What is kratom?

Big kratom leaves
This article provides some basic knowledge on this wonderful plant and its history. Perfect for people new to the world of kratom.

Mitragyna speciosa or more known as kratom is a tree mostly grown in Southeast Asia. In countries such as: Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar. People use it for chronic pain, sleeping problems or recreational use everyday. Before we dive any deeper into the effects, lets get some more background information on kratom.

What is kratom and it’s origin?

Kratom has been used by native tribes as a traditional medicine for ages. The leaves used to be chewed to gain extra energy and helps the  people to relax. Especially farmers or people with physically hard work used kratom. It acts as a painkiller thus making hard work easier and more pleasant. Over time more and more people start to take kratom recreational or for treating chronic pain. In recent years more people started taking kratom to treat opioid withdrawals.

Effects of kratom

Different kratom strains have sligthy different effects, but most kratom strains provide most of the following:

  • Boost in energy
  • Beter concentration
  • Sleepiness
  • Pain relieving
  • Relaxation
  • Increased sociability

You will experience different effects, depending on what dosage you take. based on what effect you’d like to achieve. Here is some quick information about dosing.

  • A lower dose of kratom is around 2 grams or less. This will boost your energy and productivity.
  • A higher dose of kratom is above 3 grams. This will calm you down and help you relax.

Red vein

Red vein kratom is the most sold kratom in the world. Combine the green vein and white vein sales together and red vein still sales more. This is because red vein is for most users the strongest kratom vein on the market. The red vein kratom also has other effects but those are more subtle than the relaxing effects. Some of the effects are: enhancing its users mood, pain relieving and stimulating effects. Because of its powerful relaxing effects it’s also a perfect kratom for beginners. 


White vein

White vein kratom is an energy enhancing kratom. It strongly stimulates your mood, it will make you feel happy and more alive. But it is most known for the boost in energy its user gets from it. Because of this boost in energy people use this kratom to get work done or when they go to a party. The white vein also has some more subtle effects such as: pain relieving and relaxing effects. 


Green vein

Green vein kratom can be best described as a mixture between red and white vein kratom. It has the pros of the red and white vein. The pain relief from the red vein is powerful in green vein kratom. It also has the mood enhancing effects of the white vein kratom. Combine these two effects together and you get a kratom that’s great for every occasion. Whether you are looking to boost productivity or trying to reduce that killing back pain, green vein kratom can do it for you.

Kratom dosage

Lower dosage

If you take a lower dose you can expect the following effects:

  • Better concentration and focus
  • Energy boost
  • Increased sociability
  • anxeity relief

People often take low dosages of kratom as a pre workout for gym sessions or if they have work laying around that needs to be finished. It helps with motviation which people greatly appreciate in the gym and for work.

Higher dosage

Higher doses of kratom can give stronger effects, some of the lower dosed effects will make way for other effects. The effects you can expect with a higher doses of kratom is:

  • Euphoric
  • Pain relieving
  • Relaxation / Sedation

Even though you get these new effects it is still likely to have a better concentration, energy boost and an increased sociability.

Kratom addiction

Kratom is physically and mentally addictive for users who take it for a very long continous period of time. People who use it to treat chronic pain or to cope with opioid withdrawals have a bigger chance to become addicted, but since kratom is way less vunerable to your body. Getting addicted to kratom can be a concern, when using kratom very regualy some of the withdrawal symptoms could be:

  • Muscle pain
  • runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Hot flashes

More withdrawal symptoms can be listed, but you get the idea now. Using kratom can bring unwanted side effects. The withdrawal symptoms usually last 1 week or shorter but very rarely users have reported that it took 4 weeks to not feel any withdrawal symptoms. To read more about kratom and addiction, check out this post: is kratom addictive?

Final thoughts

Kratom is for many people a plant that changes their lives in a positive way, helping them treat their chronic pain, opioid withdrawals or using it recreationally for fun. It has a lot of positive effects that we love about kratom, but there is no denying that it might be addictive. Still unsure if you want to try it? Look around on our information hub for more information about kratom or contact us and ask us any questions.

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