Kratom is the more common name for Mitragyna Speciosa which is an evergreen tree that grows in the tropics of Southeast Asia; it is a relative of the coffee plant. The use of kratom originated in Thailand and has been used in traditional medicines dating back centuries.
Kratom has mainly been used to treat pain; it is described as having similar effects as opium based medications. It has been used as an opiate substitute; a way to self manage chronic pain, as well as managing the withdrawal effects from quitting a prescription drug habit. In the early 2000s, Kratom started to gain popularity in the United States and continues to gain momentum. It has become popular for recreational uses because of the pleasant effects. There are many different strains of Kratom which are categorized into different color groups; each is said to have different effects . Kratom is known to give a euphoric, relaxing feeling; increased energy, while warding off exhaustion; boosts sexual desire, while also intensifying the sexual experience. Kratom is commonly used to relieve body pain; it works as a natural painkiller and it combats social anxiety while helping the feelings of depression. Kratom is a natural mood enhancer.