Facts about Kratom - What is Kratom?



The correct botanical name of the Kratom tree which is known as ‘Biak-Biak’, ‘ithang’ or ‘mambog’ amongst natives from Southeast Asia, is Mitragyna speciosa (Rubiaceae). This psychoactive plant is grown in the region of Indochina and can be divided into three different strains: Red-vein, Green-vein and White-vein.[1]


All strains are told to have strong beneficial effects on mind and body. Therefore, the plant was traditionally used as an herbal medicine against pain, depression and anxiety.[2]

Agricultural workers who did hard physical labour needed it to increase stamina and endurance in Thailand and Malaysia. Up to 30 fresh leaves were chewed to relieve musculoskeletal pain as well as chronical pain. Its capability as a cure for fever, a treatment for opiate withdrawal or wounds was reported several decades ago.[3]

Nowadays science

The leaves contain the alkaloid mitragynine which has been documented to have dose-dependent stimulant and pain relieving effects.[4]

Lower concentrations of those alkaloids like the White veined leaves, more euphoria, energy and focus is experienced. Higher concentrations, like in the red veined leaves, sedating and relaxing effects will occur.[5]

Besides, study shows that the major alkaloid mitragynine has potent opioid agonist property but is structurally different from morphine and other opioid narcotic pain killers.[6] However kratom has not been approved by the FDA yet and cannot be sold as a plant supplement to help with health issues.

If you want to know more about the different kratom strains and which one would be suiting you, take a look at our Red Vein, Green vein and White Vein blog description!


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[1] S. Gibbons, W. Arunotayanun (2013) Natural Product (Fungal and Herbal), in Novel Psychoactive Substances
[2] Elizabeth A. Hausner, Robert H. Poppenga (2013) Hazards Associated with the Use of Herbal and Other Natural Products, in Small Animal Toxicology
[3] S. Assanasgkornchai, A. Muekthong, N. Sam-Angsri,U. Pattanasattayawong (2007) The use of Mitragynine speciosa (‘Krathom’),an addictive plant, in Thailand
[4]Library Barry Kerr Logan Center for Forensic Science Research and Education  (2014) Identification of mitragynine and O-desmethyltramadol in Kratom and legal high products sold online, in Wiley Online
[5] Thongpradichote et al. (1998) . Identification of opioid receptor subtypes in antinociceptive actions of supraspinally administered mitragynine in mice, in Life Sciences 62
[6] Boyer et al. (2008) Self-treatment of opioid withdrawal using kratom.


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