Mitragyna speciosa may be a tree within the coffee family, found in Thailand and other tropical countries. Traditionally, in Southeast Asia, people have chewed its leaves or made them into a tea that’s wont to fight fatigue and improve work productivity. Mitragyna speciosa has also usually been used during religious ceremonies and to treat medical conditions like pain and diarrhea, sometimes as a substitute for opium.
Two compounds in kratom leaves, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, interact with opioid receptors within the brain, producing sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain when taken in high doses. Lower doses cause alertness rather than sedation.
Some people in Western countries use kratom to undertake to treat pain or manage opioid withdrawal symptoms.
The effects of kratom are often described as like opium based-products, but milder. Generally, the consequences are stimulating and euphoric at lower doses and are more calming and narcotic at higher doses. These effects …