How Does Kratom Work its Magic?

What does kratom do? how does it work? In what way does kratom affect the brain? If you want to understand the science of kratom, you should have a basic understanding of chemistry and biology. Since most of us have neither the time nor the motivation to study topics outside of our expertise, we try to take complex data and translate it into layman’s terms so that you could skip the science lectures and still have a basic understanding.

Meet Kratom and its Family

Many are surprised to discover that kratom is a distant cousin of Coffee. Both stimulating substances are part of the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants which is brimming with pharmacologically useful substances.

Kratom’s extended family is quite large with the Rubiaceae clan being made up of more than 13,000 species! The kratom plant can be found growing along the riverbanks or in the lush jungles of Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Southeast Asian farmers have supposedly been using the leaf since the 19th century to cushion the pain caused by their hard labor so that they can continue to work.

They would chew the leaves to increase energy & to help with musculoskeletal pain. On top of this, these very leaves and their extracts have been used by some as local anesthetics, cough treatments and as intestinal deworming agents.

What is Kratom Made Up Of?

When we examine kratom closely we find that its main active alkaloids are mitragynine which makes up around 60% of the total alkaloid content and 7-hydroxymitragynine which accounts for no more than 2% of the total alkaloid content. There is evidence to show that both alkaloids can have muscle relaxant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

While its two main active ingredients are known, kratom has many, many, other ingredients that haven’t been sufficiently researched yet. These other ingredients include a range of additional alkaloids, terpenes, flavonoids and polyphenols.

Here’s a closer look at the ingredients that make up kratom’s genetics:

  • Alkaloids: Made up of mostly basic nitrogen atoms, alkaloids are natural chemical compounds that are made by organisms like plants, fungi and animals. These compounds have significant physiological effects on humans and animals alike. Morphine, nicotine and ephedrine are all examples of alkaloids.
  • Terpenes: Terpenes are organic compounds found in plants but also animals like butterflies and termites. In this context, terpenes are what gives kratom its herby, tea-like, earthy fresh scent.
  • Flavonoids: Found in almost ALL fruits and vegetables, flavonoids are phytonutrients. That means they’re responsible for providing kratom with its green, red or orange coloration.
  • Polyphenols: Polyphenols are tiny micronutrients that are powerful antioxidants. They’re found in an assortment of foods including berries, nuts, cloves, soy and beans. These organic compounds are reducing agents that neutralize free-radicals in the body, which may have numerous prophylactic health benefits.

How Kratom Works

Kratom works much in the same way as certain drugs in that its main active ingredients interact with and bond to the brain’s opioid receptors which creates a reaction.

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What does Kratom do?

When consumed, kratom interacts with different neurotransmission systems found within the brain including serotonin, dopamine D2 and adenosine. Neurotransmitters are also referred to as chemical messengers because that’s exactly what they do—send information to and from your nerve cells.

What does Kratom do to you?

In short: kratom bonds to certain receptors of the brain. This bonding can result in decreased pain, increased pleasure and often a sense of sedation.

What are the side effects of Kratom?

As is the case with all substances, those who use kratom at high doses may be on the receiving end of brief adverse effects including nausea, dizziness, dysphoria, and sweating. In some cases, itchiness, dry mouth, constipation, and loss of appetite has also been recorded.

And again, as with most substances, frequent usage results in increased tolerance which means that if you use kratom every day for a long period of time you may not feel its effects anymore, prompting you to increase your dosage.

Final Thoughts

And so, the pharmacological puzzle of kratom has been made a little easier to understand and digest. However, it is incredibly important to understand that research and studies into the natural wonder that is kratom is ongoing & that there is still much to learn about this powerful plant, its numerous benefits and risks associated with it.  

This article was written strictly for informative purposes only. Please consult a doctor before use.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Mitragyna Speciosa products offered by Mountkratom are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your healthcare professional prior to use if you have or suspect a medical condition. If you are under medical supervision, are using anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, diabetes medications, narcotics, blood pressure medication, sedatives, tranquilizers or asthma medication, seek the advice of your healthcare professional prior to use. Do not use if you are pregnant, lactating or under the age of 18 years. Do not take when operating machinery or driving. Keep out of reach of children. These products contain botanicals that have not been classified and approved by The U. S. Food and Drug Administration as a dietary ingredient.

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FAQ

Which Strain Should I Try First?

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It all depends on what you're looking to achieve! As a general rule, people typically have the following responses from each color: White: Boost in productivity and an increased energy level, Red: Feel good, restful sleep and a reduction in general discomfort (but only for a little while!), Green: A balance of the two

What Is GMP And Does Mount Kratom Have It?

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GMP stands for "Good Manufacturing Process" and it is a voluntary set of procedures that a vendor takes upon themselves to ensure a certain standard of safety and quality of their products. The certification is handled and given by the American Kratom Association who assesses the vendors procedures and verifies the 3rd party audit for authenticity. We have not yet been given certification, however, we completely believe that it is in the consumers best interest to ensure quality and consistency since the industry is not yet regulated. We are working towards becoming certified and we have incorporated many guidelines and procedures that are fully aligned with the requirements set forth by the AKA to ensure that our product is safe.

What Is "Premium" & "Super" Kratom? Why Is It More Expensive? Is It Better? Is There Extract In It?

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Our premium and super strains are derived from wild kratom leaves; leaves harvested from naturally grown kratom trees found in the wild, and have typically reached higher levels of maturity than farmed grade leaves. Many customers have seen far better results with these strains and often use a smaller serving size compared to other farmed strains. These strains are produced from pure kratom leaves and do not contain any extract in them.

Is My Personal Information Safe?

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Keeping your information secure and out of the wrong hands is a top priority of ours. We store your private information securely and safely at all times. We always maintain an active SSL security certificate on our website to secure your information is secured throughout the checkout process.

Which Kratom Strains Are Best?

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Remember there are only three veins of kratom, gold and yellow represent blends of the different veins. The different strain names originate from the different regions where the kratom was grown and the different drying techniques. That being said, there's no best kratom strain that everyone can agree on because it entirely depends on what you're looking for and personal preference varies from person to person.

A Batch Is Not As Good As I Expected, What Should I Do?

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Mount Kratom always does its best to source the best Kratom available. Unfortunately, because Kratom is a natural product, even with all of quality control in the world nobody can guarantee absolute flawless consistency between batches a 100% of the time. That's why customer service is our #1 priority. That being said, here are three things you can do in a consecutive order: 1. Always shake and mix your bags before use. Alkaloids tend to naturally settle in the bottom, so this simple trick ensures consistency between servings. 2. Try experimenting with serving sizes. Remember, sometimes "less is more", and you may actually be getting more for less. 3. Finally, if in the end you decide that this batch is not for you, you can always reach out to us for a replacement. Trying out a different variety may help most people discover their perfect leaf. Alternatively, you can utilize our 30 day satisfaction guarantee to get a full/partial refund. Just give us a call at 1-(866)-572-8664 and we'll be happy to oblige! Whatever you think of your order, we always welcome your feedback. It helps us out greatly. Please, let us hear your voice. It is our greatest asset.

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