What is Kratom?

You might have read about kratom on leading health blogs; or seen your best-friend trying to master the toss and wash method; or probably seen your next-door neighbor baking kratom cookies that turned out to be an extreme delight! Now, you must be wondering, what is the hype about this botanical herb? How is this vibrant green herb such a prominent part of millions of lives? What makes it so special?

Let’s meet Mitragyna Speciosa! A medicinal herb with a life-changing impact.

Mitragyna Speciosa (Ketum, Kratom or Kratum, Thai: กระท่อม) is a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) native to Southeast Asia in the Indochina and Malesia floristic regions. Kratom leaf is a smooth textured medicinal herb that gives a fresh appeal with its lively green color. For years, Indonesian farmers have cherished chewing the fresh leaves to feel more energetic and stress-free during hard labor hours. With a mighty outpouring of adoration from its enthusiasts, kratom is a highly consumed medicinal herb in Europe and the USA. The richly-organic taste and numerous health benefits are what people look for, and kratom tea does justice with the expectations and hopes.

The Homeland Of Mitragyna Speciosa

History holds a true origin of kratom – South East Asia! Now, you may find Mitragyna trees more often in the USA. There is a complete chain of step-by-step processes carried out at a larger scale.

If we look into the regions where Speciosa grows abundantly, South East Asian countries pop up at the top-line. The best powder comes from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and Myanmar.

Your powder’s flavor and quality highly hang on its place of origin, so make sure you get your precious powder from the GMP-certified vendor who sources from reputable farms of South East Asia.

Unique Vein Colors Of Kratom

Kratom strains have varying colors. There are three major strains, the White Vein, Red Vein, and Green Vein Kratom. Many people get confused by these colors as they think these colors define the way the leaf or their powdered form looks. But the truth is that these colors reflect the color of these leaves’ veins, not the leaf itself. In mid-2013, Authentic Kratom introduced the yellow vein kratom to the United States for the first time. The results were astonishing as many people gave us their feedback stating it’s one of the best strains they ever had. You can do some of the reviews by clicking on the product and scrolling at the bottom.

Name Variation

Mitragyna Speciosa is universally recognized as Kratom. It is usually named after the region where it grows. For example, White Vein Borneo is a White-vein that grows on Borneo Island. Similarly, the same plant is grown on Sumatra Island; therefore, the tile becomes White Vein Sumatra. Our research found that each Kratom’s effect differs due to varying regions, climate changes, soil, how they were grown, etc.

What Are The Different Types Of Kratom?

Kratom comes in three different types that are distinguished by their production and processing. Each of these strains is produced and processed differently from the other to have varying effects on the mind and the consumer's body. These strains differ from each other in color and chemical composition. The different strains are named according to the color that they assume. For example, the red vein kratom has a red vein and a leaf, while the white vein takes its name after its color. 

Suppose you want to go further into the types of strains available in the market and learn their differences, similarities, and best selling types. In that case, you could refer to the section on Kratom Strains: What Are The Differences? and enlighten yourself on the topic.

The Exceptional Composition Of Kratom Alkaloids

Alkaloids are virtually chemical compounds present in plants that influence our system to initiate the effects. According to research, kratom leaves contain 40 alkaloids. But, the most abundant ones and extensively studied are Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxy-Mitragynine. Both Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxy-Mitragynine are unique and are the rarest alkaloids.

You will be surprised to know that alkaloids’ concentrations do not remain the same in every kratom plant. They highly depend upon the growing region, harvesting time, and how old the plant was at the time of harvest. If we say kratom has a specific percentage of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxy-Mitragynine, that would be wrong. 

Being a dominant alkaloid, Mitragynine will have the highest concentrations, but it will vary across Speciosa plants indigenous to different regions. 

How Farmers Grow Kratom?

Are you interested to know how farmers grow kratom? 

We are here to guide you through all the teeny-tiny details about growing kratom. Let’s get straight into it!

Mitragyna Seeds Vs. Cuttings Of Live Plant

Just like other plants, farmers can also grow Mitragyna from both cuttings of live plants or seeds. Although, with seeds, you have to be more patient, as they have a very low-lying viability rate. You cannot be 100% sure if that root would make its way to the world outside the soil. With cuttings, you have to put in less effort, as compared to growing Speciosa from seeds.

But, Hey, the hard work and closely monitoring your precious Mitragyna Speciosa from the beginning to end is worth all your time. 

So, whatever is your preference, go with it! 

Germination And Soil Conditions

First of all, you need to order Speciosa seeds online in bulk from a trustworthy and renowned vendor. Your soil should be already ready before you get the seeds delivered. 

Your soil should be nutrient-rich, especially with nitrogen, and should have pH values somewhere between 5.5-6.5. Additionally, it should have an adequate amount of fertilizer and water, neither too much nor too little. But why? Study shows that excessive moisture may produce fungus, and hinder the smooth growth of Mitrgyna Speciosa.

Another alert that you should not overlook!

The study claims that seeds have a viability rate of 10% for dry seeds and 20% for fresh seeds. That’s pretty low if we compare it with other plants. So, give your 100% shot and germinate all the seeds at once for more chances of successful growth.

Post-Germination Care

That’s the most critical period, and farmers remain vigilant throughout this time. For post-germination care, follow the recommendations below:

Kratom grows in tropical regions, and if you are living in non-tropical areas, like Europe, or the USA, you need to provide a humid and moist temperature. Research also suggests that Mitragyna propagates smoothly in damp and humid weather.  

Another crucial factor to consider during the post-germination stage is sunlight. It promotes alkaloid concentrations and photosynthesis. Make sure your plant gets exposed to an adequate amount of the sun, but one thing to be aware of is transpiration. Research shows that kratom may get damaged if transpiration (when the plant receives extra sunlight) takes place.

How Can You Fight Transpiration?

Give some shade time during the day to your Speciosa plant so that it receives the desired temperature requirement. 

Warm air is equally crucial for smooth propagation. Research shows that warm air initiates the production of essential alkaloids in Mitragyna Speciosa. 

Cold climate is entirely destructive for Mitragyna Speciosa, and it may stop developing. So be careful; your plant should not be under harshly cold weather. The green-house effect may benefit in this case.

What To Do When Your Kratom Plant Is Fully Grown?

Once your little champ has sprouted well, there won’t be much to look after. Just make sure you are providing the regulated temperature and enough water for further growth. Kratom needs comparatively more water than other plants, as it grows into a massive tall tree reaching the height of 100 feet.

How Farmers Grow Mitragyna From Live Plants?

Farmers grow from cuttings of live Mitragyna Speciosa plants as well. They sow the cuttings in the soil to meet the standard requirements similar to those I mentioned above. If you are growing kratom from clippings, you can order online from a well-known vendor. As soon as the order arrives, remove the leaves from the bottom end. It would help make space for new roots. Later, place the soil's cuttings and cover with a plastic sheet to retain heat and sogginess. Soon, it will form the roots and continue to develop and propagate.

Note: Moisture may give rise to fungus; hence, you would have to watch your plant closely

What Is The Ideal Time For Harvesting Kratom? 

Are you ready to harvest your plant like a pro? Kratom reaches its maturity in approximately five years. At this stage, the alkaloids are well-balanced and potent to produce a perfect powder. Many farmers harvest in Autumn because they do not have to put extra effort to hand-pick the leaves. The leaves fall on their own, and they only have to select the best ones.

Note: Make sure you are picking the freshest leaves. 

Post-Harvest Time

After harvesting Mitragyna Speciosa leaves, farmers carry out a systematic drying session indoors, keeping the leaves away from sunlight. They do not carry out this procedure outdoors because alkaloid concentrations may change due to UV light. 

Once the leaves are dried, they are placed in fast-acting grinders to form a smooth-textured powder. Later this powder is packed in air-tight bags for sale.

Myths About Kratom: Let’s Separate The Truth From Myth!

Are you ready to hop on the facetious myths about Kratom? We are here to let you know what most people assume and the reality behind the curtain. So let’s spot these myths!

Usa’s Laws Prohibit The Use Of Mitragyna

Do you know kratom is federally legal to use in America? Yes, that’s true! But still, many people believe that it is illegal to use in America. Wake up, you all! It is entirely made-up. Although a few states have banned its use, because within states, laws may vary, but at the federal level, you are free to use it. 

Don’t Travel With Kratom Or Spend The Night Behind Bars

This myth needs to be busted right here! People travel with Mitragyna globally. Yes, you hear that right! You can take it along if your destination allows its free use. Before you book your flight, do thorough research about the places where it is a controlled substance. If your goal does not fall under the list, you are good to go! Read dos and donts of travelling with Kratom here.

Powder Is The Only Form Of Kratom

How can these folks forget that the trendiest way to take kratom is in the form of capsules? Vendors are even selling extracts, resins, tinctures, dry leaves, and soaps. Although powder was the first product ever made out of kratom, the manufacturers did not stop at that spot. We may expect new Kratom products soon too. 

Kratom Production Does Not Follow Gmp Standards

Do you know about the Kratom Consumer Protection Act? According to this act, only those vendors can sell which solely follows the GMP standards. So, how on earth production does not follow GMP standards? All the reputable vendors are GMP-certified and legally sell kratom. The violators of KCPA are punished for breaking the rules. 

Every Strain Has A Separate Tree

That’s wrong! Mitragyna Speciosa is a single tree. It’s the growth cycle of kratom that produces different strains at a different level of maturity. The native to Bali and Vietnam may differ for their alkaloid profiles, but they both have stemmed from one seed.

The variables that induced changes are climatic conditions, sunlight, soil conditions, and the drying process. Kratom DOES NOT follow the principle of selective breeding.

An Insight About Kratom Legality

Mitragyna had to face a massive backlash before reaching the level of acceptance it has gained now. Previously, there were all sorts of speculations that it is harmful to health, it can cause addiction and whatnot.

Kratom’s legality has always been a pivot for endless debate. There are two distinct contrasting opinions within the governing bodies. Some believe that Mitragyna speciosa is dangerous for our health. It can cause convulsions and may result in an addiction.

On the contrary, some say that it is an ideal herb that has a multitude of benefits. It can help the workers give an energy boost, improve sleep and focus, and act as a mild sedative. In short, it has its pros and cons.

So, is it legal in the United States or not? Well, a major yes and minor no. It IS legal at the federal level, which means no federal laws mark Kratom as a controlled substance. Therefore, it can be sold and used without any problems with the federation.

However, some state laws prohibit its use. Only a handful of states have made it illegal, and you can check legality in your state by looking at this undermentioned list. Except for these states, kratom is legal throughout the United States.

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • New Hampshire
  • Wisconsin
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Tennessee

The FDA Stance and Scientists’ Opinion

As we are aware that people can misuse kratom, and if so, the results can be disastrous. Therefore, the FDA does not recommend using kratom. However, it does not ban it either because further research is needed to uncover more facts.

Scientists have found contrasting results with respect to kratom. On one side, it is beneficial in many different ways, like increasing focus, improving sleep, and giving an energy burst.

On the other hand, several pieces of research have shown the dangerous attributes associated with kratom. Hence, there is no concrete evidence at this moment to say whether it should be legal or not. Scientists are involved in multiple studies that have the potential to reveal everything about Mitragyna. Until then, use it as per your state laws.

Once you have found out kratom’s legality in your state, you want to spend time thinking about consuming it efficiently. In that regard, here are the best ways to administer kratom.

What’s The Best Way to Take Kratom?

When it comes to administering, we have a wide variety of options. People believe that the administration method makes no difference as long as we are using the same strain. If you are of that opinion, you won’t remain steadfast after reading the account.

Speciosa’s effects depend on its bioavailability. Bioavailability? What’s that? It refers to any drug’s ability to reach the targeted destination in the human body.

You see, kratom does not act as soon as we intake it. It requires around ten minutes to reach the endocannabinoid system, combining with the receptors to generate its outcomes. And believe it or not, the same strain produces variable effects if we intake it differently. So, what’s the ideal way of administering Kratom?

Swallowing Pills

Pills are by far the easiest and the most convenient way of taking Mitragyna. If you have a busy life and cannot afford to spend time making the dose from scratch, pills are the way to go.

They come with a fixed dose inside so that people get the perfect amount every single time. Moreover, the pills are coated with a polysaccharide shell, which saves its potency until it reaches the intestines. All in all, it is the best way to have your daily dose of Kratom.

Mixing With Food and Beverages

It might seem a long hop if you are a newbie, but mixing powder with sweet food or beverage is an excellent alternative. Kratom enthusiasts are fond of this method, and many report that it gives the best results. But why?

When we take it with some fruit or drink such as banana or its shake, the bitter taste of kratom does not remain prevalent on the tongue and one seems to enjoy the herb without gagging. This way, kratom’s potency remains untouched, and it gives the most profound effects, along with a sweet taste liked by your taste buds.

Orally Consuming The Powder

The traditional way of administering is either chewing on the leaves or consuming the powder. You should note that this method is by no means suitable for beginners.

Other Forms You Can Take Kratom in:

Apart from the capsules and the powder, Mitragyna Speciosa is also available in several other exciting forms, my favourite of which is in the form of gummies! These include:

  • Crushed leaves
  • Tablets
  • Extracts
  • Tinctures
  • And, hard to believe, but true- even shots

You can ingest in any of the following ways or take it with food. Each form comes with its challenges. Hence, whichever method of ingesting Kratom that you choose, make sure you are ready for the intimidating yet exciting ride!

As we know, Kratom is a herb and has a strong bitter flavor; chewing on its leaves is not ideal unless you like that strong herbal flavor. Besides, if you have heard that Kratom makes lovely tea, and you are not sure if that’s entirely true or not, read on!

Can We Use Kratom to Make Tea?

This magical tree is truly an all-rounder. Yes, you figured that right. We CAN make tea from Kratom, and it is as simple as making tea with matcha powder. However, both powders have totally different outcomes in their teas.

To make Kratom tea, you need either powder or leaves; both an ideal option for making tea. Simply measure the dose and put it in hot water. Make sure to let it steep for anywhere from two to ten minutes, depending on your desired strength.

Progressively, strain your mixture, and voila, you have freshly brewed tea, waiting for you to take the first sip. Additionally, if you’re unsure whether Kratom shows on a screening or not, and this fear is stopping you from enjoying the herb, continue reading and enlighten yourself.

Kratom Drug Screening - Will It Show Up On My Drug Screening?

The simple answer is No. However, it may vary from company to company. Generally, when a company sends someone for drug screening, they look for some particular drugs. The good news is, kratom is not one of them.

Our research found that kratom does not have the same chemical structure as any illicit narcotics drug tests are designed to detect. So let’s begin this life-changing experience with Authentic Kratom today!