Ruby Red Alkaloids
Updated: Oct 6, 2019
When potent mitragyna speciosa (kratom) leaves are steamed in water with a little lemon juice, alkaloids begin to extract from the leaves, suspended in the acidic solution.
What happens as the leaves heat is the alkaloids are released from the cell walls and begin to pool in colorful red puddles. It looks like the leaves are bleeding!
When you cook the leaves, you do not want the water to reach a boil. According to Wonderland Labs, a partial degradation of mitragynine occurs beyond 180ﾟ. While plenty remains for efficacy, it is far from optimal hedgewitchery, so keep your pot on a low setting where you're not even at a simmer, but generating good steam. Patience is a virtue!
Even if you are in a hurry, find your inner state of Zen and have patience. The lower temperature not only preserves the full alkalolid profile, it allows the color to pool very noticeably without being disturbed by bubbles or moving water.
We enjoy steaming for 40 minutes before straining out the plant material and squeezing the excess liquid from the leaves.
Even after squeezing the liquid from the leaves, excess alkaloids still cling to the plant matter, glistening like rubies folded in flora. All the red in the photo above are alkaloids that continued to secrete and remained on the plant matter.
The finished product is a luscious ruby red. You are looking at an incredibly powerful cup of tea, made from the fresh-as-it-gets leaves of homegrown kratom.
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