Everyone who hears about it wants to try kratom for its many impressive benefits, but not everyone can get their hands on it. In the US, kratom is illegal in Alabama, Arkansas, Sarasota County (in Florida) Indiana, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin. It is also heavily regulated in certain regions of Canada and straight-up outlawed in some countries.
For those who are unable to obtain the Mitragyna speciosa plant or kratom-based compounds, Mitragyna Javanica is said to be the best alternative to kratom. It is considered a useful replacement for kratom that can assist in many of the same areas as kratom.
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Mitragyna speciosa (kratom) contains the active alkaloid Mitragynine which is understood to be the alkaloid responsible for its mood enhancement. This alkaloid is notably absent from Mitragyna javanica, but the plant makes up for its absence with mitrajavine that contains the alkaloid ajmalicine that is also in kratom. Ajmalicine is believed to reduce high blood pressure and alleviate stress.
Few people have studied the precise chemistry of Mitragyna javanica so there is little known about its contents. What we can tell you is that it appears to be somewhat effective when compared to kratom.
Kratom contains more than 40 alkaloids including the anticonvulsant Ajmalicine which accounts for its relaxing effects and makes it ideal for those suffering from opiate withdrawal. It also contains the antioxidant Epicatechin, the powerful analgesic 7-hydroxymitragynine, the immunostimulants Isomitraphyline, Isopteropodine and Isorhynchophylline, the dopamine-mediating anti-locomotives Corynoxine A and B, the muscle relaxant Paynantheine, the antihypertensive anti-inflammatory calcium channel blocker Rhynchophyline and the opioid agonist Speciociliatine.
It is unclear whether Mitragyna javanica contains as many active alkaloids as kratom, but what is clear is that it has risen to the top of the heap in terms of kratom alternatives.
Mitragyna javanica has garnered a reputation for offering mild euphoria and sedation. While it is generally considered to be weaker than Mitragyna speciosa, the effects are comparable in similar doses. Like kratom, it grows wild in parts of Southeast Asia, making it the closest compound to raw kratom.
It is the perfect option for those who have never tried kratom before. For first-time users, it is best to start out using Mitragyna javanica even if Mitragyna speciosa is legal in your area as it is milder and, thus, has less potential for adverse effects or accidental overdose.
Like kratom, Mitragyna javanica is user for its mild analgesic properties as well as an anxyiolytic, muscle relaxant and anti-diarrheal. Also like the Mitragyna speciosa plant, Mitragyna javanica has minor sedative effects.
People have been using Mitragyna javanica in Thailand for decades upon decades because, unlike its sister plant Mitragyna speciosa, it is 100% legal. When Mitragyna speciosa was banned in Thailand in the 1940’s, many factory workers turned to Mitragyna javanica to relieve their chronic back pain and other maladies.
It has been a popular folk medicine in its native land for quite some time and it is now picking up steam stateside and beyond. Users in Canada and the US are turning on to the lush, mellowing effects of the javanica plant.
Mitragyna javanica is gaining momentum as a kratom alternative. Mixed reviews can be found all over the Internet. One user on Reddit said, “I found this to be just as good as m.speciosa” while another Redditor said, “This isn’t kratom. Every report I’ve seen says it’s ineffective. It’s actually included in those gas station Green Vein shots which are…useless.”
Another user responded, calling Mitragyna javanica kratom’s “bastard cousin.” Others have questioned whether it is the poor man’s kratom replacement.
At least one Reddit user said, “I’ve tried Javanica, it wasn’t as effective but still seemed to help.” One pharmacological study suggests that its medicinal benefits are nearly identical to those of the kratom plant.
Sadly, a comparison of the plants by Kratom Freak suggests that Mitragyna javanica is the weakest of the Mitragyna plants, eliciting the mildest of effects of the three most well-known plants—Mitragyna speciosa, Mitragyna parvifolia and Mitragyna javanica, respectively.
It has been said that 1-2 grams of Mitragyna javanica are the desired dose for beginners, but considering the mild effects it provides, it may be advisable to start out with 3-4 grams if you are looking for a kratom-like experience.
For those brewing a kratom-style Mitragyna javanica tea, you should steep 10-20 grams of Mitragyna javanica in hot water. Let it steep for a half hour before straining and enjoying your stimulating Mitragyna javanica tea.
Unlike kratom, Mitragyna javanica is not known to be as bitter and unpleasant on the palate, so you should be able to enjoy a nice Mitragyna javanica tea without adding tons of sugar or flavoring.
There are plenty of kratom alternatives out there, some mild and some more powerful than others. These include Akuamma and Kava, among others.
Choosing a kratom alternative depends largely on which kratom effects you were looking to experience. Some, like wild opium lettuce, are good for their analgesic properties while others, such as Blue Lotus, exhibit a more psychoactive effect.
Fresh organic Mitragyna javanica dried powder is readily available online from a number of vendors. It can be purchased on eBay, at Bonanza, via Mitra Science or at Zamnesia. Wakingherbs.com is one of the more affordable vendors out there with prices starting as low as $13.00.
Other top Mitragyna javanica vendors include: legalherbshop.com (unfortunately, Mitragyna javanica is currently out of stock in their store) and buykratombulkusa.com. Here at Kratom Crazy, we offer top shelf Mitragyna javanica that is 100% organic and harvested from only the highest quality plants around.
In summation, Mitragyna javanica is a good option for those who want to experience the effects of kratom without being overwhelmed by its potency.
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