Fresh leaf is interesting. It must have a higher % of rhynchophylline, the mouth numbing is more noticeable to me with fresh than powder dried. In powder dried, it is more numbing with green than red or gold/yellow ferments, but all kinds of powder arent usually that strong. Years ago when first trying kratom, i tried powder that was noticeably numbing, but it has never been quite the same. Maybe they added micronized kava...
It is “faster,” and “headier” as they might say on other forums: more stimulating. It feels slightly more wholesome, that is, “full spectrum.” It was less anxious to me than dry powder, but i am a bit sensitive in that way. Some powders i have come across definitely have some matcha in them, and that adds a caffeine edge to it. Chewing leaf is comforting in a way, knowing nothing else is in it. Its a leaf, and stands on its own.
I tried a fresh leaf chewed (comeup in 15-30min) but also macerated and steeped in boiling water for a few min. I let it sink and drank off the top, then poured boiling water over for a second infusion. This came up in about an hour. I had 5 leaves total, one chewed and four in tea. My tea was inefficient, blending and boiling for 10-15+min and straining would probably be strongest. Chewing and sucking was much stronger than my tea. It was a little awkward and unlike chewing tobacco. Theres more actual chewing, and the excess salivation became difficult to handle. Im unfamiliar with the method, but it worked. The leaf was more bitter than i expected, but as bitter as people have said lol. The main stem is a little fibrous, but the dispersed veins arent too bad to chew. Slightly wax paper type feel to the leaf, but softer. Like spinach with a lacquer?
The effects were pleasant, familiar “kratom”, but noticeably more wholesome and enjoyable than the powder i’m used to. Thanks to the leafman!