Kratom has a long history of use in Southeast Asia, primarily in natural medicine. There are many different variations of the plant, which tends to grow in humid, jungle conditions. Malay Kratom originates from Malaysia, and also goes by the name ‘Ketum’.
Dating back thousands of years, Malaysian communities have used Kratom to treat a number of ailments, from diarrhea to insomnia. It is often used to boost energy levels and stamina by manual laborers, in addition to dulling aches and pains from work.
In the western world, people in search of natural treatments for a variety of reasons have started seeking out Kratom, exploring the unique benefits that come with the different strains.
Malay Kratom Benefits
The benefits of Kratom are many, yet scientific research is still limited for this plant. The little research available has however enlightened users as to how and why the plant affects humans. Each Kratom leaf is made up of alkaloids, two of which have stimulating effects on the brain; Mitragynine and hydroxymitragynine-7.
These alkaloids affect the opioid receptors in the brain, causing a range of effects depending on the dosage amount. Some of the benefits include:
Many users take Kratom for chronic pain relief, as the alkaloids act as anti-inflammatories, whilst the effect on the brain’s receptors can dull the perception of pain.
Increased energy levels
Malaysian strains are not the most potent in terms of energy boosting compared to other types of Kratom, however they provide stimulation smoothly and without causing the user to feel jittery or restless.
Enhanced positive mood and euphoria
Due to the mild effects that come with Malay Kratom, users can feel an increase in positivity, and depending on the quantity, even euphoria. It is often chosen because the effects aren’t strong enough to interfere with daily tasks (depending on the quantity consumed).
Focus and mental clarity
The high concentration of alkaloids which cause stimulation are also beneficial for those who need to focus on tasks, or require a motivation boost.
Relief from anxiety
Malay kratom is a great stress reliever, in addition to providing very therapeutic and calming effects. This strain of Kratom doesn’t over stimulate the user, so those looking for some anxiety relief may find that it provides the right balance.
Malay Kratom Effects
If taken excessively, regardless of the users experience with Kratom, the following adverse side effects can occur:
- Excessive sweating
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Nausea or dizziness
- Blurry vision and slurred speech
Types of Malay Kratom
Kratom is broken down into three strains; green, white and red. The colors represent the color of the vein which runs through the leaf, and each provides their own benefits and effects.
Green Malay Kratom
Green Malay is the most common type of Malay Kratom and its popularity is due to its high levels of pain relief, mood enhancing and mild energy boosting properties. Some users comment on its effectiveness in relieving anxiety, as well as increasing productivity throughout the day.
White Malay Kratom
White Malay Kratom is less common than the green strain, however it is considered to be a calmer alternative, with some claiming it gave them high levels of euphoria with less jitters when compared to other strains. It is also commonly associated with focus and energy, due to its mild nature which allows users to perform tasks with clarity.
Red Malay Kratom
Red Malay Kratom is a great pain reliever, in addition to having strong sedation effects. Users find that it’s best to take Red Malay in the evening, as it is relaxing and doesn’t boost productivity. Many users find it helps with enhancing a good mood and can bring on bouts of euphoria.
Malay Kratom Dosage
Finding the right dosage when taking any form or strain of Kratom is essential. Consuming too much can lead to unpleasant side effects, as well as dependency. Some users have reported withdrawal symptoms.
A general dosage guide for Malay Kratom is:
- 0-4 grams -the user will experience stimulation
- 4-6 grams – the majority of effects will start to be felt
- 6-10 grams– the effects will be strong and may be overwhelming
- 10+ grams – extreme sedation and euphoria can take place, as well as adverse side effects.
Malay Kratom is often a popular choice for those first starting out, as its effects aren’t too overpowering. Users who have never tried Kratom before are advised to start with a very low dosage of 0-2 grams before building up at a comfortable pace.