–Looking at the forms in which Kratom Concentrate can take
For whatever reason, the idea of metamorphoses really with me as a child. It may have been because I was stuck catching Kakunas and Weedles in Pokemon Red at the time, but I always found the idea of a singular entity evolving into different, more exotic forms fascinating.
True to form, my interest in such evolutions has evolved (and yes, I still love me some Pokemon).
Luckily, it has found intersection with some of my adult interest; kratom, and kratom concentrates and extracts.
Kratom concentrate can be seen very similarly to a Caterpie…er, Caterpillar evolving into a Butterfly. The entity remains the same; the animal is the same organic species, while the kratom concentrate product is still very much kratom. However, it is now a more exotic form.
Kratom concentrate is an evolution of sorts of kratom. It arose as a natural progression as the kratom community began to better understand and realize the best methods, strains, and techniques of production. Kratom concentrates come from extracting the desirable compounds within the kratom and leaving out the less wanted aspects, such as the bulk plant matter. What remains is still kratom, but a more potent and greatly reduced physical volume, containing only the best parts of the plant.
What form does Kratom Concentrate take?
Much like the butterfly, kratom concentrate takes a very different form from the original kratom.
Well, most of the time.
Some producers ‘sift’ through the kratom powder and have specific techniques designed to get a very fine gradient of powder, which typically results in a more concentrated powder, with less plant matter. While this may technically be a concentrate, it doesn’t fit into the traditional category of a concentrate.
Traditional kratom concentrates generally come in two forms.
-A solid, dark colored, hash/resin like substance
While different techniques can be used to make these, they both are the same base product; a large batch of kratom leaf is distilled into a smaller physical content. Kratom concentrates are gaining in popularity due to a wide range of advantages.
How they are used
The liquid form of a kratom concentrate is generally accompanied by a tincture bottle and dropper. This can simply be dropped in the mouth and consumed – it doesn’t need to sit in the mouth or be absorbed. The effects are much faster than regular consumption of kratom, and the dosing more consistent. The liquid form is becoming popular because of its portability and ease of consumption; you needn’t capsule up up your kratom, carry around a kratom construction station, and its much easier to dose.
Some in the kratom community have switched to liquid concentrate because their dietary or ingestion concerns make taking kratom powder less desirable. For those who aren’t into breakfast, it’s much easier to wake up and take a few drops than it is to capsule up and then snack up. Thus, liquid extract is seen as one of the most advantageous ways to use kratom due to to is accessibility.
Kratom resin, on the other hand, is more similar to the traditional consumption of kratom leaf. It requires that you eat at least something – whether its been pressed into small capsuled, or the resin is capsuled in regular gel capsules. But the upside is that a much smaller amount need by consumed. Similarly, it may take longer to take effect and is at the behest of whatever you ate on the day of consumption. It can be a little harder to dose because solids often do not mix as well as liquids, but on the other hand, may be more potent than liquid because some alkaloids found in kratom retain their shape better in solid form.
As mentioned, one of the downsides of consuming raw kratom is the taste; some find it bitter and earthy. This will only be amplified by kratom hash. It’s best when pressed into tablets with something like solidified lemon juice or other natural, ‘kitchen counter’ additives. Or, it can be put into gelatin capsuled and taken that way to avoid the flavor.
As you can see, both types of extracts/concentrates have their advantages. The point remains the same though; to simplify the process of kratom consumption by reducing the amount needed to consume and the materials required on hand. If you are interested in learning a little bit more about how kratom is made – or want to dispel any worries about the purity of its constitution – check out my earlier piece on the ingredients used (hint: its really just kratom).
Be, uh, as free as a butterfly.
Peace and Love,