Mitragyna Hirsuta, otherwise known as Kra Thum Khok, is a family of large trees indigenous to Southeast Asia. It has the same sensational effects as Mitragyna speciosa or popular (kratom). The leaves provide a sensation of stimulation and sedation at the same time. This is good for mood enhancers. The plant matter from Kra Thum Khok’s leaves are powdered like kratom.
Many consider Mitagyna Hirsuta to be a great kratom alternative, hence its recent wave of popularity. This popularity is due, in no small part, to this herb’s close connection to kratom.
What is Mitragyna Hirsuta?
Hirsuta or Kra Thum Khok is a potent Ayurvedic herb from the coffee family of plants. It shares the same lineage as Mitragyna speciosa (read: kratom), although it is widely considered to be less potent than M. speciosa.
Because of its more tempered fragrance and shorter duration it is considered ideal for those who are new to the realm of ethnobotanicals.
Where is it grown?
Mitragyna Hirsuta can be found in the wilds of Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam where it is harvested by native farmers who are familiar with the traditions of old, traditions that led to this plant’s status as a sacramental herb deserving of great reverence.
Hirsuta’s natural properties are akin to those of kratom, but there are some notable differences, particularly in their chemical make-up. Mitragyna Hirsuta does not contain the same indole alkaloids and flavonoids as Mitragyna speciosa, nor does it exhibit the same aroma.
How is it different from kratom?
As referenced above, M. Hirsuta stands in contrast to kratom in terms of its alkaloid content and aroma. Mitragyna Hirsuta is substantially milder in nature, offering more of a coffee-like experience without the jitters or sweats commonly associated with caffeine.
Like kratom, Mitragyna Hirsuta is made from the dried, crushed leaves of raw plant matter. Unlike kratom, Mitragyna Hirsuta is not usually fermented or grown using a grafting process of any kind.
Whereas kratom contains high concentrations of the key alkaloids Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, Mitragyna Hirsuta contains neither.
What alkaloids are involved?
Hirsuta contains high concentrations of Mitraphylline, an oxindole derivative that serves as a significant pentacyclic oxindolic alkaloid. The leaves of the Mitragyna Hirsuta plant also contain hirsutine, isomitraphylline, isorhynchophylline and rhynchophylline.