Our Story

Last updated 3 months ago by Wade Paul

Our Story

Kratom.org is a (free) public resource for all things kratom.

All our articles are based on real-life user experience and backed by scientific evidence.

We’re not here to make kratom seem like something it’s not. We’re dedicated to providing accurate information so you can use kratom safely and get the most out of this useful herb’s numerous health benefits.

We’ve broken our database into four categories:

1. User-Guides

Our kratom guides are designed to offer topic-specific information on the many facets of the kratom plant. This includes information on the health benefits, modern & traditional uses, safety & side effects, and much more.

2. Strain Reviews

There are many different types of kratom, each one with a different set of effects. Our strain reviews aim to demystify the plant and help you discover the ideal strain to match your unique situation.

3. Local Guides

Kratom can be controversial, meaning that some parts of the world are more receptive to the plant than others. These guides serve as a resource to help you understand the legal status and availability of kratom near you.

4. Vendor Reviews

It matters where you buy your kratom. Not all vendors play by the rules. Our kratom vendor reviews offer an unbiased look at the many different sources of kratom on the internet and break down how they compare with others in the industry.

If this is your first time trying kratom, start here.

Meet The Experts

We’re a collective of passionate kratom users from all walks of life. We’re students, teachers, doctors, scientists, explorers, & parents. What we all share in common is the love and respect for this useful plant.

Whether it’s for improving focus and concentration at university, managing chronic pain, curbing anxiety, or simply enjoying the social benefits of kratom — we’ve all found a lot of value from using kratom.

Wade Paul

Founder & Editor-In-Chief

Wade Paul is the founder and editor-in-chief at Kratom.org.

He first discovered kratom while traveling through Southeast Asia in his early 20s. While traveling around Chiang Mai, Thailand, Wade had an unfortunate incident on his scooter. He shattered both of his shin bones in the accident and spent a week in the hospital.

After the accident, damage to the nerves in his right leg was causing him considerable pain.

Rather than rely on prescription painkillers, Wade tried a herb a local doctor recommended instead. This herb was kratom.

The results he experienced in relieving his pain were incredible — “Why isn’t this stuff more common in America?”

Wade later formed kratom.org where he remains the editor-in-chief.

Dr. Devin Carlson

Neurologist & Medical Reviewer

Dr. Carlson is a retired neurologist and regular contributor at Kratom.org. He serves as a peer-review editor for several medical journals. During his career, Dr. Carlson was involved in various research programs exploring synthetic and plant-based derivatives of potential nociceptive and analgesic agents — including, but not limited to kratom. A lot of his work is credited for advancing our understanding of kinin-based analgesics.

Dr. Carlson is our in-house medical reviewer. His responsibility is to ensure the information our writers are presenting is accurate and backed by legitimate science.

Nigel Ford

Certified Herbalist

Nigel Ford is a certified herbalist and research author focused on bringing the power of plant medicine to a wide audience. He has been studying and working with botanicals of all types for nearly two decades and is an avid kratom user himself.

Marcel Deer

Natural Health Journalist

Marcel is a qualified journalist with over 15 years of professional content writing experience.

A keen researcher, Marcel has a deep interest in health, wellbeing, and alternative/specialist health-related products. After taking the leap from full-time agency work to remote freelancing, he has lived in and worked from 15 countries in the last eight years. These include Russia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, and Mexico.

Audrey Webber

Anthropologist & Freelance Writer

Audrey serves as our boots on the ground in Southeast Asia. After graduating from university with a degree in cultural anthropology — she set out to Indonesia to learn more about the indigenous cultures living in the region. Almost immediately, she was introduced to kratom and became fascinated with this popular herbal stimulant and painkiller.

Audrey writes for several online publications about her experiences living and traveling abroad. In her spare time, she loves cooking and trekking through the lush rainforests of Sumatra.

Editorial Integrity

Kratom.org is committed to creating informationally-dense user guides exploring the safe and responsible use of the kratom plant.

Our goal is to become the ultimate authority on kratom for health, personal growth, and harm reduction. To this end, we maintain nothing but the highest standards of accuracy, transparency, and authenticity possible.

All our articles are based on real-life experiences and scientific research reviewed by experts in the field.

We remain open to criticism and complaints that warrant correction and would love to hear from our readers regarding suggestions for further clarification on existing topics.

Feel free to reach out with any concerns to [email protected].

Kratom Is For The People

Like any medicinal herb, kratom comes with its fair share of cautions.

The powerful opiate-like action of kratom has many people skeptical about using the plant. Some worry the effects of kratom are too similar to prescription pain medications — which we all know by now are highly addictive.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to using kratom for managing chronic pain:

The first camp focuses on the fact that kratom targets opiate receptors. Since we know opiate drugs are addictive, kratom must be super addictive too, right? Yes, but it’s not quite this simple.

The other idea is that since kratom does the same job as prescription pain meds, but in a milder, more natural form — it’s ironically less likely for people using the plant to develop an addiction because they’re able to curb their pain with kratom instead of those nasty pain medications.

The truth is somewhere in the middle.

We recognize the potential for problems with kratom abuse but also recognize the incredible benefits this plant has to offer when used responsibly. By understanding this plant better, we’re able to leverage its benefits while keeping risk to a minimum.

Kratom is a plant for the people. We see it as an antidote for the modern era of drug addiction, depression, chronic anxiety, and more.