The Southeast Asian herb scientifically named Mitragyna speciosa, or commonly known as kratom, has been in existence for centuries. Historically, people used this as a natural remedy to improve their mental and physical bandwidth in preparation for a long day’s work in the field but over the years, its usage and forms have evolved along with the changing needs of the people. Today, it is being freely sold in the market in varying forms such as kratom capsule, powder or tablet and is commonly brewed as a tea. This herbal supplement produces opioid-like effects that help aid fatigue, pain, and eases opioid withdrawal. 

How does it work? 

One of the unique traits of Kratoms is its ability to inculcate alkaloids – a class of compounds containing nitrogen atoms – through its leaves which is the primary identifier of its effectiveness.  Out of 37 different compounds, two of the most active are Mitragynine (an indole-based alkaloid) and 7-Hydroxymitragynine (terpenoid indole alkaloid). Studies show that the latter is 46 times more potent than the former and 14 times more than morphine. These should not be a point of concern as alkaloids in kratom leaves only contain roughly around 0.5 to 1.5% – a considerably safe percentage that is proven to be safe for human consumption. 

These compounds respond according to how our body’s nervous system reacts which is primarily the instigator of that effect of relief similar to any powerful opioid drug. However, there are different potencies and recommended doses across all forms of Kratom products to keep you away from potential health threats. 

How Has Kratom Gone So Far? 

Although commonly known as a Southeast Asian plant, Kratom has quite gone over and beyond borders in recent years. In fact, there has been a rise in consumer demand in the western parts of the world, particularly in the United States of America – estimating around 10 to 16 million regular American users to date. This is based on an average of 2,000 metric tons of Kratom that is imported to America on a monthly basis. Clearly, the steady rise of consumer intent and purchase drives the industry on this side of the world and, in effect, pushes for a broadened supply across different states. Contrary to popular belief, Kratoms are not a “synthetic” or a “drug but a natural herb in the coffee family. With its opioid-like effects, many consumers often tag this herb as a “safer” substitute, hence the continuous fight to legalize it as an official, certified medicine. 

What’s next for Kratom?

Unfortunately, the international attention that this herb has gained over the past decade didn’t help in its quest for legalization. Different private and public sectors across the world have begun to question its traits and effectiveness. Although it is unsafe when consumed excessively like any other drug, it is still too soon to label it as an entirely dangerous herb substance because of a lack of scientific support.

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