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Simon’s Kratom Guide

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Kratom, Mitragyna speciosa (also known as ketum or kratum) is an evergreen tree from the same family as the coffee plant (see picture below).

Its leaves are used for medicinal properties and it is also psychoactive.
In fact, kratom is the second most popular legal drug (after Salvia divinorum),

According to users, the effects of kratom are similar to Morphine and opiates.

 

To increase the intensity and the psychoactive properties of the plant kratom standardized extract and kratom resin extracts have been developed (not recommended for first time users, more info below).

Although using Kratom has been common throughout it’s native range of Southeast Asia, this amazing plant has remained virtually unknown outside of that area until around 2008.

The leaves are chewed to uplift mood and to treat health problems.


 

Effects of Kratom:

Kratom behaves as a μ-opioid receptor agonist like morphine. Kratom is used in the management of chronic pain, as well as recreationally.
However, its effects  and the mechanism of action differ somewhat from traditional opiates such as morphine and therefore rapid onset of tolerance and dependence – characteristics  of opiates – are not present.


 

Interesting facts about Kratom: Kratom was banned in Thailand when opium was still legal, because it was reducing the country’s tax revenue from opium (it has remained a controlled substance ever since).

 

A picture of a Kratom plant, growing in the wild.
Kratom, Mitragyna speciosa

 

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Buy Kratom online

You can buy kratom leaves, quality prepared kratom, kratom extracts and kratom capsule safely at the following trusted sellers.

Kratom comes in three forms of varying potency.

Diferent kratom product types:

 

Kratom leaves: the least expensive and the mildest kratom product. These are dried, shredded and bagged kratom leaves. Kratom leaves are a good choice for first time users.

Kratom standardized extract:  these are the freshest kratom leaves selected and tested to contain more active ingredients than standard, cheaper kratom products (, which contain some stems, older leaves etc…).

They are stronger and more expensive than the regular kratom preparation.

Kratom resin extract: Kratom resin is produced by boiling down kratom leaves until a thick, sticky substance remains.

Kratom resin usually contain 30x – 50x more of the active ingredient than kratom leaves. kratom resin is the strongest kratom product on the market.

 

A picture of two bags of dried kratom leaves bought online. You can buy kratom leaves online, you can find the details and places where you can buy Kratom leaves online, under the picture.
Kratom leaves, dried, shredded, bagged

A picture of a pile of standardized kratom extract bought online. You can buy Kratom extract online, the details and places where you can buy kratom extract can be found under the picture.
Kratom standardized extract

A picture of a lump of kratom resin extract, the highest potency kratom product available. You can buy kratom resin extract online, you can find the details and places where you can buy Kratom online, under the picture.
Kratom resin extract

Buy kratom US

IMPORTANT: the FDA put an import alert on kratom and salvia, which means that large commercial orders can be seized by the customs and vendors can be prosecuted (notable example is Bouncingbearbotanicals, owner was jailed and it no longer sells kratom or salvia).

Vendors selling kratom in the US are operating in a legal gray area. And many kratom vendors cut corners and try to rip people off.

You can find a list of these vendors in legal high shop blacklist.

Please be very careful if you decide to purchase kratom from a US vendor (I do not advise it).

I can’t recommend any US kratom vendors right now.

Buy kratom Netherlands

You can buy kratom in the Netherlands here:

Buy kratom online/shipped from the Netherlands/

Sorry, due to the legal high ban in the UK they stopped selling it too.

 

 

 

Kratom – legal status

 

Kratom’s legal status country-by-country breakdown.

 

Kratom – legal status
Australiaillegal
Burmaillegal
Malaysiaillegal
Thailandillegal
Finlandillegal
Germanyillegal
Irelandillegal
Israelillegal
Myanmarillegal
Malaysiaillegal
New Zealandillegal
Romaniaillegal
Russiaillegal
South Koreaillegal
USAlegal except in Indiana,Tennessee and Louisiana
Austrialegal
Belgiumlegal
Brazillegal
Canadalegal
Greecelegal
Hungarylegal
Indonesialegal
Italylegal
Macaulegal
Netherlandslegal
Swedelegal
UKillegal

 

Countries not listed have no information available online about kratom’s legal status. If you know the legal status of kratom of a particular country not listed please help me and let me know in the comments section below.

 

Sources:

Erowid – Kratom -Law
Mitragyna.com – Kratom’s Legal Status
Kratomonline – Kratom legal status
Wikipedia – Miragyna speciosa – Regulation

 

Kratom’s legal status in USA

 

Kratom is largely legal in the USA, even though customs have seized commercial orders.

Even though kratom is legal in most states of the US authorities tend to liberally interpret the federal  import alert and prosecute any legal high shop they want. But this does not affect the private consumers.

Kratom – legal status – USA
Indiana illegal
Tennessee illegal
Louisiana illegal

 

Sources:

Kratom – Import alert

Government of Indiana – Synthetic Drug Enforcement

Government of Tennessee – Public chapter 161

Legiscan – Lousiana house bill 19

 

 

 

Kratom – active ingredients

 

This is a picture of the chemical composition of mitragynine one of the 25 identified alkaloids responsible for the effects of kratom. The chemical formula of mitragynine is (E)-2-[(2S,3S)-3-ethyl-8-methoxy-1,2,3,4,6,7,12,12b- octahydroindolo[3,2-h]quinolizin-2-yl]-3- methoxyprop-2-enoic acid methyl ester.
Mitragynine
There are about 25 alkaloids that have been identified in kratom, including mitragynine, which is believed to be the responsible for most of the plants narcotic effect.

It is still unknown as to how the other alkaloids affect humans.

 

Kratom effects

 

By affecting the  delta opioid receptors – much like opiates do – kratom provides a calm and relaxing euphoria mirroring that of opiates.

However, the effects of kratom are both relaxing and stimulating at the same time, with lower doses the stimulating characteristics prevail and with higher doses the relaxing and intoxicating effects kick in.

Just like opiates a tolerance develops quickly (cross-tolerance with other opiates is also possible). Kratom users need to increase their dosage after the few first times to achieve the same effects.

Kratom appears to affect the brain in much the same way opiates do, but yet it does not cause the dependence caused by regular opiate use.

Tolerance usually disappears in a few weeks but will take less time to develop again if regular consumption is resumed.

 

 

Kratom preparation, methods of consumption

 

There are many ways to consume kratom, but the most common method – outside of Asia – is by putting dried kratom leaves in boiling water, straining, and drinking the resulting tea.
The resulting liquid can be boiled down to produce extract (kratom resin), which can be stored for longer periods of time.

Kratom resin extract can be swallowed (tastes very unpleasant) without any further preparation.

 

In Thailand, kratom leaves are often chewed fresh (usually after removing the stringy central vein).

Dried leaves can also be chewed, but since they are a bit tough, most people prefer to crush them up or powder them so that they can be swallowed (kratom pills).

Powdered kratom can be mixed with fruit juice or apple sauce. This partially masks the taste and allows it to be quickly swallowed.

Kratom can be smoked, but doing so has no aadvantage over chewing or making a tea from it. Not to mention, the amount of leaves you would need to smoke is very high (see below).

 

Kratom dosage

 

According to various user trip reports and legal high vendors you can expect the following effects from the following doses of kratom.

/The following doses are for shredded leaves. Standardized extracts and kratom resin are of course stronger./

  • 0-2 grams of kratom = mild effects (typically the effects are stimulant-like)
  • 2-5 grams of kratom = medium strength effects (the effects can be stimulant-like or sedative-euphoric-analgesic)
  • 5-10 grams of kratom = strong effects (sedative-euphoric-analgesic effects; too strong for highly sensitive people)
  • 10+ grams of kratom = very strong effects (sedative-euphoric-analgesic effects; TOO STRONG FOR MOST PEOPLE)

Source: Ebay – Kratom – Information

 

 Dangers of Kratom

 

It is recommended that users do not use kratom more than twice a week.

Overdosing is possible and can lead to hospitalization (no reported deaths so far)

Kratom can induce panic attacks in people who are susceptible to panic attacks.

Tolerance develops quickly, and although physical dependence has not been observed, psychological dependence can be a problem (opiate-like euphoria is very addictive).

 

 

Health benefits of Kratom

 

Kratom is a very effective pain medication and it is sometimes prescribed by doctors in countries, in which it is legal.

Many of the alkaloids found in kratom are thought to have a beneficial effect on the immune system.
The most powerful one is probably epicatechin, an antioxidant also found in dark chocolate and closely related to the EGCG  (EGCG gives green tea its beneficial effects).
Source: Pythochemical – Epicatechin

 

 

Buy kratom US

IMPORTANT: the FDA put an import alert on kratom and salvia, which means that large commercial orders can be seized by the customs and vendors can be prosecuted (notable example is Bouncingbearbotanicals, owner was jailed and it no longer sells kratom or salvia).

Vendors selling kratom in the US are operating in a legal gray area. And many  kratom vendors cut corners and try to rip people off.

You can find a list of these vendors in legal high shop blacklist.

Please be very careful if you decide to purchase kratom from a US vendor (I do not advise it).

I can’t recommend any US kratom vendors right now.

You can still safely buy kratom from European vendors, see below.

Small orders for personal consumption not exceeding 1 kg (1000 grams) are unlikely to be seized by customs.

Buy kratom Netherlands

You can buy kratom in the Netherlands here:

Buy kratom online /shipped from the Netherlands/

 

Kratom trip reports

 

The following are trip reports of ordinary people, who took kratom:

 

I’ve done Kratom several times before, but this time was special, I fasted for 18 hours prior, my last meal was around 9PM the previous evening. The day of, I went for a 2 1/2 mile run followed by yoga and meditation. I thought around 3PM would be a good time to ingest the Kratom.

3:15 ~ I weighed out 7 grams and emptied the powdered contents into my mouth chasing it with a tall glass of water. It tastes nasty, but I know the reward will be sweet.

3:45 ~ I start to feel this intense warmth come over my entire body, it feels like a combination of my first MDMA high with a nice OxyContin like twist, along with the social aspect of Cocaine.

4:15 ~ Still feeling incredible, strong desire to communicate with loved ones. Very empathetic.

4:45 ~ Listening to music sounds like a really good idea right now. I put on a live Jerry Garcia Band disc from 77′ and just lay on my bed really enjoying the moment.

6:15 ~ Starting to feel back to normal, I still very happy though.

Overall this experience was incredibly satisfying.”

 

Source: Erowid – Kratom – Trip report

 

11:47-12:34- I drank my Kratom tea and experienced a strange numbness in my tongue when I pressed it against the roof of my mouth. This is a good sign to me. I drank it a little too fast to start off with and as I stared at the floor I experienced minor visual hallucinations (the floor moved and waved).

12:34-2:20- Between these hours I experienced the most fantastic high I have experienced. It is similar to an orgasm crossed with a MJ high. Shivers of warmth ran down my whole body and my fingers and other extremities went totally numb. I found myself playing a game in which I sat still in silence just experiencing these feelings. Any movement brought pleasant, warm tingling sensations all over my body although especially noticeable around the head and neck area.

Altogether it was a pleasent trip. Kratom still remains my favourite legal drug.”

 

Source: Erowid – Kratom – Trip report

 

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Some of the information presented here might be outdated or incorrect (check “last updated” below). Make sure, that if you are planning to try out any of the substances to research them yourself as well.

I’m 100% committed to safe and responsible legal high consumption. If you have a few minutes to spare please read my blog post about responsible and safe legal drugs use

If you’re interested in more legal, natural sedatives, check out Simon’s Guide to Natural Sedatives!

Kratom is only one of the legal highs included in Simon’s legal high guide, check out the others as well.

 

Last updated: 2015 10. 22