Mitragyna speciosa commonly known nowadays as Kratom is a native plant or a tropical evergreen plant in the coffee family and mostly this can be found in Southeast Asia. Mitragyna speciosa or Kratom is indigenous or native to Thailand, Malaysia, New Guinea, Indonesia and Myanmar.

Mitragyna speciosa or kratom in traditional medicines has been used even in the nineteenth century. Kratom has opioid properties as well as some stimulant-like effects. At the present time, kratom items are being sold in several kratom vendors all over the globe either selling kratom powder or kratom capsules. 

The Mitragyna speciosa is a member of Rubiaceae family and mostly seen in the tropical as well as sub-tropical in Asia at the same time in the African regions. Whilst the Asian species can be usually found in the rainforests, the African species aside from being categorized as a separate class are typically seen in the swamps.

The kratom tree typically grow with 15 meters as an average height with 4.5 meters ground cover. The kratom stems stands firmly as well branches out. The kratom’s flowers are yellow in color and with an overall glossy green leaves. The kratom plant is evergreen and more than deciduous meaning its leaves are often shed and replaced. And sometimes due to the changing of environment and the weather its leaf shedding happens as well. Mitragyna species during the dry season the leaf shedding is more copious and during the rainy season abundant of new growth of leaves is observed. And if a kratom tree when grown outside the tropical conditions and the leaves shedding occurs when the temperature gets to about 4 degrees Celsius.

The kratom leaves or the leaves extract and it is being used as a sedative and stimulant. Also, it is been claimed in treating digestive ailments, chronic pain, and can help for withdrawal from the opium dependence. Though, there are no enough clinical claims and trials that will help explain the help effects of kratom.

If you are wondering if kratom is legal, yes kratom is legal in the US, on the other hand, it is not legal is some countries. Kratom is typically marketed in the United States as an alternative medicine. As to how and why people use it, most are using it as stimulant. Using it in low doses many reported that kratom gives more energy, they feel being alert as well as feeling more sociable. On the other hand, at high doses, it can be used as sedative, also it’s been reported with an effect of dulling sensations and emotions and sensations, and producing euphoric effects.

Alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are considered the kratom main active ingredients. In addition to this, there is a proof that these alkaloids have muscle relaxant effects, anti-inflammatory and analgesic or pain relieving. And because of this, more often kratom is being used to ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Kratom is available in powder, tablet, and capsule form. And in the United States, it is often brewed as a tea, used for opioid withdrawal and self-management of pain.