Understanding The Kratom Plant And Its Strains



While you have probably heard about it, you are probably not familiar with the Kratom plant and its characteristics. Also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, Kratom is a relative of the coffee plant. It is a leafy tree, which reaches almost 17 feet in height and is typically found throughout the tropical rainforests of South and Southeast Asia. There, the indigenous people have been using this plant for centuries, as a potent remedy for all kinds of ailments.

Not a drug

22vkdsnkjWhile producing certain effects that are similar to those produced by some illegal drugs, Kratom is not classified as a drug or illegal. It is a fairly gentle herb which is commonly used as a sedative, a stimulant, or a mood booster. As opposed to, say, caffeine, Kratom produces much smoother stimulating sensations. Also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, Kratom is a relative of the coffee plant. Also, while smaller doses lead to increased energy levels, larger doses typically result in sedation.

It can be consumed in a variety of forms

In most cases, Kratom is consumed as a hot tea, a capsule, or in its leaf form. Even though making Kratom tea is fairly simple, many people opt to consume capsules because they do not have the same bitter taste the tea has and because they are more convenient. When starting with Kratom, new users usually take no more than 2 grams. However, the dosages mainly depend on the person, their weight, and level of tolerance. Therefore, if a person is heavier and with a higher level of tolerance, they can easily consume between 10 and 15 grams without any adverse effects.

If you plan on consuming Kratom, you should start with the lowest possible dosage and slowly work your way up until you hit your desired threshold. Even though high dosages will not cause you any severe harm, they will make you feel nauseated or overly sedated.

The strains

Given that there are some Kratom strains choosing the right one may be tricky. To help you with your choice, we will go through some of the most popular ones.

The Bali

The effects this strain produces are both energizing and relaxing. Higher doses will make you feel more relaxed, while lower doses will work as an energy booster. Since you are new to Kratom, the effects will not last for more than 5 hours. Those with more experience have sensations that usually last around 3 hours.

Red Vein Bali

The red bali kratom is known to be highly balanced when it comes to its alkaloid content. It is also known for its peculiar taste and somewhat more sedating effects. As a result, this strain is typically used for pain relief, as well as an aid for detoxification and addiction removal

Green Vein Bali

33bcjvbdhThis strain is largely present in Sumatra and Borneo and is famous for its high alkaloid level. Just like its red relative, the Green Bali also features a well-balanced level of alkaloids, which allow for both stimulating and relaxing sensations, along with notable euphoria waves. Therefore, if you are looking for the right mix of sedation and energy, the Green Bali should be your top pick.

The Malaysian Strain

This is a fairly long-lasting strain, which has become one of the most popular ones on the market, due to its smooth effects and pleasant taste. For the beginners, the effects of the Malaysian will usually last around 8 hours and will produce euphoric sensations.