What Is Kratom
Kratom is a tree indigenous to Southeast Asia and comes from the Rubiaceae family, a cousin of the coffee bean. The scientific name, mitragyna speciosa, was given to this plant by Dutch botanist Peter Korthals. Korthals noticed the leaves and the stems of the flower resembled a bishop’s mitre, which influenced the name of this plant. From this point, Korthals provided historical documentation of this leaf in its first usage.
Kratom is known by many names: Krathom, Kakaum, Ithang, Kratum, Thom (thailand), Biak-Biak and Ketum (Malaysia), Mambog (Philippines). Different regions across Southeastern Asia have created specific descriptions for this plant but the chemistry remains the same.
The Kratom tree is a very peculiar plant. The tree requires certain environmental elements in order for it to survive in the wild, normally in tropical environments which presents hot and humid weather. Usually found growing wild in the jungle, the tree needs both fertile soil and excessive water in order to grow at its maximum height of 100 – 115 feet. While not impossible to grow in climates which do not carry these certain elements, the tree will experience stunted growth and will not reach its full potential.