So I'm a newbie starting a thread and hoping it's okay... New Kratom user here. I only read about it a couple weeks ago and with my love of the opiate feeling decided I had to try it. I read up about the different strains/types and found what I think is a reputable vendor and placed an order for 'Classic Bali.' I read a lot of Ianzombie's posts and bought a scale which didn't come until a few days after my shipment arrived. I placed my order last Saturday morning and knew it was due to arrive on Monday. I was very excited and spent the weekend in a productive upbeat mood. I ate breakfast Monday morning and then ate just a little bit late morning and none the rest of the day so I'd have a fairly empty stomach. Got home from work and there was my package. 50 grams of Bali with a complimentary 10 grams of Green Malay. I was nervous and went with just one measured teaspoon mixed in yogurt. I don't see how people toss and wash (blech). I felt a little something and slept well that night. I know you shouldn't do it every day if you don't want to get addicted, but I was determined to find the right dosage to get the opiate like feeling before I adjusted to being smart. So day two I did the same thing as far as eating and that night I tried two teaspoons with hot chocolate. Yuck and I felt not much really. The third night I tried 3 teaspoons in a sort of tea. I boiled it for 20 minutes and because I didn't have a strainer, just drank the liquid and the sludge (double bleh). Dumb I know and I almost threw up. Still not much feeling. Fourth night I tried 3 teaspoons in yogurt and felt more than I had but still wasn't satisfied. Disappointed I decided to take Friday night off and wake up Saturday morning and do a proper tea based on Radiometer's 'Uncle's' recipe. In the meantime my scale had arrived and I read a t-shirt could be used as a strainer (I didn't feel like going out to buy one). Saturday morning I measured 10 grams and added it, a splash of lime juice, and 2/3 cup water into a small saucepan and boiled lightly for 15 minutes. Strained it through the cut out t-shirt material and put the leftover gunk back in the pan with another 2/3 cup water and splash of lime juice and boiled lightly for 10 minutes. Strained that, added it to the first batch of liquid, added honey and drank it down. It was SO much more palatable to ingest this way! Within 30 minutes I had a very nice buzz going and by 1 hour, it felt like I had taken a Lortab or Percocet. Success! I was very content with the results. So this morning I decided to try the Green Malay because I was ready to move on to the experiment phase since I knew Kratom was something I could successfully use and I wanted to know which strains worked best for me (and place another order of different strains). Since I had not tried this strain, I decided to back down my dose to 7 grams. That wasn't very smart. I now know for an untested strain I need to start at a lower dose. I did the same tea recipe but I was overwhelmed by the feelings. It was the same exact feeling from taking too many pills (Lortab or Percocet). I got hot and sweaty and dizzy and had to lie down for a bit. It passed quickly and I chalked it up to a lesson learned. Then I placed 3 more orders with 3 different vendors of different red vein strains in 25 grams amounts. I'll probably back off next week and maybe try a new strain mid week and then wait for the weekend to play. I absolutely love the tea. And really it only took about 30 minutes to make and another 30 or less to start feeling the effects which is about the same as ingesting it mixed in with a substance since that takes about an hour to really feel it. I seriously don't know how anyone does toss n' wash. You have my respect.