Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa Korthals)

What is Kratom?
Kratom is the common name for the plant Mitragyna speciosa Korthals, originated from South-East Asia. It is in the same family (Rubiaceae) as coffee and the psychoactive plant Psychotria viridis. Other species in the Mitragyna genus are used medicinally in Africa, and also used for their wood.

In Thailand the leaves of the Kratom plant have been used for many centuries for their medicinal and psychoactive qualities, which are comparable to that of opiate-based compounds. Kratom leaves were used to treat everything from diarrhea, headache and cough to opium addiction and pain. The lower laboring classes of Thailand also used Kratom as a recreational product to escape from their daily hardships, as well as to stimulate their mind and body. In recent times the use of Kratom as a recreational substance has also gained popularity in the West. Today, Kratom is a powerful herb providing adults with relaxation, mood elevation, pain relief and an exploration of inner state.

Kratom is legal in Europe and in the USA. Only a small number of countries have prohibited kratom: Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Kratom is unique because it induces distinct effects depending on the serving portions. Remarkably, Kratom has both stimulating and sedative-like qualities. The enjoyment comes on fairly quickly, within five to ten minutes, and can be remarkably pleasurable, i.e. relaxation and sedation, analgesia and euphoria. Hence, Kratom experience has been described as similar to opiate-based products, but milder. At small servings, the effects of Kratom are stimulant and euphoric. An individual may feel more alert, talkative, sociable and energetic. In addition, sexual energy has also frequently been increased. At higher servings, Kratom may produce extremely pleasurable, euphoric effects that are often accompanied by closed-eye visuals. The effects of Kratom last for about 4-6 hours, but the residual lingering effects may last longer.

Acute side effects include dry mouth, loss of appetite and constipation.

How to Use?
Historically in Thailand, Kratom leaves were usually chewed because fresh leaves were readily available. Nowadays, where dried leaves are the norm, Kratom leaves can be used to prepare a tea or powdered and stirred in a fruit juice. To prepare Kratom tea, put 5 to 25 grams of crushed leaves in hot water and let it infuse for a while. Add tea and sugar or honey, if you wish. The experience should last for 4 to 8 hours. In low servings (up to 5 grams) Kratom tea has been known to induce mild euphoria and to reduce fatigue, giving the drinker higher energy and the ability to concentrate better. At strong servings 5 to 25 grams the experience becomes very euphoric and immensely pleasurable. When using Kratom extract, take half of the amounts of the leaves.

12/4/10: "Purple Sticky Kratom" 
3 grams of 15x atomix extract


Me said...

leaves can also be used for medical purpose. Some people are using it for pain relief.

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