Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a member of the Rubiaceae family of plants — which makes it a close relative of the coffee plant (Coffea spp.).
Much like its cousin, kratom is a powerful central nervous system stimulant. It’s used to boost both physical and mental energy.
Kratom has been a popular herb among laborers in Asian countries as a way to prevent burnout since the early 19th century — but its traditional medical use likely extends much further than that.
The effects of kratom are unique — it has some qualities that are stimulating, others that are sedative or anxiolytic. The dose of kratom determines its effects. High-dose kratom is a powerful painkiller and euphoric similar to opiate pain medications.
In lower doses, the kratom plant only offers mild pain relief but activates the central nervous system to make users feel more alert and energized.
How Kratom Is Used
Some suppliers offer kratom extracts — which are made by removing everything but the active ingredients of the kratom resin.
Outside Southeast Asia, the most common way of consuming the plant is to mix the dried, powdered leaves with a glass of water. This produces a strong and bitter drink. It’s unusual for someone to enjoy the flavor of kratom, but this isn’t why it’s used.
Most users will flavor the beverage with honey or sweetener to help mask some of the disagreeable flavors and wash the rest back as quickly as possible.
Proper white vein kratom dosage is one of the most important aspects of ensuring a positive experience with kratom use. However, it is virtually impossible to provide a one-size-fits-all dosing recommendation, as there are a huge variety of factors to consider. Proper dosage may be different depending on whether you choose a Borneo, Maeng Da, Thai, Malay, Bali, Indo, or Sumatran kratom strain. It will also depend on your height and weight, your experience with and tolerance for kratom, and a number of other physiological factors. We always recommend that you start with a very small dosage whenever you begin using a new strain. That is especially important when you choose a strain of white vein kratom with higher than average alkaloid levels. Maeng Da kratom, for instance, is renowned in kratom communities such as reddit for its potency. Regardless of your past experience with other strains, it is always a good idea to start small with a new white vein kratom variety.