Kratom vs. Coffee : Two substances with similar effects

Kratom vs. Coffee

Kratom vs. Coffee  Two substances with similar effects


  • Coffee bean vs. Kratom leaf
  • Caffeine
  • Effects
  • Dependence


Coffee and kratom are similar in many ways, they are both grown and harvested for consumption. Coffee contains two alkaloids, the most prominent being caffeine. Kratom does not contain caffeine, however is contains 25+ other alkaloids with energizing effects.

Compare: Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world behind oil, kratom has a similar physical affect on people, it also has many additional benefits.

Leaf vs. Bean

The coffee tree is a tropical evergreen shrub that grows between the tropics of cancer and capricorn. The ideal temperature for the coffee plant is between 60-75ºF. Coffee needs an annual rainfall of 60-120 inches and does best at higher altitudes and hilly areas. Coffee is found in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Kratom is a tree indigenous to southeast asia, Thailand, northern Malay peninsula and Indonesia. It prefers a moist environment with nitrogen-rich soils. Even though it is found across central and southern regions of thailand, main exports come from Borneo, Indonesia. Trees are grown on farms, along bodies of water, and there are rumors of old growth kratom deep in the forests.


Coffee contains the alkaloid known as Caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system, and regular use of caffeine does cause mild physical dependence. But caffeine doesn’t threaten your physical, social, or economic health the way addictive drugs do.  Coffee has a mild dependence among consumers, symptoms of withdrawal from caffeine include headache/ lethargy.

The Kratom tree is also a member of the coffee family; however, it does not contain caffeine, unlike coffee and other energy drinks. Instead, it contains more than 25 other active alkaloids with stimulating and pain relieving effects. Topics and forums online discuss the dependence on kratom. Although studies have shown there is no dependence, users have agreed that there is some feelings of withdrawal just like coffee.


People who depend on their morning coffee or drink a few cups of coffee throughout the day, would take kratom in a similar way. Typically users of kratom take 2-4 grams every 3-4 hours. Depending on the strain you’ll typically feel energized, uplifted in your mood, or relieved of pain for that amount of time. If you have a morning cup of coffee around 8am, you’d take kratom in the form of powder, capsule or tea, and then another around 12 to last roughly another 4 hours. Often times someone who takes kratom for pain relief enjoys the mood/energy boost that coincides, or vice versa.

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