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Mitragyna speciosa or commonly called kratom, kratum, or krathom is a tropical deciduous and evergreen tree in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) and native to Southeast Asia and Indochina.
Kratom helps kills pain without making you groggy, giving you a hangover or destroying your sociability. It can help with mental alertness, concentration, depression and anxiety. It contains over 40 unique compound including a powerful pain killer called mitragynine.
When the trees are grown in different regions, the alkaloids change. Some are more sedative than others, and some are better for withdrawal. Also when taken in small doses the effects are stimulating, in higher doses the effects change and become more concentrated and more sedative.
The Canadian gov’t has not classified Kratom as a medicinal herb, so as of today it can only be recommended officially for scientific or shamanic purposes, and ‘not for human consumption’. Clinical testing that is taking place will eventually categorize it, but for now we will have to rely on the thousands of years it has been in use helping people with no reported deaths.
Popular Kratom Strains
Bali Kratom: This strain is actually grown in Borneo and not on the island of Bali which is its namesake. It was dubbed “Bali Kratom” because it is shipped out to international markets from ports in Bali. Bali and Borneo Kratom are usually interchangeable as names and in most cases generic Red Kratom also comes from this strain. Bali is considered to be a more relaxing strain that can produce euphoric sensations and aid in pain relief. It only offers a mild degree of energy enhancement compared to other varieties.
Thai Kratom: This strain is often compared to Bali and is described as being slightly more energizing and not as strong of a relaxer. It is also effective as an analgetic or natural pain reliever. Thai Kratom is relatively cheap, but it is often mislabeled and is another catch-all name for generic strains. Most Thai Kratom does not in fact grow in Thailand where it has been illegal to cultivate and sell for many years.
Malaysian or Malay Kratom: Malay is a Kratom strain that is seen as more stimulating, offering a lot of cerebral benefits. It is not as powerful for alleviating pain and anxiety, but it can help you release tension without inducing drowsiness or fatigue. Malay is also one of the longer-lasting strains that is often combined with other types to balance out the effects. Users say that mixing this leaf with other green or white strains can limit over-stimulation and restlessness. Reviews cite t