The Top 6 Herbs Similar to Kratom

April 19, 2017 Articles, Kava, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Alternatives


Mitragyna speciosa, or kratom for short, is widely purchased for its aromatic quality. In recent years, it has taken on a massive reputation among herbalists, naturopaths and curious noot nuts as one of the most potent nootropics.

But kratom isn’t the only awesome compound out there for an all-natural good time . While kratom is largely considered to be the most powerful noot around, there are other great plants and extracts that can do the trick.

Here we will look at some of the more potent natural supplements that are similar to kratom. We endeavor to provide you the most comprehensive list we can and will regularly step in to update this page as more information becomes available. We will also give you an in-depth list of each substance’s effects and side effects.


It has been called the best alternative to kratom and with good reason. Javanica is in the same family of plants as Mitragyna speciosa (kratom) and even looks similar to it. Although it is understood to be less potent than kratom, Javanica contains active alkaloids that may work in much the same way as kratom.

Rich in 3-isoajmalicine, Mitragyna javanica acts as a mild substitute for those who can’t handle the power of kratom.


Commonly referred to as “Kra Thum Knok,” Hirsuta has been in use just as long as kratom. It is rich in 7-hydroxymitragynine and is considered to be one of the top kratom alternatives. With high bioavailability, Mitragyna hirsuta swiftly crosses the blood-brain barrier, serving as a strong solution for cognitive enhancement.

Mitragyna hirsuta is a potent antioxidant which has been enjoyed by many, both as a supplement and as a tea.


Akuamma seeds have long been used as a natural remedy in parts of Africa. Today, the Western world is getting hip to the impressive alkaloid content of this herbal substance. With energy enhancing properties, akuamma is a slam dunk.

However, it does have its drawbacks. As one user on Reddit pointed out, the taste of the seeds is “unbearable,” and it doesn’t appear to last as long as the aroma of kratom.

That being said, akuamma is notable and its relaxing aroma can not be discounted. Several reviewers have praised its ability to offer mild relief without significant side effects.

While akuamma’s adverse effects are not lethal, it is important to note that they do crop up in some people. They can include any or all of the following:

  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Headache


Of all the natural remedies listed here, kava is at the top of the list when you talk about kratom. They are virtually synonymous with one another.

Kava has been called “the root of happiness.” A crop of the Western Pacific, kava is technically classified as a pepper, but don’t be deceived. The kava root is much more than that.

Kava is used in tea as a natural stress manager and is used in both powder and tincture forms as a tonic. It may also promote a deep, sound sleep without affecting REM.


It’s quite simple, folks! Take 2-4 tablespoons of Kava powder. Place kava powder in a blender with 1 cup of water and blend on high for a half hour to 45 minutes. When it’s done blending, run it through a strainer and squeeze liquid out into a bowl or glass. Discard all pulp and it’s ready to drink.


Some things users should know about kava: It has been shown to cause liver failure in some people. Kava should never be combined with alcohol as the alcohol will intensify kava’s effects. It should also not be combined with psychotropic medications.

Another reason it is important to avoid alcohol when taking kava is because kava can affect your motor skills and overall coordination. Long-term use can lead to jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and, as such, experts have advised researchers to only administer it on an intermittent basis.

Side effects can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Scaly rash
  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Liver problems

The reason that kava is often compared to kratom is due to its ability to instill calm. However, as in the case of kratom, long-term use is not suggested as the potential for tolerance, addiction and health complications is quite high.


Lactuca serriola, or “prickly lettuce,” acts as an antispasmodic and anodyne.

In modern medicine, it is used to treat eye ulcers. Its sister plant Lactuca virosa (also referred to as wild lettuce) is also used as a natural pain reliever. The Roman emperor Augustus supposedly constructed a statue to honor the physician who recommended he use this lettuce to treat a serious ailment.

There is much speculation about what that serious ailment was, but the overwhelming odds are that the ailment in question was syphilis. As for which variety of wild lettuce the emperor used is anybody’s guess.

Traditionally, wild lettuce was served in tea form to assuage scorpion and spider bites. Today, we know that wild lettuce can be brewed for any number of different reasons.

It is a smokable herb that can be taken as a powder, in supplement form, as a tea or rolled into a makeshift cigarette. It is also used in seed oil form.

Side effects of prickly lettuce may include:

  • Vision changes
  • Sweating
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Pupil dilation
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Trouble breathing

Those who suffer from problems urinating can be adversely affected by wild lettuce use as it contains a chemical that compromises regular urination. Additionally, it should not be taken by women who are currently breastfeeding. This is simply as a matter of precaution as not enough is known about the effects wild lettuce can have on a newborn.


The dried flowers of the blue lotus plant act possess natural aphrodisiac properties. Also referred to as the Sacred Lily of the Nile, Blue Lotus is often steeped in tea or smoked in order to unlock its many health benefits.

Like kratom, Blue Lotus has gained a reputation for being calming in nature. It has also been known to improve mood.


This is an easy process and one that works best for unlocking its aroma. You simply boil 1 to 2 cups of water, then you add 5 grams of dried blue lotus leaves and/or bulbs and steep for all of 20 minutes. Boom! Your tea is ready to drink.

The effects of blue lotus generally take a half hour to take hold. Once they do, you’ll be glad you tried this impressive herb.


Unfortunately, blue lotus also has its share of potential contraindications. Blue Lotus interacts poorly with Nembutal as they intensify each others’ sleepiness effect.

Blue Lotus should also not be taken in conjunction with diabetes medications as blue lotus can drastically lower blood sugar in some people.

Overall side effects of Blue Lotus are mild and rare. They may include:

  • Jitters (in large doses)
  • Hot flashes

That’s pretty much it, this one is fairly safe for most users.

Everyone responds to a substance differently and users should monitor their dosages carefully. Should undesirable effects persist, the user should discontinue use of any of these substance and seek immediate medical attention. Be safe, be smart and be well.

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