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.

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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.

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rev_3_21
rev_3_21

Kratom is being bullied by  the media lately ... Has anyone noticed??

There must be  lots at stake here for the media to make up story after story loaded with lies and mis-information concerning a harmless plant thats been used safely for THOUSANDS of years.

But then they told us the same lies about marijuana 50 years ago!

Wake up people! always follow up with your own research, go to the forums where people have first-hand experience

johnahysong
johnahysong

It's amazing the ignorance of some people.  The Lotus is a family-friendly establishment.  I've had 2 of my 3 weddings there.........

jtswiatek
jtswiatek

I'm not sure what is more of a contradiction, the article or the author. This article looks as if it had been witten by my younger brother. He is in the third grade.

nativekratom
nativekratom

I have been to the Purple lotus. They told me upfront that the komodo has kratom in it. There is so much b/s out there...  shame on this reporter.

mpmartinez
mpmartinez

Bravo, {slow sarcastic clap, slow sarcastic clap}  I am not sure if you believed yourself to be writing a journalistic article or a steamy romance novel.  It was hard to tell since information and facts took a back seat to your need to use a theatrical thesaurus.  
As a "writer" you should probably know some things.  1) when you use quotes it stands for an exact phrase the person used. example.  My quote was "Kava is an herb, it's kind of like natures Xanax"  What did you write?  Not that!  No you twisted, well let's be real, you just outright lied... and the result "a xanax high." You see how I did that? I used quotes around something you actually said. 2) Well until you get #1 there is no point...This article has no facts, no medical experts, instead it has two competing businesses, a couple of felons looking to make a buck, and a girl with a note pad and a keyboard pretending to be a journalist.

Alex Smiless
Alex Smiless

Also the man you talked to in the article is not an expert. He may know where the plants come from, but I am sure he doesn't understand the therapeutic use of kratom. You get as strung out on kratom as you do on coffee. I have never had a problem with it. I have used it for many years. When I do not have kratom I feel a little tired and have a runny nose, but other than that it is no different than not having my coffee.. Any one that says otherwise was using opiates first and switched to Kratom . It is not the plant's fault

Alex Smiless
Alex Smiless

don't think Kava and Kratom should be mixed together, They are definitely two different things.But I also do not think Kratom is terrible . I don't think its fair to say that kratom is bad, especially if people use it responsibly like any other herb. Kratom is a leaf from the coffee plant, and the feeling you described is nothing like what kratom feels like on its own. I have chronic pain from arthritis and Kratom provides me with quality of life. I would hate to see kratom go away because it not only helps me but it helps thousands of people with various medical conditions I urge you to talk to people that use kratom therapeutically for homeopathic reasons to get a true idea of what kratom is like.

alexandriasmiless
alexandriasmiless

Also the man you talked to in the article is not an expert. He may know where the plants come from, but I am sure he doesn't understand the therapeutic use of kratom. You get as strung out on kratom as you do on coffee.  I have never had a problem with it. I have used it for many years. When I do not have kratom I feel a little tired and have a runny nose, but other than that it is no different than not having my coffee.. Any one that says otherwise was using opiates first and switched to Kratom . It is not the plant's fault

alexandriasmiless
alexandriasmiless

I don't think Kava and Kratom should be mixed together, They are definitely two different things.But I also do not think Kratom is terrible .  I don't think its fair to say that kratom is bad, especially if people use it responsibly like any other herb. Kratom is a leaf from the coffee plant, and the feeling  you described is nothing like what kratom feels like on its own.

I have chronic pain from arthritis and Kratom provides me with quality of life. I would hate to see kratom go away because it not only helps me but it helps thousands of people with various medical conditions

I urge you to talk to people that use kratom therapeutically for homeopathic reasons to get a true idea of what kratom is like.

meatwady18
meatwady18

This article is crap. The only reason the Siegels went to rehab is more than likely because they were addicts beforehand. Palm Beach County is full of addicts. To say that the bartenders do not inform their patrons (who I may add they make feel like family) of what they serve is COMPLETE BS. Why doesnt the owner of that crappy Kava Bar (which I have been to) in Hollywood visit here before he makes his useless comments. I have been coming to this bar for about a year (once a week if that). If anyone writing this or commenting in the article had any sort of intelligence, they would research both kratom and kava and find that it is not harmful. Why dont you sue the tobacco companies for providing people with cancer, or bars around the world for OVERSERVING (look up the article about the 20 year old who was drunk driving and killed 2 people on the sawgrass expressway) and providing people with cirrhosis of the liver. Idiots.

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

I'll just smoke some weed and dab out on some shatter instead. Fuck that bullshit

Tallshaggyhairedman
Tallshaggyhairedman

The only reason the author of this article felt heavy is because she is heavy. I don't believe for one moment that the uncomfortable feeling that her disproportional body felt was due to the kratom, it was due to her awkward dimensions. I think her denial of how her body looks is the real issue here. On the topic of discussion, kratom is a great tool when used properly. I drink it once or twice a week and never crave more, which makes it far from an opiate. This article is full of slander, and highly misleading. How could this girl express how she loved the product 2 hours after she left the establishment, and pull a devious stunt like this just to create a story?! I does not make any logical sense. My advice to the author of this lay off the Cap n Crunch and go green, your happiness may depend on it. Looking 35 when your only 22 may be a problem that cannot be cured. I hope you can do your best and live a healthy, FACTUAL life.

Sincerely,

"Tall Shaggy Haired Man"

swizmasterd
swizmasterd

Comments like the ones mystic waters owner made will be the reason both kava and kratom will get band.

Danny Morin
Danny Morin

I bet the same people drink Starbucks caffeine bomb coffee too. People are just getting dumber and dumber.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Sounds like it is disgusting.  Who cares if it gets you stoned if it tastes like ass?

Miniplicity
Miniplicity

@mpmartinez What did you actually say?  Did you say kava was like nature's Xanax, or not?  I don't see where the author quoted you as saying it was a "xanax high."  Just confused.  Thanks!

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

@Tallshaggyhairedman So you attack someone for how they look because they did not love what your shilling for?  Yet one more reason to avoid this establishment.

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