Because kratom isn’t FDA tested or approved, kratom can only be sold in america for burning as incense – it does burn quite nicely, with smells similar to a crisp fall day. effects of kratom capsules I cannot condone the ingestion of kratom or kratom tea, but also for those who are looking for an all-natural, effective, legal means of attenuating chronic pain – say from Lyme Disease or spinal cord issues, Kratom is an amazing leaf, and may offer the relief you seek.
Kratom may be the dried and crushed (or powdered) leaves from the species Mitragyna speciosa, a tree which is native to Southeast Asia. The kratom tree is in exactly the same botanical family as the coffee tree. It’s been used as a medicinal & recreational herbal drug for thousands of years, and will be offering stimulant (at low doses), sedative (at higher doses), analgesic, and (yes) euphoric, opiate-like properties. Kratom contains similar alkaloids as the pharmaceutical, synthetic opiates, but is said to be much less addictive. In-fact, sometimes kratom is used as a means to reduce opiate addiction withdrawal symptoms. If you’re going to use it for treatment, however, please be careful and address it with respect.
After 2 back surgeries and years of occasional, yet severe discomfort, I’ve come to realize that I needed a non-addictive method of controlling the spells of severe back pain that creep-up from time-to-time; kratom fits that bill perfectly. Kratom can be an all-natural solutions that basically works for me. Frankly, I’m uncertain if it actually dulls the trunk pain, or whether it creates me just not value it (because, frankly, it gives a really wonderful opiate-like buzz that feels just GREAT!). I guess it certainly doesn’t matter; I occasionally use kratom, I feel better… period. Life is good!
Now, there are how to taper off kratom powder several who actually enjoy the age-old ritual of boiling-dipping-stirring-straining-repeating, in order to make a batch of kratom tea. Indeed, some also savor the alkaline-bitter, green-grass taste of kratom tea… but personally, I don’t care-for either. Do not get me wrong, I really like the smell of fresh kratom leaves & powder, and I love the pain-relieving and attitude-altering ramifications of kratom, but that bitter alkali taste – the very ingredient that makes kratom so special, just turns my stomach. Kratom tea preparation isn’t ritualistic for me, but instead a required evil, a real pain-in-the-butt chore that should be accomplished in order to enjoy the benefits of the leaf.
BREWING THE BREW: I’ve found that using an old-school coffee percolator takes the pain out of brewing kratom tea. I purchased an old glass Pyrex 8-cup percolator on eBay for 15 dollars, also it makes really great kratom tea. I’d stay-away from the automatic, plug-in coffee or tea makers, because you need to brew your kratom tea much longer compared to the typical automatic coffee percolator cycle. I like my clear glass percolator for kratom brewing, in order that I could watch the tea darken when i go. Find a reliable way to obtain kratom… remember, kratom is usually sold as incense. Personally, Personally i think you need to stay-away from extracts and adulterated “enhanced” mixtures – I stick with standard, all-natural kratom leaves.
Here’s my simple brew technique, you’ll need: – Half-ounce of crushed-leaf kratom. Some use powdered kratom, but I personally don’t like it, since it makes for a muddy kratom tea. – 2 Litres of water (for two 1 liter brewing cycles). – OPTIONAL, Lemon Juice (see amount below) – A stovetop percolator. – Another container – such as a 2 qt. pitcher, to combine both brew cycles together
LET’S GET STARTED!
1- Place the kratom in to the percolator basket, and pour B2B Mailing List 1 liter of water through the basket and into the percolator before placing the upper strainer on, to dampen the kratom leaves. Then i like to be sure that the kratom is evenly distributed in the basket after pouring. Some think that adding up to 25-percent lemon juice with the water supports extracting the alkaloids from the kratom leaf – this is usually a judgment call that only you may make.
2- After the water heats-up & starts to percolate, start the clock – and let your kratom tea brew for at-least 15 minutes… 20-25 minutes is more to my taste. Keep as low a flame as possible, a really hard boil produces terrible-tasting kratom tea!
3- Following the 1st brew, leave the kratom in the basket (you can press them with a tablespoon if you want, to extract more liquid, but it’s not necessary), pour your brew into a 2-quart container, then pour the 2nd liter of pure water (or lemon-water) through the kratom filled basket and brew it also, similar to the 1st. brew… again, 15 minutes or more.
4- You’ll notice that the 2nd brew cycle produces a lighter tea, because you’ve extracted all the good stuff from the kratom leaves, thereby exhausting them.
5- Once finished I discard the leaves (some people eat them – YUCK!), Then i mix the two 2 brews together in the 2-quart container to cool. Some boil the mixture down farther, to make a stronger tea… I don’t.
6- After some cooling, I pour the kratom tea into cleaned-out plastic iced tea bottles, refrigerate what I’ll use in a few days, and freeze the rest. Refrigerated kratom tea is only going to last about 5 days, frozen tea will last months.
MASKING THE FLAVOR: As I mentioned previously, I hate the taste of kratom tea. While I’ve never been able to totally mask the bitter flaver and aftertaste of kratom tea, I’ve discovered a half-teaspoon of a commercial flavoring extract per 16 ounces of tea will really help. My favorites are raspberry & peach, but spearmint & peppermint also work quite well. I also add 2 teaspoons of sugar, Splenda or Stevia. I drink my tea cold (iced tea), and usually with a straw, because I can’t stand that mouth-numbing sensation, and the straw helps bypass the old tastebuds.
OTHER OPTIONS OUT THERE: I’m a big fan of capsules… because there’s almost no tastes at all. “Toss-N-Wash” is another option… place a teaspoon (or tablespoon) of kratom toward the back of the throat, and quickly wash it down with a liquid – a big swallow. I use orange juice, but others claim that there’s actually benefit in using grapefruit juice – a a reaction to the acids in grapefruit juice.
Believe it or not, “toss-n-wash” will often leave less aftertaste then tea, but the big problem with toss-n-wash is that occasionally, the kratom gets “stuck” in the throat – which is not just a pleasant experience! I haven’t tried “tossing-n-washing” anything apart from powdered kratom – I cannot imagine trying to swallow crush-leaf kratom!
So there you own it… an “easier, gentler’ method of kratom use. I certainly hope that my experiences and observations with this amazing ethnobotanical might help you and others gain the beneficial effects of kratom. Again, please use kratom responsibly. Don’t drive while under it’s effects, make sure to give yourself the time needed to enjoy kratoms’ benefits; count-on the effects of kratom to last over 4 hours, and be sure that you are in a safe, relaxing environment before using kratom.