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Different Kratom Strains: A Guide On Dosage And Effect

Different Kratom Strains: A Guide On Dosage And Effect

Kratom is an intriguing plant native to Southeast Asia that is known for its highly energetic, social, and relaxing effects. This plant is used recreationally by many individuals and groups around the world. Let’s dive deeper into some of the unique and versatile strains of kratom.

KRATOM THAI

Kratom Thai, one of the oldest strains consumed, has a paradox effect. While in high doses it can be quite relaxing, in low doses it’s very energetic. As a result, this strain is now commonly used as a stimulant. This product can be eaten, chewed, or infused into tea or hot water.Kratom Thai

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KRATOM THAI DOSAGE

If you’re a novice user, you’re best consuming anywhere between 2–5g of kratom. If you’re experienced, you might consider going for 5–10g. When it comes to our Kratom Thai Resin, our 5-gram packages will be enough for 5 to 10 doses. Add around 0.75g of resin into 150ml of boiling water and allow it to steep for up to 10 minutes.

KRATOM BALI

We offer the Kratom Bali strain in both shredded and powdered form. The powder will be better if you’re planning on making gel capsules. This form has a larger surface area, and will therefore be absorbed more quickly. Crushed leaves will be perfect for a hot beverage like tea.Kratom Bali

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KRATOM BALI DOSAGE

The recommended dosage for the experienced user will still be 5–10g of shredded leaf. If, on the other hand, you go for our Kratom Bali 15x Extract, the dosage will change. If it’s your first time trying the extract, add around half a gram to some hot water or juice. You can double or triple that if you feel comfortable with the experience.

KRATOM MALAYSIA

Grown in Thailand and Malaysia as the name suggests, this strain of kratom is very strong. Kratom Malaysia has an abundance of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which are its main alkaloids. This strain is known to induce feelings of happiness and energy.Kratom Malaysia

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KRATOM MALAYSIA DOSAGE

Again, if you’re a novice user, don’t go over 3g. Start out with 1.5g and work your way up. But if you already have experience with this strain of kratom, anywhere between 5–10g will get you there.

KRATOM MAENG DA

If you thought Kratom Malaysia was strong, you haven’t tried Kratom Maeng Da. This is the strongest strain available. It is thought that this variety has been genetically modified to better withstand harsh weather conditions.Kratom Maeng Da

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KRATOM MAENG DA DOSAGE

This strain becomes active at just one gram. Being a particularly potent strain, you should look to consume about ⅕ less than your normal dose. If you usually take 10g, try a maximum of 8g when dealing with Kratom Maeng Da. Be sure you’re absolutely confident with your intake. This strain can stay in your system for as long as 8 hours.

CLOSELY RELATED PRODUCTS TO KRATOM

CLOSELY RELATED PRODUCTS TO KRATOM

Mitragyna Javanica

Mitragyna javanica is similar to kratom in effect, just less intense. This will be a great entry point for someone interested in trying kratom for the first time. Mitragyna javanica will provide an idea of what the full kratom experience will feel like, but without the overwhelm. Nonetheless, there are some differences between kratom and Mitragyna javanica, so you can expect some natural variation in experiences. We recommend you include 10–20g in your tea. You can feel more comfortable playing around with dosage for Mitragyna javanica than kratom as there is more room for error.

Kra Thum Khok

Kra Thum Khok, on the other hand, acts slightly different than these other substances. It’s stronger than Mitragyna javanica, but not as strong as kratom. The effects are both stimulating and relaxing, which is why it’s similar to kratom. To consume it, we advise that you prepare a hot tea with 20g of our herb and let it steep for 30 minutes. The effects should be felt quickly, and may last up to several hours.

Kratom Cultivation

Kratom Cultivation

Kratom originates from the warmer, humid, tropical parts of the world such as Thailand, and thus needs a similar grow environment to really thrive. For this reason, it is highly recommended that if you grow Kratom, you do so indoors or in a greenhouse.

Growing Kratom From Seed

Kratom seeds can be notoriously hard to get hold of. Because of the nature of kratom, the seeds do not stay viable for very long after harvest. This makes it hard to get kratom seeds from the tropics to your grow area fast enough. It is also worth noting that kratom seeds are very small, this combined with their rapidly diminishing window of life, means you will need quite a few seeds to even get one plant going. If you buy seeds on the internet, be wary of retailers who sell fake seeds – make sure to do a bit of research on the seller before parting with your hard earned cash.

Kratom And Container Size

Whilst kratom can grow well in small pots, giving it as big a pot as you can will allow it to bulk out to its full potential - spreading out a larger root network and up taking nutrients and water much faster. It will also mean you do not have to water your kratom as frequently, as larger pots will retain much more moisture.

The Best Soil For Kratom Cultivation

The Best Soil For Kratom Cultivation

The best soil to grow kratom in is rich, wet humus with an average amount of drainage. The drainage needs to be of a consistency that your soil remains moist without becoming completely water logged, or draining too quickly, drying the soil out. If you are going to go one way or the other, it is best to go towards bad drainage – kratom can deal with swampy, damp environments, so will be better at dealing with an abundance of water than not having any at all. The main problem you will face here is that a water logged environment can greatly increase the risk of fungal infection.

Something that is essential when growing kratom is maintaining a correct soil pH. Kratom will do best in a pH of 5.5-6.5, anything outside of this range will make it hard for kratom to absorb nutrients, getting progressively worse the further away you get from this sweet spot. The effects can range from anywhere between stunted growth to the death of your kratom. You can use various pH testing tools to keep track of this.

Kratom And Artificial Lights

Many people will tell you kratom needs HPS growing lights to have a chance of surviving. This is not strictly true, kratom does not require HPS lighting to grow, but if used, you kratom can really thrive. Simple fluorescent lights can be used to obtain standard results, and cost far less cheaper to purchase and run. Even a small 18 watt fluorescent light has been shown to work with small kratom plants without any negative impacts. If you can afford it, you will get best results from exposing your kratom to a 24 hour light cycle.

Temperature And Humidity Requirements

Due to the area of the world they originate from, kratom will require high temperatures and a dense humidity.

The recommended temperature to grow kratom in is between 24-32 degrees Celsius. This equates to a Thai winter - the lowest temperature this plant will encounter in the wild. This means that you can have higher temperatures if you wish, but you do not need to – kratom will still thrive in the temperature range outlined. Anything below this range will slow your kratom's growth, whilst anything below 10 degrees Celsius will cause your kratom to die.

Humidity is also another important factor when recreating a condition that kratom can grow naturally in. In their natural condition, kratom will be exposed to humidity varying between 94% in the day, to 53% in the evenings. It is possible to recreate this within a grow room by using humidifiers. You can also purchase hygrometers quite cheaply to measure the relative humidity of your growing atmosphere. If you can maintain a humidity of 90% then your kratom should have no problems, and because of the nature of the plant, it can deal quite well with fluctuations, so don’t be alarmed if your humidity drops suddenly for a short period of time – as long as it is short!

Be On The Lookout For Fungus and Mould

Due to the high humidity and moisture required to grow kratom, you need no keep a eagle eye out for fungus and mold, especially on the tops of soil. Consider using natural fungicides to help control any potential outbreak.

Chemistry Of Kratom

Chemistry Of Kratom

Only a handful of scientific papers in English have been written about kratom, its effects, and its centuries-long history of use.

What we do know is over 25 alkaloids have been isolated from kratom and, until recently, mitragynine was believed to be the main one responsible for kratom’s effects, it being the most abundant alkaloid in the plant.

Then in 2002, 7-hydroxymitragynine was discovered by a group of Japanese researchers to be the most significant substance. Despite being present in much smaller amounts, this minor alkaloid of kratom was found to be even more potent. 

Later research has determined that both alkaloids act as partial opioid receptor agonists, activating supraspinal mu- and delta- opioid receptors. 

As word of its more recreational effects spread, so began the inevitable media reports and demonization of kratom. But this growing public attention, however ignorantly informed, also helped bring kratom to the notice of serious researchers.

Kratom's Many Chemical Compounds

Kratom's Many Chemical Compounds

Although the alkaloid structure of Kratom distantly resembles those of other psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin or LSD, no psychedelic activity has ever been reported after ingestion of Kratom. Instead, Kratom induces effects ranging from increased focus and activity to serious drowsiness and prolonged sleep. But there are vastly unknown desirable side-effects of Kratom ... and way more chemicals involved than only the so far furthest researched active substances 7-Hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine.

During our research about the ingredients of Kratom we came across these chemical substances: Ajmalicin, 7-acetoxymitragynine, Corynantheidin, Corynoxein, Corinoxin, 3-Dehydromitragynin, (-)-Epicatechin, 3-Isocorynantheidin, 3-Isopaynanthein, Isomitraphyllin, Isospeciofolin, Isospecionoxein, Mitraciliatin, Mitrafolin, Mitragynalin , Mitraphylin, Mitraspecin, Mitraversin, Paynanthein, Speciociliatin, Speciofolin, Speciogynin, Specionoxein, Speciogynin, Speciofolin, and Stipulatin.

Kratom actually contains over 40 chemicals, but we'll limit our excursus to the most interesting compounds 7-Hydroxymitragynine, Mitragynine and (-)-Epicatechin.

7-Hydroxymitragynine

7-Hydroxymitragynine is the main ingredient in Kratom tinctures and has opioid agonistic activity. Recent research about the active substances in Kratom has shown that its potency is 30-fold higher than that of Mitragynine, which makes 7-Hydroxymitragynine the top candidate as main active substance in Kratom and puts Mitragynine, the previously assumed as main active chemical, in second place.

7-hydroxymitragynine interacts with the three major opiod sites Kappa, Delta and Mu, but it preferably binds to Mu receptors.

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Mitragynine

Mitragynine is an indole alkaloid and already has been isolated for the first time in 1907 by D. Hooper, so it actually took almost 100 years until it found its way to recreational use. It has been thought to be the primary active substance in Kratom, but it turned out to be only the most abundant active alkaloid (about 0.1-0.3%, depending on the plant).

A small dose of Mitragynine acts like a stimulant because it binds to the Delta receptors, but at higher doses it also binds to the Mu receptors. Although the structure of Mitragynine is similar to LSD or Psilocybin it does not induce any psychedelic effects. Since Mitragynine was assumed to be the main active substance in Kratom, it is better researched than 7-Hydroxymitragynine.

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(-)-Epicatechin

Epicatechin is a real all-rounder with its versatile benefits. It help protect against free radicals.

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History Of Kratom

History Of Kratom

The use of Kratom dates back millenia and it is plain to see that Kratom users, vendors and researchers have to spread accurate information to elucidate the true value of this natural means, before some uneducated blockheads who have no idea about Kratom criminalize it.. From what we have read so far there are no significant negative effects, but long-term use studies are still pending as well.

Unfortunately Kratom has no romanticized history like Cannabis, Opium or LSD, but is tied to the traditional use as a stimulant for peasants and workers who would use it to cope with their hard daily hard work and meager existence. But, let's go back in time and have a look at the history of Kratom ...

Early Descriptions Of Kratom As An Opiate Substitute

Kratom As An Opiate Substitute

In Western literature, Kratom was (allegedly) first described in the early 19th century by Pieter Willem Korthals, a Dutch botanist who worked for the East India Company. Another source mentions Low, who described the plant in 1836. He wrote that the peasants and rural workers in Malaysia used it as a substitute when opium was unavailable or not affordable.

Opium was widely distributed in the South-East Asian region and flushed tax money into the respective state treasury (a fact that would seal Kratom's fate in Thailand in the following century). E. M. Holmes also referred to Kratom's use as an opium substitute, when he identified it as Mitragyna speciosa in 1895. Two years later H. Ridley documented that Kratom was used to wean people off of opium and its extracts.

Disclaimer:
We are not making medical claims. This article has been written for informational purposes only, and is based on research published by other externals sources.