There is a new “headline grabbing” health plant and it is not marijuana. It is Mitragyna Speciosa, more commonly known as Kratom. Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia.
It has reported many medicinal uses. Users have reported positive health effects. They include, stimulation, relaxation, focus, and pain relief. It is also available in different strains, and each strain has a different reported effect.
The health effects are due to the more than 40 alkaloids contained in the plant. The main alkaloids are Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. This is also the source of much controversy.The alkaloids act on the same receptors in the brain as pharmaceutical pain killers. Although, it is not an opiate, it has reported “opiate like” effects.
Some call it a miracle, some say it is not better than opiate drugs. The war rages on.