Extract Types

There are a large variety of different types of extracts, based upon both the method of extraction as well as the base plant material used to make them.


Water-Based Extracts

Water-based kratom extracts are the most common and most readily available variety. As the name implies, the extract is performed by dissolving a portion of alkaloids into water, straining the powder, and evaporating the water. This process leaves a  brownish-green, more alkaloid-concentrated version of the plain leaf behind.

Water extracts are sometimes referred to with an ‘x’ (e.g. 10x, 25x), which implies how much plain leaf material was used to create the same weight of resulting extract. Sadly, these figures are commonly incorrect due to vendor ignorance or dishonesty.

Pros:

  • More alkaloid-concentrated than plain leaf
  • Can be used in addition to plain leaf to potentiate effects
  • Relatively side-effect free in comparison to resin and full-spectrum extracts
  • More stimulating than the plain-leaf base material
  • Ability to dissolve in water

Cons:

  • Higher price per potency
  • Can increase tolerance




Resin Extracts

Compared to water-based extractions, kratom resin extractions have a much more well-rounded profile. These extracts are typically performed by extracting kratom with both a polar solvent and a non-polar solvent; a simple example of this would be water and ethanol. Like the water extract, the powder is strained and the alkaloid saturated non-polar/polar solvent is left to dry.

Pros:

 

  • Full-spectrum of effects
  • Ease of use
  • Easy storage
  • High potency per weight

Cons:

  • More expensive than plain leaf
  • Side-effects to potency ratio comparable to plain leaf
  • Temperature sensitive (melts in minor heat)




Tinctures

Unlike other forms of extracts, kratom tinctures can vary in their method of extraction and their potency.

 

Pros:

  • Ease of Use
  • Fast-acting
  • Convenience of storage

Cons:

  • Typically expensive
  • Variable Potency
  • Rarely provide a full-spectrum of effects
  • Rapid development of tolerance

Enhanced leaf

Enhanced leaf is used by taking a highly potent kratom extract, dissolving it in a solution, soaking kratom leaves/powder in this solution and letting it dry.

Pros:

 

  • Very potent when done well
  • Lack of side-effects per potency
  • Typically well-rounded

Cons:

  • Rapid development of tolerance
  • Can cause some withdrawal symptoms upon abrupt cessation after prolonged use
  • Relatively high price



Included in the war on drugs, there’s a war on a plant called kratom.

Federal authorities have attempted to classify kratom (which is widely available and legal in most of the U.S) as a Schedule I drug. The same class of drug as heroin and LSD. Schedule I drugs are considered dangerous for their high potential for abuse and lack of known medical benefits.


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