The world of Kratom can be quite a wonderful, but confusing place. It can be very challenging to determine what methods you should go with and what works best for you. It's also a chore to find out what strain or blends you will prefer, thankfully there's tons of information that can help you out!
If you’re brand new to Kratom or simply need a little reminder, here are some essential differences between Kratom extracts and kratom powders.
To quickly sum it up, Kratom extract is highly concentrated, very portable, and stores safely and keeps for a long time. Kratom powder is more readily available and can be combined with a host of foods and beverages.
What is Kratom?
Kratom comes in many different forms, like extract or powder, but all come from one place – a tropical evergreen tree that grows to extreme heights. The Kratom tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia, residing in Thailand and Borneo, mainly growing in tropical forests, flood plains, and next to riverbanks.
Kratom trees grow straight up for up to 80 feet and can have a trunk diameter of around 3 feet. These trees have a grey, smooth bark, and green, glossy leaves that are oval and contain 12 to 14 veins in each leaf.
Leaves from the Kratom tree are harvested at precisely the right point in their growing cycle and processed using long-established methods.
Where Does Kratom Come From?
Kratom has been chewed, brewed into tea, and ground into powder for centuries. Locals of Southeast Asia use it for anything from fatigue to spiritual enlightenment. Some people chew the leaves right off the tree, whereas others prefer to prepare it more traditionally, grinding it into a powder or making a kratom tea from the leaves.
While it was popular and widespread in Southeast Asia for hundreds of years, it wasn’t until 1839 when a Dutch botanist named Pieter Korthals, introduced it to the Western world. Soon afterward, George Darby Haviland changed the name to Mitragyna speciosa and reclassified the plant in 1859.
The three main countries with the most Kratom trees growing there are Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. These Thai trees are cultivated and found on Kratom plantations for the most part, although a few trees are still growing in the wild. Apart from these three places however, Kratom can also be found in Myanmar, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, and the Philippines.
What Makes Kratom Special?
Kratom happens to have a very high alkaloid count, with almost 25 different alkaloids in total. The two that are the most active and produce noticeable effects are called mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Around 66% of all the alkaloids in a Kratom leaf are mitragynine.
Kratom connoisseurs claim this tropical evergreen leaf influences various conditions, helping to boost your wellbeing and improve life quality.
Alkaloid content in Kratom leaves can differ from region to region and from tree to tree. Conditions such as the rainy season’s length and time from the latest rainfall also affect the leaves’ alkaloid levels.
The number of alkaloids depends on the harvesting frequency of the tree. Those trees harvested at frequent intervals tend to produce leaves with a much higher alkaloid content than those infrequently gathered.
If there’s been a dry spell, the leaves on the Kratom tree won’t grow as much and instead amass alkaloids in their buds. After the first rain, they experience a growth spurt but still retain the leaves’ high-alkaloid content.
Some of the other alkaloids in Kratom leaves include paynantheine, mitraphylline, and rhynchophylline; however, none are as abundant as mitragynine.
How Are Kratom Strains Made?
Kratom comes in three different color strains – red, white, and green. Each strain has a particular benefit for the consumer. Although a good number of people believe that the strain’s color corresponds to different types of Kratom trees, this is not the case in most scenarios.
Although white and green Kratom trees exist in Southeast Asia’s tropical forests, most Kratom on the market, regardless of the strain’s color, comes from red vein Kratom leaves. The end product changes color during the drying and fermentation processes.
If you’re partial to Kratom powder, note the variations in product colors. However, if your chosen method of consumption is an extract, you'll have to trust the label the supplier puts on the product.
How Are Kratom Strains Different?
The most significant strains of Kratom leaves are red, white, and green. Most of these strains come from red vein Kratom and are cured in a particular manner to produce a specifically hued strain. The strain’s color relates directly to the amount of UV light the leaf gets as it dries or ferments. There are also yellow-veined hybrids, a strain that’s fermented in bags.
Here is some more information about each strain:
Red – This strain is the most popular on the market. It promotes peacefulness, a sense of calm, and is what we feel has the most euphoric and pain killing effects.
Green – This color may help you stay motivated, promotes alertness, and cognitive boosting .
White – This strain may help people seize the day and combines the red vein’s sunny outlook with the extra wellbeing boost of green vein Kratom.
People also like to mix their strains, which we do with a few of our blends. A combination of the green and red strains may help promote overall wellbeing, while white and red together may give a strong euphoria and still give you a good amount of energy.
What Are The Differences Between Kratom Power and a Kratom Extract?
The main difference between these two types of Kratom is that one is a (semi) liquid, and one is a powder; however, they go through the same processing up to a point.
The leaves are picked at the height of their alkaloid content for both methods, usually after the first rain following a long dry spell. The longer the time between the severe aridness and precipitation, the higher the alkaloid content.
To make Kratom powder, the leaves are then dried in the sun or under special lights to cure them. The amount of time the leaves are left in the sun determines if they become red, white, or green Kratom. After the leaves are dried, they are ground to a powder and packaged to be sold.
There are technically two different types of Kratom extract – tea or water-based extract. In each of these forms, the Kratom essence is extracted from the leaf and preserved in liquid (or semi-liquid). There is a third form – resin – but this form is increasingly challenging to make and take.
Water-based extractions use water or water and ethanol to make a more viscous liquid which is a super potent Kratom extract. The Kratom is boiled down to its essence, and becomes extremely powerful. To make the extract, instead of immediately drying the leaves in the sun after harvest, the Kratom leaves are soaked in a water or ethanol-water combination for a few weeks to let the liquid evaporate.
Be wary of some Kratom “shots” from non-reputable companies, they can have some chemicals or other ingredients you may not want in your product. Reputable Kratom vendors should have completely transparent labeling, showing you every ingredient in the extract.
As with our kratom shots, you'll notice there's only 4 ingredients in each shot. The kratom extract, lemon juice, sugar, and a preservative for safety and to help the flavor last.
How Do I Take My Kratom?
One of kratom’s most attractive characteristics is the versatility it has, and how many different ways you can take kratom. The most popular form on the market is Kratom powder, and many people use the powder for the toss-and-wash method, in beverages, or to make capsules.
The simplest way to take Kratom powder is the toss-and-wash method when you ingest your dose in powder form and immediately drink a liquid to wash it into your stomach. This can also be the hardest way to consume your kratom, and some people can never quite get this down due to the bitter taste kratom has.
Capsules are a great way to take your Kratom discreetly, and by making your own capsules, you’re able to measure out your dosage to the milligram. You can potentiate your Kratom capsules with different spices as well, along with gaining other health benefits.
Another simple way to get your Kratom is to make it into a tea and add any sweetening or flavoring you’d like. You can then chill the tea to drink later or have it hot. Combine your Kratom tea with potentiators like citrus fruits, chamomile, or apple cider vinegar. These can boost the benefits of the Kratom, so your dose lasts longer, as well as give you other health benefits they may supply themselves.
Like the powder, you can take Kratom extract by merely swallowing it or adding to your beverage. You can also take it sublingually, which means you put your dose under your tongue and wait a while for it to be absorbed.
There are many blood vessels in your mouth, particularly under the tongue and along the cheek walls. A significant benefit of taking Kratom extract sublingually is that the blood vessels absorb it quickly, getting to your bloodstream in just moments, some people however, cannot get over the taste and resort to capsules for extracts as well.
Powdered and extracted forms of kratom are common and have some versatility when it comes to taking Kratom.
The powder is adaptable to many of your daily routines, meals, or beverages and is pure Kratom leaf, dried and powdered. Kratom extract is distilled in water or water and ethanol base to create a semi-liquid that can be taken sublingually, mixed into food, or simply dropped into your mouth.
Your chosen method of consumption largely depends on your personal preference. Many experienced Kratom consumers prefer extract because of it's potency and it tends to be easier to transport since it's going to be a lesser amount.. However, for preciseness and a safe dosage, many choose to use Kratom powder.
If you need help with figuring out what strain, blend, or effects you're looking for. Feel free to text us, call, or comment and we'll be there to answer any questions you may have.