The kratom tree grows wild throughout southern and central Asia and is botanically known as Mitragyna speciosa Korth. Kratom can grow to extremely large heights of up to 15 meters and covers a ground surface of over 5 meters. Its foliage is dark green with red, white or green central veins. A similar species called -Hallea - also grows wild in parts of Africa but should not be confused with the genus Kratom.
As a member of the Rubiaceae family (coffee), the Mitragyna genus is found in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and Africa. Asian species of Mitragyna are usually found in rainforest areas, while African species often grow in swamps.
The traditional use of kratom goes so far back that it cannot be specified precisely. It goes by several names depending on language and location such as Krahtom, Ketum, Kakuam and Ithang. Kratom has been used as a traditional medicine for hundreds of years, as the plant is unique in its kind as it can be used for several different purposes.
Conventionally, the plant was used by poor workers and farmers who used Kratom to counteract fatigue, in order to work harder and longer workouts. It is for this reason that the use of kratom is associated with workers and farmers in many parts of Thailand.
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