Kratom, Coffee and the Rubiaceae Plant Family:
Coffee is part of the botanical family Rubiaceae, one of the largest families in the plant kingdom. The Rubiaceae family comprises almost 500 genera and more than 6,500 species, one of which is Mitragyna Speciosa AKA Kratom.
Species in this family include trees, shrubs, and herbs. They grow widely in tropical and sub-tropical regions throughout the world and are typically found in the lower story of forests.
Related to the Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. It is indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea.
Similarities of Coffee & Kratom:
What kratom and coffee do have in common is that both have a stimulating effect on the body. Stimulating kratom’s aromas are most potent at low doses and relaxing/analgesic at high doses, high doses of coffee are more likely than high doses of kratom to keep you awake at night.
Different alkaloids effect on the body:
The main alkaloid in coffee is caffeine! Caffeine is a natural stimulant that can boost memory in the morning, speed up bowel motility, and has been associated with a lowered risk for several types of cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Kratom is believed to have over 40 alkaloids, of which the most abundant are mitragynine, speciogynine, and speciociliatine. 7-hydroxymitragynine comprises only 2% of the plant but appears to be the most influential in terms of the plant’s characteristics. While caffeine is present in many different plants, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are only found in the Mitragyna speciosa plant.
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“Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical tree with a long history of traditional use in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. Its leaves and the teas brewed from them have long been used by people in that region to manage pain and opioid withdrawal and to stave off fatigue. Mitragyna speciosa is actually consumed throughout the world for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute (in form of tea, chewed, smoked, or ingested in capsules).”
Fluyau, Dimy, and Neelambika Revadigar. “Biochemical Benefits, Diagnosis, and Clinical Risks Evaluation….” in Psychiatry. April 2017. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00062
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