Because kratom isn’t FDA tested or approved, kratom can only just be sold in america for burning as incense – it does burn quite nicely, with smells similar to a crisp fall day. I cannot condone the ingestion of kratom or kratom tea, but for those who are searching for an all-natural, effective, legal method of attenuating chronic pain – say from Lyme Disease or spinal-cord issues, Kratom can be an amazing leaf, and may offer the 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 has 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 can be used as a means to reduce opiate addiction withdrawal symptoms. If you’re going to utilize it for treatment, however, please be cautious 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 is an all-natural solutions that really works for me personally. kratom leaves vs powder Frankly, I’m not sure if it actually dulls the trunk pain, or whether it makes me just not care about it (because, frankly, it gives a really wonderful opiate-like buzz that feels just GREAT!). I assume it certainly doesn’t matter; I occasionally use kratom, Personally i think better… period. Life is good!
Now, there are several who actually enjoy the age-old ritual of boiling-dipping-stirring-straining-repeating, 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 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 required evil, a real 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 really great kratom tea. I’d stay-away from the automatic, plug-in tea or coffee makers, because you need to brew your kratom tea much longer than the typical automatic coffee percolator cycle. how many grams in a teaspoonod powder kratom I like my clear glass percolator for kratom brewing, in order that I can watch the tea darken as I go. Find a reliable source of kratom… remember, kratom is normally sold as incense. Personally, I feel you need to stay-away from extracts and adulterated “enhanced” mixtures – I stick to 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 produces 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 – for instance a 2 qt. pitcher, to combine both brew cycles together
LET’S GET STARTED!
1- Place the kratom into the percolator basket, and pour 1 liter of water through the basket and in to the percolator before placing the upper strainer on, to dampen the kratom leaves. I then like to make 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 – this can be a judgment call that only you can create.
2- After the water heats-up & starts to percolate, start the clock – and let your kratom tea brew for at-least quarter-hour… 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 (it is possible to press them with a tablespoon if you want, to extract more liquid, but you no longer need), pour your brew right into a 2-quart container, then pour the next liter of pure water (or lemon-water) through the kratom filled basket and brew it also, just like the 1st. brew… again, quarter-hour or more.
4- You’ll notice that the next brew cycle produces a lighter tea, because you’ve extracted each of 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 2 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 can last months.
MASKING THE FLAVOR: As I mentioned previously, I hate the taste of kratom tea. While I’ve never had the opportunity 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 don’t like that mouth-numbing sensation, and the straw helps bypass the old tastebuds.
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 reaction to the acids in grapefruit juice.
Contrary to popular belief, “toss-n-wash” can sometimes leave less aftertaste then tea, however the big problem with toss-n-wash is that occasionally, the kratom gets “stuck” in the throat – that is not 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’ method of 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, be sure you give yourself the time had a need to enjoy kratoms’ benefits; count-on the effects of kratom to last over 4 hours, and become sure that you are in a safe, relaxing environment before using kratom.