For all of the wonderful benefits that kratom provides, it sure can taste like crap. No, seriously — toss-and-washers are a different breed. It’s hard to think of a bitterness more distilled than that contained in kratom leaves. Add in the dry, coarse powder texture, and it’s easy to see why most people have gotten so creative with kratom consumption methods.
If you enjoy kratom’s benefits but don’t have the oral tolerance for its interesting taste and texture, you might want to consider kratom extracts. Now, you might be thinking extracts are expensive! But no one said anything about store-bought. Here’s how you can make them at home.
As the name suggests, a kratom extract is a solution that concentrates the chemical composition of kratom. So instead of having to take the leaves — whether whole, crushed, or powdered — you can consume just the alkaloids and the other chemical components of the plant. This involves quite literally extracting the content of the leaves. People make kratom extracts for several reasons. But some of the most common include:
When we say ‘kratom extract’, you’re pertaining to a broad group of solutions. This includes anything produced by extracting the compounds in the kratom leaves or powder, so you can try several ‘extract’ formulations.
Yes, kratom tea is an extract. Steeping leaves or powder in hot or warm water imbues the liquid with the chemical compounds in the leaves. The thing about tea, though, is that it doesn’t do anything to change the potency of the powder you put in. So you ultimately get a 1:1 strength. In essence, brewing kratom tea turns your dose of leaves or powder into a more palatable liquid form.
One of the main reasons people steep tea instead of tossing and washing it is because kratom tea provides a more accessible experience for low-tolerance users. Adding a teaspoon of honey or sugar, chilling the brew, and infusing any ingredients can significantly improve its flavor.
Here’s how to do it:
Unlike tea, a kratom tincture contains more kratom per mL. This means you can achieve the same effects of a total dose by simply taking a few drops of the tincture instead of drinking a whole cup of tea. Tinctures are a little more complicated to make. But with the correct procedure, you can produce a batch that lasts well over a month.
In general, tinctures are also much easier to use on the go. So if you’re the kind of person who benefits from a boost of kratom midday, then it might help to have a little vial of kratom tincture in your pocket.
Here’s how to make it:
Once the wait is over, you can strain it into the third jar with a clean new cheesecloth. This will now be your tincture.
As perhaps the most potent form of kratom, the resin is a semi-solid solution that gives you the highest dose of kratom in small amounts. This ultra concentrate involves a laborious process, which is why vendors selling resin typically slap on pretty steep prices.
Here’s how to make kratom resin:
If you’re buying your extract from a vendor, their labels should tell you how potent their kratom is. For instance, a 10x kratom extract would contain 10 times more alkaloid content than a standard powder. So if your usual dose would be 4g, taking that same amount of 10x kratom extract would give you 10 times the effects you experience with powder.
The problem with making your extract is that you can never be entirely sure of the concentration of the end product. With tea, the math is pretty simple since tea is brewed as a single serving. That means if you take a dose of 4g of powder, the resulting tea would be the same potency. With tinctures and resins, you’ll have to meticulously measure out weights.
That said, it’s essential that you carefully graduate your doses to get a better feel of the potency of your homemade solution. Start at the lowest dose and work your way up to your threshold. This should help you safely determine the right amount to experience the full effects of your product without overdoing it.
The old toss-and-wash might be getting pretty old, or maybe you want to use kratom minus the nasty taste and texture. Extracts might be the way to do it. While store-bought extracts might be expensive, you can reduce the cost by making some at home. Try these recipes for DIY kratom extraction to enjoy your favorite strains in brand-new ways.