Citation: followthruthefloor. "Heavy Relaxation: An Experience with Kratom, Alprazolam & Cannabis (exp115225)". Erowid.org. Mar 10, 2021. erowid.org/exp/115225
A couple weeks prior, my friend asked me if I had ever heard of the substance Kratom. I hadn’t, but his question piqued my interest. I discovered that not only was it legal, but I could buy it online, and ordered 15g of red maeng da kratom and 15g of green maeng da. It took a long time to ship, but this just meant that my anticipation and excitement had built to a fairly high level by the time it arrived. I had been doing a substantial amount of research on it leading up to this point, and found that 3-6 was the average low dose.
It arrived just before I went on my lunch break, and I went home and took 3g worth of the capsules. I found that this didn’t really do much. After about an hour and a half, I felt relaxed in a way not unlike Xanax, but I had to sit still and focus on the effect to feel anything. I was almost convinced that it was simply a placebo, as the capsule tasted suspiciously like an herbal supplement my mother had insisted upon giving me when I was much younger. I resolved to take a much higher dose when I got off work.
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I got home and took a 7g dose in capsules, mixing the green and red in equal parts. I had band practice later and sat and waited for my bandmates to arrive, as well as waiting for the kratom to take effect. I grew impatient and decided to make a “tea,” since many of the online reports I had read did this rather than the capsules, and it seemed to take effect faster. I emptied 3g worth of capsules into a coffee mug and mixed it with water. Not really a tea by the actual definition, but it did the trick.
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At this point, my friend S arrived for band practice. He was a bit early, but I didn’t mind. Just in time to watch me drink the kratom concoction. It was definitely the most bitter thing I have ever tasted, but in fairness I mixed only enough water to fill half the mug and the taste of the kratom was especially pronounced. I made faces and wretched and complained, much to the amusement of S. With that out of the way we sat down and chatted and waited for the rest of the band to arrive. We went outside and smoked a cigarette. By this time I as beginning to feel the effects of the kratom. The 3g dose I had just drank was definitely kicking off the effects of the whole thing. I took a hit of cannabis, as I heard that the two have a synergistic effect.
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Over the course of band practice I felt the kratom grow stronger and stronger. I took 1.5mg of Xanax (for which I have a prescription) to accent the relaxing effects. I took several more hits of cannabis, as well as probably 3 or 4 beers (I know, combining Xanax with alcohol is not a good idea). I am extremely relaxed, but I have a surprising amount of mental clarity. My drumming is surprisingly better than usual, and at one point S jokes that I should take kratom every practice if it helps this much. I am inclined to agree.
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Band practice is over, and I am sitting down to mix the audio. I make another 3g mixture of the kratom. This time I use much more water and add some honey. I give A, my fiancé, a taste to show her how it tastes. I am heavily sedated by this point. The tea definitely seems to be the way to go. My fiancé comes in later and tells me that she felt like she was sinking into the couch and felt extremely heavy. I was surprised that a single sip could do that to her, but she also weighs much less than me and seems to be much more heavily affected by substances. She warns me that I should be careful and not do this every day. That is probably a good idea.
Overall, I am pretty pleased with kratom. It is an extremely heavy relaxant, very similar to Xanax, but feels much more natural, like my body is naturally relaxed rather than feeling like I just took something. I pairs extremely well with cannabis. It lowers the negative paranoia that sometimes comes with weed by a substantial amount, and in return the weed boosts the relaxing effects of kratom. I also felt none of the nausea reported by others, but this is probably also due to the smoking. The dose I took was much higher than what I would do on a regular basis. I would probably just make a 6g “tea” and call it good if I were to do it regularly, but I wanted to test the waters and see what it was all about this first time.
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