History of Kratom – Exploring the Long-Standing Kratom Plant


What is Kraton

The indigenous people of Southeast Asia have used Kratom for thousands of years to acquire a natural energy boost, treat chronic pain, and wean off harmful opium addictions. Thailand workers chewed red Borneo kratom leaves to improve their mood better. However, it was first introduced into Western civilization in the 19th century by a botanist named Pieter Willem Korthals, who worked for the East India Company. In 1895, E.M. Holmes identified Kratom as Mitragyna speciosa. In 1907, L. Wray wrote about the methods of ingestion used by the locals, such as drinking, chewing, or smoking, and later sent multiple samples of Kratom to the University of Edinburgh with the hope that this unique plant could be further studied for the benefit of people worldwide. In 1930, Burkill claimed Kratom’s use as a medicinal plant that could be utilized to treat fevers and diarrhea.

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Is Kraton a dangerous drug?

At the time, Thailand obtained much of its tax revenue from opium addicted individuals. Kratom quickly became a threat to the Thai government due to its ability to become an opium substitute and was therefore outlawed on August 3, 1943. The Thai government became so paranoically fearful that it classified Kratom as a harmful drug and ordered the elimination of all kratom trees in the country despite the severe biological consequences. Unfortunately, Thailand was not the only country to illegalize the use of Kratom. In January of 1993, the Myanmar Ministry of Health proclaimed Kratom as a narcotic drug. Myanmar’s reason for banning Kratom remains unknown. However, the Health Ministry claimed that individuals who were successfully able to treat their addictions continued using Kratom. Malaysia declared Kratom an illegal substance in 2003 and carried out multiple operations to seize all kratom trafficking. From 2006, Kratom does not appear on the list of poisonous substances, right now is classified as a dangerous drug. Despite the many public opinions on Kratom’s safety and health benefits, Australia banned its use in 2005 and classified it as a schedule 9 drug.

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