If you’ve ended up on this page, chances are you’re looking for more information on Kratom. No matter how familiar or unfamiliar you may be with Kratom, this article will give you all the information you could want on this amazing plant. So, what is Kratom? Well, it is a plant that has sparked quite a lot of controversy over the last few years. Today, we will delve into the background of Kratom, as well as the current availability and threats it currently faces.
Where Does Kratom Come From?
The best place to start is the beginning. Kratom was first discovered in 1839 by a botanist named Pieter Korthals. Scientifically, it goes by the name Mitragyna Speciosa and is classified under the coffee plant. Kratom is native to Southeast Asian regions such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. While it’s popularity has spread, the plant can only survive in a tropical climate. Kratom is harvested for it’s leaves, which can grow upwards of seven inches. These leaves come from the Kratom evergreen tree which has been known to grow as tall as eight-two inches.
While Kratom is widely available in the U.S., nearly all of the Kratom here is imported from Indonesia and Malaysia. As mention above, Kratom is also native to Thailand but it has only very recently become legal there. More on Kratom’s legal status, in a moment.
Kratom Powders, Capsules and Extracts
Now that you know where Kratom comes from, let’s focus on the many forms it takes in the marketplace. The most popular kind of Kratom is Kratom powder. This comes as a result of the leaves being crushed until it makes a fine powder. The most common quantities these powders are sold in are 4 ounce and 8 ounce bags. Some companies will sell kilos of powder, but most do not.
Not everyone is a fan of powder. Kratom is also available in capsule form. It takes the same Kratom powder and simply encapsulates it for easier handling. Capsules are always more expensive than powders since it requires more labor to deliver the end product.
In addition to powders and capsules, Kratom extract is also becoming more popular. People like extract because it produces anywhere from 35 to 50 times the potency of regular Kratom powder. Kratom extracts are found in either capsules form, or as shots. MIT 45 is a very popular extract brand with a growing following. Since extracts are so strong, you will get far less in quantity for your money but the potency more than makes up for it.
If you’ve spent any time browsing Kratom, you’ve probably noticed the variety of strains available. While there are too many variations to go over, we will cover the three most popular Kratom strains.
Green Maeng Da (aka “pimp grade” Kratom) is by far one of, if not the most popular Kratom strain around. It’s known for it’s high potency, as it has higher alkaloid levels of both mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. When crushed into powder, it takes on a darker greenish hue.
Red Bali is also another wildly popular strain. It has over 25 alkaloids present and known for a reddish hue. It comes from larger leaves typically and is dried longer than green strains.
We rank Green Malay as the third most popular Kratom strain. Also known for high potency, Green Malay is a well-balanced strain that comes from greener, glossy leaves.
There are dozens of Kratom strains around, but these three are the most popular and vary the most. Many other strains are offshoots of the same thing and you end up with a ton of different strains that may vary, but not necessarily enough to notice the difference. You will however know the difference between a Green Maeng Da and a Red Bali. That’s why at Karmaganics, these are the only three Kratom strains we offer.
Legal status and Controversy
Over the last few years, Kratom has caused quite the stir throughout the United States. Kratom advocates continue to encourage government bodies to follow the science and keep Kratom accessible to all. Unfortunately, the FDA has been on a full-fledged campaign to ban Kratom nationwide.
Unfortunately, there are some states and cities that have banned Kratom. As of this writing, that list is as follows: Sarasota, Vermont, Wisconsin, San Diego, Oceanside, Indiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Jersey County Illinois, Union County Mississippi, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, Denver Colorado.
The American Kratom Association, along with Kratom advocates continue to work toward reversing those bans as well as keep Kratom legal in the rest of the United States.
This article has provided a good answer to the question, “What is Kratom?” If you didn’t know before, you now know where Kratom comes from, what it is, it’s current legal status and more. If you are new to Kratom, you can start with either a Green Maeng Da, Red Bali or Green Malay strain. You will get a feel for which one you prefer.
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