Because kratom isn’t FDA tested or approved, kratom can only be sold in the United States for burning as incense – it does burn quite nicely, with smells similar to a crisp fall day. kratom powder capsules I cannot condone the ingestion of kratom or kratom tea, but for those who are searching 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 provide relief you seek.
Kratom is 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 offers 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 reported to be significantly 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 pain relief, however, please be careful and treat it with respect.
After 2 back surgeries and years of occasional, yet severe discomfort, I’ve arrived at recognize that I needed a non-addictive means 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 really 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 assume it really doesn’t matter; I occasionally use kratom, Personally i think better… period. Life is good!
Now, there are some 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. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the smell of fresh kratom leaves & powder, and I love the pain-relieving and attitude-altering effects 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 personally, but instead a necessary evil, a genuine pain-in-the-butt chore that needs to 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 a vintage glass Pyrex 8-cup percolator on eBay for 15 dollars, also it makes excellent kratom tea. I’d stay-away from the automatic, plug-in coffee or tea makers, because you will want to brew your kratom tea much longer than the typical automatic coffee percolator cycle. I like my clear glass percolator for kratom brewing, so that I can watch the tea darken as I go. Find a reliable source of kratom… remember, kratom is normally 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 will need: – Half-ounce of crushed-leaf kratom. Some use powdered kratom, but I personally don’t like it, because it produces a muddy kratom tea. – 2 Litres of water (for just two 1 liter brewing cycles). – OPTIONAL, Lemon Juice (see amount below) – A stovetop percolator. – Another container – such as a 2 qt. pitcher, to mix both brew cycles together
LET’S GET STARTED!
1- Place the kratom in to the percolator basket, and pour Lead Generation 1 liter of water through the basket and into the percolator before placing the upper strainer on, to dampen the kratom leaves. I then 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 aids in extracting the alkaloids from the kratom leaf – it is a judgment call that only you possibly can make.
2- Once the water heats-up & starts to percolate, start the clock – and let your kratom tea brew for at-least a quarter-hour… 20-25 minutes is more to my taste. Keep as low a flame as you possibly can, a really hard boil produces terrible-tasting kratom tea!
3- Following the 1st brew, leave the kratom in the basket (it is possible to press them with a tablespoon if you like, to extract more liquid, but you no longer need), pour your brew right into a 2-quart container, then pour the 2nd liter of clear water (or lemon-water) through the kratom filled basket and brew it also, similar to the 1st. brew… again, quarter-hour or more.
4- You’ll notice that the 2nd brew cycle produces a lighter tea, because you’ve extracted all of the good things from the kratom leaves, thereby exhausting them.
5- Once finished I discard the leaves (some people eat them – YUCK!), I then mix the 2 2 brews together in the 2-quart container to cool. Some boil the mixture down farther, to generate 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 used in a couple of days, and freeze the rest. Refrigerated kratom tea is only going to last about 5 days, frozen tea can 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 that 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 don’t like that mouth-numbing sensation, and the straw helps bypass the old taste buds.
OTHER OPTIONS ON THE MARKET: I’m a large fan of capsules… because there’s hardly any tastes at all. “Toss-N-Wash” is another option… place a teaspoon (or tablespoon) of kratom toward the trunk 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.
Contrary to popular belief, “toss-n-wash” can sometimes leave less aftertaste then tea, but the big problem with toss-n-wash is that occasionally, the kratom gets “stuck” in the throat – that is not just a pleasant experience! I haven’t tried “tossing-n-washing” anything apart from powdered kratom – I can’t imagine attempting to swallow crush-leaf kratom!
So there you own it… an “easier, gentler’ approach to kratom use. I certainly hope that my experiences and observations with this amazing ethnobotanical might help you among others gain the beneficial ramifications 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 consequences of kratom to last over 4 hours, and be sure that you’re in a safe, relaxing environment before using kratom.