ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Kratom: Natural Pain Reliever or Latest Designer Drug

Updated on January 31, 2016


For thousands of years the people of Asia have been using Mitragyna speciosa, also known as kratom. Not until recently, has it found its way into mainstream America. This herb has been used in Asia as a natural pain reliever. Many people swear by its pain relieving properties.

Live kratom tree

Kratom Tree
Kratom Tree

Have you ever tried Kratom

See results


Mitragyna speciosa or kratom is a tree that is native to the Asian continent. Mitragyna speciosa is a deciduous tree that grows primarily in southeast Asia and is closely related to the coffee plant [Rubiacae]. Ironically it has been outlawed is Asia for over 70 years. It was originally banned because it was cutting into the Thai government's tax revenue from opium sales. For centuries the Asian people have turned to it for its medicinal properties. Among its medicinal properties, is its psychoactive effects. When ingested, the herb enhances the users mood and increases energy.

Much like pharmaceutical pain killers, kratom acts on the opioid receptors of the brain giving it a pain relieving quality. This is why it is widely used as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical pain medicine. It is often used to treat chronic pain. Although it does not carry many of the harmful side effects of these prescribed medications, recent research suggests that it may be addictive. Unlike pharmaceutical pain meds., it is not detectable on typical drug screens. Albeit extremely uncommon, there have been reported adverse side effects of kratom such as, psychosis, hallucinations, sweating, nausea, dizziness and confusion.


Although currently listed on the DEA's list of drugs of concern, kratom is still legal on a federal level. However, it is illegal in two U.S. States, Indiana and Tennessee. Burma, Thailand and Malaysia have also deemed kratom illegal. As with many new substances and dietary supplements, kratom was placed on the DEA's list of drugs of concern over four years ago, but has not been found to cause harm.

Kratom Tea

Kratom powder can be made into tea
Kratom powder can be made into tea

Finding Kratom

Kratom can be found in many brick and mortar stores like head shops, tobacco shops and gas stations across the U.S. Most big retailers will not sell it, presumably out of ignorance as to its legality or possibly even its existence. Kratom is also readily available for purchase online. As with most things, buying kratom online is often much less expensive than in stores. As a kratom user myself and after trying many online suppliers I found Kraken Kratom to be the most reliable. I use kratom for my chronic back pain that resulted from a work related accident. After many years of being prescribed narcotic pain killers that carry with them a laundry list of side effects, I can honestly say that after more than a year of use I have not experienced any. There have been no withdrawal symptoms like those that come from stopping prescribed pain medications either.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Please leave me a comment. I'm trying to find out where people stand.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)