Kratom, also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, is a species of the coffee tree family, native to the hot, humid, tropical climates of various South Asian countries, such as Thailand and Malaysia. The foliage that grows on this evergreen tree is harvested for use in numerous medicines and extracts around the world.
However, the leave’s extracts can create feelings of euphoria, which can have negative effects on the body, such as addiction and, ultimately, withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea and sweating, can occur with prolonged use. It would be beneficial to your health and wellbeing to research about the potential risks and educate yourself and proper usage and dosage before committing to the product.
What is it Used for?
Kratom, when used correctly, helps people experiencing chronic pain and discomfort, plagued by physical ailments which cause chronic aches and pains to the body. Kratom has also been known to increase social interaction and overall energy levels, allowing the user to feel more alert, motivated, and revitalized.
Kratom comes in various forms, including powder, pill, extract, and tea form. There is controversy surrounding the product because it has not been properly tested and does not have rules and regulations or growth standards to abide by. Although legal in the U.S.A, Kratom has been banned and outlawed in a variety of countries worldwide. The substance is not medically approved or recommended as an alternative medical treatment. There is just not enough data.
Regardless, Kratom helps people with anxiety and depression and is often used as an aid to those recovering from an opium dependency. However, these stimulant’s effects only last up to two hours when taken at low doses. Higher doses can give the user a feeling of calm and tranquility, simultaneously disorientating the senses, creating a higher tolerance to the substance, and establishing a dependency.
Kratom Powder Versus Extract
When Kratom leaves are dried, they can be ground down to a fine, crushed powder or left in a small, leafy consistency, similar to that of a loose-leaf tea. In fact, teas can definitely be brewed and consumed in small doses for physical, mental, or emotional pains, as well as serve to curb opium addiction. Kratom powder is a more “natural” approach, as it is not enhanced chemically for a more powerful effect, making it easier to use and cheaper to obtain. Besides drinking it in tea, Kratom powder can be sprinkled over food or mixed with a small amount of water, to create a paste-like consistency.
Kratom extract is created when Kratom leaves are boiled in water, eventually evaporating, and leaving you with a pure, concentrated paste. This paste is rich with alkaloids and is essentially an enhanced version of Kratom. Concentrate can also be made from distilling actual Kratom powder. The effects are much stronger for pain relief and less of it is needed, though the product in question is pricier to obtain and more dangerous to regulate, especially for newcomers.
How They Differ
Alkaloids are what trigger the positive effects of Kratom, such as energy boosting, chronic pain relief and serve as an anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety agent. Therefore, an extract would be a more beneficial way to get a stronger effect that lasts longer. The euphoric feeling that Kratom can produce is reliant on the potency of the alkaloids, so an extract can deliver
Doses also differ between the two materials. 1-2 grams of Kratom powder is enough to cause a positive effect on the body and mind and a moderate dosage can consist of 3 or so grams. However, Kratom extract is enhanced, meaning it is measured with a number and an “X” beside it. Examples include 5X, 10X and 15X, 25X and 50X. The “X” indicates how many leaves that were used in the making of the concentrated Kratom. Basically, it signifies how many times the leafy product has been enhanced, compared to the normal concentration of Kratom alkaloids. The higher the “X,” the more potent (and expensive) the product is.
With that in mind, Kratom dosage is subjective at best. Different strains produce different results and require a unique dosage, so it is difficult to regulate without some form of trial and error. Kratom effectiveness is also relative to your weight, age, diet, and many other factors which may require a higher or lower dosage for the full effects.
Some Kratom Extract Types
- Thai Kratom Extract – Originating from (you guessed it) Thailand, this type of Kratom extract is one of the most potent and powerful available. It contains a high concentration of Mitragynine, increasing energy and focus levels, lasting for many hours. There are various sub-strains that contain this specific extract, allowing you to experiment and eventually pick your favorite. While a red strain helps alleviate chronic pain symptoms, the green and white veins allow for stimulating mental properties, such as increased focus and mood elevation. Can easily be mixed in with food and drinks.
- Tea Tablets and Capsules – Tea tablets are a way to add an extra kick to your regular tea-drinking routine. By simply dropping a tablet into your hot water, the extract within will dissolve, infusing it with the positive, healing effects of Kratom.
Although there is few scientific studies about the long-term effects of Kratom and the lack of regulation and standardization is concerning in the U.S, there is no doubt that Kratom can be used successfully in moderation, to ease physical, mental and emotional distress and discomfort.