Recently kratom has found a tight spot in the hearts of its enthusiasts. Due to its stimulating properties, it is often compared to other herbs and plants such as coffee and tea. If there is anything the caffeine enthusiasts love more than their morning coffee, it is the steaming hot cup of kratom coffee.
Kratom does not have caffeine but when you mix coffee with it you get to enjoy the benefits of both kratom alkaloids and caffeine. It is therefore becoming a preferred drink of the industrialized nations. Its woodsy, warm aroma energizes and provides them with a reliable energy source to get going throughout the day. The strong relationship between caffeine and kratom is not accidental but established since their herbs come from the same family.
Both the plants may look very different but share some striking similarities. Although other characteristics set them apart, many others strengthen their link. Isn’t it unfair that, although they are the members of the same family, kratom faces all the controversies, and everybody still considers coffee the pious cow? It is because even though they may be siblings, many characteristics are entirely particular to each and that is what makes the latter less controversial. Let’s see how both of these are similar yet different.
It is a common scientific practice to characterize plants and animals into a lineage of groups based on their mutual characteristics and differences. The shared characteristic of all the members of the Rubiaceae family is that all the plants are angiosperms or flowering. They produce fruits in berries, capsules, drupes, or schizocarp. This family accommodates the evergreen kratom and coffee plants that grow in tropical areas.
It has around 13000 species, all of which exhibit their characteristic active components or alkaloids. One common compound that the Rubiaceae family exhibits is quinine, which has antimalarial properties. This chemical comes from cinchona bark, one of the many popular species of the group. Thus, we presume healing and therapeutic properties are not uncommon features of the species of this family.
To make it clearer, kratom is very much related to cinchona bark, even more than coffee. Therefore, it is being paid more attention to for its healing properties. The kratom genus has only 10 species. On the other hand, coffee is a member of the genus that contains around 120 closely related species.
Kratom comes from the famous tree of the genus, Mitragyna. It is scientific name Mitragyna speciosa. Its different strains are categorized based on the veins running through its leaves. This makes it come in different colors such as white, Green, Red. It is also characterized based on the region of its growth into types like Malay, Sumatra, Borneo, Maeng Da, etc. The tree is native to Southeast Asia and indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea. The major climate requirement is tropical conditions and humidity, and therefore to grow it in America, you need to create suitable conditions artificially
Coffee is extracted from the seeds of the coffee trees which are also considered its fruit. These trees are smaller than that of the kratom, and the main stem can be around only 10m. It is native to Africa in the country of Ethiopia but successfully migrated to SouthEast Asia, as well as Central and South America. Today the major producers of coffee beans include Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, and Ethiopia.
Although both coffee and kratom thrive in warmer climates, they originated from different parts of the world. Nevertheless, kratom is still primarily produced in its indigenous habitats, while coffee is abundantly grown everywhere globally. Both of them, though share the same family scientifically, their psychoactive profiles are pronouncedly different.
Does kratom have caffeine, or does coffee have similar alkaloids like kratom? Since both come from the same house, it is a commonly asked question. Coffee has caffeine as the main alkaloid responsible for its stimulating effects. The caffeine gives us in the morning a boost of energy we get with coffee. The other less important and concentrated alkaloids are theophylline and theobromine. Though showing a scientific relation, it does not produce the alkaloids particular to kratom.
On the other hand, Kratom contains two important alkaloids Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, along with 23 other less important ones. It does not contain caffeine, and all of its properties majorly come from the significant two. Though less significant, the other alkaloids play a supportive role in developing kratom effects in your body.
Coffee is now one of the most popular beverages and is preferred that way. It is also used in food combinations for making coffee cakes, brownies, and other drinks. On the other hand, Kratom is consumed in different ways, from tablets and capsules to direct intake of leaves and powder. Recently other means such as tinctures, powdered extracts, and food combinations are also gaining much popularity. Although there is no proof or research to back kratom’s efficacy in therapeutic treatments, people still use it to relieve pain, improve brain functioning, get relaxed and treat insomnia.
Although they may differ a lot in terms of chemical composition, it is without a doubt that together in foods they make the most epic combinations of taste and effects. There are many ways you can blend coffee and kratom in foods, from making coffee-kratom milkshakes to kratom coffee. The list is not exhaustive just here, and if you have in mind to be more creative, try adding the two in cookies, pastries, cakes, or brownies. Though no research suggests the combinations are more beneficial than any alone, the users have some positive comments to add. According to the consumers, the combinations serve heavenly both in terms of taste and effects.
Kratom and coffee both come from the same family, and they too blend well in foods, but as far as their composition is concerned, they are different. They also come from different habitats, and the appearance of both the plants is dissimilar too.
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