Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, particularly in countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Its botanical name is Mitragyna speciosa. The leaves of the Kratom tree contain psychoactive compounds, primarily mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which have effects ranging from pain relief to mood enhancement and relaxation. Traditionally, Kratom has been used for centuries by indigenous cultures in Southeast Asia for its medicinal and recreational properties. It is often consumed by chewing the leaves directly, brewing them into teas, or in powdered form. In recent years, Kratom has gained popularity in the Western world, where it’s sometimes used as an alternative medicine for managing pain, anxiety, depression, and opioid withdrawal symptoms. However, its legal status and regulation vary across different regions due to safety concerns and potential for abuse.