Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, specifically countries like Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. It is known for its leaves, which contain compounds that can have stimulating or sedative effects when consumed. It has been used traditionally for centuries for various purposes, including pain relief and mood enhancement.
Kratom can be taken in several forms, including as a powder that can be brewed into tea, encapsulated into pills, or mixed into foods and beverages for consumption. Kratom contains alkaloids, such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine, which interact with opioid receptors in the brain, potentially providing pain-relieving effects similar to opioids but with a different mechanism of action.