Freezing Kratom: Your DIY Guide to Red Bubble Kratom Tea

October 17, 2020 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Blends, Kratom Capsules, Kratom Extracts, Kratom Legality, Kratom Products, Kratom Research, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea

Freezing kratom is something that every serious M. speciosa enthusiast should be able to do. With sanctions imposed on the transport of bulk kratom powder and an increased risk of kratom seizures by law enforcement officials, it only makes sense for consumers to stash something away for a rainy day.

Over the last few years, a growing number of states and municipalities have passed legislation banning or otherwise restricting the sale or possession of kratom and its alkaloids—mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

A kratom legality 2020 survey shows the far-reaching threat imposed on Mitragyna speciosa. As of this writing, this Ayurvedic herb has been banned in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Likewise, kratom has been outlawed in San Diego, CA and Sarasota County, FL. Kratom sales are now limited to individuals 18 years of age or older in states such as New Hampshire and North Carolina. In Tennessee, it is legal in plain leaf form if you are 21 or older.

Legislation to add this substance and its alkaloids to the list of Schedule II Controlled Substances has been introduced in places like Michigan. Other states such as Maine are considering a Kratom Consumer Protection Act that may sound reasonable in theory, but the extent of such legislation remains disturbingly opaque.

While I would never go on the record as suggesting that users knowingly conceal an illegal substance, it is certainly a no-brainer for those who rely on this herb to keep some in storage while it remains legal. If you are one of many consumers who live in a state or county where the future of kratom is embattled, it only makes sense to freeze your stash.

Not only does the freezing method ensure long-term abundance, it also improves the potency of your small batch kratom, whether in powder form or in kratom capsules.

The following post will teach you how to create your very own Red Bubble. This will enable you to preserve your plentiful evergreen treat for the good of tomorrow.

WHAT IS RED BUBBLE KRATOM?

You’ve probably come across pictures of frozen “thang” on platforms like Reddit and the like. In said photos, the kratom block of ice appears to be a reddish-brown color in its center. This is due to the chemical process which occurs upon freezing.

The method is quite elementary and easy to pull off. You simply mix your kratom powder with a bit of water at the bottom of your container and store it in your freezer. Once the kratom freezes, the molecules in the H20 cause the cell walls of your M. speciosa leaf to break, releasing the indole alkaloids responsible for this compound’s effects.

Essentially, Red Bubble Kratom is kratom reduced to its molecular form. Unlike plain leaf, Red Bubble Kratom has all of its molecules released. In this way, no alkaloids end up hidden within cell walls, so all molecules are fully digested once they are consumed.

Theoretically, this pure alkaloid-dense form would lead to a faster pickup and a longer duration of effects. However, it is worth noting that the freezing of kratom has not been studied as a phenomena by the scientific community. At this point, it remains an experimental technique implemented by recreational users.

Red Bubble Kratom should appeal to anyone who grew up on Slush Puppies or Slurpees since it is typically imbibed as it begins to melt in a glass or tumbler. Caveat: If you thought M. speciosa was bitter before, just wait until you try it in its most unadulterated fashion.

For this reason, you may want to cut your Red Bubble Tea with juice or soda. Personally, I’ve tried this only once and decided beforehand that I would add Dr. Pepper to the mix. I took care to let the bottle go flat prior to mixing so that carbonation would not cause any undesired interferences.

Choosing an acquired taste like Dr. Pepper was a calculated decision, one that hinges on my theory that you can’t truly mask a harsh flavor without combining it with another unusual taste. Since Dr. Pepper is often compared to the taste of an old-timey cough elixir I figured the two would compliment each other.

Just as I anticipated, this addition worked like gangbusters. The bitterness of the Red Bubble was received like little more than a pronounced nutty note of the flavored cola.

WHAT MAKES FREEZING PRODUCE THE RED BUBBLE?

This is another fascinating hypothesis on the part of the online kratom forum communities. For the sake of clarity, I will explain this by way of analogy. Imagine the impurities of adulterated kratom strains as splinters beneath your skin. Now think of your flesh as the ice of this frozen concoction.

Just as the human body recognizes the splinter as a foreign object and works to expel it over time, the ice forcibly removes impurities from Mitragyna speciosa. This yields a base that is less murky than the water surrounding it. Hence, the red bubble which manifests in the center of your container. For the sake of this analogy, the splinter-free finger represents the purest form of kratom.

As your container continues to freeze, the water begins to dissipate, leaving behind a wide surface area of alkaloid-rich matter. This is your Red Bubble Kratom, a kratom extract in the most unalloyed and rudimentary sense.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE FREEZING YOUR BATCH

The shelf life of M. speciosa is a bit helter skelter as you probably well know from experience. As organic matter, kratom can usually last for no more than a month before growing stale and largely ineffective.

Although old product is not toxic in any way, it will have lost its luster in the interim. Much of its taste and aroma will have faded with the passage of time. This is why proper storage is a necessity, both for bulk kratom buyers and the casual user of small batch kratom.

Several mitigating factors contribute to the degradation of this Ayurvedic herb including light exposure, temperature, air quality and environmental elements. To conserve the integrity of your leaf, avoid UV rays and dim the lights before entering a room where kratom is stored. Prolonged indirect exposure to the sun can result in alkaloid deterioration once it has been shipped and unwrapped.

Furthermore, Mitragyna speciosa must be kept in a cool, dry place. So, if you reside in any climate where heat or humidity is a problem be sure to stash your plant matter in a refrigerator when not in use. Or, in the case of creating a Red Bubble, store it in the freezer.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

I think you’ll agree that freezing is the best method for long-term kratom storage and one that produces a superior product. That being said, keep an eye on your watch, kids. The ideal window for long-term storage is no more than 8-12 months at optimal temps.

Bob Freville
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