Hordes of people are flocking to kratom in these crazy times. Ever since the Western world got hip to this Ayurvedic herb’s idiosyncratic properties, sales have been surging like the Santa Ana winds.
As more and more individuals turn to Mitragyna speciosa, there’s a growing need to foster a dialogue about its alleged benefits and side effects. One thing that everyone needs to know is how kratom differs from strain to strain.
In the case of Red Vein Bali, the differences can be as noteworthy as its similarities. As you’ll see, it’s not just Bali’s color that makes it so appealing.
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Technically, Red Bali is not a traditional strain so much as it is a kratom blend. This Indonesian cultivar is produced by grafting a Sumatra strain onto a Borneo strain. In other words, two extant kratom trees are combined to yield one tree of superior strength and maturity.
This unique growing process results in a strain that contains far more mitragynine than your average plain leaf. This hybrid strain was first developed in a remote old forest on the island of Bali. Hence the name. The volcanic mountains of the region contribute to Bali’s fertile soil which, in turn, contributes to the many alkaloids and flavonoids present in this aromatic botanical.
If you’ve been dealing with the malaise and sluggishness typical of these times, Red Bali is said to perk up even the most inactive user. Those who dig this strain regularly gush about its utility at work and the gym.
Popular among athletes, entrepreneurs and university students, Bali kratom is known for its alleged anodyne effects. Although kratom is not approved as a supplement and claims cannot be made about its purported benefits, countless users swear by its efficacy.
This strain’s alleged effects include invigoration, enhancement and diminished fatigue. While most will agree that it is not a viable alternative to pain management and therapy, Red Bali has been espoused by those who require some get-up-and-go.
Whether you’re looking to pre-game before lifting some heavy weight or trying to unwind after an inflammatory workout, Red Bali is a feasible addition to your regimen.
I often suggest that friends use this strain if they’re stuck in down moods. I find that it’s helpful at low dosages when you find yourself stuck in a rut. The clarity it brings to bear on matters of the heart—coupled with its moderately invigorating aroma—can be a real firestarter.
Generally speaking, most users should stick to low to moderate dosages. If you are intending on brewing mitra tea on an empty stomach, do not exceed these basic guidelines:
No vendor in their right mind would recommend that customers brew more than 6 grams in one sitting. In the case of first-time users, a threshold dose is more than sufficient. Higher dosages tend to be counterproductive, as they typically induce lethargy in those who ingest them.
Maybe you’ve been on Reddit and seen people posting about Red Bali tinctures. Or maybe you’re just wondering if there’s a Bali equivalent to 20x Maeng Da kratom extract. Although there most certainly is, it’s definitely not for everyone.
As a seasoned user, I never expect much when I check out new products. This is particularly true of red vein kratom and even more so when it comes to extracts. In my experience, tinctures and the like are universally hit or miss. So far as I’ve seen, two out of three extracts aren’t even what they purport to be.
That’s because the FDA has not approved Mitragyna speciosa or its key alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine—for medicinal use. Consequently, it remains a largely unregulated substance here in the United States.
Because of this lack of regulation, many shady brands have reared their ugly heads and unleashed second-rate swill on a hopelessly oversaturated marketplace. The difference between a good extract and a bogus extract is like the difference between chewing gum and chewing tobacco. They’re worlds apart.
Real kratom extract is at least 15 times more concentrated than plain leaf. This concentration is made possible by extracting alkaloids and then applying them to powdered kratom.
This refined compound is made possible by boiling the M. speciosa leaves and using a strainer to eliminate plant matter. Once sifted, this solution is simmered until evaporation occurs. When it has solidified into a dry paste it is then micronized until it achieves a fine texture.
The problem is, sketchy types often sell extract in alternate forms, such as capsules or liquid kratom shots, both of which may contain additional ingredients. Many smoke shop brands have notoriously cut these products with cheaper herbal supplements or, in at least one prominent case, synthetic painkiller. This places users at a serious health risk, one that should be avoided at all cost.
Bali kratom extract capsules are often available in smoke shops and novelty spots, but most of them are bunk. For authentic Bali extract, consumers are advised to ask around. Some of the best kratom forums feature recommendations and user experiences.
The truth is, no extract is better or worse than classic Red Bali Kratom. Sure, it may be much stronger than plain leaf … but that doesn’t mean it’s more enjoyable.
Many of my contacts in this industry have admitted to downright hating Bali extract. “It just makes me queasy,” one user said. “It’s ready to come back up before I even choke it down.”
Another of my contacts insisted that kratom extract did nothing for them besides inducing a dull headache at the base of their skull. Still others have said that they were not affected, one way or the other.
Personally, I was very pleasantly surprised by the Red Bali Extract I recently sampled. As headshop stuff goes, it was less caustic and more powerful than I anticipated. After taking the lowest possible dose, I was jazzed! The pickup was slow and steady, the restorative aroma was bold and the comedown was subtle.
If you ask around you’ll find that there are many unofficial applications for this blend. Consumers have reported the following effects when using it:
As with almost any substance, there are potential drawbacks to using this blend. They may include any or all of the following:
At higher dosages, kratom may be harmful to those with preexisting health conditions, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and intestinal issues. Pregnant and lactating mothers should not use kratom under any circumstances.
Chronic kratom use may be lead to kidney or liver damage, kidney failure and death. Users are strongly advised to limit their dosages and cycle their routine. This assists in the prevention of tolerance, addiction, abuse or overdose.
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