Most of the Kratom enthusiasts are familiar with the Mitragyna tree which resides in the thick, lush forests of Southeast Asia and has been used for a number of years by the local indigenous tribes. There are many species of the Mitragyna tree that have been tested for the same benefits.
Both the Javanica and Parvifolia belong to the same class as the Mitragyna tree. The strains have medicinal properties and can be seen very rarely outside the Asian continent. Are these different versions of the Mitragyna speciosa worth our time and money? Let us compare the three plants for their chemical composition and the benefits that they promise.
Mitragyna speciosa – The Source of Kratom
The Mitragyna speciosa or the Mitragyna tree shoots to a height of 100 feet tall and has been a source of much healing power and properties for centuries. The tribes residing in the thick forests chewed these leaves and ingested the alkaloids contained in these plants. The most popular alkaloids by the name of Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine offer a powerful set of healing and stimulating effects to the user.
The health benefits of the atom leaf obtained from the Mitragyna Speciosa tree are:
- Freedom from conditions such as depression and anxiety
- Boost of Energy
- Regulating sleep cycles
- Relief from stomach upsets
- Sharper mental focus and heightened concentration
- Euphoric state of mind
- Protection of cells from damage
- Blood Pressure brought down to reasonable limits
The Mitragyna javanica Tree
This is the relative of Kratom that promises to be the closest species of the Mitragyna tree. The javanica is a poor substitute however. For a while, Kratom users considered substituting Kratom use with Javanica when the legality of Kratom was questioned. The reason for the inherent weakness of the Mitragyna javanica is that it lacks the most powerful alkaloid- the Mitragynine. The alkaloids mitrajavine and 3-isoajmalicine present in the javanica leaves provide a very light stimulation which an advanced user of Kratom might not feel at all. The javanica leaf is said to possess some analgesic properties, but the effect is weak and the relief does not last for long.
The Mitragyna parvifolia tree
The Mitragyna parvifolia commonly known as Kadamb is another species of the Mitragyna tree. It can be commonly seen in parts of North India and is said to produce approximately the same effects as the Kratom leaf although the effects can never be replicated in whole. The alkaloids present in this plant are dihydrocorynantheine, isorhynchophylline, hirsutine, and rhynchophylline. Although this strain has been marketed as “Mellow gold strain”, the users report short, jagged, bursts of energy as compared to the long lasting effects of Kratom. These leaves do not contain any relaxing component. Although this leaf contains analgesic properties, it leaves the user jittery and full of nervous energy
Finally we can say that although there are many species of the Mitragyna tree, the benefits from Kratom are unique and distinct. Nothing can replicate or replace Kratom and its healing power.