What is Kratom? It’s something that we have lightly mention on the blog in the past. In fact, I saw Kratom and CBD in my local co-op ready for sale. But when you look up both of these natural remedies not only do they have a lot of negative media attention but also personal accounts of triumph with this natural herb. What is Kratom exactly? Is it a harmful drug that Congress wants to strip our rights of use away from or a personal savior for those trying to recover from opiate addiction. We have a great infographic from the American Kratom Association to break it down for us.
To someone new to Kratom, the names can be confusing. Kratom grows in the wild in some parts of South East Asia. The various climate differences can cause an effect on the final product Traditional names for Kratom come from the regions of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. People name Kratom based on the area where the strains grow. Most Kratom imported into the United States comes from the Borneo region.
According to the Botanical Legal Defense, they define Kratom as….
“Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) refers to the leaves of a South East Asian medicinal tree that is closely related to Coffee. Like coffee, it has stimulating effects. In larger doses, Kratom is a sedative and supports the body’s ability to deal with everyday minor aches and pains. It has been employed for a variety of uses in traditional South Eastern medicine systems for at least several hundred years of written recorded history but has undoubtedly been utilized since time immemorial.”