Kratom history

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Kratom leaves have been used for centuries in traditional medicine for their pain-relieving, mood-enhancing, and energizing properties.

Historically, Kratom has been used by farmers and laborers in Southeast Asia to increase energy and productivity during long workdays. It has also been used to manage pain, treat diarrhea, and relieve opiate withdrawal symptoms.

In the early 19th century, Kratom was first formally described by the Dutch botanist Pieter Korthals, who gave it the scientific name Mitragyna speciosa. During the 20th century, Kratom became popular in Thailand as a replacement for opium and was widely used as a traditional medicine.

In the 1940s, the Thai government began to regulate and control Kratom use due to concerns about its potential for abuse and addiction. In 1979, Kratom was made illegal in Thailand and classified as a schedule V drug, the same category as marijuana.

Today, Kratom is legal in most countries, although its legality varies by state and country. In the United States, Kratom is not currently regulated by the FDA, and its safety and efficacy for medical use are still being studied.

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