Kratom leaf is derived from the evergreen trees of Southeast Asia, this plant is dried and ground to a fine powder and sold locally and around the world. Before you buy it, you should know a thing or two about what kratom actually is. Here are 12 frequently asked questions about Kratom. And 12 answers to get you up to speed so you can be a kratom pro in no time:
- What is Kratom?
First and foremost, what is Kratom? Kratom is a dried herb that can be used for many different things. Historically, Kratom was a very old traditional medicine derived from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree from Southeast Asia. The use of this product shows its value and versatility. In many southeastern Asian cultures this product was widely used in the 19th century. Today, Kratom is sold online as an incense and utilized to enhance meditation sessions or for other celebratory initiations and rituals.
- Where is Kratom from?
Kratoms origins are rooted in Southeast Asia, they are dried leaves of a tropical evergreen called Mitragyna speciosa. The Mitragyna speciosa tree is native to areas like Thailand and Malaysia in Southeast Asia. Kratom was used as traditional medicine and now has become modernized as incense for meditation. The first documented use of Kratom was the 19th century by southeastern Asian countries. Kratom became popularized in the U.S. in the late 2000’s.
- Are there different strains?
There are over 15 different strains of Kratom on the market. Some of the different types have different properties. The most common strains are Bali, Maeng Da, Indo, and Borneo. The strain is based on the location that it is grown, so the name of the strain type is based on the region or country its grown in. They all have similar qualities but are produced in different regions; some connoisseurs have a preferences and others enjoy all different strains. The climates they are produced in are all similar so they grow about the same, however they have slightly different scents and colors.
- How do I burn Kratom incense?
Kratom incense can be burned in a thurible, on a boat/tray. Thurible are used to burn incense during religious ceremonies, however it can be used as an incense pendent. Thurible can be hung or held while burning incense. Other common incense holders are trays and boats; for the most part they are basically the same. Incense holders come in wood, metal and glass. Boats are commonly thin sturdy metal devices that hold the incense suspended in air. Loose incense should be burned in a paper cone or on a metal dish. Some trays are made from wood, this tray type is recommended for stick incense.
- How do I store Kratom?
The storing method of fresh Kratom will determine its aroma and how long it lasts. Generally properly stored Kratom last up to 12 months and as low as 6 months. Without proper storage it can go bad after 3 months. If possible, storing Kratom in air tight containers can improve the lasting quality. Moisture and oxygen can cause Kratom to go bad, exposure to moisture can cause bacteria growth in the product.
- Can Kratom be used during meditation?
Kratom can be used during deep and simple mediation. It is great for immobile concentration and meditation, but it can also be used during calming yoga. Kratom incense can be burned in trays or boats in well spaced ventilated rooms.
- Is Kratom legal?
Kratom is legal in 44 states (some counties and cities of approved states have banned this product) For more information please check with your state or county.