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By law, no medical claims can be made regarding kratom, so all benefits discussed below are anecdotal and based only on user responses not scientific research!

At the cafe, we sell kratom in drinks for $5 and 1oz packs of powdered kratom and kava for $20.00. We ship the 1oz packs of red, green, maeng da and white strains for $24/each which includes S&H (see order link below).  Each pack is 12-20 servings that last 4-7 hours/each. Also, we overfill as our 1oz are 34-36grams not the standard 28grams.. At this time we are unable to ship Kratom products to Indiana, Wisconsin, Vermont, Arkansas, and Alabama.  (Now legal in Tennessee!)

 

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By law, no medical claims can be made regarding kratom, so all benefits discussed below are anecdotal and based only on user responses!

In April 2016, I introduced kratom, which has now become my best-selling item. It is the leaf of the kratom plant – dried and pulverized – that has been used for centuries in the Far East. Come in and try it if you feel guided. It is $5 for a good-tasting cup mixed with chocolate almond milk or orange juice or a $20 for a 1oz takeout which makes 12-20 drinks. Also we have great tasting kratom chocolate bars, and brownies. Kratom comes in four different strains (see info and chart below), each offering different assistance. Main drawbacks: upset stomach if you drink too much, red vein can make you drowsy, and, because it is so enjoyable, it can be habit-forming (but not addictive) like coffee, sugar, Facebook, Bob Marley’s music, etc.). See “To Consider” below.

Strains of Kratom:
Kratom is much more potent and versatile than kava. Its effects last 6-8 hours. It comes in 4 “strains” for various effects. RED – people say it is effective for pain killing, relaxation and help with insomnia; GREEN – people say it is effective for some pain killing, gentle stimulation, better concentration, and mood lifting; WHITE – people say it is effective for high energy, better productivity, alertness, and help with depression. Maeng Da (the working person’s kratom) – people say it is effective for major pain relief with productivity motivation and concentration qualities. All strains act as an appetite suppressant and mood elevators.

KRATOM – for many but not for all

Possible – but rare – Side Effects:
Kratom has few side effects in 3-5% of people and they are slight. Kratom can make you lightheaded and/or nauseous (sometimes for 2-3 hours) if you have an easily upset stomach, or are very sensitive to most substances, or have ever been a long-term user of benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, etc.), or live with bipolar disorder. If so, you might want to avoid it altogether or try it at home starting with a very low serving (half of a level teaspoon instead of one rounded teaspoon), adding half a level teaspoon every hour until you get the desired effect without nausea. In any case, best not to drive soon after trying it for the first time. In rare instances, it can cause liver problems so avoid if your liver is compromised. Though in centuries of use, mostly in the Far East, there are no known deaths caused by kratom, the FDA and DEA now say there are around 18 deaths per year where kratom was found in people’s system along with other toxic substances.

Habit-forming but not addictive:
Kratom is not physically addictive. It derives its power from naturally occurring plant compounds called alkaloids. These compounds interact benignly with cell receptors in the body to create healing soothing effects. They do not, however, damage these receptors or create negative opiate-like relationships/needs within the cells.However, like coffee, sugar, marijuana and other mind-altering plants it can be habit-forming.

Also, though not addictive, it is so pleasant it can EASILY become habit-forming like coffee, sugar, marijuana, etc. It is not expensive or toxic so it is easy to use daily and many do with no apparent problems. For the 15% of the population that have addictive personalities, it can be abused and misused and dosages can reach 20-40 grams a day instead of a safe 4-8. An uncomfortable – though not usually painful – withdrawal can occur for 2 to 3 days when coming off high doses.

 

Preparation:
You can prepare it any way that you find palatable – tea, in yogurt, oatmeal, in pudding, in coffee, in your mouth washed down with water (ugh!), in juice, etc. I use about three inches of chocolate almond milk or orange juice. The key is to get it in good suspension using a milk frother/whisker or shake it well in a small bottle. Stirring with a spoon will not work well.

Serving size:
Most people use a rounded or heaping teaspoon (2-3grams). Some need 6g for pain control. I recommend you try first a level teaspoon (1 gram) and give it an hour to see if you need more and how your stomach handles it. If you have an easily queasy stomach or are very sensitive to substances, go low serving size until you know

JUST RELEASED!
WASHINGTON
, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A long-awaited analysis by one of the world’s leading experts on drug abuse and addiction, Dr. Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., vice president of Research, Health Policy, and Abuse Liability at PinneyAssociates, concludes concludes that there is “insufficient evidence” for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to ban or otherwise restrict the coffee-like herb kratom under the Controlled Substances Act.  According to the comprehensive analysis, kratom has little potential for abuse and dependence – as low or lower than such widely used and unscheduled substances as “nutmeg, hops, St. John’s Wort, chamomile, guarana, and kola nut.”

“For both abuse potential and dependence liability, kratom’s profile is comparable to or lower than that of unscheduled substances such as caffeine, nicotine-containing smoking cessation products, dextromethorphan, and many antihistamines, antidepressants, and other substances sold directly to consumers.  Kratom’s profile also resembles that of various botanical dietary supplements such as chamomile, lavender, St. John’s Wort, kava, and hops. “

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