So the picture is my favorite guitar player, Trey Anastasio. He the front man for a band called Phish. This band in particular brings so much joy into my life. I can’t really put my finger on why they just do. I’ve never had a ‘blog’ before but thought I’d give it a go. I’ve got lots to say but typically keep it all inside. Today I wanted to mention music and how important it is to me. I don’t play any instruments but listen to a wide variety of bands and am always open to suggestions on who to check out. Music can make a bad day better. It has a way of reaching inside me and bringing me happiness. I’m going to cut this short but I’d love to hear some of your favorite bands and why tou love them. I’ve seen Phish live close to 50 times so far and wish I could convey what they are like. Pure bliss. I think my next entry will be on pancakes and why they are the best food.... cheers!
So I’m new to actually posting and being a newbie but have been reading and reading forums and blogs I’d say for Two weeks doing research and I’m just curious for some advice on best ways to use this guide and possibly advice on ways any users have maximized the potential and best features and get the best out of these forums and blogs thanks so much #goodvibes and good times any advice or wisdom would be grateful thanks
FML. I could leave it at that, but I'm feeling the need to say a few things, so here it goes.
In a perfect world, my life could be good, great even, but it isn't. Growing up, I was taught all the right things, and tried my best to do most of them. Busted my tail to get an education (first in my family to go to college), stayed out of trouble, helped others, served my country and believed in what I was doing. What I didn't know was the wake-up call was coming, and when it did, none of those things mattered.
In the early 90's I experienced an injury that resulted in my first spinal surgery. We can fix you up good as new, they told me. Liars! That doctor wasn't even honest about what surgery he performed. I found out later that the laminectomy he claimed to do was actually a fusion, which, wait for it...failed, resulting in the need for another surgery when I lost the use of my arm due to nerve impingement and damage.
Taking the advice of a trusted friend, I got referred to a different doctor, highly recommended and paid for out of pocket to avoid another mistake by the military medical system, but he failed me, too. Broken and unable to do my job anymore, I retired from my military life and moved on to civilian life and the search for a competent doctor to clean up the mess.
Enter surgeon number three! Ten years and at least that many doctors later, this one is willing to try to make things right. All the same tests and procedures I had been through so many times before, we repeat. Just for clarity, I had a full time civilian career going since my retirement, but I was struggling to keep going.
During the pre-op workups, it was discovered that one of the previous docs had severed one of the two nerves needed to swallow. There's some good news! Doc three and the ENT explained that the other one could be damaged during this surgery and I could lose the ability to swallow. He was willing and I was desperate, so on with the show.
My body eats up anything it doesn't like, such as donor bone, so bone from my hips were used for the last two surgeries. They do that at the same time as the spinal surgery. I wake up itching all over and covered in hives because this doc uses morfeen (I know how to spell, just didn't want to do it right), even though I was very specific about not wanting it and why. I can truly say I have my a$$, or at least a good bit of my pelvis, on my shoulders.
After forcing myself to do the prerequisites to be released in two days, climb four stairs and poop, I'm on my way home with a very inadequate small amount of hydr0, 30 and no refills, and referral to physical therapy. I won't list all my issues, but DDD and crohns are part of the problem.
Did it fix the problem? Of course not. I completed 60 sessions of PT, as well as working on my own with the help of my occupational therapist neighbor. I've tried alternative therapies, meditation, acupuncture, Tai chi, you name it.
Just over two years ago, I finally had to admit I couldn't work anymore after laying in my vehicle for two hours in the parking lot in tears unable to make it into the office.
My condition is now worse. (Never challenge worse) I didn't think that was possible. Compassionate care doesn't exist. Pain management has become a joke. I've tried to find help, and failed, but no more. I'm on the war path against crap doctors and crap medical care. I don't get disability, because that would require a doctor and I don't even bother seeing one for anything anymore. What's the point?
I used to be one of those people who has talked people who wanted to take their life out of it. You know...that whole "permanent solution to a temporary problem" thing. I don't do that now. When my wake-up call came, I realized not every problem is temporary. After suffering for over 20 years I now understand exactly how they feel. This sh!t is forever and this is definitely not what I signed up for. Where is the exit?
broke, broken and angry as hell.
Last night i decided I was going to try to quit after I finished my last cigarette from that pack around midnight yesterday/today. I went to sleep and got up in the morning, and then went out and bought another pack of cigarettes. Talk about no will power. I guess my justification for buying this new pack was because it is the weekend, and I really don't have anything to do until Monday. Still though i haven't been able to follow through on any of my attempts to quit smoking. Usually after I finish a pack I tell myself that this is going to be the last smoke, but then the next day I usually feel a physical urge to have a cigarette, these urges seem to come and go, they are most intense at first, but the longer you don't give in the more they lose intensity but the they still come into your mind like every 20 minutes or so, or at about the rate of how many cigarettes you usually smoked up to the point where you decide you want to quit. As I was walking to the store, I felt a bit healthier not having had any cigarettes yet. Walking seemed easier, and breathing was definitely easier. But once I bought the pack and lit one up I was back to square one again. The worse part is the physical effects they have on your body. When i smoke I tend to feel more sluggish, tired, and overall unhealthy. I think if i continue on this road and not give them up for good I will be at risk of developing some kind of smoking related illness like lung cancer or emphysema. That's the last thing I need in my life right now. I guess i will just have to try to quit again when i'm done with this pack. Oh that's another observation, i can't seem to even contemplate quitting if I have any cigarettes in my house. If I have a pack I will keep smoking them until I run out. i wish i had the will power to quit at any time, and to even be able to have an open pack of cigarettes in my home and be able to let them just sit there and not smoke any of them, but I don't seem to have that ability. I don't know if i ever will either. Knowing that sort of hampers my initiative to quit because I can't seem to prove to myself that I can go an set length of time without smoking, and the only time I think about quitting is when I'm almost out of cigarettes from my current pack. I think i'm seeing a pattern here where I'm giving myself false hope over the ability to quit because I always think I can do it at the end of the day and i'm about to run out, but the following day I seem to always give in and go back to the store to get more. I'm going to try to set a New quite date for this Monday, December 28th, 2015. If I can't quit now or by that day, I think my prospects of quitting will be slim to none in the future.
Hi I just noticed that smoking is pretty unsavory unless you are on some other drug at the time. I was forced to withdraw from op8s for the last few days and noticed that cigarettes kind of taste like crap alone. Also they make my head hurt. Every time I smoke I seem to have a headache. I'm not saying I have finally found a cure for smoking, but it certainly helps to face this demon one on one, without any other demons in your system. By demons I mean other substances. Smokes go great with everything else but on their own they are kind of annoying. I had like 4 or 5 cigarettes today. Take care everybody, Have a Merry Christmas!
I've decided to try and quit smoking again on Wednesday, 12/22/15 or late Tuesday 12/21/15. I had a day off from work today, and will have another day off tomorrow. Now that I have confirmed that my job is not in imminent danger of being lost, I feel like I have a bit more mental capacity to the challenge of quitting smoking.
I have 3 major reasons for why I should quit as soon as possible (in no particular order): 1)Saving money from buying Cigarettes. I've been spending $9.00 roughly every two days lately on cigarettes, which comes to around $4-$5 a day. The money would be better spent on buying a decent meal. I've been eating nothing but junk food and drinking soda since I had my major relapse earlier this year. I think smoking makes me crave soda and other junk foods. I believe if I were to stop smoking I might develop a more sensible diet which would include drinking more water, eating three square meals a day, and eating more fruits and vegetables. 2) This is the most obvious reason, which effects anyone who smokes cigarettes, is to prevent any sudden damage to my health, to not slowly kill myself by smoking cigarettes, and also to improve my current physical condition with increased stamina, better strength and better breath. 3) I noticed that when I smoke I tend to goof off too much and not take life as seriously as I should be taking it. I should be proactive about looking for other jobs when I have my days off, but instead I end up smoking cigarettes and watching television. Also I think I have grown too content with this low level position I have for a job and have lost my ambition to seek out better employment.
I feel like I will have a better chance of staying smoke free this week, and hopefully forever, if I can quit before I have to go back to work on Wednesday. If I keep smoking while I continue to work I fear that I will enforce the the habit I have of smoking whenever I travel to work and during a quick break during my work day. The key to quitting as I see it now is to make sure I stop sometime during one of the two days I have off and then try to see if I can go a whole week without smoking. This is going to be difficult because I am sure i will have cravings not long after I quit tomorrow night. Anyhow I don't see any better times on the horizon in which I can quit without having the stress of work on my mind. These few days off are the only times when I can try to set up a game plan which might work during the week. I'll update the blog by Wednesday to announce whether I've had any success so far in quitting for more than just 1 day (24 hours).
I'm not sure if has been 24 hours since I quit but I ended up relapsing today. It seems like the urge to smoke is too hard to ignore. I don't really feel too bad that I relapsed because it seems like quitting smoking right now is the least of my worries. I had to go to work today and it seems like I had to buy a pack just to get into the mood to go to work. I might feel bad tomorrow and the next day because I have those days off and I think instead of using my free time to look for a better job I might end up just smoking and watching tv. I guess a more realistic goal would be to see if I can go 48 hours without smoking, then after that 72 hours and so on. It's only been a day and I caved. Oh well.
It hasn't even been a full 24 hours since I quit smoking (last night 11pm). I was smoking about a half pack of Marlboro Reds every day. Anyway I already posted an entry for today but would like to update it with a couple of things or tips which are helping me deal with the cravings. 1) whenever I feel a strong craving for a cigarette, I try to stop what I'm doing and take a few deep breaths until the craving subsides. 2)On a psychological level I feel a little better about myself as I know that I am not engaged in a hobby that is slowly killing me. We all have to die sometime, but I would hate to have to die from a smoking related illness. That would probably be the worst feeling in the world. Now that I am not smoking, even though it hasn't been a full day yet, I feel like life is easier to live when you don't have to worry about sudden death or disease as the result of smoking. I think I would rather have fate decide how my life will end in the long run and not cigarettes. I would hate to find out somewhere down the line that my life expectancy was dramatically decreased because of cigarette smoking. We only live once and we have to be careful of what we put into our bodies, even simply smoking cigarettes which is sold in almost every store in America can leave you with a debilitating illness or sudden death. So when I have cravings, I try not to forget these things, and remind myself that the physical benefits of not smoking completely outweigh the addictive buzz you get from a smoke, and also I think about what I could of done up to this point if I hadn't started smoking. I'm sure I would have been better off right now if I never started. So the opportunity cost in smoking is also a factor. It's not just the health and money, but all those time you spend smoking a cigarette you can be doing something else and your life may have turned out differently. 3)remind yourself of the physical benefits for not smoking such as, increased lung capacity, which makes it easier to exercise, less chances of having a heart attack or stroke, and less chances of developing other diseases such as diabetes. I find that when I am not smoking I tend to eat more sensibly then when I do when i do smoke. When I smoke I get most of my calories from junk food and soda, but when I don't smoke, I try to eat a more balanced diet which would include fruits and vegetables, drinking more water than Soda, and eating more square meals and not eating junk food all day.
Anyway those are just a few tips which I find work for me for my latest attempt to quit smoking. have a great day everybody!
So far so good. I haven't caved in and smoked any cigarettes, but I have to admit the pangs from the cravings I had where a bit overwhelming at certain points of the day, especially since I quit cold Turkey (which is the only way that really works in my opinion). They are really intense when they come, but I find that after coping with them for a little while they go away for a while and then return at some point later. I consider each time I get these intense cravings and deny myself a cigarette as a victory in my attempt to quit smoking. I am pretty sure that these cravings will subside the longer time goes on. They may never really fully leave my body or brain, but I try to stay focused on the positives of not smoking to keep me on the right path, also when the pangs strike, I just try to tough them up and simply wait until the feeling pass. It's kind of funny, when you quit smoking the pangs you get from not smoking, which usually occur as frequently as how often you smoked before you quit, are almost like smoking a cigarette but in revers. Instead of getting that 5 minutes of pleasure you get five minutes of the opposite feeling, which is pretty much pain and longing to smoke.
I think the positives of not smoking are so much better than the temporary fix that having a cigarette gives you. With not smoking, there are so many benefits associated with it. I have more money in my pocket, don't worry as much about health problems, don't have to stop what I'm doing every few minutes to have a smoke, and last night I was able to sleep better after I quit. My insomnia played a role in my relapse, but if I should get insomnia again I will try not to turn to cigarettes for relief. I will keep you all updated on how everything is going and also if there is anyone else out there who is trying to quit smoking, or is thinking about quitting smoking I would love to hear from you. take care everybody,
last night, Friday December 18th I had what I hope to be my last cigarette for good. I quit smoking for a pretty long time from December 2014- June or July of 2015. I don't know why I started again, I guess I had felt that life kind of sucked and was tired of fighting off the cravings. But I have been thinking about quitting over the last few days and weeks, and decided to try again, because I know that I am missing out on certain parts of life by smoking cigarettes. People who don't smoke don't want to hang around smokers, and I could already see the effects it was having on my health and personality. I was not acting like a vibrant person, and in recent days I felt that all I was doing was waiting until I could have my next cigarette. At my age if I continue to smoke I think my risks of getting a health related condition from cigarettes might be pretty large. Another thing is I felt that the cigarettes were controlling me as opposed to me controlling them and using them to relax. Maybe I have a weak personality, but that's I felt.
So it's been around six weeks now since I made the move (necessitated by a corporate transfer) from Chicago's charming Lincoln Park neighborhood to the suburban bedroom community of Kailua, HI. which lays exactly opposite of the other side of the Koolau Mountains from Honolulu. Stand atop the Nuuanu Pali lookout, (a nice panoramic vantage point for tourists to experience some spectacular views of Oahu that sits atop the highest peaks of the Koolaus), gaze either north or south, and you're basically standing on the separating line which divides what constitutes what is generally known as the city of Honolulu and what is referred to as the "Windward Side" of Oahu. Kind of like standing on Oahu's "Continental Divide".
Six weeks. Now that is clearly not a whole lot of time, and certainly not enough time to make a truly fair judgment about a given locale, yet in this brief time period, I think I've already created some lasting opinions about Oahu already. In all honesty, I stand convicted in my beliefs that this place (maybe) just ain't for me. At least at this particular point in time.
Now I will say, this island is indeed a lovely place. Hard to find fault with its daily highs in the 80s, especially after having lived through some frigid winters of New England and Chicago. Oahu, part of this impossibly verdant and jaw-dropping beautiful chain of islands collectively known as Hawaii, from my first impressions of it, is a place where one will never be truly happy unless they were born here as a "local" and have an extended family and circle of friends in place. At the moment, I feel like an outsider here and can't say I know anyone all that well. Well enough, anyway, to go out and have an Anchor Steam with.
What I've experienced here since my arrival last August, reminds me much of the local provincialism and the basic small-town mindset I sensed when I initially moved into the small seaside community I lived in (Bristol, RI; wonderful town) during the majority of my studies at Brown University. It took quite a long time for many of the "townies" there to accept me as one of their own, not that I was ever truly accepted as one of "their own" at any given time, despite having lived there for nearly four years. I did seem to carry the stigma of forever being known as "That lesbian girl from San Francisco", even up until the day I finally gradated from Brown and left for Chicago. I guess I'm feeling deva vu all over again, here in Kailua, HI, as I try to minimally establish and make myself available to all as one who'd like to befriend and get to know some of the locals of this town.
I guess the point I'm trying to make, if there is any point to be made at all from this, is that, well, Kailua certainly is no Chicago or San Francisco. Living in this type of island community is new to me and an experience for me that will definitely take some time getting used to living in. It's one of these places I can see myself rapidly developing a major case of "island fever" while living here, that common malady where I realize that I'm living on a small rock, in the middle of a vast ocean, 2300 miles from the mainland and I've pretty much seen the entirety of the island and what it mostly has to offer once I made my 20th ride around the perimeter of the island, out of sheer boredom, already, in the six weeks I've lived here. And as such, I find myself missing the joys living in a major city offers to its residents. To those of you not familiar with San Francisco, my home neighborhood of the Outer Richmond carries the reputation of being a fogged-in, cold, somewhat boring residential area of the city. It's often the subject of derision, especially from those who live in SF's trendier 'hoods. But for all of its perceived shortcomings, I will admit that I can't wait to be back in it. In the same way Kailua is rightfully "home" to many (where one's heart permanently resides and Kailua does have its own particular charms of its own, which will over time endear themselves to me), so goes it with me for The Richmond. Like Woody LaBounty of SF's Western Neighborhoods Project, I guess I was never "cool" enough to be from the Marina! (Or any other SF hot spot) In closing, I never really cared *that* much for the burgers at Bill's Place ("The Home of The Hamburger") on Clement Street, but at the moment, the Carol Doda burger might just be what I'm needing at the moment. I'm needing a little something that's distinctively San Franciscan.
Of note: I'm still going to make that donation for the upkeep funding of this forum. Just quite haven't figured out how to make sure one gets the proper credit due after the donation is made. The process seems to confuse me for the moment. Please bear with me!
I noticed it's been almost a year since I lasted posted here. A year ago at this time I was in Rhode Island, done with my studies at Brown and basically looking at what my next step in life was going to be. Fast forward to August 2015 and one will now find me trying to find my niche on the Windward Side of Oahu, in a sleepy bedroom suburb of Honolulu known as Kailua. Back in RI, I had "established" myself among those who could provide me with the necessary items I find myself needing in life. I had my connections. Here in HI, I'm starting out all over again with no "status" or connections among those who might be able to help me. I'm a newbie all over again! As such, I have come back to DBG and once again will start my quest in re-establishing myself with those I want to, well, establish myself with. Wish me luck! One thing I wouldn't mind is some help and guidance with the donation system that's in force here. I found the initial message notifying me of the system somewhat confusing, and now, I can't find it at all. Thanks in advance for any help you might offer! >>hugs<< Kharlee, the SF girl now in HI!
The Kratom User's Guide
Version date: April 6, 2015
Created by "Sage Student" and Daniel Siebert
The statements below have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Information regarding the use of kratom in folk medicine is provided for education purposes only, it is not intended as medical advice.
What is kratom?
Kratom is a tree native to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo, etc.). Its botanical name is Mitragyna speciosa. Kratom is in the same family as the coffee tree (Rubiaceae). The leaves of kratom have been used as an herbal drug from time immemorial by peoples of Southeast Asia. It is used in folk medicine as a stimulant (at low doses), sedative (at high doses), recreational drug, pain killer, medicine for diarrhea, and treatment for opiate addiction.
How is it taken?
In Thailand, kratom leaves are often chewed fresh (usually after removing the stringy central vein). Dried leaves can also be chewed, but since they are a bit tough most people prefer to crush them up or powder them so that they can be swallowed. Powdered kratom can be mixed with water and then drunk. This method is quick and easy. It is a bit like swallowing a bitter-tasting, slightly fibrous smoothie. It can also be mixed with fruit juice or apple sauce. Dried kratom leaves are often made into a tea that is strained and then drunk. Tea is easier to drink than powdered kratom suspended in water. Kratom can be smoked, but doing so is impractical because the amount of leaf that constitutes a typical dose is too much to be smoked easily. A paste-like extract can be prepared by evaporating the water from kratom tea. This can be stored for later use. Small pellets of this extract can be swallowed, or it can be dissolved in hot water and consumed as a tea. Some people like to mix kratom tea with ordinary black tea, or other herbal teas, before it is consumed. This is done to make it more palatable. Sugar or honey can be added to sweeten it.
How does one make kratom tea?
Following is a basic recipe for making kratom tea. This recipe makes enough tea for several doses--about 8 moderately strong doses, if using "premium quality" kratom (see "dosage guidelines" below):
1.) Take 2 ounces (56 grams) of dried, crushed kratom leaves and put into a pot. To this add 1 quart (about 1 liter) of water.
2.) Boil gently for 15 minutes.
3.) Pour the tea through a strainer into a bowl and reserve the liquid.
(squeeze the leaves in the strainer to get most of the liquid out).
4.) Put the leaves back in the pot and add another liter of fresh water. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
(after the leaves have been strained a second time, they can be discarded.)
5.) Put the combined liquid from both boilings back into the pot and boil until the volume is reduced to about 1 cup (250 ml).
(The idea is to boil the tea down to a small volume so that each individual dose can be quickly swallowed.
You can boil it down to whatever concentration you are comfortable with. Be careful near the end of the process.
If it starts to become syrupy, it may spatter and/or burn.)
The tea is bitter tasting. To minimize the unpleasant taste, gulp it down quickly and then immediately chase it with some pleasant-tasting fruit juice.
The same general preparation method can of course be used with larger or smaller amounts of herb by simply adjusting the volume of water used. Kratom tea can be safely stored in the refrigerator for about five days. It is probably okay to keep it a bit longer, but it's better to play it safe and not drink it after five days. It can be stored for many months if you add some alcohol to it. Adding about 10% alcohol will preserve it for many months (in the refrigerator). That is one part 80 proof liquor (vodka, rum, or a similar spirit) to three parts kratom tea. When refrigerated, some components may precipitate out of solution and form a sediment in the bottom of the container. This sediment may contain active alkaloids so it should be redissolved before consuming the tea. This is easily done by warming the tea and stirring.
What are the effects?
Kratom is a rather unique drug in that a low to moderate dose will usually (but not always) be stimulating, while a high dose is almost always quite sedating. This is apparently because the active alkaloids have both stimulant and sedative effects. Which predominates probably depends both on dosage and individual differences between users. Many people report that the effects are very similar to thiose opiate drugs. From a pharmacological perspective this is not surprising because kratom contains alkaloids that act as opiate receptor agonists. Interstingly, although kratom has a similar mechanism of action as many opiate pain medications it does not appear to be nearly as addictive. In fact many people use kratom to overcome opiate addiction.
The stimulant level: At the stimulant level the mind is more alert, physical energy and sometimes sexual energy is increased, ability to do hard monotonous physical work may be improved, one is more talkative, friendly, and sociable. Some people find this level edgy rather than pleasant.
The sedative-euphoric-analgesic level: At this dosage you will be less sensitive to physical or emotional pain, feel and look calm, have a general feeling of comfortable pleasure, and may enter a pleasant dreamy reverie. You may experience some itching or sweating. Your pupils may be constricted (small). It is possible you may feel nauseated, but if you lie down and relax the nausea should quickly cease. You may find your appreciation of music is increased. It will be very pleasant to lie down on your back in a semi-darkened room, with eyes closed, and just listen to your favorite music. If you do this you may be fortunate enough to enter the delightful mixed-state of â€˜waking-dreamingâ€™ where you have one foot in dreamland and the other foot in the real world. This state was much prized by the 19th century Romantic writers, who, lacking knowledge of kratom, resorted to the much more habit-forming narcotic, opium, to achieve it.
What effects are associated with different doses? (dosage guidelines)
That depends on the potency of the kratom.
Premium Quality Kratom
Threshold 2-4 grams Mild 3-5 grams Moderate 4-10 grams Strong 8-15 grams Very Strong 12-25 grams
Threshold 1-3 grams Mild 2-4 grams Moderate 3-7 grams Strong 6-10 grams Very Strong 8-16 grams
Threshold 1 gram Mild 1-2 grams Moderate 2-4 grams Strong 3-6 grams Very Strong 5-8 grams
Threshold = The effects are clearly apparent, but subtle.
Mild = Typically the effects are stimulant-like.
Moderate = The effects can be stimulant-like or sedative-euphoric-analgesic.
Strong = Sedative-euphoric-analgesic effects; too strong for highly sensitive people.
Very Strong = Sedative-euphoric-analgesic effects (TOO STRONG FOR MOST PEOPLE)
Caution:People vary in sensitivity to kratom, and kratom from different sources can vary in potency (sometimes quite a lot), so these dosage estimates should be regarded as loose approximations. One should always start with a low dose when experimenting with a new batch of kratom. One can then increase the dose gradually with subsequent experiments until one obtains the desired level of effects. DO NOT take a strong, or very strong dose, the first time you are sampling a new batch of kratom. Most people experience nausea when using very strong doses. Sensitive individuals may experience nausea at lower doses. For this reason, it is best to take kratom on an empty stomach when using strong doses (i.e. wait about 3 hours after eating). Some people are hypersensitive to kratom, and may experience adverse reactions (such as severe and prolonged vomiting) when using very strong doses.
What is duration of kratoms effects?
The effects of kratom usually last 5-6 hours. When taken on an empty stomach, the onset of effects is typically felt 30-40 minutes after ingestion. If there is much food in the stomach, it may take 60-90 minutes before it begins to take effect. When taken in capsules (gelatin or vegetarian), the onset of effects may be delayed a little because it takes time for the capsules to dissolve in the stomach.
What are the risks? How safe is it?
When kratom is taken by itself (without mixing it with other drugs), the greatest risk is falling asleep while engaged in hazardous activities. NEVER drive while under the influence of kratom, even if you feel stimulated, rather than sleepy, for sleepiness may come on you without warning. Use common sense. Do not use power tools or climb ladders while under the influence of kratom. Be careful not to leave a pot on a lit stove and then fall asleep.
Pregnant women should not take any drug or medication except on medical advice. Since there have been no studies of the risks of kratom use by pregnant women, it is not known whether it could cause birth defects or fetal death. We strongly recommend that any woman who could possibly be pregnant NOT use kratom.
Is kratom an effective pain medication?
Many people report that kratom is an effective pain medication (analgesic). In fact, except for opium, kratom is probably the most effective herbal analgesic available.
Is kratom an effective treatment for opiate addiction?
One of the traditional uses of kratom in Thailand is as a treatment opiate addiction. Opiate addiction is a widespread problem. Not just for people who use opiate drugs illegally, but also for people who are prescribed opiate pain medications. Unfortunately, people who use opiate drugs daily often become addicted. Understandably, many people do not like being addicted to these drugs and are looking for ways to overcome their addiction. Many people report that kratom is effective for this purpose. Because it contains alkaloids that act as opiate receptor agonists it can be used as a substitute for opiate drugs, both as a pain medication and to avoid opiate withdrawals. After switching to kratom for a while, people say that they are able to reduce and then end their kratom use completely without suffering through difficult opiate withdrawal. This suggests that although it contains opiate receptor agonists, the pharmacology of kratom differs from opiate drugs in an important and potentially useful way. Before using kratom to overcome opiate addiction, it is obviously a good idea to discuss this with an open-minded physician.
Is kratom habit forming?
Kratom is not habit forming when it is used responsibly. If used occasionally as a recreational drug, rather than daily, there is virtually no risk of becoming dependent on it. But it is very important not to get into the habit of using it every day. For kratom, like many drugs [e.g. alcohol, coffee, tobacco, etc.] if used on a daily basis for a prolonged period of time, could become a habit hard to break. Before starting to experiment with it set yourself usage guidelines. If you ever find it is hard to stay within your usage guidelines immediately quit using kratom. Of course, people who are using kratom to overcome a preexisting opiate addiction may need to use kratom daily to avoid opiate withdrawal. People suffering from chronic pain may need to take pain medications on a daily basis, and some people choose to use kratom instead of pharmaceutical pain killers. Interestingly, studies have found that opiate drugs (morphine and its relatives) are rarely addictive for pain sufferers except among people with a history of substance abuse. This is probably also true for kratom, because like opiate drugs, the effects of kratom are due to opiate receptor agonist activity.
What are safe usage guidelines?
It is best to err on the side of caution. Therefore, we recommend that people not use Kratom more than once a week. Preferably, no more than once or twice a month. This will insure that Kratom does not become a habit. In other words, kratom should be reserved as a special, but OCCASIONAL treat. By using it infrequently, you will avoid habituation and get more pleasure from it.
Are there any reported health problems?
Health problems are unlikely unless one is consuming large quantities of kratom every day. In Thailand, where there are some people who use kratom every day, those dependent on it can develop weight loss, dark pigmentation of the face, and have physical withdrawal symptoms if they quit abruptly. The withdrawal symptoms may include muscle aches, irritability, crying, runny nose, diarrhea, and muscle jerking. Health problems are unlikely to occur in occasional kratom users. Like any drug or medicine, people's reactions vary and some people could possibly have an allergic or other unusual reaction to kratom, even if they used it responsibly.
Can kratom be combined safely with other substances?
In general, combining drugs can be risky. We recommend that kratom not be combined with yohimbine, cocaine, amphetamine-like drugs, or large doses of caffeine, because of the possibility of over-stimulation or increased blood pressure. We recommend that kratom not be combined with large amounts of alcohol, with benzodiazepines, opiates (other than possible use with red poppy teaâ€”see below), or any other drugs that depress the nervous system. This is because of the possibility that such combinations might cause over-sedation or even possible respiratory depression (not breathing), We recommended that kratom not be combined with Syrian rue, Banesteriopsis caapi, or any other MAO inhibitor drug. Serious, even fatal, reactions can occur if MAO inhibitor drugs are combined with monoamine drugs. The combination of MAO inhibitor drugs with kratom, which contains monoamine alkaloids, has not been studied.
Certain combinations have been reported by users to be pleasant and supposedly safe. Kratom can certainly be combined with ordinary tea without risk. It has been used with a tea made from red poppy flowers (Papaver rhoeas), which itself has an extremely mild narcotic effect, and with a sedating-euphoriant tea made from â€˜blue lotusâ€™ (Nymphaea caerulea). It has been safely combined with SMALL quantities of alcohol, however large quantities of alcohol must be avoided. Some people report they like to smoke tobacco or cannabis while under the influence of kratom. But anyone smoking under the influence of kratom must be very careful not to nod off and drop lit smoking materials.
What is kratom's legal status?
Kratom is illegal in Australia, Denmark, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand (some of these countries impose sever penalties for possession of this herb). It is legal in most other countries, including the United States and most of Europe. Laws can and do change, so be sure that kratom is legal where you live before using it.
What are kratom's active constituents?
There are many closely-related tryptamine alkaloids in kratom. The most important ones are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. These are primarily responsible for kratomâ€™s pain relieving, sedative, euphoric, and stimulating effects. These alkaloids resemble yohimbine in structure, but do not have the same effects.
Is kratom use detected on drug tests?
Although kratom does contain alkaloids that bind to opiate receptors, they are structurally unrelated to opiate drugs and therefore would not be detected by opiate drug tests. It is technically possible to detect the alkaloids in kratom in body fluids, but since kratom is a legal herbal drug (in most places), it is not normally tested for.
Being from Massachusetts and living just an hour out of Patriots Place in Foxboro, it's very easy to talk about the pats history here. However, in the rest of the country, it sucks being a Patriots fan. Which I don't make or expect people to like the pats, or Brady or any thing like that, but have respect for the sport and nothing else. The pats have had hard history, especially with spygate, in which we took responsibility for, and paid the fines. And, news flash, EVERY other team did the exact same thing. The pats just got caught because we had an undefeated season and they went "something must be wrong" and went searching. Well, now it's deflategate. Personally, I think the whole thing is bullshit, and I agree with Bob Kraft about the NFL owing a huge apology to Brady and Belickick and the rest of the New England team. However, they did make their bed, and I think it's fair to say that they have laid in it.
Now, of course I believe they had nothing to do with the damn deflated balls, but this is my stand point all together. First, I think if Brady or Belichick or if anyone else on the team, the staff, the coaches, or anything, they would have come forward by now. The Patriots are an honest, modest team and they wouldn't want to doop their fans like that. However, they are humans, and humans tend to be stupid, so there is obviously room for error here. Second, the balls were approved, and then locked away and not touched again until the game (supposedly). How is it Brady's fault for not touching the balls? How can he do something to them while they're in lock up? Now, that is heresay, so again, room for error. Which leads me to my third point. The refs were touching and throwing and handling the balls all day (and this is where my boyfriend would add in a "giggity"). Why didn't they do something as soon as they game started? Playing the game, you're more focused on what's going on on the field, and no really on what the balls feel like (giggity). Again, room for error, the refs have a lot to focus on as well.
This is just my football rant. I think this deflate gate is just petty bullshit because most of our point were scored by running plays. Not throwing. You don't need a properly inflated ball to run the ball. I know, rules, and okay I get that, but take a look at the whole picture and just ask if this is really worth the time and energy. I've been looking at this thing from both sides, as I try to with everything, and there any have been foul play, there may have not been any at all, but quit this bologna and move on.
This just ruined football for Patriots fans all over the country, which is a shame. Football is an American past time and it's suppose to be enjoys by friends and family and drunks alike to come together once a week and unwind. Scream out your aggressions at the TV and take your anger out of the refs for 3 hours, and then go about your life again. Now the media is making it so it should be shameful to be a Patriots fan, when you should take pride in your team no matter what. And no matter what, I will always have my faith in the New England Patriots, but It is not fair that from now on they're going to be investigated after every win.
And just a reminder, folks, every one has cheated in this game. From performance enhancing drugs to bountygate to felonies. The Patriots are not the only ones.
Read 'em and weep.
So, my mother, 52 year old woman. We sit down to eat dinner tonight, and I turned on FF just for the time being. I enjoy watching it from time to time, it's fun. But my mom decided to play along. Not even 5 seconds into the damn show and the question arises:
"If god were to text you, what would he tell you to stop doing?"
Of course this question is repeated at least 10 times and every time my mom just screamed "MASTURBATE! WHY ISN'T ANYONE SAYING THIS!? ITS THE TOP ANSWER!"
And then it never got on the board (go figure). So my mom goes on after the question is done.
"God wouldn't tell you to stop masturbating. He's always watching, and he enjoys it! Holy porn!"
Next question: "Name a word that rhymes with 'buckle'"
Everyone is excited for a good fuckle!"
Ladies and gentlemen, this is my mother.
Hi every one. I'm new here but I've been a guest reader for awhile. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on prepping. Medical assistance will be a luxury in a emergency situation.in the event that TSHTF. I know doctors who prep and order medication to store and barter with in that event... this seems to be a little unfair to us non medical professionals who may A) require these medications for daily maintenance need them from an injury recieved when medical attention is not available. Or as a valuable barter item in the future I want to see what everyone else has to weigh in on this
I think this is where I start a new topic, if not sorry and please delete.
I had cervical cancer last November and went through 2 surgeries in 2 mons. The second 1 was a full hysterectomy. I'm 35 & I'm going through horrible Menopause. I have the night sweats, hot flashes, I cry all the time. My mood changes so fast, it's just horrible. My gyn put me on the Estradiol Transdermal System patches & they were only 0.05mgs. That wasn't working at all. I called her to let her know I needed something stronger. So she called in 0.1mgs for me. I'm still getting the symptoms with these 1mg patches. They are supposed to be on for a week but after 5 days I have to change it then I come up short every month & my pharmacy won't refill them.
My question is has anyone else had a hysterectomy & if so what is the best option to keep these symptoms away? Is a hormonal pill better? A hormonal shot? I just don't know what to do? I'm not sleeping right either.
Any advice would be very helpful and appreciated. Thank you
so i am trying to order some of my meds online. on sat the 5th she called me 30 min after i placed a order for 3 diff meds. mon. got monies from my bank today i called and checked site and she an site said they were shipped today. heres my prob. 2 meds r from uk an using royal mail i know i get a tracking no. as soon as its at the post. the 3rd is from india. she said i would be recieving tracking no.s within 7 days an my meds in 14-21 daz from today the 13th. does this sound right?? anyone know anything bout medspremium other than stupid expensive!! please help! thank you!
What's up with Palmira Drug Store? I placed an order on 10/22/13 and got a confirmation number from them. I used their secure site to place this order. It is now 11/5/13 and I have heard nothing from them . I have emailed them over and over and used their contact form I'm still in the dark. I've used them in the pass and had no problem. Now this is sloppy business on their behalf what do I do his their anybody else having the same problem?
Why do we live in such a regulated world? I wish we didn't have to come to places like this for the things we do. Regulation is OK to a certain extent, but not to the point where good people get in trouble that aren't hurting anyone else. I wish that we had a world that only prosecuted: Murder, Theft, Rape, and violence...... If we focused just on those things our word would be a much better place. People should not be told what they can/can't take. It's their body and the irresponsible people will deal with their own personal consequences....... I really believe we should let people do as they please and only go after the 4 types of crimes listed above...... Everyone would be better off, crime would go down, and economies would thrive; The irresponsible people would either be imprisoned for the the 4 types of crime, or they would die from doing things in excess (but they only hurt themselves)..... We aren't dumb people that need to be told what we can have or do..... let us be free to do as we please and the bad eggs will disappear....
Tried to deal with Premier Supplier who seemed to have good prices. But it took four email exchanges with them until they finally sent the info about who and where to pay. They say they only accept money gram and Western union. I went through the payment process with MG but in the end MG said they "weren't comfortable" facilitating the transaction and would not approve the transaction. I emailed Premier about this and they canceled the order. Very odd.