(Official Report From The Canadian Kratom Shelf)
The one thing you need to know about Kratom is that it is one of the most powerful natural remedies. It has been used for centuries by ancient communities in Southeast Asia.
Kratom is extracted from the Mitragyna Speciosa tree. This tree is native to some tropical locations in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It goes by many names in these Southeast Asian countries e.g. Ketum, Thorn, Ithang, and Biak-Biak. In North America, where the herbal remedy is quickly gaining popularity, it goes by the name herbal speedball in some locations.
Initially, farmers used to chew the leaves for a quick burst of energy (similar to what the old red bull ad used to say drinking red bull will do to you). However, as time went on, it was discovered that the leaves provided not just physical and mental energy, they also boosted libido. It was also soon discovered that chewing the leaves could reduce pain too.
When scientists heard of the many uses of Kratom, many decided to investigate the tree further for its medicinal benefits. A number of studies done on the leaves revealed that they are made up of a several alkaloids chief among them being mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. The studies further revealed that when these alkaloids are consumed, they show significant analgesic properties (they can relieve pain). Moreover, studies have also revealed that the alkaloids have the ability to increase the levels of happy hormones in the brain helping to enhance mood within a few moments. Other studies have also revealed other uses of Kratom.
In short, researchers have revealed that Kratom has the special ingredients needed to do the things that many people in Southeast Asia were already claiming it could do. It can reduce pain, enhance mood, provide a boost of energy, increase motivation levels, sharpen focus, and boost libido/ sex drive.
Kratom’s Main Benefits:
From the introduction, you probably know what this natural medicine can help you with. That’s what we promised you and we have done it. However, in this section, we will go a step further and show you the science behind some of the benefits of Kratom.
1. Reduces Pain
Researchers have revealed that this natural remedy acts in the same way as opioid drugs such as codeine, morphine, and oxycodone that are used to treat intense pain in clinical settings. The mechanism of action is that the 7-hydroxymitragynine and mitragynine attach themselves to special proteins known as opioid receptors. This attachment is known to reduce pain perception. In fact, several studies have shown that 7-hydroxymitragynine has a higher pain-reducing activity than morphine because it can pass through the blood-brain barrier.
2. Improves Mood
Kratom alkaloids act quite like opioid drugs. Like opiates, they will attach to the brain’s opioids receptors and trigger a flood of hormones such as serotonin and endorphins in the brain. This hormones are known as happy hormones. Increase in their circulation levels instantly enhances mood.
3. Increases Motivation & Energy Levels
The hormones are also known to increase motivation levels by giving you an “adrenaline rush” to do things. The rush is thought to be caused by the fact that Kratom activates sympathetic nerves. These nerves release noradrenaline and adrenaline when activated. These two hormones are known to increase heart rate, enhance the circulation of blood, boost metabolism, and pump more blood to muscles. Effects that will activate your entire physical being into action.
4. Reduces Depression
Studies have shown that this natural medicine has antidepressant activity. It reduces depression by reducing the levels of the corticosterone hormone, which is associated with stress and depression.
5. Alleviates The Withdrawal Effects Of Opiates
Even though alkaloids from the plant are not categorized as opiates, they have the power of recruiting the delta and mu opiate receptors above the spine. This usually has the effect of curbing the cravings for opiates. It is also associated with dealing with associated withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, cramps, and vomiting. When the cravings and the symptoms are kept at bay, one can recover safely.
6. Promotes General Well-Being
Regular intake of Kratom is known to promote general well-being by enhancing sleep, acting as an aphrodisiac, lowering inflammation, enhancing heart health, keeping you calm, and protecting your cells from free radicals. The benefits of Kratom are too many to explain comprehensively on one single page like this one.
Kratom Side Effects
The sad truth is that Kratom does have side effects. In fact, if you take it in relatively high doses, you are likely to experience some very bad side effects. Think of it like coffee. One or two cups of coffee in the morning and then two more cups in the afternoon or evening are okay. However, when you drink too many cups frequently, it becomes kind of difficult to function without coffee, isn’t it?
Taking too much of this stuff does the same thing. It may make you dependent on it. In other words, you will become addicted. However, some strains (especially the green ones) are thought to have less of this effect.
Moreover, overdosing on this herb can cause hangovers, headaches, and nausea. The drug may also cause the loss of appetite. However, appetite loss may be considered to be an advantage by those who want to lose weight.
The key to not experiencing any side effects is to take Kratom in moderation. Start with the lowest dose possible and then gradually increase your dose to the desired level but do not take more than the daily recommended amount. Basically, if you are brewing it as tea, take no more than two cups a day.
Top Kratom Brands
We did thorough research to come up with the content for this section. We didn’t just want to impress you with our opinion about the best Kratom brands, we wanted to get as many varied views as possible so that we could come to a general conclusion as to the best brands. The curated list below is a summary of the best brands and why experts, bloggers, online ranking sites, and common folks think they are the best.
1. – Kraken Kratom
There are obviously quite a good number of Kratom brands online but not many are better than this manufacturer.
Based in Portland (OR), this company has been around since 2012 and has perfected its processes to consistently deliver good quality Kratom to customers all over North America.
The company stocks a good number of strains perfect for helping with pain and providing calmness. Kraken also stands out for the use of certified laboratories to test the quality and safety of its products before packaging and shipment.
However, the best thing about this company is the fact that you can save good money when buying Kratom from them. You can do so by getting a discount through subscribing to the company’s mailing list. You can also register for the company’s loyalty program that will earn you redeemable points for buying products, reviewing them, and so on.
2. – Original Harvest Kratom
This company is one of the few premium suppliers with an actual office in Canada (Toronto).
The company is known for its perfectly branded, superior quality products that are effective for helping with a variety of conditions. They have over fifty strains in stock.
The products are sourced from an organic farm in Indonesia. The moment they arrive stateside, they are checked for contaminants and to confirm purity/ authenticity. These processes makes sure that each product from Organic Harvest, is as effective and as safe as customers expect it to be.
Finally, they ship to most locations throughout Canada, and they do so discreetly.
3. – HMG Kratom
This is a true Canadian business located in Canada. Similar to the other suppliers we have discussed on this page, HMG Kratom has good quality Kratom, sources its products from Southeast Asia, and is a trusted North American business.
However, the thing that makes this brand to stand out is the fact that it can match the prices of its competitors. This means that it is the one vendor that can give you the lowest prices on different strains in Canada.
The company also has a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t like what you get, you can return it for a replacement or a refund.
Lastly, this company accepts a variety of payment methods including Bitcoin.
4. – Kratom Crazy
Kratom Krazy is said to have the finest Maeng Da in the USA! Maeng Da is one of the most commonly used strains of Kratom in North America.
By finest, we mean organically sourced from the right sources, tested in certified laboratories, ground to perfection, packaging in sterilized packaging, and sold at just the right price.
The sets this supplier apart is that tests have revealed that its products usually have the highest concentration of alkaloids. This means that they have the highest potencies and are therefore often the most effective on the market.
This is the other truly Canadian business on our list. It is based in Vancouver and it is known to offer premium strains from verified sources.
This company makes it to this list because it offers same day shipping and it accepts cash on delivery. Therefore, if you have any issues with trust and you are not sure about purchasing things online, you are better off, ordering the herb from this supplier and paying cash when you receive it.
They also have a really nice customer service team that will answer your questions on phone except for questions about use. For legal purposes, they say that their products are for botanical and aromatic purposes and therefore cannot advise you on how to use them.
Our pick and recommendation is the Kratom Crazy brand. This company sells some of the highest quality strains available on the market at relatively low prices. They are our pick because they have really focused on the right things – price and potency.
The potency of their strains are extremely good and therefore their products are usually very effective.
Legality of Kratom in Canada according to government institutions
Kratom is completely legal in Canada. According to Health Canada, it is permitted to import the herb in small quantities for personal use.
The same organization has, however, not approved the public sale of the herb. This means that anyone found selling the herb as a natural supplement or medicine risks prosecution. However, the suppliers we have put on our list sell the herb and its powder for purposes other than consumption. This helps them to avoid being shut down as they are not breaking any laws. Thus, you’ve got no need to worry when buying your Kratom stash.
The Science Behind Kratom
Alkaloids make Kratom what it is. It is not just the leaves by themselves. To understand this, you need to look at toothpaste. The toothpaste usually has many ingredients but there are often one or two that are referred to as the active ingredients. These ingredients are usually responsible for the extra white teeth. There are also other ingredients but their functions are usually not as important as those of the active ingredients.
The ‘active ingredients’ in Kratom are the alkaloids in them – mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These alkaloids interact with parts of your nervous system responsible for certain functions. These interactions usually cause the nervous system to respond in some way, bringing about effects such as lower pain, less opiate withdrawal symptoms, more energy, and motivation. Nevertheless, when the substance is taken in excess, it may cause unwanted side effects such as vomiting, headaches and nausea. It is, therefore, always important to take it in moderation.