If you have not read part 1 of "Kratom ... My Story" then please make a point to read part of this story either now or when finished with part 2.
In 'part 1' I told about how I became introduced to kratom and how, for the first time in years, I enjoyed nearly zero pain in my back and the burning and hyper sensitive feeling in my lower extremities (feet & toes) was at a manageable level.
In part 2, I am going to explain the difference in the colors and names of the different types of kratom as well as let you know how I, personally, consume kratom ... as well as my dosages (purely for anecdotal and informative purposes only).
Now, I must state up front that I am not a doctor or health professional. I do not intend to mislead anyone into thinking that I am a doctor or health professional ... I AM NEITHER.
The information and content provided below is purely for information purposes only and is anecdotal to my personal experience with kratom.
I probably ought also to say that in some states, kratom is illegal. 6 states, in fact, you can get arrested for possessing it while 44 states have various rules regarding its sale.
Lastly, I am not affiliated with any particular kratom vendor, I wish that I were because I am a bit of an activist for the stuff, I wish I did get paid for talking about it. However, I do not get compensated in any way by any person or company for speaking highly of or recommending any company.
So many colors ... how can a person know what they mean because they all look green to me?
When shopping for kratom you will inevitably see that there are 4 colors that are typically advertised:
Most people assume that there are many types of kratom plants or trees and the type of tree determines the color of the leaf or powder. Well, that would be wrong. There really is only a couple types of kratom trees. Those trees are grown primarily in a few Asian countries but it's basically the same tree.
The colors are derived from when the leaves of the trees are harvested and how they are dried.
Early or young leaves may be smaller and more green, while older leaves are larger and darker green or redish with a red vein running down the center of the leaf.
The drying process also comes into play because there are several ways to dry out the kratom leaves ...
Outside in the sun, inside on racks, hanging in clusters upside down.
The entire process is very similar to coffee bean or tea leaf harvesting.
So the colors have everything to do with the age of the leaf when harvested and the drying process of the leaf that result in a slightly different color when they are ground down to a fine dust.
Yes. Different colors usually mean different effects or benefits.
These are typically meant to alert the buyer of where the kratom was grown. Before kratom became so popular identifying where the kratom was grown carried more weight than it does today. Today, "Yellow Vietnam" could actually come from Indonesia or Borneo and have just been labeled as "Vietnam".
The key to good kratom production is high acidity in the soil where the tree is farmed. High acidity usually means more potent of the leaf. The climate conditions in places like Borneo, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Bali, & Vietnam are perfect places for kratom trees to grow and produce great big leafs.
(Over the last few years there have been increased activity to bring kratom trees to the US. I have read about a kratom farm being cultivated in both California and North Carolina. I, personally tried to get my hands on a kratom sprout so I could plant them in Louisiana but getting your hands on a sprout is difficult.)
Other aspects come into play like how the leaves are dried and also the age of the leaf after being harvested. It stands to reason, the closer to the date of harvest = the most potent product.
Like all other markets, vendors are always looking for ways to set their product apart from competitors. Therefore some try to get really clever with the naming of their product. Examples include: "Trainwreck", "White Lightening", "Super Green", "Pimp Grade (Maeng-Da)", "House Mix" and so many more.
Just remember, colors relate to when the leaf was harvested and how the leaf was dried ... everything else is just a sales pitch.
It took me about 1 year of trial and error to figure out what types of kratom worked best for me. I needed a lot of analgesic effects and also some energy effect, therefore I had to create my own mix.
When I order kratom I order the following and then mix them in a container in different amounts.
I will mix these all together and the result is a long lasting pain relief that does not make me drowsy nor unfocused.
I can take this morning, afternoon, or evening and get consistent results every time.
Please keep in mind that I have taken the time to learn how my body reacts to kratom and I started really small and spent a long time figuring out how much works for me.
Using the formula above, I will take the follow dosages:
Morning: 4:30 - 5:00am I will take 8-9 grams. The reason I take more in the morning is because I do a lot of sitting each morning as I prepare for each day's program. Sitting for long periods of time is brutal on my back. I can not do what I need to do while walking around, I must be in a chair with a laptop or at a desk in an office chair. Taking 8-9 grams in the morning will typically get me through to the end of my program which is at 12:00 noon
Afternoon: 12:30 - 1:00pm I will take 6-7 grams. I still am in need of pain relief because I will be sitting down to write code or read or follow up on the program from earlier. Afternoons are also where I get stuff done that requires physical labor. 6-7 grams seems to get me through to the evening.
Evening: 6:00-7:00pm I will take 3-4 grams. 3-4 grams still provides some pain relief but the smaller dosage seems to provide a bit of a calming effect that works great for the evening when you are winding down.
The temptation is to "take more" until you find a desired result. I have found that often, taking less produces better results.
NOTE: Around every 3-4 weeks, I will stop taking kratom for 3-4 days. I do this for a couple of reasons but mainly it is simply to allow my body to use up any "reserves" that may be lurking in my bowels and to allow my pain receptors to reset. Every 6 months I will stop using kratom for at least a solid week but usually for as long as I can stand it just to keep me thankful to God for this wonderful plant.
I do not do gelcaps ... I should say that the only time I will do gelcaps is if I am traveling and I do not want to take the powder with me. Gel caplets cost more than powder.
I use a digital kitchen scale that will measure partial grams. This means the scale will measure "1.5" or "1.27" or "1.9" instead of "1, 2, 3, etc.."
Steps I take:
1. Set an empty glass on the scale and clear it out to zero
2. Add enough kratom for desired dose (for me, in the morning this is between 8-9grams)
3. Add just enough warm-hot water to mix well. (Kratom does not like to mix in cold water, the warm water is just meant to mix it)
4. Add a couple squirts of lemon juice (Lemon juice will do two things: a. help the taste and b. the acid seems to aid in the process of breaking down the kratom which means it works a little bit faster)
5. Fill the glass with cold water (cold from the tap is good for me)
6. Drink it down in one fell swoop. Kratom is not something that you want to sip. The whole idea is to ingest it so that it starts to work. Sipping it just seems counterintuitive to me. Just drink it down.
30-45 minutes later = :)
Yes. The main/active ingredients in kratom are Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These two components work on the opioid receptors in the brain. That is why kratom works as good as opioids do. Better actually because the "dependency effect" or "addictive effect" is similar to that of coffee ( a cousin of the kratom tree).
Because Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are broken down and absorbed in the bowels they will cause the natural contractions of the bowels to slow down and therefore allow your kidneys to process more liquid, resulting in dryer, harder poop ... otherwise known as constipation.
I overcome this side effect by simply drinking more water. Occasionally, I have had to take a "stool softener" (not a laxative, just a stool softener) but that is rare. Extra water usually does the trick.
Personally, this is the only side-effect I have ever noticed. I have read where other people have talked about other side-effects like weight loss, increased appetite, or dry mouth, but I have never experienced any of these.
Yes. I have dealt with a number of kratom dealers including buying directly from a farm in Indonesia, but I found that a good quality vendor from the States means faster shipments. I once waited over 3 months for my kratom to arrive when I ordered direct from a kratom farmer in Indonesia. The few bucks I saved was not worth it to me.
The last 12 months, I have been ordering from FusedFlora.com. Shaun has always treated me good and the kratom always arrives in a timely fashion. I feel confident in recommending them.
Kratom production is largely unregulated. This means that if you buy from a bad vendor, you never know how pure the kratom is. That is why I recommend buying from a vendor that does spot checks on their kratom and lab tests them for purity.
Because it is an unregulated industry, it leaves the door open for confusion in the naming, packaging, and places of origin. Even the levels of Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine can vary from batch to batch from the same vendor because no testing of active ingredients is required.
Another downside of kratom is that it ACTUALLY works. Big Pharma, HATES that kratom actually works and that they are not getting a cut of the profits. They have spent billions of dollar$ trying to get governments to ban it. They work on State and local governments. They also work with Big Tech to censor and de-platform those who would speak positively about it.
There is currently a move, paid for by Big Pharma, to ban the sale of kratom to the general public just to hide the benefits of its use. In short, Big Pharma would rather you be addicted to their FDA approved drug where they are raking in the money from insurance companies than to have you drink a tea with less addictive properties and equally as good of pain relief effects.
The upside of kratom is that once people realize the benefits of this leaf they almost automatically become an activist for its protection. These activists include doctors, scientists, and even politicians. The American Kratom Association is a great place to learn more about the plant as well as about the activism.
If you have any questions about kratom do not hesitate to send me an email. If I am unable to give you and inteligent answer then I will be able to recommend some resources for you to do more research.