Citation: Jacaranda. "Great Anti-Anxiety Effect: An Experience with Kratom Extract (exp102365)". Erowid.org. Mar 2, 2017. erowid.org/exp/102365
Material: Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) 80X Extract Liquid.
Subject: 38 year old male, 6’1”, 190 lbs. Non smoker, non-regular user of any drugs aside from caffeine and alcohol. Daily coffee and alcohol in moderation. Occasional cannabis and very rare user of opiates and benzos.
Set & Setting: Taken at home, on a relatively empty stomach (as suggested) around 6:00 PM an average night with wife and kids around.
Method: Kratom 80X “super” extract liquid was procured in a 3 gram glass vial with dropper from a leading online retailer. Suggested dose was 5 to 15 drops, so I elected for a middle of the road 10 drops. Exact equivalent dose of dried leaf is unclear – website says verbatim: “A quantity of just 10 small drops (not dropperfulls) is found comparable to several grams of kratom leaf” I dropped the extract directly under my tongue and held it there as long as I could stand the alcohol burn, then washed it down with a half glass of water.
Experience: Taste was fairly palatable. Not overly bitter and not strong in flavor. Washed down very easily. I felt mild effects almost instantly: A mild releasing of tension in my muscles, and a vague feeling of comfort. Over the course of the next 30-45 minutes, it was a steady climb from baseline to full-on effects – reaching maximum within an hour and having a plateau of about 3 hours before a gradual tapering of effects at the 4 to 6 hour interval. I fell asleep at around Midnight with lingering effects still dancing around my head so I would say the total effect window is 6+ hours.
The experience was all positive and I would call it undeniably “glowing.” I sought out the extract as I have been experiencing some fairly major stress in my life related to family medical issues.
I sought out the extract as I have been experiencing some fairly major stress in my life related to family medical issues.
Kratom offered a whole package of positive effects that I both enjoyed and benefitted from. Symptoms of my ongoing stress included jaw clenching, headaches, insomnia, and anxiety. My evening with Kratom brought relief from all of these symptoms: My body was relaxed, I was in a positive and optimistic mood, no jaw clenching, and when I went to bed I drifted off into a blissful sleep and slept deeply clear till morning. There was no after-effects or hangover the following morning, in fact I felt rejuvenated and fresh from having had a break from my cycles of anxiety.
The general feeling of the effect was very similar to opiates for me. If I didn’t know what I was on and you told me it was Vicodin I would believe it in a second. A warm, peacefulness radiated from my chest, muscles relaxed, pain was mitigated, and an overall feeling of euphoria pervaded. There is no speediness, drugginess, or “headiness.” I wasn’t contemplating the mysteries of the universe or anything, so I wouldn’t put this substance anywhere close to the category of psychedelics. It was just a simple, clean-feeling opiate-like high that sort of cradled my body and wrapped it in a warm blanket of peacefulness.
Intensity of the high was very manageable. I was able to function totally normal – interactions with my children, walking, cooking a meal... all totally manageable. Eating was an enhanced experience and I did not suffer from any negative digestive issue. At about the 3 hour mark, I enjoyed a glass of red wine which itself was a heightened experience but also had a synergistic effect with the Kratom – enhancing the euphoric and anti-anxiety properties. Again, I must reiterate the similarity to an opiate experience – right down to the itchy nose!
Summary: Wonderful experience, and powerful plant ally. I feel like 10 drops of the 80X Extract was the perfect dose for me and I will probably not move far beyond that dosing if at all. I could see the potential for possible dizziness and/or nausea if the effects were any stronger. I would not recommend overconsumption of alcohol on this and I would not recommend tobacco use either – especially if you have experienced the negative impact of combining opiates and tobacco like I have. This seems like it would have a similar discordant effect.
All in all, I was very pleased with the results and I look forward to more experiences with the this extract – although from my research it sounds as though moderation is prudent. I will not be using this more than once or twice a week so as to avoid tolerance or dependence.
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