Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kratom Recipe: How to Prepare Your Kratom Tea With Liquor

Discover a kratom recipe that uses alcohol to extract and enhance the alkaloids in your kratom tea.

Perhaps the most popular method of taking kratom—at least in areas where the leaf is not available in its fresh (as opposed to dried) form and therefore cannot be chewed orally—would be to steep the leaves in boiling water in order to make an infusion.  This is due to the efficacy of this method when it comes to alkaloid extraction, as well as the direct addition of a lubricant (this becomes necessary where dried or preserved kratom is involved, since it can be very difficult to swallow absent it) to the substance.  It is also fairly easy to make, and requires no more complex tools than a burner or heat source, a saucepan, and a filter.

While most purists and traditional kratom users prefer to take the infusion as it is, others like to mix it with other substances, either for flavour or added effect.  It is generally advised, especially for the neophytes, to take kratom tea neat to mitigate possible adverse reactions due to chemical combinations, but provided some precautions are taken, some psychoactive substance additions would be relatively safe.  

The particular combination that is the subject of this kratom recipe is that of kratom and liquor.  A disclaimer needs to be said first: not all will find this a pleasurable combination, as individual reactions vary.  Most of the alcohol should be cooked out by the time this is done, but if you are particularly sensitive to sedatives or opiates, it would be best to avoid the combination.  Otherwise, it should be fairly safe to test a small amount of this to see if it agrees with your body.

Begin by preparing 5-7g of powdered or dried kratom leaf in a saucepan.  Now get some vodka and add it to the kratom until most of it is immersed or steeped—about 4 shots of the liquor should do just fine.  Now put the saucepan on the burner and bring it to a boil, and wait until about half or more than half of the liquor evaporates.  The liquor helps to extract the alkaloids, which are soluble in alcohol, and should help you get more of them out than if you were using plain water.  

Once the mixture has boiled down, you can take it off the heat and let it cool down a little. Pass it through a filter and into a glass.  You can either take this as it is or mix it in a little bit of warm water to prolong the drinking time.  Either way, it should give you a nicely sedating cup of kratom tea.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Kratom Usage: How to Keep Yourself Safe Under Kratom’s Influence

Mitragyna Speciosa
Kratom is generally acknowledged to be one of the milder examples of psychoactive substances currently legal in (most of) the United States, both by effect and addictive strength.  Indeed, at least one reviewer (David DiSalvo of the Daily Brain, who prefaced his review of the substance by a discussion of it in his contribution to Forbes online) noted that withdrawal symptoms from it were so weak that his withdrawal symptoms from caffeine were much more remarkable.  As such, it is generally considered safe for usage by most people—save in the usual mitigating circumstances where precaution is advised, of course, e.g. in case of pregnancy or compromised health.

That being said, kratom is still a psychoactive substance, which means it can still be abused.  There are in fact cases of compulsive kratom usage recorded, but it has been fortunate that none have had the fatalities involved in abuse of most other psychoactives, perhaps due to its mildness.  The greatest dangers from kratom usage, in fact, stem from the addition of other substances, whether illicit or not.  Combinations of kratom with sedatives or stimulants are widely discouraged (although more so the former), as they can have adverse results.  In fact, it is advised to take kratom pure, as a leaf (fresh or dried) and not an extract (which can have synthetics mixed into it), and without adding other psychoactives or drugs to the mix.  Opiates, benzodiazepines, and moderate to large amounts of liquor are strongly discouraged in particular, as are MAO inhibitor drugs—the last actually claimed to result in fatalities due to the chemistry involved.

Besides taking kratom by itself, one may further ensure the safety of one’s kratom usage by watching the amounts one takes and the frequency with which one consumes the herb.  Kratom is typically active for beginners at doses as low as 5 or 6 grams, so taking double that dose from the start would be ill-advised.  Smart usage of any psychoactive substance has to be infrequent and closely monitored such that it remains at the beginner’s dosage.  Once you find yourself needing more than, say, 7g to achieve the same effect, you may want to stop usage altogether for 2 weeks.  This should regulate your tolerance to the substance so that it never reaches unwise levels.

Acquaint yourself with some rules that cover safe usage of kratom, ketum, or mitragyna speciosa.  Knowing about these guidelines can protect you from potential dangers or errors involved in using this generally mild herb.