Exploring Kratom’s Ethnobotanical Roots

A waterfall deep in a forest

A question often asked is, “are products with Kratom considered ethnobotanicals?” In order to answer this question, we need to understand first what ethnobotanicals are.

What Are Ethnobotanicals?

Kratom did not first appear when it was brought to the United States. Its history dates back far longer–for hundreds of years. This is the first indication that it may be considered an ethnobotanical.

Ethnobotanicals are plants that are traditionally used by a local culture or people as part of their everyday lives. It sounds simple enough, but ethnobotany goes beyond the simplistic view of disease and cure prevalent in modern medicine. It looks at how the plant fit in with the lives of the native users.

The Mitragyna speciosa is an evergreen tree found in the rainforests throughout the region, where it grows potent in the warm, wet rainforests and jungles. Traditionally, these leaves were chewed by people from every walk of life. Sometimes they might be made into a decoction or tea, which was then drank to get the benefit of the active alkaloids.

It was this knowledge that was brought back to the United States by soldiers returning from the Vietnam War. They had found that its use was just what was needed for long watches or increased alertness in the dangerous jungle warfare the chaos in the region had descended into.

A small pot and a cup of tea

Supporting Tradition Through Ethnobotany

If you want to explore Kratom’s ethnobotanical roots for yourself, and how it can be applied to modern day life, quality Kratom is a must. Here are some steps you can take to make sure you’re getting Kratom that is ethically sourced.

  • Choose A Dealer You Can Count On – Select a distributor who can get you Kratom that is both fresh and pure. As Kratom has become more popular, some companies use harsh chemicals to process their material. Make sure you’re protected by knowing exactly what you’re purchasing.
  • Choose a Supplier Who Gives Back to the Growers – Conversely, ethnobotanicals like Kratom were respected for their place in the community. As much as you want a supplier who respects what they’re giving to you, look for a supplier that builds up the indigenous farmers and processors. For example, Kratom Spot works with local producers to ensure that, when it’s time, a new generation will be ready to take over the traditional farming of Kratom.

However you choose to explore Kratom, the ethnobotanical knowledge of its traditions is valuable information. Built around responsible practices and high-quality product, it may be the right path for you. In the end, only you can determine whether or not the exploration of Kratom ethnobotanicals is right for you.