In 1839, Dutch botanist Korthals, who discovered and gave the kratom tree its scientific name: mitragyna speciosa, wrote the first study on this influential and often misunderstood plant. It’s no secret that the effects of different strains of kratom are the direct result of the climate and soil where they are grown. It is this fact, that makes green malay kratom so desirable among users. Green malay kratom leaves get their unique potency from the mineral rich soil of Malaysia, where each leaf is gently removed from the stem of the Mitragyna speciosa tree. The elongated, dark green kratom leaves are then gathered to be ground into a fine powder, suitable for consumption.
Mitragynine: The Power Behind the Leaf
Green malay kratom is an herbal supplement grown in Southeast Asia, where it has been known for centuries as a remedy for sore muscles, digestive relief, and a mood and energy enhancer, most likely due to its high levels of the alkaloids, Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. In as early as 1836, Low stated that he observed native Malaysians utilizing kratom as a form of economical medicine.
The powerhouse behind green malay kratom is mitragynine. While all strains have this potent alkaloid, it is the green malay strain which houses the highest concentration. The levels are so high in the green malay strain, that the benefits of one dose can last as long as 8 hours. In as far back as 1907, researchers such as Wray, noted the benefits of kratom and hoped for it to be used as a medicine. In 1921, Field isolated two alkaloids, mitragynine and mitraversine at the University of Edinburgh. As a result of these and other studies, kratom was seen as a way to reduce fever, heal wounds and assist in opiate recovery.
Though there is contention and debate on how to categorize kratom, the fact remains that it’s proved it’s worth many times over. According to Ryan Estevez, MD, PhD, MPH, strongly believes that kratom has many benefits to offer and should be seen as a powerful aid to assist those in need, and not be kept from them.
A study by Goh TB1, Koh RY, Mordi MN, Mansor SM. on the antioxidant effects of mitragynine stated that metragynine found in green malay kratom not only produce mood and pain reducing effects, but may also benefit those suffering from cancer:
These findings revealed that the medicinal and nutitional values of mitragynine obtained from ketum leaves that growth in tropical forest of Southeast Asia and its analogues does not limited to analgesic properties but could be promising antioxidant and anticancer or chemopreventive compounds.
Green Malay: How Much to Take?
To achieve these benefits, one need only take 1 gram of green malay kratom. However, seasoned users have been known to take from 3 to 10 grams. Always remember, if you are new to green malay kratom, it’s recommended that you begin with the smallest dose, and work your way up. Please note that users report that green malay kratom enables higher energy when taken at the lower dose, while taking on sedative properties at high doses. As with anything, moderation is the key. if you do decide to ingest high doses, then be on the lookout for sweating, appetite loss, vomiting or headaches.
With research examining the therapeutic effects of mitragynine going back as far as the early 1900’s, coupled with the centuries long use by the people of Southeast Asia, it is quite perplexing, as to why the scientific community is at a crossroads with regards to establishing green malay kratom, along with other strains as being beneficial. The Botanical Defense League believes that as a whole, kratom is misrepresented, perhaps due to a conflict of interests. Whichever the case, it is evident that strains like green malay kratom are beneficial to users, and more unbiased research is necessary. After all, it’s been under the microscope for over a century, it’s about time kratom had its day.