Because kratom isn’t FDA tested or approved, kratom can only just be sold in america for burning as incense – it can burn quite nicely, with smells similar to a crisp fall day. I cannot condone the ingestion of kratom or kratom tea, but also 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 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 that is native to Southeast Asia. The kratom tree is in 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 said to be significantly less addictive. In-fact, sometimes kratom is used as a means to lessen 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 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 back pain, or whether it makes me just not care about it (because, frankly, it offers an extremely 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, 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 ingredient which makes kratom so special, just turns my stomach. kratom powder kilo Kratom tea preparation isn’t ritualistic for me, 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, and it makes really great kratom tea. I’d stay-away from the automatic, plug-in tea or coffee makers, because you will want to brew your kratom tea much longer than the typical automatic coffee percolator cycle. I really like my clear glass percolator for kratom brewing, so that I can watch the tea darken when i go. Find a reliable way to obtain 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 to 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, since it makes for 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 1 liter of water through the basket and into the percolator before placing top of the strainer on, to dampen the kratom leaves. Then i like to make sure that the kratom is evenly distributed in the basket after pouring. Some think that accumulated 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 may 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- 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 you no longer need), pour your brew right into a 2-quart container, then pour the next liter of clear water (or lemon-water) through the kratom filled basket and brew in addition, it, similar to the 1st. brew… again, 15 minutes or more.
4- You’ll notice that the next 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!), 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 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 above, 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 found 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 nicely. 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 taste buds.
OTHER OPTIONS ON THE MARKET: 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 trunk 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 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 – that is not just a pleasant experience! I haven’t tried “tossing-n-washing” anything other than 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 will help you and others gain the beneficial effects of kratom. Again, please use kratom responsibly. what does burnet kratom powder look like Don’t drive while under it’s effects, make sure you 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.