The unassuming Mitragyna Speciosa is a deciduous and evergreen tree located in the tropics that is the basis for the popular substance kratom. Kratom is becoming more and more popular these days, and is used for all kinds of things like treating insomnia, helping with anxiety and simply improving mood or social abilities. It also has a euphoric effect and can kill pain and more. It is a fascinating plant and the tree that this plant comes from is pretty interesting as well. In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about mitragyna speciosa.
Where the Kratom Tree Comes From
So, where does the kratom tree come from anyway? This tree is in the coffee family and indigenous to Thailand and what is interesting about the origin country of kratom is that the government of Thailand banned kava from being grown or used there, but not because they felt it was dangerous. Most people believe that they made this political maneuver in order to protect the government’s income source for the past seven decades – which is opium. It is interesting that people seemed to prefer kratom over real opium. Kratom has been used to ease pain and it creates a euphoric effect very similar to opium and synthetic opioids.
History of the Kratom Tree
The first time that anyone encountered this particular tree was when a botanist named Pieter Korthals discovered it and described it on paper. Later on, these findings were confirmed and this plant was added to our knowledge base of plant life. The first time that the kratom tree was included in a publication was in 1897 published by George Haviland. You’ll see these trees in Thailand get up to about 30 feet tall at the most and usually they are closer to 10 or 12. The tree can be deciduous or evergreen, but that depends upon the climate and the flowers and leaves grow at the end of the branches mostly.
Why Kratom is so Popular
So, why are so many people interested in a little tree from Thailand anyway? Kratom is one of the most truly remarkable plants to become popular as of late. If you take kratom at low doses you get a pleasant stimulant effect, giving you energy and excitement. If you take higher doses of kratom, then you’ll experience the sedative effect of the plant, and this is perfect for relaxing, the euphoric feeling and for the management of pain.
How to Use Kratom
If you want to try kratom for yourself, it is easy to get your hands on some. It is legal in most parts of the United States and around the world and it is sold in abundance over the internet. If this is your first time buying and using kratom, check out some recommendations on newbie friendly websites so you deal with a reputable retailer and are not ingesting kratom that might have been mixed with something else. Any good website for kratom will have some good reviews out if you look.
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