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Kratom 101

Kratom’s popularity surge within America is quickly catching up to its herbal counterpart - CBD. According to the American Kratom Association (AKA), over 15 million people across the world are using Kratom today. While it might not size up to the 1.4 billion cups of coffee consumed everyday, it’s quickly climbing the ladder of daily consumables.  With a surge in popularity of this magnitude, questions begin to arise: What is Kratom? What does it do? Is it safe? Luckily, Club13...

Alkaloids Explained

What makes Kratom so special? It’s actually two things, and they are both alkaloids. Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine (sometimes referred to as 7-OH) is the celebrated pair of organic compounds that turn those simple leaves into something super. To better understand how these superstar alkaloids influence our friend Kratom, we need to first answer the question:  What the heck is an alkaloid?  According to the Oxford dictionary, and contrary to my belief that an alkaloid is an extra-terrestrial species of elk-men, Alkaloids are...

Kratom Strains, Veins & Varieties

Kratom strains are classified into three different color groups: Red-vein, White-vein, and Green-vein. The color becomes the strain's primary name. The color groups are aptly named after the color of the central stem and veins of the leaves. Each distinct color-type of Kratom produces unique effects.  Red-Vein Red-Vein Kratom contains red-colored veins and stems on the leaves. Currently, Red-Vein Kratom is the most popular and most widely available type of Kratom on the market. This popular strain grows abundantly throughout Southeast Asia....

Coffee & Kratom – Cousins in Comfort

Picture this classic scene: A mother is cooking and preparing breakfast, the table is already set. Two bouncing little children come down the stairs, they each grab an apple and run out the door to the bus stop. The father comes down the stairs next, tying his tie, “Honey, I’m running late to my meeting! I need my pick-me-up!” The pot is already boiling, and the mother pours her husband a nice, hot, to go cup of … Kratom.  If you’re...