Kratom is a leafy plant that originates from Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. It is particularly common in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Scientifically, it is known as Mitragyna Speciosa. It belongs to the same family as the coffee tree. The plant has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries by communities in Southeast Asia. It was considered one of the most potent cures for chronic pain, thanks to its analgesic properties. It was also used to treat diarrhea.
Today, the plant is popular both for medicinal and recreational purposes. It is used as an alternative treatment for chronic pain, fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome. Many people swear by the plant. However, a vast majority of people use the plant solely for recreational purposes. There are those who relish the high that comes with the consumption of the plant, owing to its mind altering properties. Others love that it is a great stimulant, and helps boost their concentration and energy levels. In very high concentrations, the plant is a sedative.
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Types of Kratom
There are numerous ways through which you can consume Kratom. You can either opt to take the powder, take the product as a tea or even chew on a fresh leaf; it all comes down to personal preference. Here are the types of Kratom and their pros and cons:
Kratom powder is readily available in many parts of the world. It is obtained by crushing the dried leaves of the Kratom plant. If you find it a bit too difficult to crush the leaves to a smooth powder, you are at liberty to use your coffee grinder or blender to achieve this effect. You can even opt to buy the powder as opposed to the leaves. Most vendors sell Kratom powder of relatively reasonable smoothness.
Once you have the powder in hand, all that is left is to consume it. Granted, this is not easy due to the awfully bitter taste of the leaves. The Toss n’ Wash method is the most popular way to ingest the powder. You take a spoonful of the powder and place it on your tongue, take a gulp of water, swill the mixture in your mouth and then swallow. You should have a glass of water nearby in order to completely rinse your mouth of the product. Better yet, you can brush your teeth soon after to remove the bitter aftertaste. If the bitter taste is too much, split your dose into several small parts to make the swallowing much easier.One of the greatest pros of this method is that it is very effective, and you should start to feel the effects of the powder within ten minutes. It is also a very easy process. On the downside however, you have to withstand the incredibly bitter taste of the powder. If you are new to the Toss n’ Wash method of consuming Kratom, there is a high likelihood that you could throw up.
Capsules are another immensely popular way to consume Kratom. They are simply filled with Kratom powder, and all you really need to do is swallow them. There are several advantages that come with taking Kratom pills. For one thing, it saves you the agony of having to battle the unpleasant taste of the powder. Secondly, consuming them is very easy. It should take you a couple of minutes to get your dose of Kratom.
On the downside, capsules filled with powder tend to be low in the concentration of the substance. This therefore means that you have to take quite a number of pills in order to ingest the correct dosage. You may even find yourself consuming up to ten capsules, and this can be something of a bother. You need to ensure that you take plenty of water with the pills for the best results.
Making Kratom tea is also a great way to consume the drug. You will need to boil the Kratom powder in water for about thirty minutes, strain the liquid, and use the same powder to boil some more water. After straining the second pot of water, you should then mix the liquids together and boil until you have about one cup of the tea remaining. This is what you need to consume. If you make a cup of Kratom tea from about 56 grams of the powder, you will have a pretty strong dose of the product.
Although making the tea is a fairly demanding process, there are many perks that come with it. First, taking Kratom tea produces consistent results and is a very effective way to ingest the product. Secondly, you can store your tea in the refrigerator for up to five days, which is amazing since you can always get your daily dose very conveniently. Taking Kratom tea is also known to boost its stimulant properties. However, making Kratom into a tea is known to reduce its analgesic effect. You might have to consider other types of Kratom if you are taking it to ease chronic pain.
Kratom extract is much more potent that the powdered form of the plant, owing to the higher concentration of alkaloids present. The extraction process is quite simple. All you really need is the Kratom and the liquid you will use for extraction, which could be anything from ethanol to vinegar. You need to boil the Kratom in the extracting liquid and then strain the resulting mixture. The resulting liquid is then boiled until it becomes a highly concentrated powder.
The key benefit of using Kratom extract is its high concentration of the alkaloids. It is estimated that the extract is about 50 times stronger than ordinary powder, although this varies greatly depending on the extraction process. Additionally, consuming Kratom is so much easier using the extract than using the powder. On the downside, the extract is rather expensive. If you make your own, knowing the proper dosage can also be difficult.
Kratom resin is obtained from the residue that results from the extraction process. Rather than discard the solids that remain after extraction, they are converted into Kratom pie. The resin may not be as concentrated as the extract, but it is by far stronger than ordinary powder. Some Kratom resins are 8 times stronger than the powder, whereas others are about 15 times stronger. This means that you can attain your desired dosage of the drug with much less substance.
On the flipside however, knowing just how much resin to ingest can be a problem. You will also have to put up with the terrible taste of the product, although you can add it to your tea to mask the taste. Add some honey to sweeten your tea and completely mask the taste.
Kratom tincture is mainly used for medicinal purposes, and it is very effective when used thus. It can help lessen chronic pain and also helps alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Purchasing a bottle of the substance can prove to be expensive, which is why you should consider making your own tincture at home.
To do this, you will need the Kratom, some ethanol or water and citric acid. Mix some of the Kratom with water or ethanol in a jar thoroughly. Then add some citric acid to help drop the alkaloid. You will then proceed to seal your jar, shake it vigorously and place it in a dark place for about a week. This requires monumental patience but it is well worth the effort. After the week, strain the mixture and put the liquid back in the jar. Let half of it evaporate, and then place the other half in a tincture vial and you are good to go.
7. Vein and Stem
Usually, Kratom powder or extract is obtained from the leafy material of the plant. The vein and petiole, also commonly referred to as the stem, are usually discarded. This is because it is quite hard to crush and grind them. They are however quite useful, since they possess a vast number of alkaloids that are absent in the leafy material. In any case, the removal process is not always exact since they are removed manually, and it is quite possible to find at least 30% leafy material in the discarded veins and stems. Thanks to a higher concentration of alkaloids, the veins and stems have a much more profound effect that lasts for long. This certainly gives them an edge over extracts and powder.
8. Crushed Leaves
Smoking Kratom is generally not the best way to consume the product. However, if this is your preferred method of ingesting it, you most certainly can smoke the crushed leaves of the plant. Alternatively, you can use them to make a tea. They possess much stronger stimulant and mood enhancing effects than the powder. They are also strong painkillers, and even have some aphrodisiac qualities. On the flipside, if you consume them as a tea, you may have to wait a while before you can experience the effects of the plant.
When it comes to choosing a type of Kratom, you are simply spoilt for choice. There are numerous ways to consume it: as a powder, capsules, a tea, resins and tinctures to mention a few. Although the powder is rather bitter, you can always follow it up with a sweet drink to wash away the lingering bitterness. It is important that you take just the right dose of Kratom, particularly in its highly concentrated forms such as extracts and tinctures. Now that you know various ways to consume this amazing product, all you have to do is choose one that works for you. You may have to try quite a few before you find it, but it is worth the effort.