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Mitragyna speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a psychoactive plant from Southeast Asia. Some other names include thom, biak, and thang. Street names are ketum and Ithang. You might pronounce it as “cray-tum” or “cr-ah-tum.” Though it is a part of the coffee bean family, its effects can range from stimulating to sedating, depending on the level of the dose and vein/ strain.
Kratom’s versatile effects make it a highly favored nootropic.
In fact, there are specific strains which will give you a highly euphoric effect! This article will give you the inside scoop on the best kratom strains for focus and energy!
Using kratom for energy is nothing new. Traditionally, natives would chew kratom leaves to power through an arduous day at work, as well as manage pain. Today, kratom is often used by those recovering from an addiction to manage opiate withdrawal and cravings. You can also enjoy it recreationally at tea shops across the United States.
Many people choose the buy kratom online, for increased access to different strains and better deals.
Note: local bodegas and gas stations might also sell kratom for a good bargain. When it comes to finding a good price, research is vital.
Regardless of your reason for taking it, kratom can have great benefits and give you the energy and focus you need for a most productive day.
Before we go into the specific strains, it is vital to understand how kratom works on the brain, and the best ways to take it. Understanding how it works and the benefits will help you maximize your energy levels.
This article will provide you with an overview of kratom, the benefits and drawbacks, and how to use kratom for a boost. Note that there will also be plenty of tips throughout the article, as well as inside advice on the most energizing strains.
Kratom’s functioning on the brain
Kratom is a complex herb and has several notable effects on the brain. These effects are like opiates and stimulants. Two properties act on the opiate receptors: 7-α-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine. This can cause a euphoric and energizing effect or a more sedative and sleepy feeling. Those who desire a euphoric boost of energy will usually consume lower doses, while higher doses are used for relaxation and stress relief.
It would be helpful to know that even a relaxing strain of kratom can be energizing when taken at a lower dose, and vice versa. If you are taking kratom for energy, remember to take a lower does.
This short video can also help you to understand how kratom works in the brain
Again, kratom is considered psychoactive, and a natural alternative to prescription medication. This is important to understand, as kratom should not be mistaken for a simple herb or supplement. Because of the effects on the brain, one must fully understand
Kratom Benefits: How kratom can energize you?
According to the American Kratom Association, the benefits of kratom range from fighting pain, to increasing mood and motivation. Kratom also has notable health benefits for your vascular system (and your sex life). This is a welcome change to those who are looking to break away from harmful and addictive opioid drug prescriptions or just look out for their health in a way that is more aligned with natural supplements.
Pain management for maximum energy
If you're done losing your energy and days to debilitating pain, then kratom is right for you. The alkaloids in kratom are beneficial for pain management, without a prescription. Those that are sick of taking addictive medication might opt for kratom instead- as kratom is a lower risk that prescription opioids or medications. This is one of the biggest "pros" for kratom, and one of the reasons it is considered to be controversial to ban.
Though the risk of addiction is real for any substance, many people prefer to consume kratom as the “lesser of two evils.” Kratom is described to relieve pain, due to its analgesic effects. This is partially because of the alkaloids in kratom that affect the opiate receptors in the brain. The alkaloids work with your body to produce a natural euphoric high that masks physical pain. This arguably makes kratom a viable drug to research and mass distribute, as it allows relief.
This is why people also use it for energy and euphoria in smaller doses.
Manage anxiety and fight tiring depression
Depression and anxiety can drain you.
Luckily, kratom can help manage anxiety and depression by increasing serotonin and endorphins in your brain. When you use it, you’ll find that kratom can produce a sense of well-being and euphoria, as well as increased sociability. Those who use kratom often describe feeling more talkative and energized than usual.
This is great for people with social anxiety. Kratom will help you to be more talkative and involved in social situations.
Kratom can also be used as a mood stabilizer, and a means to manage the everyday stress of the modern world. This is helpful for those that always find themselves running to the bar after a stressful day of work. Instead, you can brew some kratom at home and perhaps sit and relax with a great group of people, while being completely cognizant of your whereabouts and life.
In fact, many ex-alcoholics use kratom to manage the same symptoms of anxiety. The great thing? Kratom users wake up without a hangover. They have the energy to take on the day, despite the much-needed relaxing break from reality the night before.
Increase brain functioning for maximum productivity
Kratom is psychoactive, boosting your brain functioning through an increase of blood flow and rush of helpful chemicals. The increase of serotonin and dopamine helps increase focus and produces a general sense of well-being. This is helpful for those that want a more natural remedy for lack of focus and fatigue.
Power through productively
Kratom tea can help keep you focused and productive, as it releases a concoction of chemicals in your brain that helps you focus. In particular, the release of acetylcholine in the brain helps you to concentrate. You will feel a jolt of energy and enthusiasm to finish projects, as kratom activates the opioid receptors.
Some people also use it to work out, in line with the natives use of kratom to power through a tiring workday.
Increase circulation and immunity
Not only does kratom have psychoactive effects, but it also works in your veins to create a boost in cardiovascular activity. This is because of kratom’s ability to open the veins to increase circulation, which allows more blood flow in your body. Kratom can also be a boost to your immune system, due to the same alkaloids that manage stress and anxiety.
Enhance your energy in the bedroom
Increased circulation means blood flow everywhere if you get our drift. Kratom can increase your libido and provide you with a more active and fulfilling sex life. Obviously, this is partially due to the increase of endorphins and dopamine, as well as the aforementioned blood flow to (cough) certain areas of the body.
Use as a tool to fight addiction
One of the main proposed benefits of kratom and the greatest resistance towards its ban is the fact that many of those in recovery from opiate addiction swear that kratom helps with withdrawals in cravings, in a more natural way than prescribed drugs.
Proponents of kratom use, especially those at the American Kratom Association, swear by kratom's ability to help fight the opioid epidemic. Though the FDA hasn’t come to a solid verdict about kratom, there is currently interest in research regarding the benefits of certain doses. Therefore, kratom might be a viable option for those who are sick and tired of using state drugs to wean themselves off dangerous drugs.
Again: always consult your doctor before deciding on any treatment option. Though this article is informative and comments in ample anecdotal evidence it is not medical advice.
Here’s how you take kratom:
First, most people don’t recommend smoking it: This is the biggest takeaway of this article. Just an FYI. We want you to have THE best experience possible, and choking on bitter fumes is not one of them. That being said, please read on:
Now that you know the basics, you’re ready to try it. Luckily, kratom has many forms and avenues of consumption. You can chew the leaves like the ancient, or take it in a powder form, tea, extract, and pills. There are even candies and edibles! However, the most popular way to take kratom is in a relaxing (or stimulating) tea.
Get your hands on a kratom leaf, and chomp away. Note: dosing might be more difficult with this form, so this should only be attempted by seasoned professionals (or regular users of kratom). Those who are veterans of kratom will enjoy the direct experience, as it travels through the gums and into the bloodstream in a faster way than traditional digestion.
Speaking of digestion. . .
Taking a kratom edible is similar to drinking a tea or powder, as far as being absorbed you’re your system, but be aware that kratom has a strong and pronounced taste, and eating an edible might not be pleasant for you. If you’re aware of this ahead of time and still want to try, go ahead. But we warned you!
This is a common way to use kratom. Many tea and online shops alike sell kratom in this simple form. Essentially, the powder is ground up kratom leaves. The leaves are ground and smashed into a fine powder for you to consume.
Kratom powder is a light green substance, depending on the strain. You can purchase kratom in grams. Kratom is often sold in 10, 15, and 20-gram increments. Based on your experience and tolerance and your desired effect, you would dose at different grams. For example, for a more sedating effect, take 20 grams. For a burst of energy, try 10. Again, this depends on your body and tolerance, so sample carefully.
Since the powder is bitter tasting, we recommend you mix kratom into orange or apple juice. You can also mix it with soda- anything acidic that can help break down the powder into an easy, less clumpy drinkable form.
The green pill
Kratom often comes in the form of a pill. Again, these pills come in milligrams that you can take. Does appropriately, based on your tolerance (Start with 5- and work up). You can also find the red, gold and white strains in pill form. Note: you can usually find these on the internet.
Please take note: major retailers like Wal-Mart, GNC, and otherwise do not sell kratom pills, due to certain states banning kratom altogether. This is, of course, unfortunate- but important when you’re window shopping.
Tip: your local bodega or gas station likely sells kratom.
This is one of THE most popular ways to serve kratom. Kratom tea is served hot, or cold- usually at tea shops that specialize in kava kava and kratom. Often, it is brewed at a high temperature until it melts into the water to create a bitter drink. You can mix it with honey, or other herbal teas for a sweeter and smoother taste. Kratom tea allows for even absorption into your system for a more full-bodied effect. This is vital, to reap the valuable energizing benefits of kratom. Again, make sure to look out for safety when dosing.
This is a more potent, and obviously direct form of kratom consumption. We recommend that only serious users of kratom attempt extract. You can usually find kratom extract at kava kava tea shops. However, you can also find it online. Kratom extract, of course, follows the same dosage guidelines- so don’t go overboard.
Often, people will use the kratom extract dropper to drop the kratom under their tongue for expedient absorption. Other times, people will drop kratom into their hot tea, or juice- similarly to the powder form of kratom.
Don’t Strain Yourself
There are many strains, also called veins, that have varying effects at different doses. They include the red, white, green and gold veins. Some specific subtypes depend on the country of origin and include Maeng da, Indo, Vietnam, and Bali.
Red kratom is said to be the most sedating/ relaxing. This means that even a lower dose is likely to make you sleepy. Of course, like any kratom strain, taking too little will still keep you awake.
The Most Energizing Strains for Focus
White kratom is said to give you the most energy. Those looking for an extra boost for a test or workout might use white kratom. Some people will drink it in the morning, instead of coffee. White strain kratom also has mood enhancing properties, which will provide you with even more energy for the day. This is welcome news to those who tend to become irritated during high bouts of energy.
Green kratom falls somewhere in the middle, perhaps leaning towards being more energizing. Those who use green kratom are looking for a jolt of energy that is even and less overwhelming. Green strains are usually best for beginners.
Green is especially known for its ability to increase focus.
Insider Experience: Using green kratom is great if you’re just looking to chill and journal. White kratom makes you a manic monster for a few hours. Gold is exactly what you need if you are particularly tired that day.
More about Maeng Da
Maeng Da is said to be one of the most energizing types of kratom. Because it is created using a grafting process, it breaks down in the body in a more energizing way (even the red types). Part of the reason it is particularly high energy is due to its level of potency.
Usually, you'll begin to feel the effects of Maeng Da sooner than most kratom plants (10-15 minutes). The effects will last up to three hours, depending on your body and tolerance
Note: Because this type is considered to be the strongest, take special care when using it.
Other Energizing Strains for Focus and Energy
Gold reserve kratom is energizing at a potent level. This is because the alkaloids are bonded directly to the kratom leaves. It provides a much-needed jolt of energy. If you've developed more of tolerance to white and green strains, this kind will help give you an extra edge over your day, as well as break up your kratom routine.
Hint: those who are especially looking to manage pain while being energized would benefit from gold.
Using Kratom Safely
PsychedSubstance, a channel with over a million views, gives an excellent overview of Kratom on their videos.
Like any substance, Kratom should be used responsibly and mindfully. To get the maximum benefits, you must know how to use it safely.
Some basic safety tips can include:
1. Always consult with your doctor, first
2. Dose safely.
3. Be mindful of potential side effects.
4. Be aware of drug interactions.
5. Be knowledgeable about different strains.
6. Keep up to date on current research
Kratom’s Current Controversy and Legal Status
Kratom is known as a drug of concern to the DEA, as not many clinical trials have been done to test its effectiveness. However, a 2016 petition created a backlash against the DEA for supporting the prescription drug industry that causes addiction and death. Over 100,000 people opted for kratom tea to stay on the market, passionately citing relief of opiate dependency in a more natural way. Currently, more research is being done to determine if kratom can be effective in controlled doses.
In all, kratom has been used for hundreds of years to help pain and boost energy.
Kratom can also help you increase your focus. Some people are using it to kick a harmful opioid addiction and are currently fighting the proposed national bans against kratom.
Kratom can be consumed in a powder form, tea, pill, extract and in edibles. You can also mix it into yogurt or juice. Again- we do not recommend that you smoke kratom, as it can cause nausea. Plus, it doesn't absorb as well as other methods.
Green kratom is beginner friendly and will provide you with the most focus. This type is also said to give you a well-rounded experience. White kratom strains will give you a solid energy boost, while also increasing your overall mood and sense of well being. Maeng Da kratom is considered to be the most potent, and should, therefore, be taken with care. This type comes in different strains, such as white and green. Gold reserve kratom is best used for those who want an energy boost, while also managing tiring pain.
As for where to buy it:
Kratom tea can be purchased in chic tea shops or in a powder form on the internet. Though kratom is under review by the FDA, it might show benefits for those fighting pain and opiate addiction. With the current petition against its ban, kratom could still have a bright future, depending on if the FDA will conduct the necessary studies to assess benefits and dosage.
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