Kratom, Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant in the coffee family. It is native to Southeast Asia in the Indochina and Malaysia botanical areas. Kratom is indigenous to Thailand where it has been used in traditional medicine.
Kratom is not an opiate, however, it is thought to behave similarly to an opioid receptor agonist (like morphine). It is used for pain management and energy enhancement. While it has been used recreationally, its use is not detected by typical drug screening tests. More sophisticated testing can detect some metabolites. Pharmacological effects of kratom on humans is not fully understood including its efficacy and safety.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration stated that “Kratom is not controlled under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. There are, however, several states (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin) where it is illegal to use kratom.
I have been using kratom for several months for pain and energy. I will use kratom for a few days and then stop the kratom and use cannabis for a few days and then oxycodone for a few days – repeat. I do this so that I don’t develop a tolerance for any one thing.
To purchase kratom, you can go to www.getkratom.com. There are other sites, but I know getkratom has good quality and that the herb is fresh. Be careful of local herb shops where the kratom could have been on the shelf for months.
As with anything, consult your doctor before using kratom. Please use it responsibly for your safety and so that we can keep it legal in the US