kratomKratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tree found in Southeast Asia, including the countries Thailand, Malyasia, and Myanmar (Burma). It is a relative of the coffee tree, as both are in the family Rubiaceae. Various herbal medicines have been made from its leaves. Small doses of kratom act as a stimulant, while large doses have a sedative effect. Kratom has also been used as a pain killer, diarrhea medicine, recreational drug and a treatment for opiate addiction.
People in Thailand often simply chew the fresh leaves, usually after removing the stringy central vein. Dried leaves are tough to chew, so most people grind them into a powder or tear them into small bits. The results are then added to apple sauce or fruit juice. That masks the taste and makes it easy to swallow.

Some people smoke kratom, but this method probably only works for users wanting the stimulant effect. It takes two to six grams of kratom to produce the stimulant effects. At seven to 15 grams, the effects vary depending on the strength of the kratom and/or the sensitivity of the person. In other words, this dosage would stimulate some people and sedate others. At 16 to 25 grams, kratom’s effects are consistently sedative. As large doses of kratom can cause sleepiness and vomiting, taking more than 25 grams is not recommended.

Kratom leaves, whether fresh or dried can be boiled and then made into a paste-like extract that can be stored. People can then either make the extract into pellets that can be swallowed or made into a tea.People in the West who use kratom prefer to make it into a tea, which can be made from the extract or from crushed and dried leaves. To make tea from dried leaves, the user boils 50 grams of dried leaves in one liter (slightly more than a quart) of water. They then strain the leaves, squeezing out as much liquid as possible, and then boil another liter using the same leaves. The two batches of tea are then added together and boiled down to the desired concentration. The more concentrated the tea is, the stronger it is. Very concentrated tea can become syrupy.

Kratom tea is very bitter. Most drinkers use sugar or honey to sweeten it. It can also be mixed with another, more palatable tea. Some people will drink the kratom tea as is and then follow it up with a chaser of fruit juice. Kratom tea can also be mixed with alcohol to extend its shelf life. Plain kratom tea keeps for about five days, while kratom tea mixed with rum, vodka, or some other type of alcohol will keep for months.

Months-after-issuing-import-ban-FDA-still-working-to-get-kratom-off-market_medium_vgaThe ambiguous mystery behind the current use and effects of Kratom still fuels the ongoing safety debate and to whether it should remain legal in the United States. For the most part, except for the states of Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Vermont and Illinois where the sale to minors is prohibited, the herbal substance remains legal in the United States.

As of the end 0f 2014 Kratom can be bought legally online or at participating stores, except of course in the previously listed states. Massachusetts has pending legislation in reference to the distribution and use of Kratom while the states of Oklahoma and Arizona withdrew its legislation to ban Kratom. The states decided that banning Kratom and its alkaloids would seriously undermine the positive medicinal usage of the substance.

Kratom, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa, is used for its pleasing opiate effect though it contains no opiates at all. However, the active ingredient in Kratom does bind with the mu-opioid, kappa-opioid, and serotonin receptors just as any opiate would do producing a stimulating anti-depressant and euphoric effect.

As with most mood enhancers and modifiers one group proclaims the positive wonders of Kratom’s effects while another group seeks to have it expelled from society due to its possible negative side-effects.Both the DEA and FDA have expressed their concerns over the legalities of Kratom in the US sighting the inherent possibility of abuse and subsequent addiction.

In a January 2013 publication the DEA stated that even though Kratom is used as an opiate substitute, long term use produces the same side-effects as the substances Kratom was invoked to replace. Those side-effects included dependency, withdrawals, anorexia, skin darkening, emotional and physical dysfunction, insomnia, and forms of psychosis.

In February 2014, the FDA issued an alert to its field personnel responsible for imports stating they could detain any products containing Mitragyna speciosa without physical inspection. Further, the FDA stated it had determined the substance to depict adverse health effects and qualified as an untested new dietary ingredient.

Though this FDA alert banned the import of any Kratom substance used for consumption, it does not ban its import as a legitimate botanical product. After filing a complaint in the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California labeling Kratom as a misbranded and unapproved drug, it authorized U.S. Marshalls to seize over 25,000 pounds of raw Kratom worth over $5 million from a company in Van Nuys, California.

The legality of Kratom in the United States is still an ongoing concern for lawmakers, those who protect our health, and for advocates on both sides of the fence. Though not a legal federal ban individual states have taken it upon themselves to determine the fate of the new wave substance found at gatherings, events, and in homes all across America. Regardless, it is yet to be determined whether Kratom is really the life-saving new medicine or the inevitable curse of the future. Check out Kraken Kratom’s selection of Kratom powder if you’d like to give this plant a try for yourself. Their product is lab tested and they ship everything for free.