What is Kratom?
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a member of the Rubiaceae family of plants — which makes it a close relative of the coffee plant (Coffea spp.).
Much like its cousin, kratom is a powerful central nervous system stimulant. It’s used to boost both physical and mental energy.
Kratom has been a popular herb among laborers in Asian countries as a way to prevent burnout since the early 19th century — but its traditional medical use likely extends much further than that.
The effects of kratom are unique — it has some qualities that are stimulating, others that are sedative or anxiolytic. The dose of kratom determines its effects. High-dose kratom is a powerful painkiller and euphoric similar to opiate pain medications.
In lower doses, the kratom plant only offers mild pain relief but activates the central nervous system to make users feel more alert and energized.