Kratom is derived from trees found in South East Asia. Kratom is known to have a variety of reported uses and desired effects, from sexual enhancement to pain relief to a safe” and legal high.” In North Carolina, New York, Colorado, and possibly more states, kratom may be sold as a drink called ketum in bars, The New York Times states.
Mitragyna Hirsuta can be found in the wilds of Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam where it is harvested by native farmers who are familiar with the traditions of old, traditions that led to this plant’s status as a sacramental herb deserving of great reverence.
These two drugs show activity at μ-opioid receptors, which are related to pain relief. People who use kratom for relaxation report that because it is plant-based, it is natural and safe. This is one of the most popular Kratom strains. The same year, FDA published a study showing that 22 of 25 compounds in Kratom could bind the mu-opioid receptors and theoretically lead to opioid-like effects.
Mitragyna speciosa is gaining increasing popularity among American consumers in its raw botanical form or as an ingredient in finished dietary supplement products. White strains are considered fast and are primarily known for their energizing effects. This is probably also true for kratom, because like opiate drugs, the effects of kratom are due to opiate receptor agonist activity.
Korthals also documented the use of Mitragyna Speciosa in southern parts of Thailand where it is a traditional plant. People who use kratom plants for sale regularly and then stop taking it may experience decreased appetite, diarrhea, muscle pain and spasms, twitches, watery eyes, anxiety, trouble sleeping, anger, hot flashes, and fever.