How to Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Kratom

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you already know how amazing kratom is and how beneficial it may be. But do you know how to present all this knowledge to someone else? While members of the kratom community know practically everything about kratom, it seems that people who don’t use kratom haven’t heard of it. Whether you like kratom for the extensive list of benefits it may have or you want to impress your friends with all your knowledge about this plant, we’ve got you. Here are answers to the frequently asked questions about kratom compiled in a super simple, short flashcard-style blog to supply you with all the information you’re looking for! 

What Is Kratom?


A tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, kratom leaves have gained popularity around the world over the past decade. Kratom has been used in traditional medicine in Southeast Asia for centuries now. 

How Many Types of Kratom Are There?


Kratom can be divided into four major categories called kratom veins – red, white, green, and yellow (which is a newer vein). Each kratom vein has its own properties that produce a characteristic effect. White veins are good for euphoria, focus, and energy; green veins are used for motivation and socializing; red veins are sedating, relaxing,  and calming; and yellow veins are neutral and produce effects that fall somewhere between white and green veins. There are also combinations of certain veins, aka kratom blends and many users like the balance of effects that these blends produce.


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What About Kratom Strains?

Apart from kratom veins, there are also many kratom strains. Kratom strains are simply sub-categories of the major four kratom veins and they get their names and properties depending on where they grow – for example, White Borneo is a white vein that grows in Borneo, Red Bali is a red vein that grows in Bali, and so on. 


How Is Kratom Used?


Traditionally, kratom is picked from trees and then chewed. The most preferred form of taking kratom today is in powder or capsule form. Powders can be used as they are, or they can be turned into capsules to mask the flavor. Powders are generally used for making kratom tea that can be mixed with other types of tea to neutralize the flavor. 


What Does Kratom Taste Like?


We mentioned that the capsule form of kratom, as well as kratom tea, are two methods of taking kratom that can help mask the taste of kratom that many people don’t really enjoy. This is because kratom has quite a bitter and unpleasant taste, and it also smells a bit earthy. These two things usually put people off at first, but luckily there are many ways to enjoy kratom without having to put up with its taste & smell. 


Why Do People Take Kratom?


If kratom tastes that bad, then you might ask yourself: why do people even take kratom? The answer lies in its wide array of potential benefits for our body – depending on the dosage and the type of vein that people take, kratom may produce amazing effects for the body and mind. 


Is Kratom Legal?


A frequently asked question about kratom is its legality. Kratom is legal on a federal level, but some states have banned it. These are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Vermont, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. 


Is Kratom Dangerous?


If multiple states have banned kratom, then this would make it dangerous, right? Not necessarily. Kratom, like any other supplement, can certainly cause serious (and less serious) adverse effects if used incorrectly, in excessive amounts, or if the vendor it’s from is sketchy. Most of the ‘dangerous’ problems that arise from kratom come from using kratom in extremely large quantities. 


Is Kratom an Opiate?

Another one of the most frequently asked questions about kratom is whether it’s an opiate or not. The answer is that it’s hard to determine. While kratom does interact with the mu-opioid receptors in the brain, to put it in the same category as heroin would be illogical, as kratom’s effects are much weaker than that and are certainly less dangerous than those of heroin. It’s also structurally much different from other opiates. It is also not a derivative of opium. Still, since kratom interacts with those opioid receptors in the brain, it can cause addiction if misused – the best way to avoid addiction to kratom is to take it in moderation. 


What Are The Side Effects of Kratom?


One of the most frequently asked questions that new kratom users have is its side effects. If taken in excessive amounts, kratom can cause nausea, sweating, digestive problems, discomfort, drowsiness, palpitations, etc. Avoid these side effects by consulting a doctor before use.


Final Thoughts


The paragraphs above were some basic facts that explain the most frequently asked questions about kratom – so if you ever find yourself needing to illustrate what kratom is to someone else, pull out this blog and let it be your guide to answering these questions! We hope that these short descriptions helped clear up some misinformation about kratom. Is there anything we’ve left out? Feel free to ask all of your questions in the comments! 


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