During The Last Ice Age Kratom Grew On The Same Big Landmass, And Then Once The Ice Caps Melted And Sea Levels Rose The Kratom Growing Regions Became Separated, Leading To The Evolution Of Different Kratom Strains
Tens of thousands of years ago during the Last Glacial Maximum great ice sheets extended across North America from the Pacific to the Atlantic, with modern day New York City deep under an ice sheet, and most of the upper midwest being encased in glaciers. Further, a huge swath of Europe was completely frozen in ice, including the British Isles and all of Scandinavia.
Due to the tremendous amount of water being held in these ice sheets, global sea levels were 394 feet lower than they are today. This means coastlines were totally different than they are now, and there was much more land in general, including the infamous land bridge between Russia and Alaska.
One very notable topographical difference caused by sea levels being 394 feet lower during the Last Glacial Maximum is that the islands of Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as Vietnam and Thailand and Southeast Asia in general, were all part of the same giant landmass.
Essentially, the regions where Kratom grows now were all part of one big landmass, and there is no doubt that Kratom was growing all across this landmass, since it was one of the only tropical places left in the world since it’s right on the Equator. The image of this landmass can be seen in the article image above.
Eventually the ice age ended, the great ice sheets of North America and Europe melted, and the sea levels rose 394 feet to where they are today. This caused Vietnam and Thailand to become separated from Indonesia and Malaysia, and the islands of Indonesia and Malaysia took shape with vast seas in-between.
It can be speculated that the separation of the landmasses of Southeast Asia as the last ice age ended caused the evolution of Kratom strains. Basically, Kratom was growing on one big landmass before, but once sea levels rose the Kratom growing regions became separated. Once the Kratom growing regions became separated, the differing climate and soil conditions between Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesian islands like Borneo and Sumatra led to the evolution of different Kratom strains.
Thus, the ice age cycle, where Kratom was previously growing on one large landmass when sea levels were lower, and subsequently the Kratom growing regions became isolated from each other by rising sea levels, is a likely explanation to how the different Kratom strains evolved.