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  1. Kratom~Week 1

    It's been a little over a week that I've been using Kratom. I can definitely feel when I'm on it. The energy is GREAT! I don't really feel any effects on mood... which is good and bad really. With my painkillers, I can get pretty bitchy. I've had a chance to try several strains and have received my order from a third vendor. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, although I did take the hint from threads here and requested some samples. They were happy to throw a few in. I also...
  2. Kratom~Day 1

    Here is how my first order of Kratom arrived (vendor specific information removed). I was surprised at how small these bags are. I used to buy puer and oolong tea from a company that sourced out of Tiawan and it was packaged similarly. I just took 1 tsp. of maeng da mixed into a tapioca pudding. (it's all I had on hand) meaning the tsp. and the tapioca. When I go out today I'll look for a scale that can measure small amounts and get a respectable chocolate something for mixing....
  3. Two Months and Still Struggling Getting Off Kratom

    Here it is, two months later, and I'm still struggling to get off kratom. I have made some progress. I used to take about 24-48 grams a day. (I used tablespoons for measuring most of the time-it was a while before I got a scale-so that's a rough estimate.) That was divided into multiple doses, of course. Now, I'm taking 16 grams a day, (again, divided into multiple doses,) but I can't seem to lower that dose any. I tried cold turkey first-that was a disaster. I mean disaster:I...
  4. Kratom is Weird stuff.

    The first time I tried Kratom was over 3 years ago. I had experience with opioid but was not a regular user at that time. At first it just made me really stoned and then made me sleep. There was also an addiction that went on for a short period, maybe a week, where I was dosing it 4 grams twice a day at least. I noticed that I was in this weird depressed state during that time, and also that it seemed to have paradoxical effects- for example , insomnia, fast heart. I stopped using it...
  5. Substituting solvents

    This is from a post in extraction forum, we seen to get a lot of question about substitution of solvents used in the well known recipes. Substituting solvents can have unpredictable so whenever possible stick to the tried and true recipes. Plant extractions have unknown elemental products that will react with some solvent. What's and how's of non-polar solvent's are one of the most misunderstood elements of hobby chemistry so from the outset the simple fundamental's should be observed when...
  6. Sometimes I wonder about myself.

    Waking up I was broke, scanning the fridge I had leftover polenta. The only thing I could find to flavor it was thyme. It was dried out but still great so I used it. Anyways breakfast was delicious but then I wondered what was in thyme. So thyme contains Thymol, which is GABAergic and relaxes the trachea. Sounds like an excellent thing to attempt to smoke right? So I rang up my raver friend and told him about the plan and he was stoked as usual for anything. He sent me this back. "The...
  7. Considering the other actives in plants and magic mushrooms

    There is a strange tendency that many people have, often academics, to reduce or simplify the workings of plants to one of it's major constituents, while ignoring the role that other constituents play. You will find such discussion on many psychoactive plants. Yohimbe and St. Johnswort are good examples of this. But when a plant is looked at more deeper (mostly when a plant is very interesting and widely used) it often turns out that effects are caused by a less simplistic cause: a wide...
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