History of Kratom Use

History of Kratom

For thousands of years, people have been consuming kratom for its medicinal side effects. The tree that kratom is derived from is native to Southeast Asian lands, and only more recently in human history did its popularity reached the western world.

Kratom comes from the crushed leaves of a “tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family (Rubiaceae).” These trees can grow up to 80 feet tall and produce flowers along with their well-known leaves.

Countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia have been using kratom in their daily lives long before western countries began exploring the Southeast Asian areas of the world. It’s said that Thais and Malaysians “view use of Kratom like westerners view drinking coffee for its stimulating properties.” When taken in small doses, kratom feels like a nice caffeine boost. This is probably why the leaf was so popular among fishers, farmers, and other rural laborers. It also helped them with other illnesses like depression, chronic coughs, and diarrhea. Kratom has also historically been heavily involved in some Thai customs and traditions.

Kratom finally reached documented history around the nineteenth century for its medicinal properties. It’s possible that Dutch explorers were responsible for discovering the extensive use of kratom when they settled in Thailand around this period. The method of kratom began traveling to the western world around the twentieth century.

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