Thai Kratom: Origins, Legality and More

December 22, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Legality, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea

Kratom comes from the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree. This ancient Ayurvedic herb initially grew in the wilds of Thailand and other countries across Southeast Asia. Today kratom is imported from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea.

Thai kratom strains have become widely available in the U.S., but not everyone who purchase Thai kratom is aware of the validity (or lack thereof) of its namesake. In an effort to educate our readers about the differences between this and other kratom strains, we’ve made it our business to compile this guide.

Below you will find out everything you need to know about how Thai kratom is prepared, where it actually comes from, how it compares to other strains and where you can buy kratom online.


If I had to venture a guess, I’d say that Thai kratom has become a bestseller due to its name more than anything else. After all, those who have read up on kratom recognize Thailand as the first country where kratom was harvested.

However, most people don’t seem to understand that kratom cannot be legally obtained from Thailand. On the contrary, this herb from the coffee family of plants was penalized as far back as the 1940s.

The Thai government passed the Kratom Act, a landmark piece of legislation that effectively banned the growth of live kratom plants, in 1943. Their decision to outlaw Mitragyna speciosa was a direct result of its prevalent use.

Fearing that the uptick in kratom usage among natives would threaten the prosperity of the opium trade, government officials enforced the Kratom Act as a way to curb the spread of this much sought-after “folk medicine.” The then-new law made it strictly verboten for farmers to plant kratom trees.

In light of this unfortunate history, it is impossible for American kratom vendors to source kratom leaf from the region. Ergo, when you hear that someone’s selling Thai kratom do not get it twisted. You are not going to be getting your hands on kratom powder from the so-called Land of Smiles.

So, what exactly is Thai kratom? Well, the name actually represents the method by which it is grown. Farmers in Malaysia follow traditional techniques when growing and caring for their crop. The old grown (OG) trees are kept firmly planted in the rainforest where they are allowed to reach optimal maturity prior to harvest.

These large trees can reach heights of up to 15 metres before they are harvested. After select leaves are gathered from these impressive evergreens, the farmers isolate all 25 alkaloids from the leaves’ veins, using them to produce kratom powder with peak concentrations of mitragynine and other indole alkaloids.

This is why Thai kratom is favored not only by novices who have just found out about kratom but, also, by experienced users who appreciate premium grade kratom tea. In other words, Thai kratom is the supreme choice for the seasoned speciosa connoisseur.


There are two common pronunciations of kratom among the Thai people. The primary pronunciation is “kray-tum,” but many Thai farmers pronounce it krah-tum like “atom.” Elsewhere, users have pronounced it differently.


Customary uses include prevention of restlessness, coffee-like invigoration and general good vibes. The laborers of Thailand long believed that chewing kratom leaves could stave off the work-related fatigue they were accustomed to experience in the fields and factories of the region.

Today, Westerners use Thai kratom for a variety of essential needs. Some swear by it as a form of aromatherapy while others say that a strong cup of Thai tea gives them the requisite jolt they need in the morning.

Among Thai kratom’s many fans are working professionals, artists, athletes and those recovering. It is purportedly useful among those who are looking to crush a major work project or, more intimately, to get their Mojo rising…if you catch my meaning. ; )


Whether you’re brewing some Thai tea so that you can rise to the occasion or just looking for a powerful pick-me-up, Thai kratom may be a viable option.


If you’re new to the world of kratom and other botanicals, it’s always important to bone up on the legality of kratom possession in your area. Although kratom is legal in most parts of the United States, there are select states and municipalities that have outlawed the sale, possession and use of kratom products.

It is also worth mentioning that the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has not approved kratom for medicinal use. As a matter of fact, they have issued a public warning, urging Americans to avoid kratom use. Consequently, no medical claims can be made about kratom’s supposed efficacy.


As with most forms of kratom, Thai strains come in multiple vein colors. You can typically find Green Vein Thai, Red Vein Thai, White Vein Thai and Yellow Thai. The first three are especially well-received with most users agreeing that White Vein Thai is the strongest and fastest of the bunch.


Again, no claims can be made about kratom having any kind of health benefits. But its aroma is undeniable to those who try their first brew. With that said, the people have spoken and what they’ve said is clear.

Many discerning kratomites can attest to the potency of this strain. Among the effects most commonly reported are endurance, nootropic qualities, coffee-like invigoration and clean energy. This one is particularly popular with pro sports players and gym nuts, although the industry has seen a rise in sales among students, entrepreneurs and career artists.


Thai kratom and Red Vein Bali are very much alike in terms of how sociable and creative they sometimes make people. Aside from that, the two don’t share a whole lot of similarities.

Where Red Vein Bali is notable as a “nighttime” strain, one that can make you sleepy after a long, hard day, Thai kratom is normally pretty “fast,” acting in much the same way as a dark roast coffee with a shot of espresso.

Thai kratom has fewer side effects compared to Red Bali and is, therefore, more viable for daytime tasks. Users have said that Thai is milder at larger dosages whereas Bali can be quite overwhelming in excess of 5 grams.


If you’re picking up White Thai powder or capsules for the first time, you should be sure to stick to the low end of the dosage chart. It is always advisable to brew kratom in moderation since chronic use in high doses often results in tolerance, dependence and adverse effects.

The following is a detailed representation of the different dosage levels for this strain:

  • First-timer—1-2 grams
  • Threshold—2-3 grams
  • Moderate—3-4 grams
  • Expert—5-6 grams

Bear in mind that everyone responds differently to this and other herbs. No two people will have the same experience. Consider your body type (height and weight), sensitivities, personal needs and lifestyle/diet prior to brewing kratom tea.

The average user will tell you to take kratom on an empty stomach to get the most out of your stash. This is absolutely unnecessary and more than a little irresponsible if you’ve never used kratom before.

When brewing kratom for the first time, consider snacking on a small bag of trail mix and drinking some juice prior to drinking your kratom tea. This will minimize the potential of intensity or undesirable side effects.

Always consume kratom responsibly and be sure to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Be safe, be smart and be well.

Bob Freville
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