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What Is Kratom? – What You Should Know

In recent years, Kratom has become extremely popular across the nation, and it has a lot of people wondering, “What is Kratom?” The word kratom refers to Mitragyna Speciosa trees that are native to Southeast Asia including Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about kratom and help you understand what this herbal remedy is. 

What Is Kratom? - What you should know

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 What Is Kratom?

Kratom is native to Southeast Asia and is not grown here in the United States. Mitragyna Speciosa is a tropical tree that thrives in humid climates. This herbal remedy has been around for centuries and was first introduced in religious ceremonies throughout Asia. 

It is closely related to the coffee family, and the trees grow anywhere between 7 to 25 feet with an average of 15 feet in height. The leaves are green and have an oval taper shape. It is the leaves that matter on the tree, as this is where kratom powder comes from. 

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 The leaves tend to measure about 4 inches wide and 7 inches long. There is a central vein that runs through the leaf and this vein helps determine the type of kratom which is growing on the tree. Vein colors include green, red, and white. There is also yellow, but it is created using a specialized drying process.

Kratom has also been known to go by other names, which may include Mitragyna Speciosa, Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, Ithang, and Thom. Kratom offers overall wellbeing and balance. However, you should always consult with your general practitioner before starting any new substance. 

 Two of the most prominent alkaloids in kratom leaves are 7-hydroxy mitragynine and mitragynine. The number of these alkaloids present in each leaf determines how the body reacts. The drying process, fermentation, and amount of sunlight affect the alkaloid counts. Kratom works with opioid receptors in the body to help provide you with overall wellness. Be sure to consult with your physician before partaking in kratom use.

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 Legalities of Kratom

Kratom is not offered everywhere in the United States. Some states have ban kratom use or placed regulations on it. In addition, some states allow kratom but there are specific areas within the state that have restricted its use. So, it is really important that you know the laws and you keep current on them.

 The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) did threaten to ban kratom at one time. However, this decision was overthrown due to the support that kratom has been given. Herbs are not regulated by the FDA, so it is up to each state as to how they want to handle kratom. You can learn more about rather or not kratom is legal in your state by visiting our kratom legality page.

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Kratom Names

There are many different types of strains when it comes to kratom. To make it easier for consumers, kratom is classified by the vein color as well as where it originates from. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but you will always see the vein color in the title. For example, Red Maeng Da. We know this strain is red but Maeng Da is not a location. However, there are very few strains that do not offer the origins within their name. 

 Vein Colors

As mentioned above, 3 different vein colors happen naturally, and one occurs during a specialized drying process. Here we will discuss each one separately so you can understand what each vein type has to offer. 

 Red Vein Kratom

According to avid users, Red Kratom tends to promote overall wellness and balance all day long. It is available in a variety of strains. Red vein comes from countries ranging from Indonesia and Malaysia to Myanmar and Papua New Guinea. Where the strains grow and how they’re cultivated make all the difference in their chemical interactions.

Most popular Red Vein Kratom includes:

 Green Vein Kratom

Green Vein Kratom originates from areas in Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia. It tends to have a bit less potency than red, so a lot of new kratom users will start on Green Vein kratom. Often, avid users will use Green vein kratom to mix with white or red veins. 

The most popular Green Vein Kratom includes:

 White Vein Kratom

The white hue indicates that it is the middle of the leaf’s life cycle. If the kratom leaf lives long enough, its veins and stem eventually turn green. White Vein Kratom can pack a punch and is a favorite among kratom enthusiasts. 

The most popular White Vein Kratom includes:

 Yellow Vein Kratom

Yellow Vein Kratom is rare and not offered by all vendors. Yellow Vein Kratom goes through a specialized drying process. For all kratom, the drying process has a heavy influence on the alkaloid profile and the finalized color. White, green, and red kratom can all be transformed into yellow vein kratom if dried correctly. You will find that some yellow strains are rarer than others, according to the tree’s original location or the processes that are needed to create the strain. 

 The most popular Yellow Vein Kratom includes:

Forms of Kratom

Kratom comes in powder, capsules, or tinctures. There are some other types of kratom products on the market but these are the most popular. Powder tends to be a top choice, as it is economically priced.  When taking kratom powder, you can choose to mix it in a glass of water or your favorite juice. 

Anecdotal research shows the bitter terpene and chemical profile is strikingly similar to that of an orange peel. So, many users will choose to have kratom teaAlternatively, you could opt for capsules or tinctures. Consult with your general practitioner before starting any new type of substance. 

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Final Note

While kratom is relatively new to the western world, it is gaining the limelight pretty quickly. There are a large variety of strains on the market that can help provide you with wellness support. I hope we have answered your question, “What is kratom?” Check out our shop and let us know if you have any additional questions. 

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Written by Nimesh D

Updated on July 3rd, 2022

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