How to use kratom extracts safely and responsibly?
Extracts offer a more concentrated form of kratom, with some touting the extracts as stronger and more potent than regular kratom powder. Kratom extracts are concentrated forms of kratom made by boiling down kratom leaf powder into a dense resin or semi-solid extract. The process removes the bulk of the leaf matter and leaves behind the main active alkaloids, most notably mitragynine, and 7-hydroxy mitragynine. This makes a smaller amount of extract equal to a larger amount of leaf powder. Extracts are commonly sold as 15x, 25x, 50x, or higher, with the number referring to the amount of leaf material used to make that concentrate. So, a 15x extract means 15 grams of leaves were boiled down to make 1 gram of extract.
- More concentrated – Require a much smaller dose to feel effects. This makes extracts convenient and portable.
- Faster acting – Kratom extracts tend to kick in faster than powder, as little as 5-10 minutes compared to 30-45 minutes.
- Appealing taste – Some find the flavor of extracts more pleasant and easier to ingest than regular kratom powder.
- Higher potency – Due to concentrated alkaloids, extracts can provide stronger stimulation and pain-relieving effects. However, higher potency also increases risks if used irresponsibly.
Use Kratom Extracts
- Start low – When first using a new extract, start with a small dose, as little as 1 gram. It allows you to assess its potency and your tolerance.
- Avoid frequent use – Limit extract use to no more than once or twice per week, with several days off in between. Frequent daily extract use quickly leads to tolerance buildup.
- Do not mix with other substances – Be especially cautious mixing extracts with alcohol, benzos, opioids, or other central nervous system depressants. Never drive or operate machinery when using extracts.
- Stay hydrated – Extracts are dehydrating, so drink plenty of water before, during, and after use. Avoid using extracts when already dehydrated.
- Rotate strains and varieties – Rotate between different strain colors and vein types, as well as between regular powder and extracts. This prevents building tolerance to any one single product.
- Avoid long-term daily use – Dependency and withdrawal are possible with regular long-term use. Follow suggested guidelines and avoid consistent daily extract use.
- Purchase from reputable vendors – Research vendors and only buy lab-tested extracts from trusted suppliers. Beware of gas station/head shop products of dubious quality.
- Consult your doctor – As with any supplement, consult your physician before using kratom shots, especially if taking any medications or if you have any medical conditions.
- Monitor yourself – Pay close attention to your mind and body’s response to extracts. Adjust dose and frequency accordingly to remain safe and responsible.
When used occasionally, carefully, and correctly, kratom extracts can provide a convenient concentrated boost for those who have built some tolerance to regular leaf powder. With smart self-regulation, kratom extracts are used safely to enhance your well-being. The principles of balance and self-control are key to keeping kratom extracts an ally rather than a liability.