Have you ever been confused about the difference between Kratom powder and extract? Then you must be a new user or someone who is getting accustomed to the prowess of Kratom. Well, Kratom is basically a tree whose scientific name is Mitragyna Speciosa. This tree is largely found in Southeast Asia. People have been using this herb for a long period of time in Thailand, Malaysia, and other countries for its therapeutic and recreational properties. It is believed that farmers in Thailand used to chew on this herb for energy bursts when they toil hard on the fields. Hence people had discovered the various benefits of this particular plant, a very long time ago. They even knew that it could act as a stimulant for pain relief and as a relaxant, calming down the mind.
The effects of Kratom can be attributed to the alkaloids present in the leaves of Kratom, namely Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. They bind with the proteins present in the opioid receptors of the brain, promoting pain relief and other benefits.
What is Kratom extract?
Kratom extract is just a concentrated form of the Kratom powder. You might be aware that Kratom products are being manufactured in the form of powder and capsules. But the extract form is relatively new in the market with its popularity rising day by day. Kratom extracts are prepared by an extraction process where the active compounds of Kratom are extracted. This process results in a more concentrated form of Kratom when the powdered leaves are boiled for long hours in order to evaporate as much water as possible. The resultant thick paste which is very dark is called the Kratom extract.
Why Kratom extract?
Any new user would definitely ask why he/she has to opt for extracts when they get kratom powder and capsules in the market. One big reason why Kratom is facing a big battle out there is due to the misuse on dosage leading to side-effects on a large scale. Kratom extracts can help curb this dosage problem to an extent. This is due to the fact that Kratom extract is a concentrated form of the Kratom powder, hence the potency is high in the extracts when compared to powder.
Any advanced kratom users can testify how they juggle between small doses and large doses when it comes to Kratom. This is because Kratom acts as a stimulant, relaxant and a mood booster in small doses, whereas large doses can inflict the effect of euphoria and sedation. Hence Kratom extracts can be ideal for this situation since it can produce desired results even in small quantities due to the potency level.
Kratom extract Grading
Kratom extracts even have a grading system, where they are available in 1x, 3x, 5x, 10x, 50x and so on. The 2x kratom extract would be two times more potent than the normal kratom powder. Hence the x refers to the concentration of extract by volume. For example, 5x grading means that 5 grams of Kratom leaves were used in the process of producing 1 gram of extract.
The benefits of Kratom extracts differ from strain to strain but the main uses of the extract include – Relief from stress, anxiety, and pain. It also acts as a potent stimulant and as a sedative in most cases. Borneo Kratom extract, Red Bali Kratom extract, and Indo Kratom extract can act efficiently in cases of stress, anxiety, and depression providing relief. Even these three strains differ in the way they treat anxiety and stress. For example, the action of Red Bali Kratom is stable and prolonged, while Indo Kratom can treat only mild stress since it is not as strong as the Borneo Kratom.
Maeng Da Kratom is usually recommended for pain relief in the cases of arthritis, osteoporosis, and cancer.
In small and precise doses, the extract can effectively treat chronic pain, fibromyalgia, neuralgia, and muscular dystrophy.
Kratom extracts in the liquid form usually come in bottles, with varied sizes. But the standard quantity is around 15ml. The ideal way of consuming Kratom extract is through a dropper. For beginners, the half dropper is recommended to experience the beneficial effects. However, you can increase the dosage if the effects seem to be unsatisfactory. 1 dropper is the threshold limit that advanced Kratom users consume. At this rate, it boosts mood and gives energy while 2 droppers are quite strong and can cause sedation.
It is also important that you shake the bottle well before use and the mode of consumption is by squeezing the content of the extract under your tongue. You are advised not to swallow it.
Usually, people tend to raise questions if Kratom extract could be used with other beverages. Though it depends on the beverage you intend to mix with the extract, it can be harmful if there is no synergy between them.
You shouldn’t consume Kratom extract if you are diabetic or pregnant and also try avoiding it with MAO Inhibitors. Additionally, due to the concentration level, higher doses can cause sweating, nausea, joint pain, restlessness and injury to various organs of the body.
Most people regard Kratom extract to be very expensive, but it is as economical as Kratom powder. This is because you will be needing less volume of extract based on the amount of powder you consume. Hence, with due precautions and at low doses, Kratom extract can be a potent stimulant and pain reliever, improving health and wellness in your life.