Global warming has been a hot topic (pun intended) for many years now, and there is no doubt that a lot of bad things are happening because of global climate change, such as the Western United States and Western Africa experiencing desertification which leads to droughts and massive fires, as well as the melting of polar ice caps which is raising the sea level.
However, global climate change is not all bad. Indeed, Earth’s atmosphere is a highly complex and non-linear system, and global warming has many effects, both good and bad. Some regions get cooler, some regions get hotter, some regions get wetter, and some regions get drier, and there are many different effects on plant and animal life that could either be beneficial or detrimental.
One positive effect of global warming is that the regions where Kratom grows will likely expand poleward, leading to more planetary Kratom production.
Essentially, the main climate ingredient needed for growing Kratom is moist and hot tropical weather year-round. Literally, even fairly tropical places like South Florida have typically not been ideal for growing Kratom since some years an intense cold front can come through in the middle of winter, and if temperatures drop to freezing, or even into the 40s, a Kratom tree can die.
This is why most of the Kratom in the world is grown right near the equator where there is no cold fronts, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and southern Thailand and Vietnam.
Global warming is increasing global temperatures however. Specifically, the global average temperature has increased by 1 degree celsius since 1975. Although this doesn’t sound like much, it is actually a lot, and the map below shows how temperatures worldwide are significantly hotter.
The increase in global temperatures seems to be causing cold fronts in sub-tropical regions to become less frequent. Specifically, I’ve lived in Southeast Florida for almost my whole life, and there used to be a much more significant winter here. Now we barely get any cold fronts even in the depths of winter, and there might be just 1 true cold front in the whole winter where temperatures drop to near 40 F, and that doesn’t even happen every year anymore. Further, freezes pretty much never happen, whereas they used to happen every 2-3 years.
Since cold fronts are becoming less intense and less frequent, Kratom growing in Florida is proliferating, and numerous people have started successful Kratom farms. In-fact, some people even have a true Kratom forest since warm winter conditions have persisted for many years.
Beyond Florida, many other regions, such as northern Vietnam and Thailand, Myanmar, parts of India, northern Australia, parts of equatorial Africa, and parts of South America could become favorable Kratom growing regions as global warming continues.
Essentially, Kratom will be able to grow more polewards from the regions where it can already be grown as global warming progresses.
Thus, global warming will likely be a good thing for Kratom production, and over the decades Kratom will be grown in more and more regions. This will actually be a positive force for ensuring that the supply of Kratom cannot be cut off, since no single nation, like Indonesia, will be able to ruin the global Kratom trade by banning Kratom.