Because kratom isn’t FDA tested or approved, kratom can only be sold in the United States for burning as incense – it can burn quite nicely, with smells reminiscent of a crisp fall day. green maeng da 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 method of attenuating chronic pain – say from Lyme Disease or spinal cord issues, Kratom can be 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 a large number 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 because the pharmaceutical, synthetic opiates, but is reported to be much less addictive. In-fact, sometimes kratom can be used as a means to reduce opiate addiction withdrawal symptoms. If you are 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 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 not sure if it actually dulls the trunk pain, or whether it makes me just not value it (because, frankly, it offers 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 some who actually benefit from 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. Do not get me wrong, I really like the smell of fresh kratom leaves & powder, and I really like the pain-relieving and attitude-altering ramifications of kratom, but that bitter alkali taste – the 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 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, and it makes really great kratom tea. I’d stay-away from the automatic, plug-in coffee or tea makers, because you’ll want to brew your kratom tea much longer compared to the typical automatic coffee percolator cycle. I like my clear glass percolator for kratom brewing, so that I can watch the tea darken when i go. Find a reliable source of kratom… remember, kratom is usually sold as incense. Personally, I feel it’s best 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 Personally, i 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 – like a 2 qt. pitcher, to combine both brew cycles together
LET’S GET STARTED!
1- Place the kratom into the percolator basket, and pour B2B Sales Leads 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 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 can be 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 possible, a really hard boil produces terrible-tasting kratom tea!
3- After the 1st brew, leave the kratom in the basket (you can press them with a tablespoon if you like, to extract more liquid, but it’s not necessary), pour your brew right into a 2-quart container, then pour the 2nd liter of pure water (or lemon-water) through the kratom filled basket and brew in addition, it, just like 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 each of the good things from the kratom leaves, thereby exhausting them.
5- Once finished I discard the leaves (some individuals 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 produce 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 will only last about 5 days, frozen tea can last months.
MASKING THE FLAVOR: WHEN 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 can’t stand that mouth-numbing sensation, and the straw helps bypass the old tastebuds.
OTHER OPTIONS ON THE MARKET: I’m a big 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 back of the throat, and quickly wash it down with a liquid – a large swallow. I take advantage of orange juice, but others declare that there’s actually benefit in using grapefruit juice – a reaction to the acids in grapefruit juice.
Contrary to popular belief, “toss-n-wash” will often leave less aftertaste then tea, however 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 other than powdered kratom – I cannot imagine attempting to swallow crush-leaf kratom!
So there you have it… an “easier, gentler’ approach to kratom use. I certainly hope that my experiences and observations with this amazing ethnobotanical will help you and others gain the beneficial effects of kratom. Again, please use kratom responsibly. Don’t drive while under it’s effects, be 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.