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Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) is a tropical tree in the same family as the coffee tree (Rubiaceae). You may have heard it called Kakuam, Ketum (Malaysia), or Thom (Thailand).
The plant is native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia and is mostly grown in central and southern Thailand. Both high heat and high humidity make the perfect growing environment for this species to thrive.
Kratom has historically been used in the healing and spiritual practices of many ancient cultures and religions in the Southeast Asian region. Kratom leaves were chewed fresh, strained for tea, or dried and crushed to make powder. The plant has traditionally been used as a folk remedy to combat a large array of ailments, including but not limited to coughs, inflammation, diarrhea, and fatigue. It has also been known to be used as a replacement therapy for people struggling with opiate addiction.
Throughout the world today, there is widespread controversy concerning the use of Kratom. Many parts of Europe and Asia have either banned or scheduled it. Kratom is completely outlawed in Australia. Most interestingly, Kratom is banned in one of its origin countries- Thailand. Possessing one ounce of Kratom extract is punishable by death.
In the US, there are currently no FDA-approved therapeutic uses of Kratom. It remains legal to buy, sell, and possess in most parts of the US. However, some states and cities have placed heavier regulation and restrictions on the substance, even banning it completely.
For more information concerning the legality of Kratom in your region, follow the link below.
Despite the legal turmoil, people continue to research Kratom in the hopes that scientific evidence will tell us more about its true nature; whether it is a dangerous addictive drug to be outlawed, or if it is a truly is a benefit to humankind as advocates say, remains to be seen.
Follow the link below for an overview of what researchers have discovered about Kratom so far.
Kratom leaves can take a few shapes and forms. It is typically sold as a finely ground powder, but some researchers have found better ways to handle and test the substance. Kratom Capsules are helpful in the lab because the fine dusty powder is portioned out and contained for easier handling of the substance. Although the capsules certainly have facilitated easier handling of Kratom, they are not always precisely measured out. Recently, a new kind of Kratom hit the shelves in the form of a hard-pressed pellet in order to contain an exact amount of Kratom to eliminate variances in its research. This latest innovation has greatly assisted researchers in getting more accurate results from their analysis.
For more information about the latest innovations in the Kratom industry, follow the link below.
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“The Kratom Bible - A Complete Guide to Kratom.” Enso Botanicals, 9 July 2018, www.ensobotanicals.com/kratom/.
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