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What is Kratom?

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With the rise of public interest in herbal supplements and natural alternatives, Kratom is becoming more available in wellness shops nationwide. As curiosity in the plant increases, so is the information surrounding Kratom, which is often confusing and misleading. 


Where Does Kratom Come From?

Kratom, also known as Mitragyna Speciosa, is a tropical tree from the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. For centuries, Kratom has been used to help with symptoms of pain in countries like Malaysia and Thailand, but the plant has become more popular in the United States in the last 10 years.The American Kratom Association estimates that over 13 million Americans use Kratom. Kratom leaves are taken from the trees and dried for different lengths of time, producing each strain's effects. Kratom can assist with symptoms of fatigue and chronic pain, and help increase mood and focus. Kratom is typically available in powder, capsules, extracts, edibles, and tea. 


What Is Kratom Used For?

The Kratom plant grows in a variety of strains and its leaves contain alkaloids that recent studies have linked to assisting with pain, fatigue, anxiety, and mood boost.


What Are The Side Effects?

Kratom’s side effects are mild and most commonly compared to coffee withdrawal. Each strain can have different effects depending on the individual, dosage, and the method for taking Kratom. In higher doses, Kratom can cause nausea, dizziness, or drowsiness. Mixing Kratom with other types of medicine may lead to serious side effects. It is always best to consult with your doctor before changing your daily routine. 


Is Kratom Safe?

Although research in the U.S. about the effects of Kratom is limited, Kratom may help assist with certain symptoms. At the Center for Clinical Pharmacology at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Susruta Majumdar, Ph.D., has been working to study kratom’s alkaloids and its pain relieving effects. Through his research, Majumdar believes that kratom has potential as a new medication for pain relief, but does admit more research on the effects is needed. We always recommend talking with your doctor before changing your daily routine. Although uncommon, some studies have stated regular long-term use of Kratom may affect one’s liver.  


How Can You Take Kratom? 

Kratom is available in powder, capsules, extracts and edible form. Kratom affects users differently and dosage varies on the individual. The most common method consumers use is the powder, which can be added to water, juice, or a smoothie. When using capsules or powder, it is best to start with 1 to 2 grams and increase as needed. Extracts are a concentrated form of Kratom and are typically used by consumers who are more familiar with Kratom and its effects. For kratom extracts, start with 2 to 3 ml and increase as needed and make sure to always follow the serving suggestions provided on the product label. 


Kratom Beginner Recommendations

Kratom’s effects are dependent on a person’s physiology as well as method of consumption. It is recommended that you start with 1 to 2 grams and increase the amount slowly until you achieve your desired effect. Bali strains are the most classic and are great beginner strains. For more information on strains, visit us at https://cbdkratomshops.com/kratom/.

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