Mitragyna speciosa Korth. (commonly known as kratom, also ketum), is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) native to Southeast Asia in the Indochina and Malaysia phytochoria (botanical regions). M. speciosa is indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea where it has been used in traditional medicine since at least the nineteenth century. Kratom has some opiate and stimulant like properties. It is related to the coffee plant.
As of 2013 no clinical trials had been done to understand kratom's health effects and it had no approved medical uses. Some people take it for managing chronic pain, for treating opioid withdrawal symptoms, or – more recently – for recreational purposes. Onset of effects typically begins within 5 to 10 minutes and lasts 2 to 5 hours.
Minor side effects may include nausea,vomiting, and constipation, although typically only heavy kratom users experience them. More severe side effects may include seizure, addiction, and psychosis. Other side effects include high heart rate and blood pressure, and trouble sleeping. When use is stopped withdrawal may occur for some heavy users, although symptoms are quite mild and not as severe as opiate withdrawal symptoms. The medical literature is divided on whether respiratory depression is a significant side effect of kratom, with some authorities not mentioning it and others emphasizing it, however no medical studies have ever been cited for this effect. The only documented kratom deaths have been when users mixed kratom with other illicit substances. In the United States, there were fifteen deaths in which kratom was involved between 2014 and 2016, although in none was kratom the sole factor – the people had all taken other illicit substances with the kratom.
***NOTE*** Kratom is NOT approved for human consumption within the United States. It is sold only for research purposes, as incense and for naturopathic purposes. Please be responsible with your purchases.