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What is Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa)?

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“Kratom” is a word that you might have heard in natural health circles or on the news. But what is kratom? Where does it come from?

A Bio-Active Tree from the Southeast Asian Rainforest

Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa is a tall tree from the coffee (Rubiaceae) family that grows in the tropical and subtropical regions of Southeast Asia. The leaves contain bioactive alkaloids mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine and have been used medicinally in Asia and Africa since at least the nineteenth century.

In its native region, kratom grows in the rainforest areas of Central and Southern Thailand, parts of Malaysia, Indonesia, and on the Island of Borneo. As kratom is currently banned in Thailand and Malaysia, a number of Thai varieties are cultivated in Indonesia and exported from there.

What is the Kratom Tree Like?

Mitragyna speciosa can grow up to 80-100 feet tall with a 3-foot diameter trunk. The flowering heads can bear up to 120 florets each and produce yellow flowers. The large, glossy green leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree can reach dimensions of up to 8 inches long and 5 inches wide. They have an ovate-acuminate shape and opposite growth pattern with 12-17 pairs of red veins.

While the kratom tree is evergreen and never loses its leaves completely, it does show some seasonal variation. In the dry season, the tree loses some of its leaves, and in the wet season, they grow more abundantly.

What is Kratom Powder?

The red, green, and white kratom powders that are available in the United States come from the dried leaves, which are harvested at different points of maturity and dried using different amounts of light and dark. The strength and effect of each strain are related to where it was grown and which variety it comes from.

Buy Top-Quality Kratom Powder from Kratora

If you are interested in finding out what kratom is for yourself, make sure the product you are buying is pure and trustworthy. At Kratora, we have been working with the same suppliers for over five years, guaranteeing that our kratom powder is safe and dependable.

Please be aware that the products on our website are sold for use as incense and in soaps and are not sold for human consumption. Contact us with any shipping or ordering questions you may have as you shop our premium collections of kratom and other ethnobotanicals.

Want to learn more about kratom quality and value? Start here:
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Colleen is a part owner of Kratora along with her brother David. Kratora was founded in 2013 by David with Colleen joining the team later in 2017. The siblings were born and raised in the Bay Area and spent most of their professional years working in Silicon Valley. Their interest in botanicals began in the early 2000s as they cared for a sick family member and quickly grew into the passion that formed Kratora.

Colleen and the team at Kratora are dedicated to providing the best quality botanicals on the market along with the best customer service. They believe their loyal customers are what makes Kratora so special! Over their many years in business it has always brought them joy to work with their customers and see how botanicals are changing lives for the better.

Kratora’s vision is to help their customers live a better life by consistently providing the highest quality, safest, and purest botanicals on the market. Colleen and her team specialize in regular kratom, kratom extracts, liquid kratom, even kratom gummies — plus a lot of kratom alternative products. Kratora is always looking to expand their product line while remaining true to their high standards.

Colleen believes in transparency between the Kratora team and the expert farmers in South Asia which is why they follow Fair Trade policies. Without these farmers, Kratora would not have any products to sell. As part of Colleen’s commitment in providing the highest quality botanicals, Kratora invests highly into third-party lab testing for all of the products they sell.

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2 thoughts on “What is Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa)?

    1. Hello Kevin,
      Thank you for visiting Kratora and for your interest in our products. But unfortunately, we don’t ship to Australia.

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