The kratom plant contains analytes that offer stimulant and analgesic effects. These effects are characteristic only for Mitragyna speciosa. The most common kratom plants available in the United States are the Bumblebee, Rifat – highly medicinal, and the Pink India strain. There is no strain properly named in the botanist realm named Maeng Da Kratom. It is a street name, a pimp name for kratom mixed with other unlisted ingredients.

Currently, kratom is not scheduled by the United Nations Drug Conventions.

“The leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, ‘kratom’, have been used traditionally as a relaxant, stimulant, anxiolytic and to treat minor pain. Recent surveys also indicate that kratom may be used as a self‐medication substitute for prescription and illicit opioids in the United States. Research suggests that kratom may produce its effects without the respiratory suppression induced by classical opioids.”

Kratom tea delivers a calming effect, a sense of wellness and is ideal for PTSD. It relieves arthritis pain and provides energy. Tea is made with one leaf seeped in a half cup of warm water for 4 to 8 hours. One leaf, kept in the refrigerator, will supply a week of tea.

“Kratom is commonly used by native people to increase their energy while working. Small or moderate doses, consisting of 1 to 5 g of raw leaves, can produce mild stimulant effects. Higher doses, greater than 5 to 15 g, can produce opioid-like effects. The onset of effect after chewing the leaves is about 5 to 10 minutes and lasts approximately 2 to 5 hours.”

Do not partake in kratom in conjunction with opioids: “Mitragynine stimulates postsynaptic α-2 adrenergic receptors.Dexmedetomidine is an α-2 adrenergic agonist used for sedation, and clonidine is an α-2 adrenergic agonist used to manage pain, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, and symptoms of withdrawal (e.g. from opiates, benzodiazepines, alcohol, tobacco). This may be why kratom can attenuate withdrawal symptoms from opioid withdrawal in excess of the potency of its opioid actions and why it might be more dangerous when used with other sedative and hypnotic agents. Both of these α-2 adrenergic agonists accentuate the sedative, hypnotic, and analgesic effects of other drugs.”

There is a new US Patent using hemp and kratom, US Patent 10,226,069 dated 2019, in a blunt pre-roll. The issue with smoking is that ignition destroys beneficial analytes. Kratom is commonly sold in a powered form at ‘smoke shops,’ but the safest way to use kratom is from one’s own kratom tree, like the natives of Southeast Asia where the tree thrives.

Availability of live kratom trees is scarce because it requires tropical conditions. Greenhouses and grow rooms with humidifiers work well for providing the tropical conditions. The tree must be pruned or it will flourish into a full-sized twenty-foot or more mature tree. This is not a problem because people who have their own kratom tree harvest leaves on a regular basis and trim bare limbs.

Kratom trees are available in the the Southeast, but the supply is limited.

Have a great day!

Your Watchdog


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English: Mitragyna Speciosa tree
20 August 2011, 17:19:18
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