Kratom is an in-demand substance which is offered in a wide variety of forms. As this Ayurvedic herb has grown in popularity, there has been an increase in the production of “enhanced” kratom blends and kratom extracts.
Many of these items carry the possibility of a health risk. As we’ve seen in smoke shops across America, there are brands which have been found to contain synthetic chemicals and even life-threatening bacteria.
In the wake of the 2018 Salmonella outbreak, kratom consumers were adamant about the need for cleaner, safer and more effective Mitragyna speciosa products. The industry responded to this demand by sourcing gold and yellow vein kratom powder.
Unlike UEI (Ultra Enhanced Indo) or FST (Full Spectrum Kratom), gold kratom is not made by extraction or any synthetic technique. On the contrary, it is pure plain leaf kratom that has undergone a signature drying process.
Bali Gold Kratom is the most readily accessible gold strain and one that magnifies the many hallmarks kratom is famous for.
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Bali Gold, otherwise referred to as Gold Bali, is a gentle strain with a singular aroma. Hailing from the Sunda Islands in Indonesia, this micronized powder is derived from the dried and fermented leaves of OG Bali kratom trees.
It is this unprecedented sun-drying method which gives Gold Bali its curious properties and unparalleled vigor. As we covered in our list of the best kratom strains, this cultivar makes for a full-bodied experience that’s bracing even at low dosages.
When held up against the most popular Mitragyna speciosa strains on the market—Maeng Da, Red Bentuangie, White Sumatra and so forth—Bali Gold Kratom emerges as one of the most striking types.
Whereas most variants tend to lean in one direction (invigorating) or the other (serene/exhilarating), this blend combines all of those attributes and more.
Users have said that Gold Bali soothes their stomach, increases their awareness and assists them in the area of endurance. Other purported effects include an uptake in focus and a capacity for exhilaration that’s not unlike that of a strong cup of coffee. This makes sense since kratom comes from the coffee family of plants.
Of all its outstanding qualities, the most noteworthy is its substantial full body tranquility. Those who wish to unwind after a particularly stressful day would do well to explore this rich, powerful strain. Its dark color and earthy aroma are good indicators of its potential characteristics.
Always remember what Mahatma Gandhi said about avarice—“It’s health that is real wealth, not gold and silver.” This is true of Gold Bali Kratom as much as it is of greed and gluttony. Too much of anything can be a bad thing.
In the case of this Bali cultivar, the bad can be pretty ugly. Side effects from Bali Gold Kratom overdose include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, agitation, hallucination and liver damage.
Chronic use of Kratom at moderate dosages can result in tolerance, addiction and abuse. Common adverse effects include all of the following:
In order to avoid the potential of such side effects, users are advised to brew M. speciosa responsibly, sticking to low to moderate dosages. Cycling one’s doses is one way to prevent tolerance and abuse.
Pregnant and lactating mothers should not consume kratom under any circumstances, nor should individuals suffering from preexisting health conditions, such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, fatty liver, kidney problems or urinary retention.
The FDA has not approved kratom for medicinal use, therefore it is offered strictly for research purposes only.
Kratom bloggers often recommend that users measure out specific grams when preparing their dose. These sites fail to realize that many consumers aren’t accustomed to dealing in grams. Most people don’t own digital scales either, therefore measuring grams out proves difficult.
In the interest of clariftying things for the layperson, I suggest users rely on what they have in their kitchen drawer. In other words, a fair Bali Gold Kratom dosage would be somewhere between ½ teapoon and three rounded teaspoons of kratom powder.
First-timers should start with a threshold dose of one half teaspoon, so that they can acclimate to Red Thai’s prospective effects. Once you’ve grown accustomed to Red Thai, you may want to up your dosage to two or even three teaspoons.
For those in the know, 2-6 grams is the recommended dosage range for Gold Bali. It breaks down like this:
First-timers should brew no more than 1.5 grams for their initial dosage. This is the sweet spot for someone who is crossing the threshold. Once acclimated to the aroma of Bali Gold, you may want to increase dosage to somewhere between 2 and 2.5 grams.
Kratom powder can be taken by whatever means is suitable to you. For instance, you can use the “toss ‘n wash” method (placing a spoonful of powder in your mouth and chasing it with a glass of water) or you can add it to a drink mix. Kratom drink include milkshakes, juice blends and other iced beverages.
Alternately, you may want to brew your own cup of kratom tea. For those who don’t want to be bothered with preparation, there is always the option of buying kratom capsules. Caps save you from the headache of measuring out dosages or picking clumps of kratom powder off the roof of your mouth.
If you’ve read one of the Gold kratom effects Reddit posts, you already know that Bali Gold is the most talked about gold or yellow variant. One user wrote, “I recently tried a gold bali and it was very good for energy and euphoria.”
Elsewhere, a user said, “I love Gold Bali! …For me, it’s downright sedating, and I’ve tried microdosing it too with the always the same results – Couch time or bed time. It’s been a damn reliable night time burn for me.
“Recently in the sub, there has been a fair amount of mentions of Gold Bali with some folks stating that it’s energizing for them. Nothing surprises me about this plant anymore…”
I cannot say enough good things about my experiences with this strain. It’s easily in my top five and will likely remain there until someone comes out with a worthy Gold Sumatra. But buyer beware—this one can really creep up on you and is quite intense at higher dosages. Avoid brewing this one on an empty stomach as it may potentiate adverse effects. Be safe, be smart and be well.
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