Getting to Know Kratom: ‘Alternative Herbs’ Herbs From Tropical Plants

Kratom leaves are now in demand by many people as alternative medicine.

Kratom is a psychoactive plant that has been used by Bali Kratom as a traditional medicinal herb in many Asian regions for thousands of years.

A literature study reveals kratom centuries ago has become part of the plants consumed by people, especially those who settled in southern Thailand and northern Malaysia.

Kratom belongs to the coffee family (Rubiaceae) which produces important alkaloids such as caffeine. Tropical plants grow as high as 4-16 meters and ordinary people use the leaves that have a width beyond the palm of an adult.

Since long ago, farmers and fishermen used to consume kratom leaves as herbal stimulants believed to be effective in boosting work productivity and driving out fatigue. They usually consume kratom leaves by chewing like betel leaves or brewed like tea.

The plant nicknamed mitragyna speciosa grows in tropical countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. Kratom was later widely known in the United States and several European countries because it was considered efficacious as a recreational medical alternative.

Kratom is sold and marketed like supplements in the form of capsules and fine powder. Besides being labeled effective as a recreational pain relieving herbal, kratom is also intended for users who want to be free from drug addiction.

The commodities and markets of kratom users are growing along with a series of scientific studies. In the field of medical science, many researchers recognize kratom as a plant that can be used for alternative medical needs.

A professor in the field of emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Erdward W. Boyer, pocketed a research report that revealed the reason kratom could become a recreational medical plant.

If consumed in low doses, Boyer said, kratom can act as a stimulant and help improve focus. As for use with high doses, kratom can be a sedative that produces anti-pain effects like opium.

According to Boyer, the sensation of relaxation occurs because the active ingredients in kratom, namely mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, bind to opioid receptors in the human body.

Boyer called kratom as effective as morphine in terms of pain relief. “You can get very effective analgesics (from kratom),” Boyer was quoted as saying by CNN.

Facts of kratom leave that must be known.

  1. Kratom tree leaves have psychoactive properties

This kratom plant originates from the Southeast Asia region or according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) called mitragyna speciosa. The leaves of this tree have psychoactive properties that can be crushed, smoked, brewed into tea, or put in capsules.

  1. People use it as a painkiller

One of the main reasons people use this leaf is because it is efficacious for pain relief. This was stated by a professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, Marc Swogger. Others use kratom leaves to treat post-traumatic stress disorder or social anxiety.

  1. Has a stimulating effect at low doses

Unlike opiates that have a sedative effect, kratom actually has a stimulation effect with low doses and a relaxing effect. People who use these drugs say, this leaf provides benefits that the pain disappears.

Consult your doctor if you have a history of certain diseases or medical conditions, such as having a history of heart disease, heart surgery, ulcer, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, drug allergies, smokers, and asthma. Pregnant women and those taking blood-thinning drugs (anticoagulants) are also advised to consult a doctor before using this drug. Children and adolescents under the age of 18 are not advised to use this drug.

The solution to treat narcotics addiction

Researcher Erward Boyer noted the use of kratom is becoming popular among limited groups because it is often advertised as a supplement that can be an alternative to overcome addictions from narcotics or certain drugs.

According to Boyer, handling addiction problems with certain drugs requires patients to more often go back and forth to see a doctor get a prescription. This does not apply to kratom, because buyers can simply order it instantly online.

However, Boyer underlines the important note that the ‘practical handling’ given by kratom does not mean that it can be concluded as a solution to overcome addiction.

“By presenting something that you can buy at any time, it means eliminating the professional role in providing (medical) assistance,” Boyer said, stressing that the condition poses a risk for users addicted to kratom

Sold for Online

Increased buy kratoms because there are markets that buy them. Not only in America, but in Indonesia kratom is now a commodity that is in demand by limited circles.

Kratom is sold in neat packaging and even has a brand from each seller. The kratom sellers are selling their merchandise online, either through Facebook, Instagram or through the stalls of online seller services.

Kratom is sold in capsules or fine powder packaging. A bottle of kratom usually contains 80-100 capsules.

The sales model in various countries is the same as that of kratom sellers in America. In the land of Uncle Sam, some even opened a kratom specialty shop.

There are many types of variants (strains) of kratom. The two strains most widely sold are kratom type Maeng Da and Red Vein. Maeng Da is promoted by sellers as a stimulant producing kratom which has the effect of increasing mood and energy.

While the Red Vein is said to provide a relaxing effect, make the body feel light, and normalize blood circulation. If Maeng Da is recommended to be consumed while working / doing activities, Red Vein is recommended by the seller to be consumed while relaxing.

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