1. What is Kratom?
Kratom, also known as mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical evergreen tree in the same family as the coffee plant. Similar to how caffeine is a major compound in the coffee plant, mitragynine is a major compound in kratom. Native to Southeast Asia, kratom has been used for centuries to relieve chronic pain and boost energy. The characteristics of kratom strains largely depend on environmental factors including the country of origin, the altitude at which it’s grown, and the exposure to elements like moisture, rain, and sunlight.
2. What are the benefits of Kratom?
Kratom may provide powerful pain relief for individuals seeking to alleviate chronic pain. A survey by John Hopkins Medicine found 91% of kratom consumers use the herbal supplement to relieve pain, and 67% of participants use kratom to help with symptoms of anxiety. Depending on the strain and serving size, kratom may also help elevate mood, decrease stress, produce physical relaxation, and/or provide focus. In smaller servings, kratom may act as an energy booster while in larger servings, kratom may be more of a relaxant.
3. How much Kratom should I take?
Finding the right kratom serving size is largely based on an individual’s needs and preferences as well as the reason for kratom use. For beginners, we recommend starting with 2-3g of powder or 4-6 capsules. Powder usually takes effect within 30-45 minutes, and capsules usually take effect within 45 minutes to an hour. The effects typically last between six and eight hours.
4. Is Kratom legal?
Kratom is legal at the federal level, and it is also legal in most of the United States, although six states have banned the use of kratom including Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin as well as some municipalities in states where it’s otherwise legal. Refer to local laws and regulations to ensure availability.
5. How do I find the right product?
With more than 50 kratom strains, we recommend first gaining a better understanding of the three kratom veins: red, white, and green. Different vein colors are based on the leaf itself and its maturity. Kratom veins also vary in their alkaloid compositions. Different strains, like yellow, mixed, and aged, are based on the processes around harvest including drying, blending, aging, or curing to achieve specific effects. In order to find the right strain for your specific needs, it’s important to understand the features and potential benefits of each strain. Kratom is available in powder and capsule form, as well as extracts, tonics, tinctures, edibles, and beverages.
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