What Is Kratom?
Kratom is a term that has gained a lot of publicity in recent months in the United States, but not many people are aware of what it is or where it comes from. Kratom is the name for leaves from the Mitragyna Speciosa of trees, which are indigenous to Southeast Asia, in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. The Kratom-tree is an evergreen tropical tree and is classified as a member of the coffee family.
Kratom-trees flourish in Southeast Asia because they need a hot and humid climate, and the soil in those regions perfectly matches the conditions that the trees need to thrive. Some of the factors that are important for growing Kratom include soil with high humus levers, and a pH range, anywhere between 5.5 to 6.5. The soil also needs to have a certain consistency, where it is not only able to drain well, but it also has the capacity to retain water.
Traditionally, the plant has been used in societies where the plant grows as a medicine. People in Thailand have chewed the leaves, to alleviate musculoskeletal discomfort, and to boost energy. Some reports claim that is works in a similar fashion to khat or coca. In Thailand, Kratom was “used as a snack to give to guests, and it was regarded as an important part of the ritual worship of ancestors and gods.” The herb is quite bitter and is typically incorporated with a sweetener.