Kratom is an herbal extract that comes from the leaves of an evergreen tree (Mitrajna speciosa) grown in Southeast Asia There are several ways to take kratom, but most people just drink it. The leaves are ground into a powder and brewed into a strong tea. Various sweeteners or flavors can also be added,.
According to the website Kratom.org, “Kratom is a complex plant — there are 16 key ingredients in the leaves, each with its own set of effects. The ratios of these compounds can change from one strain to another, giving each one a unique effect profile.” These effects may include:
Physically and mentally stimulating
The different strains of kratom are grouped into three main categories depending on the color of the leaf veins — red, white, and green. Red vein kratom is generally more relaxing and sedating. Best for pain relief and trouble sleeping. White vein kratom is generally thought to be the most stimulating option. With euphoric alkaloids, these strains boost mood and motivation. Green-vein kratom is the largest, most plentiful of the groups. The high variability within this group may make their effects less predictable but they offer a good balance of relaxation and stimulating effects.
Dosage also determines the effects of Kratom. Low doses work like a stimulant, similar to coffee but without the anxiety or jittery feeling coffee can cause. Low doses can also create feelings of euphoria and help drinkers think more clearly. At higher doses, kratom works more like a sedative. Drinkers will feel relaxed. These doses are most useful for supporting sleep, easing anxiety, and alleviating chronic pain or muscle tension.
Paul, Wade. Kratom Guides. “What Is Kratom? Uses, Side Effects, & Safety.” https://kratom.org/