This plant has been known to be the Southeast Asian Kratom tree, an ancient plant that has also been known to be related to coffee. The leaves have also been known to produce a certain kind of euphoric high that is more than legal. The Kratom has been used to treat pain in Malaysia and Thailand to help individuals deal with stomach problems and reduce opiate dependence.
Chewing the Kratom leaves either fresh or dry, according to SageWisdom.org, you can fashion them into a brew, powder, and or tea. It is suggested that you do not smoke the leaves because the “amount of leaf that constitutes a typical dose is too much to be smoked easily.” The leaves are most often seen to be sold as powder form within packets, in kava bars and even online. You can even find them in alcohol-free bars where people can go to consume tea made legally from the Polynesian kava root found in head shops.
Buying the leaf can cost up to $20 to around $30 in price, which is fair for an essential effective amount of a very strong dose or several mild doses. Kratom has also been known to help the painful effects of opiate withdrawals significantly, as of heroin use reaching an astonishing rate just within the U.S. The Office of National Drug Control Policy had estimated that 1.5 million chronic heroin users within the US alone.
Though Kratom has been used to help curb the opiate addiction by reducing the withdrawal symptoms, Kratom alone itself can be very addictive. A mother located in South Florida had told the local CBS news of the story of her 17-year-old son turning toward Kratom as an addiction who then eventually committed suicide from how severe the addiction had become. Claiming that her son had turned into someone completely different because of the addiction.