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Where Does Kratom Come From? - Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST

Kratom is native to the tropical climates of Southeast Asia. Check out our interactive map above to learn more about this region and the amazing kratom that grows there! ,

The Ultimate Kratom Quiz - Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST

Indigenous to the tropical climates of Southeast Asia, kratom is an herb that has been used as an effective natural medicine for many centuries. Kratom is broken into a few strains that promote different effects and can help users relax, sleep better, or have more energy through the aromatic properties. Kratom is also a potent natural pain reliever and is used by many to reduce chronic pain and discomfort. In fact, many researchers agree that kratom may be the solution for an all-natural alternative to opioid pain medications, and as a safe and healthy way to combat addiction to pain-relieving drugs. If you’ve been wanting to find a natural pain reducer, you can use the various strains of kratom to find relief. Kratom can also be used as a stimulant and gentler alternative to caffeine and energy drinks, without the crash and burn. If you want a safe and gentle way to relax and unwind in the evening to sleep more deeply, or you simply need a way to ease anxiety and stress, kratom is an effective, all natural solution that doesn’t come with any negative side effects. Kratom is a wonderful solution for helping users achieve optimum health. Many people use the aromatic benefits of kratom to boost their mood, or simply achieve a more relaxed and focused mindset. Intrigued to learn more about this ancient natural remedy? Test your knowledge of kratom and learn more interesting facts about this age-old herb with our new interactive quiz! Kratora does not sell kratom for human consumption. ,

Popular Strains of Kratom and Their Effects - Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST

Kratom is a tropical plant that originated in parts of Southeast Asia. It has traditionally been used for its many effects, including euphoria, increased energy, reduced fatigue, and relief from anxiety, depression, and pain. There are many different strains of this plant that are available; try using one of the following strains to help alleviate your symptoms. For a quick summary of these strains, check out this infographic. 1. Maeng Da: Maeng Da is the highest potency strains currently available. It has the highest concentration of alkaloids, which is the source of the effects associated with kratom. Maeng Da is known for producing euphoria and high levels of energy. 2. Malay: Malay kratom originates from Malayasia and is also known as Malayasian, or Green Malay Kratom. This strain produces a more energetic, yet controlled effect. It produces a strong euphoria and a gentle rush that makes it a wonderful strain to start your day. 3. Bali: Like it’s name, this strain of kratom originates from the calm and gorgeous island of Bali. This particular strain produces soothing and relaxing effects and is perfect for someone who is feeling anxious or stressed. 4. Thai Red: Thai Red kratom gets its name from the red veins that are found on the underside of the its leaf. This strain is one of the most relaxing strains available and produces feelings of emotional wellbeing and euphoria. It is also said to help relieve pain and discomfort. 5. White Borneo: The White Borneo strain helps to relieve feelings of depression, low energy, or difficulty concentrating. It can be combined with Maeng Da to prolong its shelf life and enhance its effects, or used alone for extra energy and euphoria. Kratom has long been used by people in the South Pacific to help with depression, pain and anxiety. Check out www.buykratom.us to purchase these or other strains of this natural alternative today! Kratora does not sell products for human consumption. ,

Making Kratom Incense - Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST

Kratom is frequently used in aromatherapy or incense due to its energizing and euphoric effects. Rather than buying a pre-made incense product, it’s so easy to make one at home. Plus, you can customize the incense by using your favorite scents! In order to make kratom incense, you will need: 1-2 tablespoons of your preferred herbs to combine with kratom. Lemongrass, lavender, cedar or sandalwood work very well.Notebook and paper to keep track of what you are using so you can replicate your recipes in the future if you wantMortar and pestle to grind your scents Makko, which is what will make the incense burn Distilled water, warmed Uncoated bamboo sticks Wax paper Making incense is very simple, but the process does take a few days, so make sure to plan ahead. 1. Mix and grind your herbs together with the kratom using your mortar and pestle. 2. Let them sit together for a few hours to thoroughly combine. 3. Add the Makko. Start with 10-25% for herbs and spices, or 40-80% when using resins. Start on the lower end and add a little bit at a time. 4. Put aside a little of the mixture in case you add too much water and need to thicken it a bit. 5. Slowly add the warmed distilled water until it reaches the consistency of play-doh. It should be moldable, but still able to keep its shape. Add back a little of the withheld mixture if you need it. 6. Knead the dough for several minutes to make sure everything is mixed well. 7. Take a 1-2 inch chunk of the dough and roll it out until it is around ¾ the length of the bamboo sticks. Wrap the dough around the bamboo sticks and place on a piece of wax paper. 8. Rotate them a few times a day so that the water can evaporate and the sticks can dry. Give it a good 4-5 days, until they can stand up and are bendable. To purchase high-quality kratom for your incense, check out www.buykratom.com. ,
How a Kratom Ban Could Exacerbate Environmental Harm in Southeast Asia from the Palm Oil Industry While a ban on kratom in the United States could have significantly negative effects on thousands or even millions of lives, the negative impact could be a global one. Kratom cultivation and harvesting provides many individuals in Southeast Asia with an eco-friendly way to earn the money they need to survive. But a United States kratom ban would result in a dramatic decrease in demand that would almost certainly have a major impact on the individuals who produce and harvest kratom. Unfortunately, the negative effects could extend far beyond the social realm. Many of these kratom producers could be forced to shift to palm oil production, which is credited with causing irreversible environmental damage, particularly to the rainforests and jungles that are home to thousands of unique species, including the Sumatran orangutan. So let's examine how kratom is produced and how a kratom ban would cause many to shift from kratom production to the environmentally harmful palm oil farming industry. How and Where is Kratom Grown in Southeast Asia? Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is a tree that's native to Southeast Asia. Kratom is grown and harvested across Southeast Asia, including in Thailand and in the Malaysian peninsula to Borneo. Kratom requires nitrogen-rich, fertile soil and a warm environment. It is also known as an “understory” crop, meaning it naturally thrives in the lower regions of the forest, receiving filtered sunlight that passes through the main forest canopy. For this reason, you cannot simply plant kratom in a field (in direct sunlight) and expect it to thrive. While there are some kratom plantations (typically on farm lands that were formed by cutting down valuable rainforest), a very large portion of kratom producers actually work with the thick, ancient jungles, harvesting leaves from the mature kratom trees that grow naturally in this region. These mature kratom trees tend to have a higher quality leaf, with a denser alkaloid content. Many kratom farmers also plant new trees in the jungle, where they thrive and in several years' time, produce a good quality kratom leaf. So in many cases, the worldwide demand for kratom allows enterprising Asians to work with the jungles, effectively slowing the rate at which these valuable and irreplaceable rainforests are destroyed. While we were unable to find precise figures on what portion of all kratom is exported to the United States, the team here at Kratora can confirm that Americans account for a vast majority of our customer base. It's possible that the U.S. could account for as much as 25% or more the world's kratom consumers. This means that hundreds or even thousands of kratom producers and harvesters could be put out of business if kratom is outlawed in the U.S. And it's certain that many land owners would turn to a far more ecologically harmful type of agricultural venture: palm oil plantations. How is Kratom Demand Linked to Palm Oil Plantations? Farmers in Southeast Asia are rather limited in their options by way of crops. If kratom demand is reduced, many kratom producers would be forced to explore other options and it's certain that many would opt to convert their lands into palm oil plantations. While kratom trees can thrive in the dense rainforest, it's just not possible to farm oil palm trees in this way. As a result, thousands upon thousands of acres of ancient rainforest could be destroyed to make way for these palm oil plantations, which are on par with the logging industry in terms of the negative impact on the environment. Southeast Asia's ancient rainforests are home to many unique species that are found nowhere else on the planet, such as the Sumatran orangutan. A reduction in kratom demand could spell death for millions of creatures, including endangered species, including the Sumatran orangutan, the Sumatran tiger, Asian elephants, the probocis monkey and the sun bear. Deforestation and loss of critical habitats isn't the only ill effect from the “forest conversion” process that is required to establish palm oil plantations. To make matters worse, oil palm trees – like all palm trees – have a relatively small, shallow root system. Without the deep, widespread root systems that exist in a healthy rainforest environment, there is little to hold the soil in place. This can result in serious, widespread soil erosion. The dense plant life in the rainforest also results in a lot of water consumption, with some tree species soaking up thousands of gallons per day. Without these plants and trees in place to drink up water from the soil, flooding becomes a greater problem. (And when you combine flooding with loose soil, the erosion problem is exacerbated ten-fold.) During the dry season, there is an increased risk of fire in regions where palm oil plantations are located. Rainforests tend to remain damp year-round, in large part due to the thick layer of organic and peat material that covers the forest floor, serving like a giant sponge. The thick forest canopy also prevents the direct sunlight from hitting the forest floor, limiting evaporation. This means these jungle regions are naturally protected from fires. But in a palm oil plantation, the rainforest is clearcut and the peatlands are drained. Direct sunlight dries the earth, creating dry conditions that are ripe for fire. What's more, the oil palm tree is not native to Southeast Asia. It's actually native to Western Africa, yet an estimated 85% of the world's palm oil is sourced from Malaysia and Indonesia. Non-native plants hold the potential to cause new and unforeseen forms of environmental damage, harming native species in a number of ways. The situation in Southeast Asia is already critical. According to facts and figures provided by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), it's estimated that 300 football fields worth of ancient rainforest is cut down every hour to make way for new palm oil plantations. The WWF estimates that if this rate continues, we could lose endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger in as little as three years and the Sumatran orangutan in as little as five or ten years. Over 90% of the Sumatran orangutan's habitat has been destroyed in the past 20 years alone. The rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo are home to approximately 300,000 animal species and countless more plant species. While the forest timber is sold and utilized worldwide, all of the other plant matter is dried and burned, making this region the third worst greenhouse gas emitter worldwide. As if the environmental impact wasn't bad enough, the palm oil industry has also been linked to egregious human rights violations, including child labor in Malaysia and Indonesia. Many children are forced to pull weeds for 12 hours a day or longer, while others carry heavy, thorn-ridden bunches of palm fruit from the fields to the processing area. In short, the impact of banning kratom in the U.S. could have a profoundly negative impact on thousands of Americans, but beyond this, we could see ever-worsening conditions in Southeast Asia where many kratom producers may be forced to join the palm oil industry. ,