How Kratom Is Made
The beautiful and majestic kratom tree can grow up to 80 feet tall if left undistributed, but most trees used in kratom production are around 25 feet tall and about 12 feet wide. The leaves are compound shaped with an even number of dark green leaves, which sprout from a single stem. The leaves contain an impressive array of phytol-chemical compounds, some of which have not even started to be researched for potential benefits.
Most often, the leaves of the kratom tree are chewed green. While bitter and less-than-appetizing, the leaves offer the most rapid release of kratom’s amazing benefits. Most often, the central rib of the leaf is removed before chewing to help cut back on some of the bitterness. One leaf generally weighs about 2 grams. Habitual daily users can chew anywhere from five to thirty leaves a day.
What is Kratom?
The leaves of the tree can be chewed and then ingested, or it can be dried or brewed into a tea. Kratom extract can be used to make liquid tinctures. Most often, liquid kratom is used to help alleviate muscle pain and soreness or as part of weight loss efforts to suppress appetite. It might also have some positive gastrointestinal effects and can aid in stopping stomach upset and diarrhea. Kratom can be used for panic attacks and generalized anxiety as well.
Though it’s been stigmatized here in the west as a “drug” that should be illegal, the people of Southeast Asia have long relied on the benefits of kratom. It’s estimated that kratom is used by half of all men in Thailand on a daily basis.
The primary active compounds of kratom, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, act as opioid receptor antagonists, leading many advocates to make the connection between kratom and morphine. However, more research is needed to understand the pharmacology of kratom and the specific ways it works with the human brain.
Steeped in History
Not only does kratom boast an impressive array of potential benefits, but it’s also a medicinal herb that’s been around for a long, long time. Even though kratom is a fairly newcomer on the alternative health scene, it’s actually been around for centuries. Indigenous people in Southeast Asia have been using kratom for thousands of years to help offset the challenges of treating anxiety and depression. It’s also been used for pain relief and for energy. But because it’s so “new” to the Western world, there’s so much misinformation about kratom and how it works.
This tropical evergreen tree is actually a part of the coffee family. That makes sense, since it’s been used for years as a stimulant. Its first documented use in traditional medicine dates to the early 19th century, where it was made into a tree and consumed to help workers remain alert. It’s also been used historically to treat respiratory conditions like colds and coughs. The people of Indonesia and Malaysia have used kratom to aid in repairing the GI tract after stomach flus and to offset the negative effects of diarrhea.
In its current incarnation, kratom is being used in much the same way as it always has been – as both a stimulant and as a relaxant. To help stair step away from the horrible effects of pharmaceutical pain medication, kratom is often used for managing chronic pain and to help manage the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
Kratom is made by boiling large amounts of fresh kratom leaves. The leaves are boiled for an extended period of time until a soft brown resin is created. Then the resin is further processed into an extract or bagged into tea form.
How Does Kratom Work?
Scientists believe that kratom works by targeting the opioid receptors in the brain. At very low doses, this means that kratom produces stimulating effects and helps you feel more energized. Kratom could be used when preparing for exams, or whenever you need an added bit of boost. At low doses, kratom can also help reduce pain and might give you a feeling of euphoria. At very high doses, kratom provides sedative effects, so it’s useful to help treat insomnia and other sleep related conditions. Many people who follow and practice traditional Asian medicine highly recommends kratom as a way to get off opium. Those who take kratom to avoid an opioid withdrawal generally takes higher doses to help encourage the sedative effects.
The amount of active kratom in products sold online and in shops varies greatly. This makes it difficult to gauge the effect of a dose and suggest dosing guidelines. The most important thing to remember is that kratom affects everyone differently. Starting out with small doses to test your own tolerance level is highly recommended.
At PURKratom, we’re committed to being your one-stop provider for the highest possible kratom available. In addition to our highly specific quality control testing that’s conducted on each of our high-quality kratom products, we’re also staunch advocates for keeping kratom legal. We’re a part of the American Kratom Association because we’re so committed to helping bring this amazing plant to the forefront of self-care treatment options.