a friend of a friend bought a bunch of katom resin from an online supplier for what he percieved to bea bargain. the resin was of odd character, it expanded when smoked,m tasted horrible, and definately contained some plant material. it was put down as a loss, but rather than entirely lose the money spent it was decided to attempt a freebasing of the alkaloids in it. first it was melted in isopropyl alchohol, which not only took a while, but required a bit of heat, chunks of plant material were noticed floating around the bottom. then an attempt at defatting with naptha began,after two days the polar and nonpolar layers still had yet to sperate, there was no change in the nonpolar liquids,since there were no real fats to speak of and the nonpolar solventwas already present but wouldnt seperate, it was decided toadd the base aswas. this is cheap kitchem chemistry so the base used was sodium bicarbonate (arm & hammers). almost immediately the nonpolar layer took on a yellowish tint and expanded just a tad, after allowing it to sit overnight it was put through a sepratory funnel, thepolar andimmersive layerswere seperated, the nonpolarsolvent was placed in a pyrex bowl and allowed to sit for one week. result: fine opaque red-brown crystals (salty, bitter,presumably from the sodium bicarbonate) FoF snorted one 50 milligram line of said material, result was a nice kratomish buzz that lasted around four hours (!), Id have to conclude this is a better entry vector for this material, as whole leaf teas and extracts rarely yeild more than an hour or so of effect.