I think sometimes, in the pursuit of science, we lose track of the aesthetic-ideal.
Kratom tea works. Particularly when bolstered by an initial ethanol-soak. But son of a bitch, is it gross.
10oz of tea - easy enough to drink...by the time you get to the last gulp, you're already starting to feel the initial effects.
But the taste lingers, horribly, like a homeless dude chilling next to the liquor store. Unavoidable and shameful...and annoying as hell.
What is it that drives us to find new methods of assay? Who thought, "you know, if I crush up enough of these seeds, mix them with lime and rail them up my nose, I could totally get high?" Who thinks, "I bet I could get really wasted if I took those pills as a suppository." Who spends time figuring out how to make a good thing better, even if it means taking a harder, grosser, or weirder route
Turns out - people like us.
And in general, I'm a believer in "the Journey is the destination." And the weirder the better, my friends. But at some point, shouldn't we be focusing on beauty and simplicity and palatability as well? What's so hard about a spoonful of dry-powder that pushes us to concoct foul brews and constipating gel-caps?
Maybe it's the mug of kratom-tea talking...but I think there needs to be a discussion about moderation of ideals here...what are we trying to accomplish?
Who needs a 120x Salvia extract? Alfa has commented in threads before about the absurdity of those things...it doesn't make the drug any better...it just makes it harder to handle responsibly. And yet we make these things. Why make an 89% pure kavalactone paste when in order to use it, you have to water it down? Are we THAT concerned with storage? Is there any argument that the level of processing that goes into making these "advanced" concoctions is in some way degrading the experience?
I'm no vegan/raw-food idealist...I cook my food. But I also know that there's a tipping-point where processing becomes over-processing. In culinary terms, that leads to hot dogs, trans-fats and corn syrup which in turn lead to empty calories, obesity, and diabetes.
Is there some analogy to the over-processing of drugs? I'd point at tobacco - look what they've done to tobacco. MJ is getting there now too. I saw a bud the other day that was deep purple with bright orange hairs and looked like it was dipped in sugar....is that still bud? Does no one but me miss the days of passing the pipe around and around a circle until people were sufficiently high? Because the one-hit wonder bud is incredibly anti-social in that respect. (yeah yeah, better for the lungs tho.)
How do we balance these things? Is it our responsibility to do so...or should we stay the course, and keep swinging for the fences?
Meanwhile - this tea is working fucking miracles, so I'm gonna go do that for a while.