Yackety Yak: Kratom

Last night I tried Kratom for the first time.

Kratom? What is that?

My friend described it as a tea with euphoric properties.

…Okay…Is that what it is….or…?

I guess go? I’m still a bit confused on what it is exactly to be honest.

Did you like it though?

Funny you should ask because let me tell ya- it did not go well.

Oh true? Go on.

At first it was alright. I mean, I wasn’t a fan of the taste at first and then I got used to it. We stayed for about two hours, went through two cups each, felt really jazzed during our talks, etc. It wasn’t until we left that things went downhill. My stomach began to feel weird. On one hand I felt a bit drowsy, but at the same time my heart was racing and my hands were even shaking a bit. We ended up having to pull over less than a block from my place just so I could vomit.

I’m sorry. What?!

I’m serious. My hands were shaking as I washed my face and everything. Standing or moving around was horrible…Eventually we got food and water in us and fell asleep, but it was a journey and a half. Let me tell ya.

Okay. Hold up. Is any of that normal?

Uh, according to my friend- no. They said they’ve had it at two other locations several times and it’s always been a breeze. Earlier today they text me saying they think the place gave us bad quality, so they’re going to call them.

Woah…so that’s why you look like crap today?

HA! Maybe, but I’ve also had a migraine all day, so who knows what’s from what.

This Month Is…

Honey Month!

Now I absolutely love honey.

I love the bees. I love the hives. I love the combs…I just love it all, really. So when I found out we not only had a month dedicated to honey, BUT we were IN that month…I immediately started click clacking on the internet.

While looking into bees I was reminded of three prominent causes for their distress: habitat loss, pesticides, and the dreaded Varroa mite. Keeping this in mind I took myself on a refresher of things the average person (with or without a yard) can do to help give a boost and keep the honey flowing!

Here are some things I learned:

i. plant a bee friendly garden with a) plants native to your area, b) single flower crops, & c) variation so something is flowering all year

ii. use natural pesticides and fertilizers

iii. let some dandelions, clovers, and wildflowers (yes, I mean the weeds) grow free

iv. leave out consistent water sources

v. plant a flowering tree(s) for bees

vi. buy local honey

If you’re like me you’re probably thinking: most of this is definitely geared towards people with yards/plant space… In my current place I definitely can’t just go out and plant a tree or really decide on landscaping at all, but I can decide on my potted plants (all of which are kept outside for the sake of my partner). When it came to finding local honey; however, I was able to find one about twenty miles away which was awesome!

SIDE NOTE: I personally didn’t find my local honey on the search engine linked above. I found mine using google and my location, so don’t feel discouraged if it seems like there’s nothing near you because there probably is. It just might be a smaller operation.

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