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Get All The Kratom Facts

Plant name: Mitragyna Speciosa
Common Names: Kratom, Ketum, Thang, Icthang, Kakuam, Thom, and Biak-biak


Active constituent:
Important active alkaloids in Kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These alkaloids are responsible for pain relieving, sedative, euphoric, and stimulating effects.



Kratom acts as a μ-opioid receptor like morphine.

The pharmacological effects of Kratom on humans, including its effectiveness and safety, are not researched and studied in-depth.

Most side effects of Kratom are thought to be mild.  However, isolated side effects such as psychosis, convulsions, hallucinations, sweating, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, dizziness and confusion have also been reported.

There have been reports stating that the plant carries potential for addiction and can lead to withdrawal symptoms in users who decide to stop using.

Usage: It is for management of chronic pain, as well as recreationally.


How many types of Kratom are there?

There are primarily 3 types of Kratom plants:

  •       White Vein
  •       Red Vein
  •       Green Vein.

The types are classified depending on the coloration of the central vein in the leaf.

Red Vein leaves are viewed as better for some purposes while White Vein or Green Vein herbs may be more effective for other purposes.

Kratom has multiple strains. There are various names referring to the same types of Kratom. This unfortunately leads to confusion and results in many vendors rebranding traditional strains with interesting new names.

The traditional names for the strains of Kratom come from the regions in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

The main types of Kratom, although there are many names out there that are referring to these strains, are typically named for the region where the strains are grown:

  •       Thai (Grown in Thailand)
  •       Indo (Grown in Indonesia)
  •       Malay (Grown in Malaysia)
  •       Borneo (This is Indo grown in Indonesia)
  •       Maeng Da (Not a region, but an enhanced version of Thai)
  •       Bali (a combination of Sumatra and Borneo. Supposedly Bali was named this because it was in Bali where the combination was first created.)

Many new names for strains of Kratom keep emerging. Despite the new names, all strains of Kratom are usually Thai, Indo or Malay or a combinations these.


How safe is Kratom?

When taken by itself, the greatest risk in consuming Kratom is the possibility of falling asleep.

Like any psychoactive substance, it is recommended that the user does not drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence of Kratom.

It’s advised to always use common sense and err on the side of caution. It is recommended to use Kratom responsibly, and moderately.

Due to the lack of medical research regarding the use of Kratom in relation to pregnancy, pregnant women are advised not to use any drug or medication with this drug without the advise of a medical physician.

While there are concerns about the potential for addiction and abuse, it is generally agreed that when used in moderate doses there are no risks of either.


What Are The Effects Of Kratom?

Kratom is quite unique, in that, in low to moderate doses it will commonly be stimulating, and in large doses it has a more sedative effect. .

The level of effect, like any other supplement, depends on many factors including body weight, physiological makeup, tolerance level and so on.

As a stimulant, used in low to moderate doses, the user will experience an analgesic effect along with physical energy, alertness, increased libido, euphoria, sociability, improved mindset or mood, focus and an overall improved attitude.

In some cases when taken in large doses, an individual may experience edginess similar to being over-caffeinated.

As a sedative, used in higher doses, an individual will experience an analgesic effect along with euphoria, a lower sensitivity to pain both physically and emotionally, relaxation, anti-depression and anti-anxiety.

Used in excess, it may result in a prolonged sleep. There are reports of impaired motor function in this state as well.


Does Kratom cause health issues?

Health problems are unlikely unless the user is consuming large quantities of Kratom every day.

There are reports of Kratom withdrawal symptoms, which may include muscle aches, irritability, crying, runny nose, diarrhoea, and muscle jerking.

It is uncommon, but an individual could possibly experience an allergic or other unusual reaction to Kratom, even if used responsibly.

When using an excessive amount, an individual’s body may simply reject the substance. As a result, the user may experience a natural physiological reaction of emesis, or vomiting, as the body’s way of rejecting the substance.

Maeng Da

  • Stimulating
  • Mood Enhancing
  • Pain Relieving
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  • Stimulating
  • Mood Enhancing
  • Pain Relieving
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White Vein

  • Stimulating
  • Mood Enhancing
  • Pain Relieving
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All information presented on is intended for information purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should take no action solely on the basis of what this publication contains. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Always consult your health professional before beginning any supplement, diet or exercise program.