What is Kratom
Kratom (aka Mitragyna Speciosa) grows natively in Southeast Asia like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It's leaves are harvested from tall trees and either chewed on fresh or dried out for exporting or grinding to powder. Kratom is part of the Rubiaceae family also know as the coffee family. First officially documented by Pieter Korthals, an official Dutch botanist, sometime in the 1830s.
Kratom is a medicinal leave traditionally has been used for it's psychoactive properties in it's native counties Malaysia and Thailand. Workers and laborers would chew the fresh leaves for a stimulating and pain numbing feeling to help get through the work day. The rest of world is finally taking notice and finding many great uses for this plant including a natural pain killer, energy booster, antioxidant, sexual enhancer, among many other benefits.
Kratom has many alkaloids including mitragynine (Reported in small doses to act as a stimulant, and in higher doses more opiate-like), Mitraphylline (Due to its structural similarity to mitragynine & 7-Hydroxymitragynine causes effects on mu and Delta opiate receptors), and 7-Hydroxymitragynine (Which studies have suggested is the main reason for the opioid effect of Kratom). Another alkaloid Kratom contains is Corynantheidine (Rauhimebine) also found in the stimulant and ingredient in many male enhancement pills Yohimbe.