Kratom and Cannabis are popular plant-derived substances used by people all around the world for a variety of different reasons. From their counter culture reputation to their unique chemical compositions, both products share a fan base of devoted followers committed to their advocacy. But, apart from them both being plants, Kratom and Cannabis could not be more different. In this blog post, we will look at the similarities and differences between these 2 popular plant based products.
Although Kratom is gaining new popularity in the United States, the plant and its properties are ancient. This tropical evergreen tree, native to Southeast Asia, has been used as an herbal ally by indigenous cultures for hundreds of years. Just like Cannabis, Kratom has a long history of safe use by people from all walks of life. In fact, many people are now including Kratom teas and extracts as a part of their daily wellness routine.
The Active Ingredients In Kratom & Cannabis
While Cannabis and Kratom share many similarities, their active ingredients are completely different.
Cannabis contains hundreds of cannabinoids, which are naturally occurring chemicals that affect the body in many different ways. The most prevalent cannabinoid in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is intoxicating, followed by cannabidiol (CBD), which is non-intoxicating.
Kratom’s primary active ingredients are known as alkaloids. The 2 most well known alkaloids in Kratom are Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
While these alkaloids are likely responsible for Kratom’s sought-after properties, they occur in relatively small concentrations in the plant’s leaves compared to THC and CBD in cannabis flower – mitragynine typically clocks in below 2% and 7-hydroxymitragynine is found at much lower levels than that. More research is needed to fully understand the chemical composition of Kratom.
The Kratom Industry Vs The Cannabis Industry
The kratom industry is unarguably smaller than the cannabis industry, and kratom is not as widely known or used as cannabis…yet. However, there are many similarities between the two industries. For example, the legalization of cannabis and kratom are both supported by underground movements, including those who claim to use the plants for purposes beyond recreation and ritual..
As with Cannabis, the Kratom industry is growing rapidly. Nowadays, you can find Kratom in many different forms including:
- Chewable Tablets
While Kratom hasn’t been studied as thoroughly as Cannabis yet, research indicates the plant is just as safe. As more research is conducted, the Kratom industry will only continue to grow.
Research On Kratom Vs. Research On Cannabis
Prohibition has made it harder to research Cannabis and Kratom, but not impossible. Renewed interest in the plants, as well as the growing industries around them, means that more research can be funded and conducted.
This research is important, as it’ll help us understand:
- The potential uses of Kratom and Cannabis
- The potential risks of using Kratom and Cannabis
- How to use Kratom and Cannabis safely
Knowledge is power, and future research will hopefully empower those who want to use Kratom and Cannabis to support their wellness.
As with any herbal preparation, it’s important to use these plant products responsibly.
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