If you’re searching ‘what is Kratom’ on Google, you are sure to find a ton of information. Some of it is accurate, but a lot of it is not. In truth, the question asking ‘what is Kratom’ will take more than just a single stroke of the keyboard on Google if you are looking for an honest answer.
Here at Sumbawa Kratom we are going to divulge the mystery associated with Kratom, what it is, and everything else in between. That’s our responsibility to you. But you also have a responsibility – to keep an open mind.
Whether you’re researching Kratom for personal use or for something else, you cannot get the full picture of this plant if you come into it with biases and inaccurate estimations. There are a lot of noise around Kratom and we want to make sure you come into this article with Tabula Rasa (a clean slate).
What Is Kratom?
If you’re looking for the short answer that’s easy – Kratom is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia. The leaves of a Kratom tree are harvested, dried, and crushed into a fine powder and then taken by the user, usually in a tea or other preferred drink.
That’s pretty much the basics of Kratom powder, but there’s so much more to it than that. This plant has been fighting for preservation for centuries, not just decades.
However, the main question you should be asking yourself is: what is Kratom to me? What separates the answer from the question is the experience Kratom can bring to the user.
Before we get into all of that in this series, let’s discuss the story of origin.
What Is Kratom Doing In America?
You already know Kratom comes from Southeast Asia, but where did it come from? What’s the origins of this plant and how did we find out about it?
To answer the question, What Is Kratom, you first need to understand how it was discovered.
Way back in the 19th century there was an organization whose arms were broad and long and covered most of the known world. These people called themselves the East India Trading Company, and if you traded back in those days, more than likely than not your product was shipped by them.
The first known discovery of Kratom by an outside source (someone who didn’t live in the region) was allegedly Pieter Willem Korthals, a botanist who worked for the East India Trading Company. Ol’ Pete witnessed the natives take a tree leaf, boil it, and then drink the liquid. Historians have surmised Pieter, being curious by nature, invited himself into this ritual and experienced it for himself. He was the first known documentarian to inform the public about this particular plant called Kratom.
Another man by the name of L. Wray also described that the indigenous people were ‘drinking a plant concoction’. Hoping for a medical breakthrough, L. Wray took his science a little bit further, snagging some of these leaves and sending them to the University of Edinburgh to be studied.
It wasn’t until 1921 that the extracted, yet not described, alkaloids from L. Wray’s study were actually given the name “Mitragynine”. Sounds positive, right? However, this is when the ball started rolling downhill:
- 1930 – Scientist I. H. Burkill studied the psychoactive properties of Kratom and described its traditional uses as a medicine.
- 1940 – 3 more alkaloids were discovered and research continues.
- 1943 – Thai government bans Kratom.
- 1975 – Dr. Sangun Suwanlert confirms findings from I.H. Burkill about Kratom’s traditional medical uses from 1930.
- 2003 – Malaysia bans Mitragynine, and in 2004, extended the ban to the leaves of the plant.
- 2005 – Australia bans Kratom
What Is Kratom Dosing?
For the Kratom user, dosing can mean a couple of different things. Dosing with Kratom is usually done orally, with a specific drink of sorts.
There are several ways you can complete this action. In the end it comes down to personal preference. Here’s some of the ways our community doses:
- Kratom powder and a special drink mix
- Toss & Wash
- Boil in a tea
- Fill a capsule with Kratom and take it in pill form, like you would a vitamin
But, how much should you even take? It really depends on the individual and how much experience you have.
What Is Kratom Legality?
We’ve constructed an article which explains the current legal status of Kratom in the United States. Currently, here is the legal status of Kratom in America:
- Alabama – Kratom is a Schedule 1 controlled substance drug as of May 10, 2016
- Arkansas – Kratom is a controlled substance as of February 2016
- California – Kratom is legal except in San Diego where a local ordinance was passed
- Florida – Kratom is legal with the exception of Sarasota County
- Illinois – The sale of Kratom is banned to minors under the age of 18, it is banned in Jerseyville, but is legal in the state
- Indiana – Kratom is classified as a synthetic drug and is banned
- New Hampshire – Legal if you are 18 and over
- Rhode Island – Kratom is banned in this state
- NOTE – Tennessee – Kratom has just been made legal in this state for those 21 years of age and older.
- Vermont – Kratom has been banned
- Wisconsin – Kratom is classified as a Schedule 1 and is banned.