Kratom Tincture: an intro
Since people learned that they could use herbs or other types of plants for medicinal or recreational purposes, we have always been looking into ways through which we can increase the potency of that herb or plant, for a variety of reasons. Increasing a substance’s potency allows you to experience its effects in greater magnitude. It is also more convenient since you only have to take a low dose of the substance.
One of the ways in which you can achieve that feat is through making a tincture of the herb. A tincture is essentially an extract of the plant or herb that is a lot more potent than the original substance since it has been designed to increase the bioavailability of the active compounds in the herb.
In that light, you can see why kratom tinctures are both interesting as well as an attractive prospect for kratom enthusiasts. A kratom tincture allows you to experience the benefits of this herb at a more intense level, but at significantly lesser costs.
Are you looking to learn more about kratom tinctures? Read on to find out more.
What is a Kratom Tincture?
As mentioned, a kratom tincture is an essence or extract of the kratom plant that is much more potent than the original strain due to the enhanced alkaloid concentration. Alkaloids are the active compounds in kratom responsible for the effects that you experience whenever you take your preferred strain of kratom.
To make a kratom tincture, you will typically need to combine neutral alcohol with kratom leaves. We specifically use alcohol as the solvent in kratom tinctures since it not only has a high dissolving capacity but also because it does not destroy the structure of alkaloids. Most other solvents will destroy those structures, thus reducing their effectiveness.
A typical kratom tincture utilizes alcohol made up of 25% ethanol and 75% water or neutral oil. This kind of alcohol can pull out almost all the alkaloids in your kratom in addition to enhancing the effectiveness at which those active compounds get absorbed into your bloodstream.
The resulting tincture is not only highly concentrated in alkaloid composition but is also quite stable. So stable that the tincture can last for years before it starts losing its potency.
Can You Make Your Own Kratom Tincture?
Most high-end kratom stores also sell kratom tinctures. However, it is also possible to make your own potent kratom tincture at home, as it does not require much expertise.
To make a quality kratom tincture, all you need are the following materials:
- 80-100 proof ethanol
- Citric acid
- pH strips
- Strainer or Cheesecloth
- Tincture bottle
- Mason jar
Once you have these items at hand, follow these steps to make your own kratom tincture:
- Choose the Appropriate Kratom Strain
As you might well be aware, different kratom strains yield different effects upon use. Additionally, they also have different potencies. As such, the strain that you choose will determine not only the overall potency of the kratom tincture that you come up with but also the effects that you experience upon using that tincture.
The quality of your strain also matters tremendously. You might use the right strain, but if it is not of good quality, your tincture will be poor as well. Therefore, ensure that you only utilize high-quality kratom for this purpose, and you can only be sure about the quality of your strain if your vendor is reputable.
Once you obtain your strain, measure about 5 ounces of the product. This should be more than enough to make a decent amount of kratom tincture.
- Mix the Ingredients
In this step, you will combine your kratom dose with the alcohol solution that you have prepared. People use alcohol in different concentrations. These concentrations range between 25 and 40 percent. 25 percent alcohol means that it contains 25 parts of pure ethanol and 75 parts pure water. Therefore, to prepare this alcohol solution, take 250 ml of pure ethanol, and combine it with 750 ml of water to make one liter of alcohol.
Next, take either 4 or 5 ounces of your kratom powder and mix it with the 1 liter of alcohol. Stir the powder until it dissolves in the alcohol solution completely.
- Acidify Your Mixture
Acidifying your mixture allows you to convert the alkaloids in your kratom into salts, as it is easier to extract them while they are in solid form.
This is where the citric acid comes in. Take your citric acid and slowly pour it into your alcohol-kratom mixture. While adding the citric acid, place the pH strips into the mixture to measure its pH levels. Stop adding the acid once your pH levels hit 4.
The resulting solution should be a bit sour to taste.
- Intensify your Tincture
As you can tell from its name, this step works to increase the potency of your kratom tincture even further. To intensify your tincture, seal the jar containing the acidified mixture, shake it thoroughly, then store it in a cool place for at least one week. Ensure that the storage location has no exposure to direct sunlight.
- Let it Evaporate
After letting it intensify for one week, take the jar, shake it, and then open it. Now use the strainer or cheesecloth to draw the solution out of the jar. The purpose of the strainer or cheesecloth is to catch any kratom powder particles that have not dissolved in the solution.
After straining the liquid and trapping particles of kratom powder, now pour the solution back into the jar and leave it without sealing it. The solution should start evaporating. The final amount that you are left with should be equivalent to the amount of kratom powder that you used. Therefore, if you used 4 ounces of kratom powder, your final solution should be enough to fill 4 tinctures.
You, therefore, can prepare any amount of tincture based on these calculations.
The best part about kratom tinctures is that they last for very long, with the average period being about a year. Just ensure that you store it in a cool place away from sunlight.
Also, if you are going to be making tinctures using different kratom strains, make sure that you label all of them to avoid confusion.
What is the Appropriate Dosage for a Kratom Tincture?
The enhanced potency of kratom tinctures makes them powerful, as well as potentially dangerous. As such, you need to be careful about your dosage to avoid the terribly nauseating side effects that come with taking a powerful kratom dose. In fact, people new to kratom are advised against using kratom tinctures. Start with basic kratom powder then level up as you get used to the substance. The same goes for novice kratom users as well.
Unfortunately, even for experienced kratom users, there is no standard dosage for kratom tinctures. This is because the ideal dose for an individual depends on their body composition metrics, such as weight, age, sex, and metabolism. The specific strain that you use in your kratom tincture also determines the amount you should take. This is because a potent kratom strain will always yield a more potent tincture and, thus, its dose will be lower than that of a tincture made using a less potent strain.
If your kratom tincture uses a high-quality strain, then half a drop of the tincture should be more than enough to deliver the effects that you desire. If you are not feeling the effects after 30 minutes, take another half a drop.
However, you should never allow yourself to take more than three drops of kratom tincture at a go. That is an extremely high dose and can result either in extreme sedation or in a host of undesirable effects.
Always take your kratom tincture drops sublingually. This means placing the drops beneath your tongue and holding them there for a while until they are fully dissolved in your saliva, which you then swallow. This technique allows for fast absorption of kratom into your bloodstream.
Kratom tinctures are among the best ways of harnessing the benefits of kratom. This is because it is highly potent, meaning that you only have to consume a small dose of the substance to get the effects that you desire. As such, your average pack of kratom powder when converted into a tincture will last for far much longer than it would if it was consumed in its original state. The obvious benefit here is that you will make incredible cost savings by choosing to use kratom tinctures.
Kratom tinctures also offer you diversity. You can make a tincture comprising of your favorite kratom strain plus other herbs to derive all their benefits in just one drop.
Nonetheless, we would recommend that you first try out a kratom tincture from a reputable vendor before making one yourself. This will allow you to get a feel of how a good kratom tincture is like. Have fun.