Perhaps the most unique and quite confusing part of the effects of kratom is its ability to give different results depending on the strains that were used. When kratom is introduced into the body, it’s then triggered by varying alkaloids that are generally seen in the Mitragyna speciosa plant.
Even though the plant is native to Southeast Asia, they vary in alkaloid content. The alkaloid content of kratom is different based on a number of factors, and these include the following: monthly growth, leaf harvest periods, and geographical location. Its varying characteristics have prompted certain scientific circles to conclude that there may be different and diverse geographical traits of the same species of plant.
What is the star alkaloid of kratom?
There are many different alkaloids found in varying species of kratom. However, some alkaloids do stand above the rest, and some of these include the following: Ajmalicine, Ciliaphylline, Corynanteidine, Corynoxine, Epicatechin, Isomitraphylline, Mitragynine, Mitraphylline, and Rhynochophylline. Among the many alkaloid strains found in Kratom, one of the most popular is kratom mitragynine. Mtragynine kratom is known as an anti-diarrheal, analgesic, anti-malarial, and a psychedelic antagonist. Even though it already has a very long history of use, it’s still a fact that this plant is nothing more than a stimulant and an opioid. However, its effects can be different than opioid drugs, as long as the proper dosage is observed and no overdose takes place. Various kratom variants will even help in dealing with withdrawal symptoms from the use of opioid drugs.
What is an alkaloid?
It’s now known that there are over 10,000 alkaloids known to humankind, and about 16,000 are found in the NAPRALERT database. The compounds are generally found in different plant families across the globe. Also, about 20% to 30% of all species of plants amass alkaloids. These substances are commonly used in medicine, especially for the relief or treatment of certain ailments. However, some of these products are very expensive and can have price tags that can even amount to five figures. Also, not all alkaloids can benefit the human body and mind. Some alkaloids are toxic, and these are even responsible for the properties of some plants to contain poisonous traits. Nonetheless, most alkaloids come from some amino acids, and most would have users take advantage of physiological benefits. Most of the effects are reasonably basic, but overdosing on kratom and other mitragynines can cause particular psychological disorders like addiction.
Kratom species located in different regions around the world will have concentrated amounts of mitragynine. There are, however, particular strains of kratom that will have higher sedating effects than the norm. Some examples that can give potent sedating effects include that of the red vein kratom variations because these will have larger amounts and concentrations of 7-hydroxymitragynine and Mitraphylline. On the other hand, green and white kratom strains will contain a denser amount of mitragynine but a lower number of 7-hydroxymitragynine content. Do note that there’s still a majority of low-strength alkaloids found in different plant species that do possess a synergistic effect when they’re mixed with other alkaloid groups with high potency.