For centuries, indigenous residents throughout SE Asia have harvested the foliage of the Mitragyna speciosa tree.

The rather plain-looking evergreen is a member of the coffee family (Rubiceae).

It thrives in the tropical regions of Malaysia, New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Borneo.

Naturopathic doctors and locals would chew the foliage to extract the leaves alkaloids which have been favored as an energy booster and to treat a wide array of maladies.

Nowadays, kratom is being widely sold at gas stations, naturopathic stores, vape shops, head shops, dispensaries, and online.

Seeing the herbal supplement piques the interest of many newbies.

In some cases, your friends might be using the herb and raving about it.

Whatever attracts you to the herb, we will look at kratom for beginners in this article.

History of Kratom for Beginners

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In addition to chewing the leaves of the tree, locals also smoke the foliage, dry it into powder, and brew it as tea.

In Thailand and Malaysia, the locals call it biak-bialk, kratom, ketum, thom, tom, or ihang.

It is deeply embedded in the local culture.

In the 1930s, a pair of leading botanists named Mohammad Haniff and I.H. Burkill held an interview with the Cambridge Journal of Asiatic Society where they stated that they believed that kratom was an effective tool for opiate addicts to overcome their addiction.

Another respected Dutch botanist known as Korthals dubbed the kratom tree ‘Mitragyna’ because he felt that the foliage and the flowers’ stigmas resembled a bishop’s mitre.

In the last decade, the popularity of kratom has spread to other parts of the world such as Europe and the United State where users are turning to it as a herbal supplement.

Understanding Kratom

Kratom is available in multiple strains.

The names of the strains denote their region of origin such as Bali, Indo (Indonesia), Malay, Vietnam, etc.

The only exception to this rule is Maeng Da which is a potent strain grown in numerous SE Asian countries.

In addition to the country of origin in the name, it is further categorized based on vein color so you’ll encounter red, green, white, and occasional gold vein strains.

  • Red Vein:  Red vein varieties are favored for pain relief or to achieve relaxation.
  • White Vein:  With white vein, users often report better focus and increased energy.  They also use this variety for pain relief.
  • Green Vein:  Green vein is like a combination of white and red. It helps improve focus and energy. It lacks the sedative qualities of red and is not as strong as white.
  • Gold Vein: The gold vein color appears to come from the drying process. It eases tension and helps the user relax.

What Makes Kratom for Beginners Work?

The foliage of the Mitragyna speciosa tree is harvested and cured.

Depending on the area of cultivation, the environmental conditions, and the time of harvest, each strain contains varying chemical compositions made up of the alkaloids: Mitragynine, paynanthine, speciociliatine, and 7-hydroxymitragynine (7-HMG).

Researchers believe that the two main alkaloids found in the plant remain  Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine (7-HMG).

The alkaloids act as an antagonist to the body’s opioid receptors.

However, the plant does not produce to the same extent of the common side effects that opioids do when ingested such as euphoria, dependence, and respiratory depression.

The Effects of Kratom for Beginners

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When taken in a low dose, kratom boosts energy and enhances mood.

However, as you increase your dose of kratom it can cause a sedative-like reaction.

You’ll feel tired or sleepy.

This is especially true of kratom for beginners.

It is important that you use a low dose and do not use kratom too frequently or you will start to build up a tolerance to the plant’s alkaloids and you’ll end up having to increase your dosage of the herb substantially to gain the same effects until you cross the threshold where you no longer feel energized but instead have a sedative-like reaction.

Correct Kratom Dosage

When learning about kratom for beginners, you’ll want to determine your correct dosage.

Historically, kratom users in SE Asia would pluck a leaf from the tree and chew it but users in America and other areas don’t have that luxury.

Instead, users must depend on capsules, powders, or extracts.

A new user should stick to one to two grams of kratom.

Ideally, you should not exceed five grams of kratom unless you are a seasoned user who has built up a tolerance.

Frequent kratom users often use up to twelve grams of kratom but you should avoid taking too much kratom or your tolerance level will increase and you will need higher doses.

  • One to two grams: Minimum effects that are ideal for beginners
  • Three grams: Light effects that are good for occasional users or those seeking patent relief
  • Five grams: Potent impact for frequent kratom users
  • Eight to fifteen grams which render strong effects for seasoned users

Things such as the user’s weight and age can also have an impact on dosage and the effects of the herb on your metabolism and system.

Possible Side Effects of Too Much Kratom

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If you take too much kratom then you might experience side effects that vary in intensity

  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleepiness
  • Runny nose.

What to Expect from Kratom?

Users who turn to kratom expect the herb to deliver a positive impact on their physical and mental well-being.

Below are a few things to expect from kratom but a lot depends on the strain, dosage, and your own physical response.

If you are learning about kratom then you probably think that it might be beneficial for your specific needs.

Kratom is favored for a variety of purposes.

  • Anxiety relief
  • Relaxation
  • Energy
  • Weight loss
  • A pleasant full-body feeling
  • Ability to concentrate
  • Enhanced sex drive
  • Pain relief
  • Greater concentration
  • Improve sleep
  • Enhanced cognitive reaction
  • Euphoria
  • Opiate withdrawal
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Become more social
  • Improved focus

You will usually start to feel the effects of kratom about twenty minutes after ingestion.

The effects are usually a slow burn and will continue to increase over two to four hours before leveling off and going away.

Kratom Ingestion Options

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You can choose from kratom capsules, powders, or extracts.

Typically, beginners should try capsules because they are easy to swallow and you know the exact dose that you will be ingesting.

Also, capsules are discreet.

You can carry them in your pocket or purse and take the herbal supplement when you use your daily vitamins and minerals.

Many kratom users also prefer powder because it is affordable.

You can ingest the powder using the toss and wash method which involves placing the dry kratom powder directly in your mouth and then drinking a glass of water.

Many users cannot tolerate this ingestion method because it is hard to hold kratom powder in your mouth.

The powder is dry and tastes exceptionally bitter.

However, you can also add the powder to your coffee, tea, juice, or smoothie.

Adding the powder to a beverage helps mask the alkaloid flavor and you can even add a bit of honey or sugar to further sweeten the often-bitter brew.

Extracts are a potent form of kratom and typically not ideal for beginners.

Seasoned kratom users tend to enjoy extracts.

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