If kratom is illegal in your state, don’t despair! While it can be disappointing to find out that you can’t get access to kratom, there are nutritional supplements and kratom alternatives that have similar effects and are sometimes more accessible. Read on to discover five kratom substitutes that can offer similar benefits for your wellbeing.
- Mitragyna Hirsuta
If you’ve done much reading about kratom, you’ll know that its botanical name is Mitragyna speciosa. Sharing part of its botanical name with kratom, Mitragyna hirsuta is kratom’s closest botanical cousin. Like kratom, Mitragyna hirsuta (known colloquially as “kra thum khok”) is a member of the coffee family and grows in the Southeast Asian countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Mitragyna hirsuta is believed to have effects very similar to kratom. These effects make Mitragyna hirsuta a popular option among kratom substitutes for those suffering from chronic pain.
2. Sakae Naa
Another of our Southeast Asian kratom substitutes, Sakae Naa (Combretum quadrangulare) is native to the jungle areas of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma). In traditional cultures, Sakae Naa is harvested from the plant and consumed fresh with no special processing or drying. It has become especially popular in Thailand since kratom was banned there in 1943.
For centuries, Sakae Naa has been used to relieve temporary discomfort and has also been prized for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Like other substitutes to kratom, Sakae Naa is used for pain relief and natural stimulation and can bring on a sensation of mild euphoria.
3. Akuamma Seeds
In other parts of the world, local plants can also be found that are excellent substitutes to kratom. One such plant is Akuamma (Picralima nitida). Native to the western African nations of Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Zaire, and Cameroon, Akuamma is a short, shrub-like tree that produces small seed-filled fruit. To harvest the seeds, the fruit is cut open and the harvesters extract the seeds by hand. They then lay the seeds out to dry in the sun.
In traditional cultures, Akuamma seeds are used as a way to relieve temporary discomfort and pain. They are also useful for promoting sleep and relaxation.
In South Africa, a succulent plant called Nanna (Sceletium tortuosum) grows naturally and has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. In modern times, Kanna is used by the Khoikhoi tribe in its fermented form as a mood-booster, stimulant, and discomfort reliever.
Like our other substitutes to kratom, Kanna is believed to have pain relieving properties. However, it is also said to have a number of mental benefits, including mood improvement, a feeling of euphoria, and relief from stress and muscle tension.
5. Blue Lotus
The last plant on our list of kratom substitutes, Blue Lotus is an ancient water lily that grows along the Nile in Egypt. It is also said to have grown in the Americas where it was used by the Mayans. The Blue Lotus’ botanical name is Nymphaea caerulea. This plant has been valued for millennia for its analgesic, aphrodisiac, and psychoactive effects.
Another of kratom substitutes, Blue Lotus is currently legal in the United States and can be purchased as a powder, as whole flowers, or as an enhanced 50X extract.
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