Kratom is a native evergreen tree originally found in Southeast Asia and indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea. The tree is in the coffee family and was first described as Stephegynespeciosa in 1839 but was later renamed Mitragyna speciosa. Its leaves have been used in traditional medicine since the 19th century.
Over time, people have discovered the mood-enhancing and pain-management effects of kratom. As a result, there’s been an increased demand for the drug that has led to a significant rise in kratom bars in the United States and other parts of the world. A good example of this is Florida, where Kratom has become a local favorite. The kratom business is estimated to be worth over $1 billion in the near future as its popularity gradually rises.
The Composition and Consumption of Kratom
There are different strains of kratom, including the red strain that’s best known for managing pain. In contrast, the white strain is best for increased energy, the green strain works in mood enhancement, and the newest one, which is the yellow strain, has reported a mix of both relaxed and energetic feelings.
There are significant proportions of psychoactive compounds in kratom, such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. In addition, it’s also composed of alkaloids like raubasine, several secondary metabolites, and polyphenols. All these compounds contribute to the anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and antioxidant properties of Kratom.
When it comes to kratom consumption, some people chew the leaves, brew the dried or powdered leaves as tea, smoke the leaves, or eat them in food. The upcoming bars and restaurants serving kratom have developed new ways of infusing kratom into their menus as kava, tea, food, drinks, smoothies, etc. In whichever form you decide to order kratom while at your favorite local bar, you are assured of a worthy experience then and even the morning after since its consumption is not accompanied by a nasty hangover.
The effects of kratom usually kick in in about three to five minutes and can last from between two to five hours. However, it is necessary to note that an overdose of kratom can cause nausea, drowsiness, itching, and increased urination. To counter these, it’s recommended to take fluids or have something to eat a little after consuming a kratom tea or smoothie.
Uses Of Kratom
- Kratom functions like narcotics but is not as addictive and dangerous. It is used recreationally in small amounts for increased energy, sociability, and alertness.
- Due to its interaction with brain receptors, kratom has been used extensively as an alternative for pain management.
- Kratom has also been used to control opioid and alcohol addiction withdrawal symptoms but is yet to be proven an effective treatment for opioid withdrawal.
Where To Find Kratom
Kratom may not be easily accessible, thanks to the budding controversy around it. Luckily, some kava bars have stocked up kratom; to save yourself from all the trouble, you can check out Bula Kava bar, the best Kava and Kratom bar!