Combretum Quadrangulare (Sakae Naa)
Combretum quadrangulare, also called sakae naa, has long been used in Thailand as a kratom substitute since kratom was banned in this nation in the mid 20th Century. Native to the wetlands and jungles of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, the combretum quadrangulare tree is actually regarded as holding magical powers. A member of the combretaceae family, this small tree can reach a height of 10 meters tall. In Southeast Asia, it is usually plucked fresh off the plant and consumed without any special processing or drying. It is quite rare outside of Asia.
History & Traditional Use
Sakae Naa is used in Southeast Asian cultures as a reliever of temporary discomfort , with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Combretum quadrangulare’s effects include stimulating and energizing feelings. It also offers a mild euphoria. In certain circumstances, sakae naa also has some mild sedative properties.
The effects last for approximately four hours. Side effects can include dry mouth, constipation and decreased appetite. Heavy and long-term sakae naa users may also experience trouble sleeping.
When taking combretum quadrangulare (sakae naa), the recommended dosage is 7 to 10 grams. More experienced users can opt for a higher dosage of up to 15 grams. Sakae naa can be brewed into a tea and steeped for 20 minutes.
You can also place powdered leaves into capsules, though it’s best to drink a hot tea or other warm drink after ingesting the capsules to ensure the best effect.