Kratom 101: Essential Guide

The Origin of Kratom

Known as Mitragyna Speciosa, Kratom is an evergreen tree from the same family as the coffee plant. It is commonly grown in wild, tropical areas, such as rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and Papa New Guinea.

Kratom has been harvested and traditionally used for centuries by locals for well-being, such as increasing energy and stamina, as well as relief and sociability.

How Kratom Works

Kratom has a number alkaloids that are responsible for the feel-good effects it provides. Two compounds in kratom leaves, mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxymitragynine, interact with opioid receptors in the brain, producing sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain, especially when users consume large amounts of the plant. The main compound, mitragynine, also interacts with other receptor systems in the brain to produce stimulant effects. When kratom is taken in small amounts, users report increased energy, sociability, and alertness instead of sedation.

Different Strains & Their Effects

The naming convention for kratom generally consists of the vein colour of the leaf, followed by the region in which it is grown – for instance, “Red Borneo”.

White Strains

Widely known for their highly, energetic properties, white strains are popular for improving focus, clarity and motivation.

They are stimulating and uplifting, making them popular strains for proactive individuals.

Green strains

Green Strains are highly regarded for their mind-body energy and ability to provide a sense of clarity and mood elevation. These strains are also known to be long-lasting and euphoric with uplifting profiles.

Red strains

Renowned for providing restorative relief, red strains are relaxing in nature and popular for bringing a sense of tranquility and calmness. As a result, they are often considered a night-time favourites for many kratom users.

Yellow Strains

Yellow Strains are popular for their uniquely balanced characteristics. They offer moderate effects of euphoria and stimulation, falling neatly between white and green strains, with added notes of tranquility.

Gold Strains

Harvested from red vein trees, they become gold after a secondary sun-drying process. Similar to red strains, they induce relaxation and relief, but are more known for their sense of happiness and contentment.

Kratom & You

Kratom often provides a subjective experience varying from person to person. While one strain may be a favourite for one person, this may not be the case for another. A good strategy for new users is to try different vein colours, to see what they like and go from there. It can take some trial and error in finding the right strain and amount, but with some patience and luck, our products have the potential to help people in many ways.

Overall, the best advice is to start slow and work your way up, try some different colours of strains, stay hydrated, and contact your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns.


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