This herb is known mostly by its botanical name Mitragyna Speciosa. Kratom is commonly found in Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia. It comes from the same family as the coffee tree (Rubiaceae) and the leaves have been used as an herbal drug from time immemorial by the people of Southeast Asia.
In the past decade or so, knowledge of Kratom has become much more abundant and word of this plant’s wondrous medicinal properties has spread in the western nations of the world as more and more people are becoming aware of its versatility. Native Kratom trees can grow up to a height of 50 feet, and its benefits have been documented in the western world since the 1800s by various groups of botanists and biologists.
What are effects?
The effects of Kratom are dose-dependent. It acts as a stimulant when taken in low doses. The higher the dose, the stronger the effects, and the longer they last. Many people report a positive ‘afterglow’ the next day. These effects primarily come from the leaves of the tree. The large, dark green leaves of the Mitragyna Speciosa are shed continually all throughout the year, providing a fresh and constant supply of powerful alkaloids, which are responsible for the blissful experience one feels with Kratom.
Why Use Kratom?
Kratom is a completely unique gift from nature. It’s a special plant with peculiar properties that can help a lot of people with their various needs. It can help control pain, anxiety, weight, and other ailments. It is also widely used as a mood enhancer to deliver a general feeling of well-being.
Low Dose Effects
In smaller doses, Kratom has been known to produce stimulation, motivation, a heightened desire to work, extended energy, relief from fatigue, increased focus and mental awareness, increased social and communication skills, relief from anxiety and depression, and an overall feeling of euphoria.
High Dose Effects
While smaller doses of Kratom produce a stimulating effect, higher doses are known for its sedating feeling that instills a stronger sense of relaxation. It may also incorporate an analgesic aspect not usually noticed in small doses. Others claim that their appreciation of music is increased. You will be less sensitive to physical or emotional pain, feel and look calm, have a general feeling of comfortable pleasure.
How Long Does it Last?
The duration of the effects can last anywhere from four to six hours, although this is known to change from person to person. Higher doses may prolong the effects but it will still depend on the genetic makeup of the one using it.
There are many ways to take Kratom, but the most common way would be by boiling dried Kratom leaves and turning it into tea that is strained and then drunk. The following would be the typical preparation method for Kratom tea.
You can boil 50 grams of dried and crushed Kratom leaves for 15 minutes in a liter of water; strain it, and transfer the liquid into a separate bowl. Make sure you squeeze the remaining liquid from the leaves and then put the leaves back into the boiling pot. Try not to waste anything. Make two more batches using these same leaves. When you’ve finished and have three bowls of this liquid, combine them inside the boiling pot and boil everything until the volume decreases to about 100mL. This amount is not a standard and can be adjusted depending on what consumers are comfortable with. You should watch out for signs of overheating during the last part. It’s not supposed to end up being syrupy and thick. People who’ve done this several times will make adjustments to the amount of dried leaves used, or to the concentration of the liquid to better suit their needs.
Various doses will have different effects. Some people are more sensitive to Kratom than others, but this dosage guide should help you get started:
2-6 grams – mild to medium effects – more stimulating
7-15 grams – medium to strong effects – effects may be: stimulating, sedative, and/or pain-relieving
16-25 – strong to very strong effects – sedative, pain-relieving, euphoric; not recommended for highly sensitive people
26-50 – extremely strong effects – sedative, pain-relieving, euphoric; not advisable for most people
his is better if the Kratom used are finely ground leaves. The preferred capsule size for this would be “00” capsules and we recommend that you make use of a milligram precision scale for accurate measurement.
Here is a dosage guide that many Kratom users follow for when using capsules:
1-4 capsules – mild effects – stimulating; recommended for beginners
5-7 capsules – medium effects – stimulating, sedating, pain-relieving, and/or euphoric
8-10 capsules – strong effects – stimulating, sedating, pain-relieving, euphoric
Take note that the effects listed here might vary from what you’ll experience. Different Kratom strains can have different effects; often times the effects may be unique to a certain strain itself.