A friend of a friend asked me to write this: Hi all, I'm a newbie here and have been stalking this site for a few weeks learning all that I can about kratom. This is such an informative site and I thank everyone who has shared experiences because it has helped me tremendously to learn! I apologize if this post is long, I want to make sure I give as much info as I can so I can get the most accurate answers in return. I am a former opiate user, clean for 6 months but experiencing a big lack of motivation, I'm used to the euphoria and energy I got from opiates and without them I find it hard to do just about anything. I also suffer from social problems without the opiates. (nothing is fun) Hence, the kratom discovery. I have been experiencing with kratom for two weeks trying to achieve a sense of well- being and overall improved mood/energy I have read so much about. I must be doing something wrong, or perhaps I expect too much because its not happening for me. I have really done my research on this site and tried many different methods: I have tried red vein, maeng da and white vein, the white put me to sleep. I have tried T&W with grapefruit and orange juice, also T&W with my morning green juice, I have tried mixing with fruit juice (grapefruit AND orange juice) in a shaker and drinking, I have tried making tea, furthermore, I have added tumeric, tried grapefruit juice 1/2 hour before kratom, also taking DL phenylalanine and vitamin C. The only results are weight gain from all the damn sugar in fruit juice! Let me add that I have bought from reputable sources, and more than one different source. I do not have a scale and before you all jump on me about not having one I cannot have one as my mate will probably leave me if he sees me weighing out an herb. I use a regular teaspoon or tablespoon from my everyday silverware drawer (so you have an idea of size). I use about one level tablespoon. I have tried less and I have tried more. I have also tried and then again in two hours and again in two more hours....... I dont know what else I can do? I am open to any suggestions and could really use some guidance. One more thing..... I thought perhaps I noticed a bit of a surge in energy after the VERY first time however could have just been the placebo effect as it never occurred again. Thanks all.