought to eliminate competition to opium, which was a significant source of revenue. Other countries in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia, also implemented restrictions on kratom.

Around the late 90s to early 2000s, kratom began to make its appearance in Western countries, primarily through online vendors. Its use in the West is mainly associated with self-medication for pain, mental health issues, and opioid withdrawal, as well as for recreational purposes.

The legality of kratom in the United States is complex, as we had mentioned earlier, it varies by state. While the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considered classifying it as a Schedule I controlled substance in 2016, they later withdrew this intent after public and congressional backlash. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has consistently warned against its use due to safety concerns.

As of 2023, kratom's legal status varies worldwide. While it remains legal in many countries, others have imposed restrictions or outright bans. There is an ongoing debate between those who view kratom as a potentially beneficial medicinal plant and those who see it as a potential public health threat.

Basically, while kratom has a long history of traditional use in Southeast Asia, its recent global rise in popularity has brought both interest and controversy. Researchers and policymakers continue to weigh its potential benefits against its risks, making its future status uncertain in many regions.

What Happens When You Take Kratom?

When someone takes kratom, the effects can vary depending on the dose, the specific strain, the individual's physiology, and the purity of the product.

Low to Moderate Dose Effects (1-5 grams of raw leaves):

  • Increased energy and alertness
  • Enhanced sociability
  • Mild euphoria
  • Decreased pain perception
  • Enhanced mood

High Dose Effects (5-15 grams of raw leaves):

  • Sedation
  • Analgesia (pain relief)
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Euphoria
  • Cough suppression

Very High Dose Effects (more than 15 grams of raw leaves):

  • Extreme sedation
  • Loss of consciousness in some cases

Potential Side Effects:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Itching
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation or confusion

What are the Different Types of Kratom Veins?

Kratom leaves are differentiated based on the color of their vein and stem. This color indicates the chemical composition of the alkaloids within and, as a result, the potential effects that each type might produce. The three primary vein colors are:

  • Red Vein Kratom: Often described as more calming or sedating. It's frequently used for pain relief and as a sleep aid. Red vein varieties are known to produce more relaxing effects than the other vein types.
  • White Vein Kratom: Typically associated with stimulation and energy. Many people use white vein varieties in the morning or during the day to help with concentration, motivation, and to counter fatigue. It's often likened to a caffeinated effect.
  • Green Vein Kratom: Generally described as a middle ground between red and white veins. Green vein kratom is said to provide a balanced effect of both stimulation and relaxation. It's also often used for pain relief and mood enhancement.

In addition to these primary vein colors, you might also come across:

  • Yellow/Gold Kratom: This isn't a natural vein color but rather a product of a specific drying process. The effects are often described as being somewhere between green and red veins, but experiences can vary.
  • Bentuangie Kratom: This is a fermented type of kratom. The fermentation process allegedly enhances the calming effects of the kratom.

Note: The differences in effects among these varieties may also be influenced by additional factors such as the region in which the kratom was grown, the maturity of the leaves, and specific harvesting practices.

What are the Different Types of Kratom Strains?

There are several strains of kratom, which are usually named after the regions from which they originate. These strains can vary in their effects, potency, and alkaloid content. These strains. just like the leaf veins, can be further categorized based on their geographic origin, with strains from Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo, and other regions each having unique characteristics.

Maeng Da:
"Maeng Da" is a term commonly used within the kratom community to refer to a specific variety or strain of the kratom plant. Originally from Thailand, "Maeng Da" translates to "pimp grade" or "pimp's kratom" in English, which suggests it's a higher quality or more potent variety.

  • Green Maeng Da: Balanced effects, known for its potency.
  • White Maeng Da: Energetic and stimulating.
  • Red Maeng Da: Relaxing and pain-relieving.

"Bali strain" typically refers to a variety of kratom named after the Indonesian island of Bali. The Bali strain is known for its pain-relieving properties and is considered to be more on the sedating side, making it popular among individuals who seek its relaxing and analgesic effects.

  • Red Bali: Commonly used for relaxation and pain relief.
  • Green Bali: Balanced effects between stimulation and relaxation.
  • White Bali: Energizing effects.

"Thai strain" is another variety of kratom that’s traditionally associated with Thailand, even though kratom has been illegal in Thailand for many years (although there have been talks and initiatives to re-evaluate its status). Like the Bali strain, Thai kratom gets its name from a geographical region, and it represents the characteristics commonly found in plants from that area.

  • Green Thai: Balanced effects.
  • White Thai: Very stimulating.
  • Red Thai: Calming and can help with pain.

Borneo is one of the world's largest islands, shared by Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. A significant portion of the world's kratom supply comes from Indonesia, particularly from regions in and around Borneo. Borneo kratom strains are often praised for their potent effects and long duration compared to other strains.

  • Green Borneo: Balanced and moderate.
  • White Borneo: Energizing.
  • Red Borneo: Relaxing and often used for its pain-relieving properties.

"Indo strain" refers to kratom that originates from Indonesia. The term "Indo" is short for Indonesian. As with other regional strains of kratom, the effects and characteristics of Indo strains can vary, but they are generally known for their mood-lifting properties and pain relief. Indonesia is a major exporter of kratom, and the country has a vast range of kratom cultivation areas, leading to various strains and vein colors. Additionally, you may come across "Super Indo" or "Ultra Enhanced Indo" in the market. These labels typically indicate a stronger or more potent product, sometimes due to the inclusion of concentrated kratom extracts.

  • Green Indo: Mild and balanced.
  • White Indo: Energizing and mood-enhancing.
  • Red Indo: Relaxing.

The "Malay strain" refers to kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) that originates from Malaysia. The term "Malay" is derived from "Malaysian”. Malay kratom is renowned for its unique profile of effects, which can be different from other kratom strains. Malay kratom, especially Green Malay, is often recommended for beginners due to its well-rounded and balanced effects.

  • Green Malay: Known for its long-lasting effects.
  • White Malay: Stimulating.
  • Red Malay: Relaxing.
  • Gold Vein Malay and Yellow Vein Malay: These strains are produced using specific drying techniques and may have unique effects profiles compared to the standard red, white, and green varieties.
  • Malay:
    The "Malay strain" refers to kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) that originates from Malaysia. The term "Malay" is derived from "Malaysian”. Malay kratom is renowned for its unique profile of effects, which can be different from other kratom strains. Malay kratom, especially Green Malay, is often recommended for beginners due to its well-rounded and balanced effects.

The "Sumatra strain" refers to kratom that comes from the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. The unique climate and soil conditions on the island of Sumatra may contribute to the distinct alkaloid profiles and effects of Sumatra kratom strains.

  • Green Sumatra: Balanced effects.
  • White Sumatra: Energizing.
  • Red Sumatra: Relaxing.

Horned Kratom:
Horned kratom refers to a particular type of kratom leaf that is distinguished by its unique appearance. The leaves of horned kratom have edges that are not smooth like typical kratom leaves; instead, they resemble "horns" due to their serrated or spiked edge. This characteristic is the reason for the name "horned."

Horned kratom is often associated with strains from Borneo and is believed to have a different or sometimes stronger alkaloid profile compared to standard kratom leaves. This belief has contributed to its increased demand among kratom enthusiasts.

It's important to note that while the horned shape of the leaf might indicate a difference in the plant's growth or environment, it doesn't necessarily guarantee a specific alkaloid composition or potency.

Like other kratom strains, horned kratom can be found in various vein colors, such as:

  • Red Horned Kratom: Known for its pain-relieving and relaxing properties, this strain can help in managing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
  • White Horned Kratom: Typically, more stimulating and uplifting, it's often used for energy, focus, and mood enhancement.
  • Green Horned Kratom: A middle-ground between red and white, green horned kratom offers a balance of energy and relaxation.

Elephant Kratom:
Elephant kratom refers to a specific type of kratom leaf that is larger and floppier than the usual kratom leaves, resembling, in a way, the ears of an elephant. This is where the name "Elephant" kratom originates.

The large surface area of the leaf is believed by some to mean that Elephant kratom has a higher concentration of alkaloids. Elephant kratom is also praised by some for its unique effects.

Like other kratom strains, Elephant kratom can come in various vein colors, such as:

  • Red Elephant Kratom: Typically known for its calming and pain-relieving properties, it might help those seeking relaxation or anxiety relief.
  • White Elephant Kratom: Generally, more energizing, this strain can help increase focus and energy levels.
  • Green Elephant Kratom: Often considered a balanced strain, Green Elephant offers both mood-elevating and relaxing effects without being overly stimulating or sedative.

Kapuas kratom originates from the area around the Kapuas River in Indonesia, which flows on the island of Borneo. Due to its specific location and growth conditions, the kratom trees in this region can develop a unique profile of alkaloids.

There are different vein colors of Kapuas kratom, much like other kratom strains:

  • Red Kapuas Kratom: This strain is known for its relaxing and pain-relieving properties. It might be beneficial for those seeking relaxation, pain management, or relief from anxiety.
  • White Kapuas Kratom: Typically, more energizing, White Kapuas can help enhance focus, mood, and energy. It's a good choice for those looking for a boost in their daily activities.
  • Green Kapuas Kratom: Offering a balance between the red and white strains, Green Kapuas provides both mood elevation and relaxation. It's often considered a middle-ground strain.

There is also a variation called "Hulu Kapuas Kratom" that comes specifically from the area near the Kapuas River's banks. The term "Hulu" simply means riverbank. Hulu Kapuas kratom is considered relatively rare since the region where it grows is hard to access. Because of its rarity and unique growth conditions, Hulu Kapuas kratom is often sought after by enthusiasts.

What are the Different Types of Kratom Products?

These are just the common types and forms, and there might be other kratom products or new innovations on the market:

  • Kratom Powder: The most common form, made by grinding dried kratom leaves.
  • Kratom Capsules: Pre-packed capsules containing kratom powder. This provides a more convenient and often more consistent dosage than loose powder.
  • Kratom Tea: Some people prefer to brew kratom leaves or powder as a tea.
  • Kratom Tablets: Compressed kratom powder formed into tablet shape.
  • Kratom Gummies: Edible gummies infused with kratom.
  • Kratom Shots: Liquid beverages or shots, usually mixed with other ingredients, containing kratom extract.
  • Kratom Tinctures: Liquid extracts of Kratom, which can be used sublingually (under the tongue) for quick absorption.
  • Kratom Resin: A dense, concentrated substance made from boiled down Kratom leaves.
  • Kratom Topicals: Kratom can also be found in some lotions, salves, and balms for topical application, although this is less common.
  • Enhanced/Blended Kratom Products: Can be much stronger than standard kratom products, these are products where kratom is mixed with potent extracts to increase its potency and to really get those desired effects.

Where to Buy Kratom?

Buy Kratom! Since not all kratom products are crafted with the highest quality standards in mind, you need to make sure to do the proper research and stick to only buying kratom via distributors with a reputation for top-quality and safe products. Now, even though you can often find kratom at smoke shops, select gas stations, and even in some health stores (located in the supplement aisle), the best place to purchase kratom products is online, assuming the online source is reputable (has their own website, contains positive reviews, provides unbiased third-party lab reports, and so on) and not on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, etc.

How to Create a Kratom Regimen That Works for You

Creating a regimen for any supplement or herb, including kratom, requires careful consideration of individual needs, desired outcomes, potential risks, and regular monitoring for side effects or signs of misuse. So, here's a general approach for creating a kratom regimen:

  • Research and Education: Familiarize yourself with kratom, its effects, and risks, and even speak with your doctor first for additional guidance.
  • Determine Your Goals: Are you using it for pain management, anxiety relief, energy, etc.? Your goals will influence the dose and strain.
  • Source Quality Kratom: If you decide to proceed, source high-quality, lab-tested Kratom from reputable vendors to ensure it's free from contaminants.
  • Start Low: Begin with a lower dose to gauge your body's response. This is especially crucial if you've never used kratom before.
  • Choose the Right Strain: Again, there are several strains available but primary these are the ‘big three’: red veins (typically, more sedating, often used for pain relief), white veins (more stimulating, often used for focus and energy), and green veins (somewhere in-between red and white strains).
  • Method of Consumption: Kratom can be consumed as a powder, in capsules, tea, or extracts. Each has its onset and duration.
  • Frequency: Some people take it daily while others only as needed. Beware of tolerance and dependence. Daily use, especially in high doses, can lead to both.
  • Monitor and Adjust: Take notes on the dose, strain, and effects. This will help you adjust your regimen as needed.

Final Kratom Thoughts

As you can see, based upon kratom’s storied history and potential benefits, getting into kratom can be something to really look into. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor prior to using any new type of supplementation or formula. And, as for some other pieces of advice here, always stay hydrated when taking kratom, avoid using kratom with other substances, and continually update yourself on the latest research and legal status regarding kratom use. Also, to reduce the risk of dependency, avoid using kratom daily and take breaks to allow your body to reset.

So, if kratom is something that interests you, and if given the okay by your physician as someone new to it, or you’re an experienced kratom user looking to purchase only the highest quality kratom products around, then come check out ELYXR today!

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My experience with Kratom has been hit or miss. Some days, it works wonders for my pain, and others, not so much. It's a bit unpredictable, and I wish the effects were more consistent. It might be worth experimenting with different strains to find what works best for you.

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