I know some of you, like me, aren’t really interested in jumping on the medical marijuana bandwagon. Honestly, it’s not really my thing. What if I told you there is an alternative? Have you heard of kratom and its amazing properties? Keep reading to find out more.

Kratom, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. It is indigenous to Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea, where it has been used in traditional medicines since at least the 19th Century. Just like marijuana, Kratom has a lot of medicinal properties, but it is mostly used to treat pain. It contains numerous compounds, with the two most active ones being mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine. Mitragynine interacts with your body the same way opioid drugs do, while 7-hydroxy mitragynine affects the ability of certain neurons in the body to perceive pain.

Kratom has too many benefits to list all in one go, but here are a few that help people most:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood enhancement
  • Euphoria
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Help with opiate withdrawal symptoms
  • Pain relief

Just like any other medication, kratom works differently for everyone. Some people can do all strains just fine and some need to stick to one strain/ blend. It all depends on you. For me, I like to do reds, mainly Maeng Da, and Indo. These strains have more sedative properties, but for me, they keep me alert and help me focus. 

There are several ways to take Kratom. Powder, capsules, shots, chewable are most popular but there are other ways to take it. A lot of customers here at Vaping Kicks Ash (where I work) usually stick to powder or capsules and we also offer chewables. Personally, I like to stick to powder; it’s kratom in its purest form but it works almost instantly, which I like because I’m very impatient (Editor’s note: she is, it’s true). Some can’t stand the taste of kratom so they choose to use capsules, it just takes longer to take effect. I definitely would not start with the kratom shots if you are a beginner; they are highly concentrated and you may not get the desired effect.

Strains that I found to be most helpful and popular:

Maeng Da Strain





Maeng Da Strains: Maeng Da was specifically created as a high potency red kratom strain in the humidity and heat of Indonesia. Similar to Bali Kratom, Maeng Da blends pain relief and energy. However, this strain was made to provide a bigger kick of energy than the Bali Strains.




Bali Strain

Bali Strains: Bali Kratom, just as its namesake island, is an ideal balance of pain relief and energy boost, smoothly blending many different effects of kratom into one. Whether you want to get a good night’s rest or push through that long day of work, Bali is the choice for you. It is often held up as the standard to which all other kratoms are compared.

If you are looking for an alternative to opiates, or even energy drinks, it may be time to give kratom a try. 

I work at Vaping Kicks Ash in Skiatook and would be happy to share what I know about Kratom with you. I am here most days, but call before you make a trip (918-553-6643) if you want some help learning more about Kratom. VKA is located at 11215 N. Garnett Road, Suite D in Owasso, but there is another VKA location in Skiatook at 747 W. Rogers Boulevard. Reach them at (918) 396-3167. Look us up on the Web at www.vapingkicksash.net.

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