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Life-Changing, With a Few Caveats
by Dee
Citation:   Dee. "Life-Changing, With a Few Caveats: An Experience with Kratom (exp113051)". Erowid.org. Apr 2, 2019. erowid.org/exp/113051

5 g oral Kratom
I am 58 years old, grew up in the 70s with heavy marijuana and hash and alcohol use common. In my later years I find that alcohol no longer agrees with me; marijuana is expensive, especially where it's legal. The difference between now and then is that I no longer use recreationally. I suffer from chronic pain from two types of arthritis, and finding relief is a neverending quest. An elderly, bedridden relative suggested Kratom powder for my pain. Here are the results of my first experience:

Dosage: 2 teaspoons (about 4.75 grams) in hot water, drank as a tea. Very bitter, but that doesn't bother me. Okra tastes much worse.

Situation/mindset: Busy work shift as bartender. Usual aching all over, especially in lower back and knees. Attitude grumpy and noncommunicative. Also annoyed at previous bartender for not stocking, more hard physical labor.

Effects: After about 20 minutes I realized that my pains were all gone. This blew me away, since *no other drug* (and I've tried many, plus physical therapy, shots to the spine, T.E.N.S. unit, etc.) had ever completely gotten rid of pain before. Attitude went from grouchy and put-upon to good-natured and able to handle the busiest situation with ease. Found talking to others pleasant.

To sum it up: I felt like I used to feel when I was a child--happy, normal and pain-free.
To sum it up: I felt like I used to feel when I was a child--happy, normal and pain-free.
I did not experience any kind of buzz, which is a good thing for me. I need to be alert and lucid at work.

This lasted for a good 4.5 hours or so. No trouble sleeping that night. No hangover. No nausea.

I would judge this to be a very beneficial and powerful substance--one that should NOT be mixed with anything else, especially anything causing drowsiness. Kratom definitely has changed my life. I am able to work pain-free without losing concentration, and my overall attitude improves with a 5g. dose. That's enough for me. As time goes by to see how this shapes out.

Exp Year: 2019ExpID: 113051
Gender: Female 
Age at time of experience: 58
Published: Apr 2, 2019Views: 2,201
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