get to know kratom.

Kratom is an herb that comes from the tropical tree of the same name. Also known as Mitragyna speciosa, the tree is indigineous to Southeast Asia. In countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, kratom that has been used medicinally for hundreds of years, and it only recently gained attention in the U.S. As you look into it as a potential natural remedy to multiple health concerns, you may find yourself asking what it does—and probably how to pronounce it (for the record, kratom can be pronounced a variety of ways, most popularly rhyming with “atom” or “Tatum.”). Below are answers to common questions about kratom.

How do You Consume it?
The kratom leaves can be ground up and used in teas, mixed with liquids, or taken as a capsule. It should be taken as a microdose—a dose big enough to experience the physiological benefits of the drug but small enough to not face its adverse side effects. It’s in the microdose that users experience its slight feelings of euphoria, which are similar to those effects people in enjoy when drinking a cup of coffee. The amount of time you’ll feel the effect of kratom depends on your dosage—a higher amount will last up to five hours, while lower dosages affect you for one or two hours.

What Are Its Benefits?
In the last ten years, the number of Americans using kratom as alternative medicine has grown significantly, with an estimated three to five million people taking it as an herbal supplement. They use it to alleviate problems of the mind and body. Kratom has been reported to increase attentiveness, euphoria, and mood levels, while simultaneously reducing anxiety. For those using it to address physical ailments, they have found it relieves pain, increases energy levels, and soothes muscle aches. Some users take it as an alternative to pharmaceuticals to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Kratom is considered by the FDA to be a dietary supplement, which means it is unregulated. Like any other herbal supplement, it is important to educate yourself on its usage, proper dosage, and potential side effects.

varieties of kratom.

A red vein variety believed to be an effective painkiller.