One of the best things about the herbal medicine world is that it’s full of creative minds. There are so many unique companies, intriguing startups, and entrepreneurial spirits to keep an eye on. Whether you’re interested in CBD, cannabis or hemp, there’s always something new to try out and experience for yourself.
While CBD and cannabis are some of the most popular herbal products on the market right now, there are plenty of other key ones to be aware of.
One in particular that stands out when considering modern consumers is kratom.
Here at the Daily CBD Magazine, we’re dedicated to bringing our audience the best of the best when it comes to herbal medicine. If you’re someone who enjoys CBD and cannabis, then we’re sure that you’re going to find kratom interesting. In this blog post, we’ll be looking at kratom and kratom tea, and examining what consumers need to know about it.
What is kratom?
To start off the blog, let’s take a look at what kratom actually is. The kratom tree grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, as pointed out in this handy article. The leaves of the tree are what is used as herbal medicine.
Traditionally, kratom leaves have been used as medicine. Nowadays, they’re used by many people as a medicine and a recreational drug, unsurprisingly.
Why do people use kratom?
So, why on earth do people use kratom? As this article points out, kratom is believed to act on the opioid receptors in the body. Lower doses can stimulate a user and produce high levels of energy, whereas higher dosages can lead to states of euphoria. Incredibly high dosages can act as a sedative and make users very sleepy. It’s very similar to opium.
What forms can you purchase it in?
There are a number of different ways that kratom can be consumed. The most common ones that are worth knowing about include;
- Unprepared leaves, to be chewed or used in cooking
- Dried leaves, to be swallowed or smoked
- Tea, brewed from dried leaves
- Liquids and oils
This list is not exhaustive, of course, and you’re sure to find other products if you search. The most popular type on this list by far is tea.
Can you buy kratom tea everywhere in the US?
Whereas products like CBD oil are becoming more and more popular across America, products like kratom tea are not as readily available. This is due to the fact that some states (and countries across the world) have outlawed it.
Additionally, the FDA has put limits on it due to the potential for side effects and the lack of research into the drug. You’ll struggle to find kratom being stocked in many mainstream stores and gas stations. Many gas stations won’t go near the product because of potential legal or monetary issues, as seen here.
Important things for kratom users to remember
A final thing that’s worth noting about kratom is that it’s vital to always do your research before purchasing a product. As we mentioned, there is somewhat of a grey area surrounding the legality currently, and a lack of research into side effects too. Keep yourself safe above all else.
To sum up
As you can see, kratom is something that’s piqued the interest of the herbal medicine community. More people are starting to get involved with it, which means that we’re sure to see even more companies and entrepreneurs experimenting with it and making unique products. This won’t be the last you hear of kratom in 2020, that’s for sure.
It’s worth reiterating that it’s vital to do your research before purchasing kratom or any related products. Is it legal in your country and/or state? Is it going to negatively mix with any existing medication that you might be on? Are you buying from a safe and verified retailer? Have you researched the side effects? These may seem like dull questions to answer, but it’s much better to be safe than sorry.
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