Legal Kratom Canada -A Guide to Kratom

Kratom, known scientifically as mitragyna speciosa, is a tree in the coffee family (rubiacae) that grows in the southeastern region of Asia.  It is indigenous to Indochina—Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and smaller surrounding countries—where the plant composition is relatively consistent across the region.  Though kratom use has risen in the western hemisphere after the turn of the 21st century, it has been used in Southeast Asia as traditional and herbal medicine for hundreds of years.  Today, the leaves are shipped across the globe in the form of powders, capsules, and extracts as an alternative to the synthetic medicine produced by pharmaceutical companies. You may find more information at

Different types of kratom leaves are classified as strains, which are identified by the coloring of the veins that run through them.  White vein kratom provides stimulation and energy, so these are usually taken in the morning as a supplement or replacement for caffeine.   Red strains have sedative effects, so they are taken to thwart anxiety and insomnia, or to relax after a day’s work.  Green strains are the most versatile.  Most are energetic, but they generally contain equal measure of either pain relief or sedation to varying degrees.

The kratom leaf contains several alkaloids, the most prominent of which are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.  These alkaloids grant kratom its medicinal properties and are considered the active ingredients.  Kratom users have claimed it improves the condition of a number of physical and mental ailments, including:


-Restlessness and insomnia


-Trouble concentrating on large tasks


-Withdrawal from stronger substances

-Chronic pain, such as arthritis

-Restless Leg Syndrome

-Social anxiety

As kratom has a much higher threshold for abuse and no reported association with the respiratory failure that contributes to overdoses, it is seen by many as a viable rehabilitation agent for those suffering from heroin and morphine withdrawal.  Similarly, many reports using kratom as a means to overcome the debilitating effects prescription painkiller addiction.