What is Kratom?
Kratom is the name given to one of the most illustrious native tree found in a small number of countries of the South East Asia, specifically, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Kratom tree grows leaves that are abundantly rich in therapeutic and soothing properties, therefore, the locals considers it to be one of the most sacred tree of their land. The Leaves of Kratom have therefore been used symbolically in the ceremonies and rituals as medicine and ornaments from the ancient times. Thailand is one of those countries that have banned Kratom even though its soil is gifted with the plantation of Kratom naturally, in lieu of increasing its tax revenue from the distribution of drugs such as Opium. Measures such as these have significantly influenced in limiting the availability of such an amazingly pure herb having exceptional traits.
In scientific terms, the Kratom Tree is specified as ‘Speciosa of Mitragyna’ under the classification of its genus species. Its average height ranges from the smallest of it being 12 to 30 feet, while the largest of it discovered being up to 95 feet and more with the wideness of about 15 feet at the most leafiest and dense of its point.
The Leaves of the Kratom Trees are found in dark green color, they are shinny and evenly oval in their shape appearance. At an average measurement, a leaf of the Kratom tree is 4 Inch wide and 7 inch large per piece. The veins inside the leaf are mostly light green or milky in color (referred as ‘green’ or ‘white vein’), and at some places they are also found in light red (referred to as ‘red vein’).
An average dried leaf of the Kratom tree is weighted to be in the range of 0.5 to 2 grams. It the stage of its climax and maturity, it can grow as many as 100 to 120 of lush yellow floral petals in a rounded form. Kratom yields a uniquely beautiful fruit that has a capsulated oval shape, inside of which it harnesses evenly small flat seeds
The Kratom tree is evergreen; its flowers grow and evolve in shape overtime. With the passage of time, its leaves fall down due to the change of seasons and environment, and are then replaced with new ones naturally when the right ideal environmental conditions come back again. The fact that Kratom tree is evergreen, makes it a much more stable and sustainable source for harvesting more often in time and quantity.
The leaves of the Kratom tree are qualitative. The fall of leaves is observed in the dry season, while as soon as the season of the rain overtakes the dryness, re-growth of the leaves is initiated and enhanced with time. Typically, the leaves of the Kratom tree starts shedding and falling down at the temperature of about 39-40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Decades ago, a famous Dutch botanist, Dr Peter Willem Korthals took the opportunity to document the tree of Kratom officially for the first time. In his research, Dr Korthals named the genus of the Kratom Tree after being inspired by the exceptional shape of the stigmas of its first species, which reminded him of the shape of the saintly mitre the bishop wears. There are plenty of other species of the Kratom tree discovered in the other parts of the world as well, such as West Africa and India from Asia, Including; M. Parvifolia, M. Stipulosa, M. Diversifolia, M. Tubulosa, M. Africanus, M. Rotundifolia, M. Ciliate, M. Kuntze, M. Inermis and M. Hirsuta.
Scientists have derived more than 25 Alkaloids from the essence of the leaf of Krakom, and the research is ever growing into newer levels, each day. The richest of alkaloids contains two oxindoles (as known as speciofoline and mitraphylline) and three indoles (as known as paynanthine, mitragynine and speciogynine) out of which the paynanthine and mitragynie are exclusive to their species. The other remaining alkaloids left also contain different oxindoles and indoles, including, stipulatine corynanthedine, rhychophylline, mitraversine and ajmalicine.
For a more detailed overview about the general specifications, details and types of Kratom, please visit:
Varieties of Kratom
Kratom Types & Strains
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