Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family (Rubiaceae) native to Southeast Asia.
For centuries, kratom was used throughout Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It was traditionally used to help with pain and energy by those doing strenuous labor. Kratom was used as a local anesthetic to help with coughs and with intestinal issues like diarrhea. People would chew on kratom leaves and spit out the leaf after a few moments. Another popular way to enjoy kratom is to brew some leaves in hot water to make a kratom herbal tea. This would be particularly popular in the morning before work and in the evening during a meal with friends and family.