Purple Lotus' Kratom-Laced Kava Drink: We Try It for Ourselves
I head back to my car and start it. I'd left the radio on, but now it seems much louder than when I parked. I stay quiet, gripping the steering wheel at 10 and 2.
I'm on I-95, and it's raining. Drivers are doing all sorts of things with emergency blinkers and impromptu lane changes. I'm unfazed. I don't move from the far left lane. My eyes are fixed on the white Nissan Sentra in front of me.
Then my eyelids feel heavy, and I start blinking too much. I have trouble keeping my eyes focused. I'm psyching myself out, I reassure myself. I curse myself for not having the bowl of Cap'n Crunch.
Suddenly, my heart flutters and I feel awake, but my eyes still want to close. My arms start to feel heavy. They slowly sink into my lap, where they rest holding the wheel at 7 and 5.
Mentally, I'm alert, but physically, I feel heavy -- especially my arms and legs.
When I arrive back at the office, someone tells me that my face is red and that my eyes don't look right. I use my hands to tell people not to talk so loud.
Before I left, I had asked Scianno for a to-go cup of the komodo in case I didn't feel its effects after downing one, but I didn't need a second. Now, I open the lid and use a plastic knife to stir it. There's a brown powder at the bottom of the cup that I assume must be the kava (it feels like mud or wet sand). Beige leaves float on the murky drink. That must be the kratom.
I've had kava before, at Mystic Water Kava Bar in Hollywood, on an empty stomach, and it didn't feel like this. I was calm. There was no heart flutter. I had a compulsion to discuss Emerson and transcendentalism even though I'm never usually that pretentious.
Kratom-less kava shell from Mystic Water Kava Bar.
The only thing similar to kava and this komodo drink is a feeling that I was speaking particularly softly.
I call Mystic Water owner Avigdor Weber and ask him explain the kava and kratom phenomenon to me and why I felt different this time. "Kava and kratom have nothing to do with each other," Weber immediately shouts into the phone. He's outraged not by the allegations of kava and kratom but by kava bar owners who mix the two.