Jun 26

Shamanic Blends Full Spectrum Kratom Tincture Review

 

Shamanic Blends KratomTL; DR: Don’t let the little, half-filled tincture bottle inside of the bag fool you; Shamanic Blends Full Spectrum Kratom Tincture (FST) is potently analgesic and mood-enhancing, and a little bit goes a very long way.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 25

The Kratom Diaries: Bottom Watering Potted Kratom

Bottom watering potted kratom is a great way to provide constant moisture.

Bottom watering potted kratom is a great way to provide constant moisture.

Last week,  I mentioned that bottom watering potted kratom is a great option, especially for those who don’t have the time to mist and water their plant several times a day.

A basic search for bottom watering will yield many self-watering container designs that can be quickly and easily built from home with all different kinds of materials, from standard clay pots to 5 gallon pickle jugs. You can also just do what is seen in the image at the left: place potted kratom plants in a tray with enough water for the water level to reach over the gravel to the very bottom of the soil in the pot.

The reasons why bottom watering works well for thirsty plants are many. First, if you use a system with a reservoir, that means you’ll be able to go days without watering. If you’re using a tray or something similar, you may have to fill it every day, but you’ll never really need to worry about under or over-watering again.

Secondly, bottom watering inhibits the growth of mold, fungus, and other photosynthesizing pests on the top of the soil in the pot. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 24

Kratom Lumped in with Meth in Burmese Prohibitionist Article

Use of methamphetamine and kratom in the Mon community is on the rise, according to a human rights report.

Use of methamphetamine and kratom in the Mon community is on the rise, according to a human rights report.

The group known as the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) has released a report regarding rampant drug use in the Mon community. Although the group and the report are well-intentioned, they sadly group kratom in with methamphetamine, a dangerous, addictive, and deadly synthetic drug that some mix with kratom.

Mon culture, particularly in Thailand, is marginalized. The result of endemic poverty, lack of education and opportunity, and a lack of respect for the rule of law combine, the increase in drug use is a sign of systemic problems in both Burma and Thailand. Unfortunately, the prohibition of kratom in Thailand only ensures that criminals and extremist groups have a cash crop to profit from while mixing it with much more dangerous drugs, like meth, DEET, or cough syrup.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 21

Kratom Strains Explored: Bali Kratom

Bali KratomTL;DR: Bali Kratom is one of the more sedating strains of kratom at regular doses that’s still stimulating in lower amounts, but caution should be exercised with this effective strain.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 21

The Kratom Diaries: Some Serious Kratom Leaf Burns

Kratom leaf burn around the edges is likely due to too much light.

Kratom leaf burn around the edges is likely due to too much light.

My kratom houseplant just isn’t happy. It wasn’t getting quite enough sun, so I moved it over, closer to the window. Direct sunlight on kratam can cause the plant to freak out; it is a jungle plant, and it’s used to mottled light. Too much direct light to a kratom plant and you end up with leaves that look like the ones pictured to the left: covered in kratom leaf burns.

What’s a kratom gardener to do? For starters, resist that common urge to increase the amount of light the plant gets unless your plant starts really struggling. Moderate, dappled light appears to be the best option. My kratom plant obviously is going to need a little time to recover, following its insect adventures and recent cold-related leaf drop. Read the rest of this entry »

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