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How and Where to Store Kratom

How and Where to Store Kratom

Posted by GLAKratom on 5th Oct 2020

When you store your Kratom Powder to preserve its freshness and potency, look for dark, cool areas. Away from the sun and UV light, any excessive humidity or oxygen as that oxidizes the kratom. Treat your Kratom as you would an expensive tea, storing them in much the manner you would safely store these products.

There’s evidence that Kratom powder, if stored poorly, will degrade the kratoms potency. The main active ingredient is called mitragynine, which will eventually transform into another compound when stored improperly.

As a rule of thumb, use fresh ground Kratom powders within one to three months of delivery. Procure your Kratom from a reputable vendor, so that you can be confident they promptly ship fresh Kratom and adhere to proper storage guidelines. The worst thing to find out is they've had the kratom for 2 months sitting on their shelves, only to dump that product on their customers.

To avoid the degradation of your Kratom, store it appropriately for its usage in the proper containers. We've created a list of tips to help users store their kratom.

Tips for Storing Kratom

Here are a few tips for storage ideas and facts, if you want to store your kratom powder for long term or daily use, along with after you brew your kratom tea!

Avoid Moisture And Damp Areas.

The biggest enemy of any kratom is moisture. You never, for any reason at all, want to let your kratom get soggy and wet, then continue to stay that way. It will quickly become ruined and rot. Dampness will completely destroy kratom capsules, powder, or kratom leaves in the same detrimental ways.

If your refrigerator is unusually humid, or you feel the shed is a smart place, you may want to reconsider it as a decent space for a kratom storage area. Often, humidity quickly builds up within most storage containers like bins, so make sure there is as little to no oxygen in your containers as feasibly possible. Adding a paper towel or piece of bread to your container may help soak up a small amount of the moisture as well. 

Storing Kratom For Daily Use

The best method for storing your kratom for daily consumption is with small, evenly portion out bags. Divide your kratom leaves or powder into small portions for each day, then put each part into a separate container, making sure to get as much oxygen out as possible.

The most crucial step to using this, and most methods of storage is to remove all the air from the container, as oxygen can really diminish the quality of your kratom powder. Close the bag as much as you can without losing your product, then press down to remove any remaining air. Some kratom users even go a step further and have started using vacuum sealed bags.

Once you've finished sealing your bags, place them all in a larger plastic bin or tin to divide your kratom by the week or the month. Any kratom powder you decide not to use immediately, will be securely protected from all UV light, dampness, or oxygen, the three significant factors that diminishes kratoms efficacy.

Some people will recommend putting their sealed bags into the freezer for longer term storage. The verdict is still out on whether this is any more effective than any other storage method. You also have to be wary of freezer burn on your kratom when you store it in the freezer for long periods, along with most freezers if left open becomes a home to liquid and humidity.

Storing Kratom Powder In The Long Term

If you'd like to know how to store kratom for an extended period, over a months time, feel free to use the same method you would to store it for short-term use. As this is about as good as you can get in a pinch. Divide your kratom powder into larger portions than you would for short term usage and save some of these together in a dark bag or bin.

When you need to resupply your short term kratom stock, you then only need to break out what you want!

Storing Brewed Tea

If you love to drink Kratom Tea, and you tend to make bigger batches than you can drink in one serving. Kratom tea can actually last up to a week in the fridge or indefinitely in the freezer. As with the other methods of storage, make sure your kratom tea is in an airtight container at the back of your fridge or freezer.

A smart way to keep kratom tea on-hand is to freeze it after you've brewed it. Many kratom users choose to potentiate their kratom by creating and freezing a kratom paste. Freezing the kratom paste breaks the plant cell walls to release the alkaloids faster, which in turn makes it a possible potentiator.

Brew the tea as you usually would and let it cool down to around room temperature. Transfer it to a plastic container or into an ice cube tray. DO NOT use glass containers, these can break when the liquid freezes into a solid, expanding it. 

Keep your frozen kratom tea sealed or covered so it won't pick up any unpleasant odors in your freezer. If you decided to make kratom ice cubes, proceed to remove these and put them into an airtight container before placing back into the freezer.

Make Sure Check Your Kratom Often

If you are storing kratom in your pantry, fridge or freezer, make sure to keep checking on it periodically to be sure it doesn't have freezer burn or mold from humidity. Some of the ways you can tell your kratom isn't appropriately stored are a loss of smell, loss of color (it tends to turn brown the more it oxidizes), and visible signs of decay or freezer burn.

If your kratom, whether it is in powder, leaf, or tea form looks differently than it did when you initially stored it, then something has certainly changed and it's usually not for the better.

If you think that the color is off or you can't smell the kratom anymore, your kratom is likely deteriorating due to poor storage techniques. Kratom powder that's hurt in quality will not deliver the full effects you may desire, nor will it last as long, and the benefits suffer as a result of this.

What Can Hurt Your Kratom Powder

When you’re deciding where to store Kratom, consider some of the variables that can affect the taste, quality, and longevity.

Changes In Temperature

While Kratom should be stored in a cool and dry place, one of the biggest issues you'll need to avoid in terms of temperature is a large fluctuation, or change in temperature. Kratom powder will quickly degrade if it shifts from one end of the temperature spectrum to the other. Find a safe spot to store your Kratom that has very little temperature changes.

If your kitchen is facing southwest, and tends to be very warm by the end of the day, you may want to pick a different location for storage. A dark pantry or a root cellar are two great choices for Kratom storage.

UV Light And It's Effects On Kratom

Rays from the sun are powerful and even harmful, especially to kratom powder. We all know that extended periods in direct sun can be damaging to our skin. The same holds true for all forms of kratom.

Light is and element that causes the alkaloids in Kratom to start breaking down. If you’re an occasional Kratom user, when you finally get around to using your Kratom, it can be less potent if it's come into contact with UV light.

Kratom can tolerate some level of sunlight, but be careful about how long your kratom is stored that way. Look for dark colored tins or jars to store it in, as dark glass jars tend to help slow down the deterioration process.

Kratom Coming Into Contact With Oxygen

Oxygen is what's going to cause oxidation in your kratom. In metals, oxygen results in rust, oxidation can also occur in foods and vitamins. Food with more fat in it, will oxidize and smell sour or rancid, vitamins can also oxidize, which usually makes them less effective.

Oxidation will also degrade Kratom, as it can any organic substance. Once off the tree, Kratom is extremely susceptible to environmental changes, so you want to limit those changes as much as possible, getting your kratom into a container as soon as you can. Keep oxygen to a minimum in your storage containers.

Just like UV light, prolonged exposure to high levels of oxygen can degrade the potency of your Kratom. Airtight containers and bags help slow or prevent this from happening.

Strong And Lingering Smells

Some people may opt to keep their Kratom in the refrigerator if there are no other viable options for cool, dark places in their house. Refrigerating your Kratom is an excellent choice, except you need to be wary of powerful odors that can affect its taste.

This predicament can also occur with open butter containers. Like butter, if you store Kratom in your fridge and there are odoriferous foods in there as well, like garlic bread, onions or cooked meat, your Kratom may end up smelling like some of these foods.

Kratom’s sharp, bitter taste does take some getting used to, and it definitely won’t help you acclimate to the taste if your Kratom tastes like pot roast.

Another consideration is the storage container itself. As an example, if you’re planning to use an old cigar storage container to keep your kratom in, it may come out of that container smelling and tasting like cigars. It’s not just where you store your Kratom, but what you store it in as well.

In Conclusion

Whether you’re an experienced Kratom user or new to the world of Kratom, you want to get the most out of your products. Maintaining the longevity and quality of your Kratom is essential, and since Kratom is a botanical, this means you have to take some careful steps to protect it in storage.

Once you’ve found the perfect Kratom strain for you, store your Kratom correctly so it will last a long time. Choose a space that is uniformly cool and shady, and doesn’t have a strong odor. With a tiny bit of effort, you can ensure your Kratom lasts as long as possible.