The Kratom Tree (Mitragyna Speciosa) Bears Fruit, And Apparently It Contains The Unique Opioid Alkaloid 7-hydroxyspeciociliatine
Some Kratom users are probably aware that the Kratom tree, Mitragyna Speciosa, generates a nice yellow flower from which seeds are collected. However, I bet most Kratom users did not know that the Kratom tree actually bears fruit.
As seen in the article image, which was obtained from the study ‘The Kratom Plant [Mitragyna speciosa (Korth.)] Paradox: Beneficial or Detrimental?‘, if the Kratom flower is left to mature it transforms into a fruit, starting with a green immature shape where it looks like some sort of thorny ball, before progressing to a mature fruit that is more yellowish and has a honeycomb nature.
The question that immediately comes to mind is if Kratom effects can be obtained from eating the fruit. There has in-fact been at least one scientific study on Kratom fruit titled ‘A new indole alkaloid, 7-hydroxyspeciociliatine, from the fruits of Malaysian Mitragyna speciosa and its opioid agonistic activity‘.
In this study it was found that Kratom fruit did indeed contain 11 Kratom alkaloids. Assuming that the fruit contains nothing toxic, which may be a good assumption since Kratom is not known for containing any toxic compounds, but yet this is still an assumption, then presumably Kratom fruit could be ingested and it would yield Kratom effects.
However, the fruit itself may not really be edible, and perhaps also very bitter, so if Kratom fruit can produce Kratom effects, then it may have to be encapsulated or extracted to properly use, although this is just speculation as well.
Notably, the scientists who performed this study found a new alkaloid in Kratom fruit called 7-hydroxyspeciociliatine, and it was experimentally found that this new alkaloid has opioid effects. This new alkaloid is related to the known Kratom alkaloid Speciociliatine, which is also confirmed to be an opioid agonist.
All of this being said, don’t expect to be seeing Kratom fruit available for purchase. Kratom fruit is not worth the careful and expensive process it would require to ship from Indonesia to the United States and still be fresh. Also, Kratom farmers make all of their money from Kratom leaves, and any money to be made from the fruit is probably not worth the time it takes to pick the tiny fruit. Further, the flower is generally harvested for seeds before it has time to turn into a fruit.
Perhaps it is possible that one day some sort of Kratom fruit product, like capsules or extract, will be available from a vendor in limited quantities, if it is found that ingesting the fruit produces desirable effects.