-Answering some common questions about Kratom Concentrates and Extracts
As with any novel product, we get a lot of questions about concentrated kratom. I’ve collected some of the most common inquiries we’ve gotten here at TKC regarding our kratom concentrate product and, seeing as the trend is catching on around the community, I figured it would be a good time to provide some of the basics for anyone asking, what is kratom extract? If there’s still a question you have that you don’t see answered, please don’t hesitate to contact our team!
Q: What is kratom concentrate?
A: Kratom concentrate is a condensed form of kratom in which the desirable alkaloids in the plant are collected into a concentrated/extracted form. The result is either a liquid or a resin-like substance. Concentrated kratom does not contain any additional active ingredients. The idea is that a much smaller quantity can be used with greater precision and the product handled more easily.
Q: Why are so many in the Kratom community trying out concentrates?
A: Now that we have an answer to the question, what is kratom extract?, you most likely want to know why people are trying out kratom concentrates.
Kratom concentrates offer several benefits. Chief among them are consistent potency, ease of use, and portability. It’s much easier to keep a small tincture of liquid kratom concentrate on hand than it is to bring along your full kratom bag with capsules, a capsule container, etc. Similarly, a kratom extract is going to be a more consistent experience with regard to potency and measuring. It’s easier to measure a small amount of liquid in a precise dropper than it is to capsule five containers of loose powder. As concentrates and extracts must reach a certain threshold to be completed and liquids mix more easily than solids, the potency will be precise every time.
Q: How does this affect the quantity needed?
A: As mentioned, a primary benefit of concentrated kratom is the significant reduction of the product you need to get the effects you are looking for. Thus, a concentrated amount is always going to be significantly less than a traditional powder.
Many concentrates will indicate a potency level by means of a number followed by an x, i.e 10x. This means that the liquid volume was created using 10 times its original potency by weight. Generally speaking, a liquid concentrate dose will be measured in milliliters.
As you’ll discover in this guide tackling “what is kratom extract?”, your needs will vary with this type of kratom product. Ask the provider what the scaling ratio or potency is; start with less than you need, and work your way up.
Q: How are kratom concentrates and extracts made?
A: Sometimes, the most important question to ask is not “what is kratom extract?” but what kratom extracts are made of and how they’re created. Generally speaking, kratom extracts are made using temperature changes — like boiling kratom leaves to collect the extract — pressure, and/or a solvent, like vinegar. Be aware that some extracts use alcohol, as it is an effective solvent for capturing the desirable alkaloids within kratom; however, the final product should have most of the alcohol evaporated. As a note, TKC’s products are alcohol-free!
No strange techniques or voodoo are employed; really, anyone in their kitchen could make a basic extract. While providers do have special methods learned from trial and error — the optimal temperature and time to heat powder at, for example — it’s important to remember that the only active ingredient in kratom extracts is kratom. If there are any other active additives? Call a trusted kratom provider so that the bad actor can be reported to the American Kratom Association; adulterated kratom products are increasingly rare, but are not a good thing, nor a reflection of the values of the true kratom community.
Q: What can I expect from kratom extracts?
A: Answering “what is kratom extract?” is generally followed by questions about how these concentrates function. Kratom extracts and concentrated kratom are inherently more potent by volume, but not by content. By this, I mean that the experience will still be what you expect from kratom powder, but that you use less to achieve the same effects.
Another advantage is that kratom concentrates can use multiple strains in their creation process, which can offer a fuller spectrum of kratom effects.
With liquid concentrate, the onset will be much quicker than with powder. Some have described it as more ‘concise’ and ‘energetic’, as well; but like many kinds of kratom, it may still offer a feeling of relaxation and alleviate day-to-day discomfort, depending on the strains and amount used.
In other words? If you like powder kratom and you’re asking, “what is kratom extract?”, you’ll probably appreciate concentrated kratom, as they are essentially the same! All the attributes that made you love kratom in the first place are still present in concentrate, just with the added bonus of simplicity, easier dosing, and consistency.
If you have additional questions, please reach out to our team. We’d be happy to answer any questions!