Kratom is widely available in gas stations, despite experts' warnings of addiction, risks Kratom is a plant that grows naturally in southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. A relative of the coffee plant, kratom affects the same brain receptors as opiates. It is typically taken in a powder, pill or liquid form. In low doses, kratom users report feeling increased energy, sociability and alertness, and in higher doses, they claim it acts as a sedative and pain reliever. I wonder how much the FDA had to pay for this hit piece? I wonder if they back charged to booze industry?