The benefits of Kratom were first brought to light more than 200 years ago, the natives in southeast Asia began experimenting with different growing, processing, and drying methods. This was done in an effort to produce different Kratom strains that had varying effects for the consumer.
Kratom farmers quickly learned that numerous variables play an impactful role in how long the Kratom powder lasts before spoiling. Thanks to advanced packaging techniques and modernized agricultural equipment, we’re now able to extend Kratom’s shelf life far beyond the few weeks it lasted centuries ago.
So, what is Kratom’s actual shelf life, and what can we do to make our Kratom last as long as possible?
Trapped within the cellular walls of Kratom leaves, there are over 20 unique, identifiable plant alkaloids, also called phytochemicals. The two most important of these—the alkaloids that are principally responsible for Kratom’s positive benefits—are Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine.
No matter how a specific Kratom strain is harvested and processed, its alkaloid profile is always the most potent the moment the plant leaves are removed from the Kratom tree. From that point forward, the alkaloids begin the slow process of breaking down.
Unfortunately, phytochemicals like Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine don’t last forever. The natural process of entropy will cause molecular bonds to break, and given enough time, even the best-protected and most carefully packed Kratom powder will lose its efficacy.
There are a few ways Kratom powder potency can be unnecessarily weakened. These include:
- Exposure to moisture
- Exposure to prolonged UV radiation (i.e., direct sunlight)
- Infiltration of mold, mildew, or fungi
Since Kratom powder is so susceptible to its environment, we take extra steps to use airtight, stay-fresh packaging that is zipper-resealable for freshness. Furthermore, we also process our Kratom capsules and powders in clean rooms with advanced filtration systems.
Extending Kratom Shelf Life
The good news is that there are a number of other measures that can be taken to help preserve Kratom potency and purity. These measures are meant to combat environmental conditions that can infiltrate Kratom powder and compromise its quality.
To get the longest shelf life from your Kratom powder or capsules, follow these steps:
- Store your Kratom in a cool, dry, dark place.
- Keep your Kratom in its original packaging.
- Use a clean, dry measuring spoon or cup when preparing your serving.
- Regularly inspect your Kratom and look for mold, mildew, or inclusions. Kratom powder should be fine, consistent, and uniformly colored.
- If your Kratom has a musty, offensive odor, do not use it, and discard it immediately. Fresh Kratom should smell earthy and natural.
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