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The Difference of Kratom Strains and Colors

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The Difference of Kratom Strains & Colors

 

It’s important to know the difference of Kratom strains & colors so that you can feel confident when making a product decision with Flow Botanicals. There are three major kratom veins and a fourth that’s making its way onto the scene. They are:

  • White Vein
  • Green Vein
  • Red Vein
  • Yellow Vein

Each of these veins has many subtypes, or strains, inside of it. However, each kratom vein tends to have a specific type of effect.

  • White Vein kratom is typically energizing and focusing
  • Green Vein kratom is typically good for elevating positivity and talkativity
  • Red Vein kratom is typically relaxing and calming 
  • Yellow Vein kratom usually sits between white vein and green vein in terms of effects, with milder doses of energy and positivity

Kratom Strains

Kratoms strains are more specific types of kratom and are typically named for the color vein they are and the region that they’re from. 

For example: White Bali would signify a white vein strain from Bali

Red Indo would signify a red vein from Indonesia

Green Malay would point to a green vein from Malaysia, and so on!

The effects of these strains are definitely impacted by their place of origin, as the plant accumulates different alkaloid content based on the soil & region it is grown in. 

 

What’s the Best Kratom Strain For Me?

Take a look at our kratom strain chart and see what strain might have the perfect effect for you! 

Purchase Flow Botanicals Kratom Here

How to choose the best kratom strain

where to find delta-8

What and Where of Delta 8

 

What is Delta-8 THC?

What is Delta-8? Where to find Delta-8? There is a lot of hype around a new buzzword, Delta-8. It is not only important to know what this molecule is but also where to find Delta-8 products that have been lab-tested and certified. The newly found molecule is a derivative of the hemp plant and can compare closely to the infamous Delta-9 THC found in the marijuana plant. Delta-8 is a variation of the familiar THC compound and it naturally occurs in most cannabis strains, but typically it’s only found in trace amounts. With the help of modern science, delta-8 can be refined from delta-9 to create new cannabis experiences.

In fact, delta-8 THC is extracted from delta-9 THC molecules in a solvent-free distillate.  All in all, Delta-8 is a powerful cannabinoid that has a lot to offer. It is an isomer of CBD and a derivative of hemp and CBD and is completely legal if the final product contains less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. 

But while marijuana is a relatively mild drug with few side effects — at least, compared to alcohol or tobacco — too much Delta-9-THC has its downsides. It can sometimes spark paranoia and anxiety or trigger dizziness and headaches. And it’s worth noting that much of the cannabis sold legally in the U.S. contains a high THC concentration.

That’s why many cannabis consumers are turning to an obscure analogue of Delta-9-THC called Delta-8-THC. The difference between Delta-8 and Delta-9 is subtle: Both will get you stoned, but the former is about half as potent as the latter. Many people claim that Delta-8 is a smoother, less anxious psychoactive experience than the more familiar Delta-9. It also seems to have additional medicinal effects than regular THC, such as better pain relief, but these claims have yet to be weighed out in clinical trials. We have listed some of the differences below…

 Check Out Our Delta-8

Delta-8 THC

  • Psychoactive
  • High Probability of Failing a Drug Test
  • Found in Low Concentrations
  • Used Medicinally and Recreationally
  • Binds to CB1 Receptors and Relation to CB2 Receptors

CBD

  • Non-Psychoactive
  • Low Probability of Failing a Drug Test
  • Found in High Concentrations
  • Commonly Used Medicinally
  • Binds to CB1 Receptors

The DEA released its Interim Final Rule (IFR) for CBD and other hemp derivatives on August 20. Titled “Implementation of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” in the Federal Register, the proposed rules make several unremarkable technical changes to align DEA regulations and definitions of terms with the 2018 Farm Bill. 

Certain parts of the proposed regulations, however, consist of DEA interpretations of gray areas of the Farm Bill, including those dealing with delta-8 THC and other synthetically-derived forms of THC (tetrahydrocannabinols). As cannabis and hemp business attorney Rod Kight pointed out in a recent blog post, the DEA IFR states, “For synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols, the concentration of delta-9 THC is not a determining factor in whether the material is a controlled substance. All synthetically derived tetrahydrocannabinols remain schedule I controlled substances.” 

Consequently, if the DEA IFR was to go into effect as written, then delta-8 THC synthesized from CBD would be illegal and current interest in the compound would be a dead end for businesses. And, while Kight asserts, “It is clear that [delta-8 THC] which is naturally expressed in the hemp plant is not a controlled substance;” he also notes, “Current hemp cultivars do not express [delta-8 THC] in sufficient concentrations or quantities to be economically viable to extract it for commercial purposes.”

As alluded to, the DEA IFR is not final. Public comments on the proposed regulations are being accepted until October 20. As of now, Delta-8 THC is still completely legal.

Where to Find Delta-8

We carry a few different options for you to try out a “less-anxious” psychoactive such as Delta-8. We partnered with TreeTop Hemp Co, a delta-8 product manufacturer, because of their convenient, on-the-go vapes. These vapes in particular are provided with lab testing which also notes these vapes are particularly strong. We listed some of the different strains below as a reference guide. 

  • Cherry Pie: Hybrid – Cross between Grandaddy Purple and Durban Poison. Flavors include Piney, Sweet, and Smoked Cherry. Users have commented that this strain makes them feel Giggly and Aroused.
  • Blue Dream: Sativa – Cross between Blueberry and Haze. Flavors include Sweet Berry. Users have commented that this strain makes them feel Creative and Uplifted.
  • Gelato: Hybrid – Cross between Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. Flavors include Citrus and Hoppy. Users have commented that this strain makes them feel Euphoric and Aroused.
  • Purple Punch: Indica – Cross between OG and Grandaddy Purple. Flavors include Grape Candy, Blueberry Muffins, and Tart Kool-Aid. Users have commented that this strain makes them feel Relaxed and Sleepy.
  • Orange Cookies: Hybrid – Cross between Orange Juice and Girl Scout Cookies. Flavors include Sweet Citrus. Users have commented that this strain makes them feel Uplifted and Happy.
If you aren’t much of a vaping type. We also carry delicious Delta-8 gummies sure to give you an enjoyable taste and relaxing ending. The Urb Delta-8 Gummies is a convenient and delicious way to consume Delta-8 ! These gummies are low in sugar, made with natural stevia sweetener and nano Delta 8 for higher absorption and better taste. Each container has 10 pieces with a total of 100mg  (10mg per gummy). We carry the flavors of watermelon, black cherry, and raspberry
 

foundation chiropractic

We have partnered up with Foundation Chiropractic of Lutz, FL to marry together the works of Dr. Brett Berner and the mental & physical health products Flow Botanicals has to offer.
Dr. Brett Berner is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Lutz, FL. He focuses on a specific area of chiropractic called Foundational Correction. With this unique technique, he is able to FIX the cause of common secondary conditions (symptoms) such as headaches, migraines, TMJ/jaw pain, dizziness/vertigo, and neck pain WITHOUT twisting, popping, or cracking the neck.

All patients of Dr. Brett Berner will have the exclusive discount of 25% off all Flow Products!

Address: 16541 Pointe Village Dr Suite #207, Lutz, FL 33558

Phone: (813) 578-5889
www.foundationflorida.com

how to brew kava at-home

Kava Preparation: Traditional MethodTraditional kava preparation is much like brewing tea. Kava root powder is placed in a straining bag and steeped in hot water. Gather together all you need to prepare a kava drink the traditional way and then follow the simple steps below to make kava the traditional way.Things you’re going to need:

  • High-Quality Medium Ground Kava Root. Available in our shop.
  • A Strainer Bag. Available in our shop.
  • Warm / Hot water (tap hot is perfect)
  • A medium-sized bowl to prepare the kava in.

Step 1 Measure out the right amount of kava root. Typically, in kava preparation, a standard serving size for one individual is 2-4 Tablespoons. Many times people will double this amount and plan on having 2-3 servings in an evening.Add the kava root to your strainer bag and place the bag into your bowl.

Step 2 Measure out 8-12oz. of tap hot water (about 120 degrees*) per serving. Vary the amount of water depending on how strong you want your kava root tea to taste. Next, pour the hot water directly into the bag with the kava powder.Let the kava steep in the bag in the bowl for 5-10 minutes. Traditional kava preparation involves steeping just like you brew a tea.

Step 3

The third step in kava preparation is an important one. Twist the top of your kava strainer closed and press out all the air. Knead the kava root in the bag in the water in the bowl. Alternate between kneading the kava and squeezing the bag to strain the liquid into the bowl. Be careful not to let any actual root escape the bag.The water in the bowl will turn a nice milky brown color and begin to look like chocolate milk. After 5-10 minutes of kneading, wring the straining bag tight to remove all liquid. Leave the root in the bag, possibly for a second wash or brew.

Step 4

Lastly, since kava liquid goes down a little easier chilled either refrigerate your liquid for a short while or throw in a few ice cubes.Once your kava is sufficiently chilled pour into a cup and start enjoying right away.Note: for maximum relaxation effects kava is best consumed on an empty stomach.

health hero ambassador box

Part of our vision for a better tomorrow and leading the change we want to see in the world here at FLOW is to give back to national associations that fight for the betterment of the human condition. We stand by mental and physical health centers & associations that are addressing the needs that tend to get neglected within our communities across the country. We stand by the fight against addiction and drug abuse. The principles, values, and purpose of these national associations mimic the efforts that our company, FLOW, sets in place for a better tomorrow. We believe not only through our product selection and education, but also our physical acts of charity, that we can and will make a difference within our communities. We need your help with this fight.
Millions of people deal with mental & physical health issues every single day. Our purpose is to help address these issues without the use of prescription drugs and harmful alternatives. Our primary objective is to help nurture and address each of our client’s well- being via quantified, independently tested, and proven products. We believe we will serve the betterment of the human condition and positively impact our clients, communities, and organizations through our efforts.
This is why we have decided to launch a new campaign. “Ambassadors for Health” will be an ambassador box that our customers can purchase in which 5% of all profits will be donated to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an alliance of more than 600 local Affiliates and 48 State Organizations who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

What NAMI Does

We educate. Offered in thousands of communities across the United States through NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates, our education programs ensure hundreds of thousands of families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.We advocate. NAMI shapes national public policy for people with mental illness and their families and provides volunteer leaders with the tools, resources and skills necessary to save mental health in all states. We listen. Our toll-free NAMI HelpLine allows us to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free information and support—a much-needed lifeline for many.We lead. Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully fight stigma and encourage understanding. NAMI works with reporters on a daily basis to make sure our country understands how important mental health is.

Kratom laws in florida 2020

The sunshine state has the fourth largest population in the US, with over 21 million citizens. Of course, you know Florida as the place to go for beaches, Disney World, palm trees, and really bad sunburns. The sunshine state is also home to some very high quality Kratom Distributors. You have probably wondered yourself about the different laws surrounding Kratom in the State of Florida. You are seeing Kratom Bars, Florida Smoke Shops offering Kratom, and friends that are using this natural-medicine. But is it legal?
We will cover both the legalities surrounding this natural medicine and how to confidently choose a Kratom company in Florida to purchase from.


Is Kratom Legal in Florida 2020?


Kratom is completely legal in the State of Florida with the exception of Sarasota County where lawmakers have passed bills labeling Kratom as a “designer drug” or a synthetic opiate. This is far from the truth. Many anti-Kratom legislators and activists proposed bills to ban kratom in Florida altogether in 2014. However, none of the bills got passed by lawmakers. This movement by lawmakers created false perceptions in the eyes of Florida citizens and consumers. The DEA has claimed Kratom mimics the unique chemical composition contained in scheduled I substances. The leaf was compared to bath salts and hallucogenic drugs.
Kristin Jacobs, a Broward County representative, in 2013 made an attempt to push her political agenda and make a name for herself in politics by using an unfortunate suicide of a young man named Ian Mautner, who used Kratom, and blamed this medicine as the cause. She later claimed to have very little knowledge of the plant. In 2015, the Botanical Education Alliance (BEA) called on Albert Balido, a BEA lobbyist who spoke at the Florida kratom defense hearing against Jacobs. Jacobs vowed to file a bill classifying Kratom as a schedule 1 drug in Florida. However, Albert Balido proposed an amendment which kept Kratom available and again Jacobs was defeated by the Kratom community.
The American Kratom Association and the Botanical Education Alliance has kept Kratom legal to purchase, possess, and consume in the State of Florida with the exception of Sarasota County in 2020.


Where to Buy?


Florida Kratom consumers can find quality Kratom in Florida from established vendors such as ourselves. We offer over 50+ variety of strains and source directly from 15+ year established farms. Find our Kratom here. We have worked with other Florida companies in the past and know of reputable Kratom retailers such as Natural Life Tallahassee. Natural Life has 4 retail stores in Florida including Natural Life Jacksonville. You can purchase directly from their website as well.
For more information surrounding botanical solutions you can visit our education center. What are your thoughts on Kratom?

Upcoming events

 
We search for some of the best events in South Florida where you can eat, drink, shop, and vibe out. We put together a list of all the upcoming events where Flow will be sponsoring and providing a pop-up booth for your shopping pleasure. Our botanical-based company is based in Tampa, FL and we mainly visit areas such as Wesley Chapel, Saint Petersburg, Sarasota, Clearwater, and Orlando. Below is a list of awesome events where you can find us!
2020 CURRENT EVENT CALENDAR
 
The Community Market at The Grove Wesley Chapel
 
– (Saturday) September 12, 2020
– (Saturday) September 26, 2020
– (Saturday) December 5, 2020
10 AM – 3PM
Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
 
Join us for a weekly Community Market at The Grove in Wesley Chapel. We have tons Vendors every week from Arts and Crafts to Food Trucks. This event is going to have some of the best Local Business in the Tampa bay Area. Stop in and support local businesses!
 
Bullfrog Creek Brewery
 
(Sunday) September 20, 2020
Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co. Parking Lot 3632 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Valrico, Fl. 33596
The Bullfrog Bazaar Market is Valrico’s monthly market taking place in the parking lot of Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co. every 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The Bullfrog Bazaar Market will feature local vendors selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, wood-work, gifts and so much more. The Bullfrog Bazaar Market is free to attend, family & Dog friendly and features live music at each
event.
 
Belmont Car & Food Show
 
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 10 AM – 2 PM
10050 Paseo Al Mar Blvd
Ruskin, FL
 
A much awaited community event has arrived. This event will feature live DJ entertainment, Vendor Market booths, and of course, Belmont’s 1st annual Car Show featuring some of the slickest rides around.
This is an inaugural event for the community of Belmont and we are excited bring this to life. Our aim is to provide an event that will give the residents and others, something to look forward to each year.
We also want to give back to the community by raising money for charity. This year we are proud to work with, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which all the proceeds from the event will be donated.
 
Event Information: Free to the Public
Food Trucks- Just Smokin BBQ, Mini Mouthful of Donuts, Kona Ice
Live DJ Entertainment
Raffles and Prizes
 
Octoberfest at the Grove Wesley Chapel
 
 
Oct 23 at 5 PM – Oct 26 at 12 AM
Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
 
The Grove at Wesley Chapel along with TLC Community Foundation will be putting on this event! 100 Artisan Craft Vendors, Inflatables and rides, Games, Carnival, Citrus, Monster Trucks, Batting Cage, and more. We expect over 10,000 people for the 2 day event. Our Main Sponsor The Lesson Company will be giving away $1000’s of dollars in prizes and gifts. There will also be LIVE entertainment & Local DJ’s to drive the Kids contests. You don’t want to miss this event!
 
Wesley Chapel Art & Blues Festival
 
Nov 21 at 11 AM – Nov 22 at 6 PM
Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
 
The Grove @ Wesley Chapel along with TLC Community Foundation will be putting this event! 100 Artisan Craft Vendors, Inflatables and rides, Games, Family Activities, Competitions like Corn Hole, Batting Cage, and more. We expect over 10,000 people for the 2 day event. Our Main Sponsor The Lesson Company will be giving away $1000’s of dollars in prizes and gifts. There will also be LIVE entertainment & Local DJ’s to drive the Kids contests. You don’t want to miss this event
 
Health & Art Runway in Sarasota, FL
 
Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection
1255 North Palm Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Sun, November 1, 2020
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST
 
We will have a runway show with some featured items. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a good local holistic veterans cause. Shop, enjoy a fashion show, health classes & there will be a cash bar, restaurant on premise, all for a good local cause, along with some good vibes music. Hosted by Creative Ways to Health!