With 40% of Americans saying they wake up tired and 76% of Americans feeling tired at work, it’s no wonder that we’re looking for natural ways to boost our energy levels. The most popular stimulant in America ‘ by far ‘ is coffee, with 54% of American adults drinking two-three cups of coffee every single day. For just over a third of young people in the United States, energy drinks provide the caffeine hit that they need to stay awake.
More recently, Americans have been looking to kratom for energy. Let’s take a look at four myths and facts about using this coffee-relative for that much-needed energy boost.
Kratom’s Stimulating Properties Work the Same Way as Coffee
While Mitragyna speciosa is a member of the coffee (Rubiaceae) family, its stimulating effects are due to the presence of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine rather than coffee’s main active chemical: caffeine. Another difference between using coffee and kratom for energy is that a high dose of kratom won’t make you run around in circles or give you the jitters like coffee does ‘ it’s much more likely to send you to sleep!
Using Kratom for Energy is a New Trend
It’s true that many of the estimated 5+ million kratom users in the United States take the herb for non-prescription pain relief. However, replacing your morning cup of coffee with kratom is definitely not a new idea. Since at least the mid-1800s, laborers in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia chewed on kratom leaves to increase their energy, stamina, and endurance for coping with long days at work and students in Malaysia frequently sipped on kratom tea to help them concentrate at school.
Modern users in the West take some kratom for energy to boost their motivation in general and help them be more productive. The leaf is also a known nootropic substance, so it can help with focus and mental clarity while boosting your energy levels and sense of wellbeing.
Kratom is only Stimulating at Low Doses
Anyone who is familiar with the origins of kratom use and pharmacology of kratom will know that the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa are stimulating at low doses and sedating at high doses. This is a good thing if you are wanting to use kratom for energy ‘ not only will you build up less tolerance to the plant, you’ll also use less powder and save money!
The recommended starting dose if you’re looking to kratom for an energy boost is 1’2 grams, with 2’4 grams being a more standard stimulating dose for experienced kratom users.
Some Strains of Kratom Are More Energizing
The different strains of kratom ‘ while all offering some level of stimulation ‘ offer distinct qualities that will appeal to different users. For example, some are better for pain relief and others are more euphoric. When using kratom for energy, the strains that are most highly recommended are:
- White and Green Thai for their strong alkaloid profile
- White and Green Maeng Da for a ‘get-up-and-go’ energy boost
- Super Green Malay for students and business people
- Yellow Vietnam for a smooth and focused mental energy
All of the strains that we sell at Koko Kratom are lab-tested for alkaloids and contaminants. Shop before 4pm EST Monday to Friday to get your kratom sooner with same-day shipping.