The quick answer… Kratom extract is a concentration of the alkaloids within the kratom leaf, this makes it very potent. But, It’s more complicated than that and it can be very confusing. Here is your introduction to kratom extract.
High-quality kratom is usually harvested from the tree at the height of its alkaloid content. Many farmers say that is best to pick the leaves after the first rain of a long dry spell. The alkaloid content is higher with longer times between dry weather and wet weather. The Kratom leaves are then left to dry. The drying process will dictate if the strain becomes a Red, White, or Green Strain. Once the leaves are dried they are ground to a powder and packaged. This is a natural kratom powder as we all know it. Most people will tell you that kratom is perfect as is. However, some kratom connoisseurs like to dabble with extracts or concentrations.
There are a few different types of kratom extracts, Kratom Tea, Kratom Extract Powder, and Kratom Resin. In all of these extract types, the alkaloids are extracted from the leaf and preserved as a concentration. Extract powder is much more common amongst kratom vendors these days with the resin getting harder to find.
Kratom extract is the most common in powder form and used to enhance a regular kratom strain making a blend. Some vendors call these “Plus Strains”, “Enhanced Strains” or they come up with a name for the blend. Kratom Tea is also a fantastic way to extract the essence of kratom and it is easy to do at home. Be cautious with kratom shots and drinks from some vendors, many of these have other additives and ingredients.
Why Buy Kratom Extract? Will it Enhance my Experience?
When Kratom is used over time, it’s common for tolerance to build. If you use the same strain consistently you may experience “Stagnant Strain Syndrome”. When this happens it is common for a consumer to supplement the kratom with a potentiate or a kratom extract. Another reason kratom extracts are used is to minimize the size of the dose.
Kratom extracts are potent because they are concentrated with mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine the two most effective alkaloid compounds from the kratom leaf.
How to take it and how much is enough?
Just like kratom powder, an extract can be diluted in water, juice, coffee, or any drink you like. They are also available in capsule form. The most common way people use a kratom extract is in an Enhanced Kratom Strain. Enhanced Kratom Strains are a blend of regular or natural kratom strains with a small amount of concentrated extract. This increases the number of alkaloids within the dose making it stronger but will be a similar effect to what the consumer is used to. You can also use the “Toss & Wash” Method. Toss a small amount of kratom extract into your mouth and wash it down with your drink of choice.
How Much to Take
Many people swear by kratom extract, because of the lower dose it is easier to take and easier to conceal. That being said it can be very intimidating to take a kratom extract when you are new to it. The potency indicators can be very confusing and you never want to take to much. We recommend starting low and climb the ladder. What we mean by that is to start with a very small dose and feel it out. The next time you take kratom extract take just a little bit more. This will help you dial in the effects you are looking for, it could take a few doses but it’s the best way to find the sweet spot.
What is the Potency Indicator/ How Strong is Kratom Extract
One of the most confusing things about kratom extract is how the extract indicates its strength. Most kratom extracts will indicate their strengths with a potency indicator like ‘10x’ ‘25x’ or ‘50x’. What this means is that the number of plant alkaloids contained in the extract are 10, 25, or 50 times what they are in standard powder format.
Depending on how much leaf powder goes into the extraction process, the resulting extract can be quite powerful.
OK? What does that mean?
If 100 grams of kratom is used to make 10 grams of extract, that would be 10x extract. If 500 grams of kratom is used to make 10 grams of extract, you would get a 50x extract. There are a few caveats to this, The extract needs to be made properly but that is where those numbers and indicators come from. Another way to look at it is if you normally take one gram of powdered leaf, then you’ll be getting fifteen times the potency in taking one gram of a 15x extract.
Extract or Enhanced Kratom Blends can be amazing. That being said they are not necessary for many people. If you decide to try a more potent strain of kratom just remember that a little goes a long way. Start small and climb the ladder. If you are not sure if it’s right for you, please feel free to give us a call and we can discuss it. You can also request an Enhanced Strain for a Free Sample on your next order.