The Origins of Kratom and Its History

Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is a plant that many people have used throughout history, but it’s recently started to rise to popularity in the Western world. Most people seek out kratom as a type of herbal remedy or supplement, which is why it’s starting to become so popular again. 


Where is Kratom Grown?


Kratom grows naturally in Southeast Asia, where people have already been using it for centuries. Related to the coffee plant, Kratom grows naturally in massive forests across the islands of Borneo and Hulu Kapuas in Indonesia, and many other areas have cultivated thousands of acres of farms. Unless specifically stated, all of our kratom comes from wild forest trees which are vastly more mature and larger than the newly planted plantation trees.

Some societies used it as a stimulant, and they would chew on kratom leaves in an attempt to get more energy for their day’s work. These native cultures believe in kratom’s ability to restore appetite, increase energy, and even benefit sexual potency. Over time, tribes began eating it, smoking it, and brewing it like a tea.


Kratom enthusiasts across the centuries have used this natural substance to improve their wellbeing, help with minor aches and pains, and help provide increased energy, stamina, and mental clarity. The combination of these properties made kratom extremely popular among field workers, farmers, and other laborers who had physically demanding jobs. These workers relied on kratom to give them energy as well as soothing the aches and pains that come along with a physically difficult job.


In the United States it is gaining popularity with an estimated 16+ million users as reported in 2019. Many believe it will help them improve their quality of life instead of the more traditional (in the last 100 years) pharmaceutical route that our Western countries have come to rely on. While the FDA does not agree with these feelings, they claim Kratom is a dangerous opioid that has killed more than 50 people in the last 10 years. However, according to this link, you will see the proof of mismanagement of information and a campaign to demonize the plant that so many have come to trust for daily improvement of their lives--allowing them to function once again as they did before prescription medications caused issues in their bodies. 


Kratom Strains


Much like other popular plants, kratom comes in different strains, which are associated with different effects. Depending on where you look or who you ask, you may see kratom broken up into red vein, green vein, and white vein strains. That differentiation is made by looking at the little veins in kratom leaves. Among those more general types, there are also specific types of kratom, like Maeng Da or Green Malay. If you’re unsure about the different types of kratom strains, talk to an expert at your trusted vendor, and they will be able to give you specific information.

One heavily debated and misunderstood principle about Kratom is that there is only one kratom tree. There are many different regions it grows in but there is no "Red Vein Tree" and "White Vein Tree". All of the colors come from the same tree! The differences are based on when the leaves are harvested in their life cycle and the way they are dried. We are growing our own trees indoors in our facility in Colorado and can harvest all 3 vein colors off the same tree!


The different strains of kratom are often associated with having slightly different effects. For example, some say green or white veined kratom is best for having energy and an uplifted mood. Red-veined kratom, on the other hand, might generally be associated with relaxing effects and greater help with aches and pains. If you’re looking for a kratom to address a specific ailment, it’s best to consult a doctor. Vendors of Kratom cannot and should not make any sort of health claims about Kratom as it is not permitted by the FDA just as it is not permitted with any supplement they haven't approved. 


Kratom Capsules/ Powder


Some natives of Southeast Asia used to chew kratom leaves, holding the chewed leaf in the cheek much lime tobacco dip, and the effect seems to be substantially more effective than once the leaves are dried and ground. For this reason, we are soon going to be packaging and selling Fresh Kratom Leaf as a premium option for our most curious and adventurous customers! For more information click on our link above for Fresh Kratom!

In the United States, most kratom is normally sold either in capsules or as a powder. The powder is simply ground up dried kratom leaves, and it acts very quickly, which makes it popular. Most people who consume kratom powder do so by mixing it into juice, coffee, or a smoothie, and you can still use this form to make a traditional kratom tea although consuming the full powder tends to result in longer lasting effects. 


Some people dislike using straight kratom powder because it requires measuring, which can make a mess. Some people also dislike the taste of kratom, as it can be too bitter for some people. In those cases, people normally find that they prefer kratom capsules. This option is basically pre-measured doses of kratom packaged in gelatin shells. All the customer has to do is swallow the capsule down with some water or any other drink.


These capsules have to dissolve, so the effects may be slightly delayed compared to plain powder. Customers normally report that they can start feeling the effects of their kratom capsules within 15 to 20 minutes. For any kratom-buying option, it’s extremely important to purchase from a reputable source who offers cGMP manufacturing and fully transparent testing results. This will help you ensure that the product is pure and does not contain any harmful additives. It will also help you be more confident that capsules contain the right level of dosing.


There is a third option for kratom consumers, and that’s tincture or extract. This is starting to become more popular but still isn’t as widely used as the powder or capsule methods. This method of consumption is not recommended in any way due to the lack of knowledge surrounding the various other alkaloids which may not be passed through into the extract and may change it's properties and not in a good way. We strongly recommend that you steer clear of any extracts!


What States Have Banned Kratom?


At one point, there was the talk of making kratom illegal in the United States. The citizens rose up, though, and there was an outpouring of support from people who claimed kratom had amazing benefits for them. In 2016, we joined many supporters in Washington DC to demand that Kratom be kept legal and thus far, it is!. Support has even come from leading medical professionals at places like Johns Hopkins University. That was enough to keep kratom legal nationally, but some states have decided to make it illegal.


Kratom is currently illegal in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Vermont, and Wisconsin. All of those states have their own legislature that prevents their residents from consuming kratom as a natural supplement or remedy. Other cities have also banned kratom. The District of Columbia, Denver (can be sold but must be labeled that it is not for human consumption), San Diego, and Sarasota all have regulations against this plant.


Is Kratom an Opioid?


While kratom can interact with the brain in some ways similar to how opioids do, it’s not related to opium. In fact, kratom is more closely related to coffee or chocolate than it is to any type of opioid.  Chocolate can activate opiate receptors in the brain as does cheese! We don't call those opiates! That’s part of the reason many people feel more comfortable using kratom than they do with any type of dangerous illicit substances. There is still a lot of research that must occur before we can start making very definitive claims about what kratom does, but so far it has a lot of early support from scientific and medical professionals.


Based on available research ( kratom enthusiasts and scientists believe this natural supplement carries fewer health risks and dependence problems than other substances. 

Even though the evidence shows that Kratom is not toxic or any more addictive than coffee, one should always consult your doctor before starting any kratom! And if you decide to use it, it means taking appropriate, calculated doses, and purchasing from a trusted vendor with a safe product.


Kratom for Sale Online


Kratom has become popular for medicinal purposes in the United States and is starting to be enjoyed recreationally as well. Whatever it is you want to get out of your kratom experience, it’s important to consume it responsibly and rely on pure plants from a trusted source. At Laughing Lion Herbs, we take great pride in carrying only fine kratom that was ethically sourced and safely produced in our facility.

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