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Kratom (kray-tom) is a traditional herbal remedy originally used as a stimulant and analgesic throughout Southeast Asia—namely Malaysia and Thailand, the trees’ native habitats.
Kratom has recently been gaining in popularity as a natural and effective energy-booster as well as having other potential healing properties that interest many types of people. The plant has also gained much recognition for a variety of other reasons: not only is Kratom a natural energy-booster, it’s also a fantastic sedative that helps people afflicted with insomnia.
The leaves of the Kratom tree produce an opioid-type substance called mitragynine and other natural compounds that stimulate cell receptors, basically telling them to get going.
Kratom is a sedative, stimulant, mood-enhancer and pain reliever. At the right dose, it can make one feel stronger, happier, livelier and more motivated but still calm. Here, we’ll discuss the different ways that Kratom can be used as a stimulant.
Kratom is a well-known option for clearing up brain fog, helping you feel clear-headed, and making you more motivated and efficient. Users report a mild, non-jittery “high” that typically lasts for a few hours. They claim to experience more alertness, less anxiety, and more clarity after ingesting Kratom.
Many people use it as a coffee alternative.
Users report an overall sense of well-being and focus when taking certain strains of Kratom in certain doses. They are more motivated and confident and feel more energy both physically and mentally—basically, Kratom can offer a solid sense of flow to an otherwise long and stressful day. It’s also reportedly great for athletes who want to increase endurance.
Users report less social anxiety and overall anxiety, less pain (so more endurance, as in the case of athletes), and even more creativity in certain doses. In general, a good dose to start with is about 2 grams before working your way up from there.
“For me, I find if I take a low dose 1-2gs I get energy and pain relief. If I take higher dose 3-4gs, I get sedation.“ ~ Reddit user
With Kratom, the effects may seem opposite to what you’ve experienced from most other substance: the bigger the dosage, the more relaxed you might be, and the smaller the dosage, the more it is likely to act as a stimulant…but only if you have a good understanding of the type of Kratom that you’re taking.
The energy that you get from Kratom depends on the types of alkaloids that are in a given strain. There’s a pretty big range of strains, so it’s a good idea to read up on them before you go about making a big purchase.
“I like green maeng da, green borneo, green elephant, green horn kapuas. Greens give me solid energy with great pain relief.” ~ Reddit user
If you want a nice clean burst of clarity, something like you’d get from a cup of coffee (but cleaner and less jittery), you may want to start with a white vein strain. Some users even reportedly use this strain in place of coffee in order to give them a morning boost in concentration and overall clarity.
White-veined strains like White Borneo are good choices for physical and mental stimulation; not only do they offer great nootropic properties, they are also good for physical endurance.
“For me White Borneo (usually 3 grams) works great for energy. Especially when I take with 1 or 2 cups of coffee, while coffee usually doesn’t do a lot for me. Makes me bounce all around while I’m usually a fairly calm person (also due to depression).” ~ Reddit user
Green leaf types also can give you a nice, clean burst of energy that is lasting and not too jittery, so long as you stick to lower dosages. Red vein strains of Kratom tend to have a more relaxing effect, but in smaller doses can give you a calm kind of clarity.
They aren’t typically good for energy, but if you’re a very anxious person and need a sort of calming herb in order to get things done, red vein might be a good choice for your personality.
“Red Bali gives me mild energy. Calm focus. Red Hulu sedates the hell out of me. Red Thai can go either way.” ~ Reddit user
Maeng Da is one of the most popular strains for optimal energy and focus. According to one Longecity user, Maeng Da “energizes, not like a traditional stimulant, but a very clean energy that is uplifting and motivates me to get things accomplished. Meang Da relieves pain, anxiety, and is very motivating.”
“My favorite kratom strain for energy is MAENG DA. A little Maeng Da upon waking and I’m energized all day making my work day incredibly productive! A little Maeng Da mixed with some Red Thai or Bali pre-workout and I’m energized and pain free. Kratom is the best pre-workout I’ve ever used!” ~ Longecity User
Almost anyone can benefit from the energy-boosting effects of Kratom. Traditionally, Kratom leaves would have likely been chewed by laborers to help them get through a long day of farming.
If you work long business days, if you’re a student, or if you just have a long list of chores to do on a given day, ingesting some of the green or white strains of Kratom could easily give you a long-lasting, natural energy boost that lasts all day.
Kratom seems to act as a relaxant, which means it can boost creativity for those who have to work long hours doing creative things like artists and writers. If you need to stay up all night to finish any kind of project, Kratom might just be a good choice. It’s also a nice option for outdoor adventurers or athletes who are looking for a stamina boost.
If you regularly experience social anxiety, or other forms of anxiety, Kratom can help relieve inhibitions, keeping you focused but also relaxed. (PS: Kratom can also be useful to give you confidence on a first date.)
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