The evolution of the kratom landscape has been nothing short of incredible. If you’re a veteran of the game, you may agree that some of the most notable changes have been seen in the plant itself and how it’s distributed.
When we first stumbled upon kratom back in 2010, strain selection was limited to say the least. Not only that, it was packaged up and shipped out as crushed leaf more often than not. Producing crushed leaf kratom is a fairly straightforward process. The leaves are literally crushed into tiny pieces and left to dry in the sun – stems, veins and all. What you end up with is a wonderful assortment of plant matter that on first glance, looks a lot like loose leaf tea. While kratom powder is generally a more user-friendly option for the modern day connoisseur, the versatility of crushed leaf is tough to beat.
Kratom Powder vs. Crushed Leaf Kratom
As we all know, kratom powder is pretty much the standard on today’s marketplace. One question we’re often asked is how crushed leaf kratom compares to kratom powder. Our default answer: it’s tough to say. Sounds like a cop out, I know, but it really is. On one hand, it’s easy to assume that crushed leaf is essentially identical to it’s powdered counterpart. On the other hand, if you factor in the addition of different parts of the plant and the distinct alkaloid profile they offer, it may be safer to assume that they are two entirely different animals. So while it’s still tough to say which is more potent, our personal experiences reveal that the crushed variety has unique effects that are both pronounced and definitely worthwhile.
The Best Kratom Tea!
Crushed leaf kratom is arguably the best choice for kratom tea. In fact, some vendors still refer to it as “kratom tea” due to the fact tea is what it’s most commonly used for. Based on our personal trials, crushed leaf makes a significantly stronger tea than powder. Though powder can be extracted effectively, the leaves allow for better, more efficient absorption of the primary alkaloids, the goodies that fuel the plant’s many benefits. As an added bonus, crushed leaf kratom is incredibly efficient in terms of mileage. We have reused our leaves as many as five times over, losing little to no potency in the process. The results were five knock-your-socks-off pots of kratom tea!
Crushed Kratom Quids
Crushed leaf kratom is the next best thing to mature leaves fresh off the tree. What that means is it lends itself rather easy to the traditional ritual. It has been said that kratom users in Thailand prefer to simply pick leaves from the tree and chew them as is in quid form. With the right sources at your fingertips, you don’t have to travel Southeast Asia to indulge in this vintage practice. You can create your own quasi-quid by taking a medium-sized pinch of crushed leaves, tossing them in the corner of your mouth and occasionally chewing for some sweet sub-lingual action. The effects pretty much come on instantly and in low to medium doses, almost always provide gentle stimulation regardless of the strain. Of course natural energy is merely one benefit kratom brings to the table, so other affects may be felt as well.
From Crushed Leaf to Kratom Powder …
In the event that you have an ample supply at your fingertips, you may be tempted to transform that crushed leaf kratom into powder. Luckily this task can be accomplished with the simplest of equipment. All it takes is a basic coffee grinder to mow that leaf down so fine, it’s almost identical to the premium powder you buy from your favorite kratom vendor. From there you can toss and wash, encapsulate, or use as you would typically dose kratom powder.
Crushed Leaf Kratom For Tolerance Issues
Nothing lasts forever. And unfortunately for some people, that adage applies to kratom and its effectiveness. The more you indulge, the greater chance of tolerance becoming an issue. Since many come onboard with a pre-existing tolerance to traditional meds, a noticeable loss of effectiveness is something an increasing number of users have to deal with. As a result, a large portion of the kratom community has found itself scrambling for solutions to keep tolerance in check – like stem and vein.
As the name suggests, stem and vein kratom is made from the stems and veins of the plant. This special blend contains 9-hydroxycorynantheidine and corynantheidine, two alkaloids that are said to slow down the build up of tolerance. In theory, using these parts of the plant can sort of reset ones tolerance and rekindle kratom’s magic. Since crushed leaf usually contains its fair share of stem and veins, it can possibly be a viable option to help keep tolerance at bay. At the very least, it can help prevent same strain syndrome by serving as yet another variety in the rotation, which some believe is also an effective way to combat tolerance.
A Cost Effective Herbal Solution
For farmers, crushed leaf kratom eliminates the grueling process of having to mill the whole leaves down into the fine powder that we regularly see today. Doing away with this time-consuming method gives them an opportunity to offer resellers a lower price on supply, who eventually pass those cost savings along to you, the consumer. If you’ve noticed that crushed leaf is usually cheaper than kratom powder, this is why.
Think we’re big fans of crushed leaf kratom? You’ve guessed right! It’s affordable, supremely effective, and versatile enough to be used in a broad range of ways. Don’t just take our word for it. Inquire with your trusted vendor and give crushed leaf kratom a try yourself. At one time it was the standard bearer, and while times have changed, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed!!!