Many must be asking Where Did Kratom Start? The recorded European history of Kratom begins in the mid-nineteenth century, but was probably observed by Dutch traders as early as the seventeenth century. The South East Asian history of kratom has no beginning as it has been a part of indigenous culture for thousands of years. It is an unremarkable part of daily life in many communities and is viewed no differently to coffee or nicotine.
When kratom was first formally described to the western world, it was by Dutch colonial botanist Pieter Korthals in 1839. His original work is very difficult to find, but it can still be found in a few libraries around the world. Kratom is so-called because he thought the stigma in the kratom he saw looked like the shape of a bishop’s mitre, hence, migragyna speciosa (the Latin name). People who purchase kratom rarely seek it out by its Latin name, but rather its Thai name, kratom. Moon Kratom prefers to stick to kratom’s true roots (and leaf!) with its name.
Kratom is becoming ever more popular in the West. The naturally occurring analgesic effects make it the preferred natural and organic method for people wanting to stop the addiction caused by taking prescription medications or to mitigate the side effects of substance abuse withdrawals. Whether being used recreationally for the dreamlike effects or used therapeutically for natural personal health care management, kratom has become a phenomenon in the USA and Europe over the recent years. There are many kratom strains commercially available, each known for their novel alkaloid compounds and differing effects.
How is it ingested?
In the past, the plant has been ingested by actually physically chewing on the leaf. However, the drug can also be taken by crushing the leaf into a powder and then adding it to food. The leaves can also be dried and crushed, then added to hot water to create a tea. In Thailand, Kratom is also added to some cough syrups. The concoction is known as 4×100. The leaves have a very bitter taste, which is usually offset by ingesting a sweeter food or beverage with the Kratom leaf or immediately after.
In East Asia it is also often used as a substitute for opium when opium is unavailable, or to moderate opium addiction. Mitragynine is used to gradually wean the user off narcotics. Within a few days, the addict would stop use of the narcotic they are addicted to, and the cravings and withdrawal will be moderated by the binding of mitragynine to the delta receptors. Mitragynine could also perhaps be used as a maintenance drug for addicts not wishing to quit but trying to moderate an out of hand addiction.
If you are keen on recreational experience try only using two or three times per week. Mix strains and dose sizes regularly. This will stop the body from adapting to a regular dose of the same material and building tolerance too quickly. First-timers should only use powders and stay away from concentrates, as the brain will adapt too quickly to this high dose and tolerance will build rapidly.