Writing an article on Kratom extract could
possibly be the most difficult article I've ever tried to write on ANY subject.
With so many sources on the internet popping up like mushrooms almost daily,
with every new site and product claiming to be the "strongest" or "most potent"
extract available, it becomes nearly impossible to decipher fact from fiction.
I hope to help change all of that.
There are many factors that must be taken into
consideration when choosing a Kratom extract. Among other things, know
that it's NOT just the Mitragyna alkaloid that is responsible for the desired
effects of Kratom. Kratom is a complex plant as are the effects derived
from it. Over 25 alkaloids have been isolated from Kratom, and to preserve
the most pleasurable effects when making a Kratom extract, an extract that is,
Full Spectrum, is not capturing the plant in its natural and
Next, the highest concentration of Kratom
extract that can mathematically and physically be made, especially one that
preserves the complete Full Spectrum alkaloid content and can be made into a
resinous form, is about a 20X or 20:1 extraction ratio. Anything above that is
either marketing hype, an inferior product that has only isolated a few of the
key alkaloids, something that has been seriously adulterated, or simply an
outright lie as to what the product is and/or contains.
Read our "No
Difference Between Kratom Extracts?" article
for rumors circulating on some blogs that are spreading
misinformation about potency of extracts.
Finally, know that no matter what we take into
our bodies, there is a magical property called "maximum absorption rate", no
matter what it is. A simple example is Vitamin-C. So many herbal
supplement manufacturers tout "1000% of the RDA for Vitamin-C", but the reality
is, most of that 1000% will be eliminated by urinating it out. Why? -
Because there is only "so much" (thankfully) that these amazing machines known
as our human bodies can absorb in a particular amount of time before whatever it
is is broken down into something else, or simply digested and eliminated.
With this in mind, and more than almost any
other product, it's important to know and trust whomever you buy your Kratom
products from. Kratom Leaf is far more difficult to adulterate, since it's
just that; plain leaf. But extracts...the potential for adulteration
skyrockets, because unless someone happens to have analytical equipment sitting
in their secret basement laboratory, you need to trust that what you are told
you are getting is actually what you are getting.
And this is where we get the most upset:
There are only a few manufacturers of Kratom extract in existence, and only two
licensed importers of Kratom in the United States that we could fine. From
our research, we've counted just 5 total manufacturers of Kratom and all of its
derivative products worldwide. That's not many! These manufacturers
are the only ones who then supply the over 336 venders (and counting) who now
offer Kratom extracts in one form or another for sale on their websites.
The names vary, the "x" factor varies even
more, and the sheer number of "different" products can be staggering, and if
nothing else; downright confusing. If I'm looking to buy Kratom or some
form of a Kratom extract, how on Earth can I decide WHICH one of the countless
products to buy?
Here are a critical buying tips for
Kratom extracts in detail:
1. Remember the magic extraction number of 20x
or 20:1. Also remember that extracts are typically based on an AVERAGE
alkaloid content of any particular plant. So, if the generally-accepted alkaloid
content of plain, un-extracted Kratom Leaf is about 17mg of mitragynine (5%) per
20 leaves. If each leaf weighs about 1/2 of a gram, twenty leaves would
weigh 10 grams. This means that, for a Kratom extract to be a 120x extract
(we've seen this online!), it would be physically impossible for the extract to
be anything more than a single isolated Kratom alkaoid, and even then, it would
not be in the form of a resin...it would have to be a pure dry, powdered form.
2. As mentioned before, just like Vitamin-C
(and virtually every herbal supplement or food we put into our bodies), only a
certain amount of Kratom can be absorbed before it digests. Taking
anything more than a 20x extract or a typical resin extract of 10x could
potentially be extremely wasteful because of absorption rate.
Assuming that a Kratom extract advertised as a
120x is not actually that to begin with, if by some fluke of physics and
chemistry it actually was that strong, the human body would eliminate most of
this through the body as waste. (No, Kratom doesn't continue absorbing
into the body or bloodstream as it enters the intestines.) So, if it's
more costly than a typical 15x Kratom Extract,
consider how much the benefits, in reality, might outweigh the cost (and, if
it's cheaper than trusted 10x - 20x from your favorite vender, that is even more
reason for concern and suspicion) of the product. I can guarantee that you
will be taken for a ride.
3. It might be worth repeating this as a
mantra to yourself: "Go with a trusted vender when buying Kratom." I
can't stress enough on how important this is, but especially when it comes to
Kratom extracts, tinctures, and even plain leaf in general. As I said
before, there are only a few manufacturers and/or importers of this amazing
plant, and the rest are cheap imitations, or folks trying to take the
Standardized 10x - 20x extracts commercially available, and making it into
something they want to try to make more money from.
So, if you find someone offering a Kratom
extract that is more than that, it's most-likely a derivative of a 20x extract
that has been worked, isolated, and actually weakened by some further
manufacturing process. The "x" factor relies on a NON-STANDARDIZED number,
or percentage of mitragynine alkaloid content, so if some unscrupulous vender
wants to claim that they've got a 35x or a 120x or even a 250x Kratom
extract...what exactly are these numbers based on? - 250x of something that has
almost no active alkaloid content is, in a word; worthless.
As an affiliate, we can associate ourselves
with anyone we wish, and honestly, not only are we mad passionate about Kratom,
we hope to generate enough referrals to pay for this website and the massive
amounts of research we do. As a result, it's in our best interest to align
ourselves with venders who not only have the most reliable and consistent Kratom
products, but the ones who we feel confident referring customers to.
In all truth,
Shaman's Garden are the folks we buy our Kratom from, so we're
proud to pass them onto you.
And one extra piece of advice: When
you're as large as they are (I know for a fact that they started counting their
orders at 1,000 orders, and they are now up to 175,000 as of this writing)
there's no way to please everyone. They are the biggest and best for one
reason alone; they provide a superior product with superior customer service.
We've actually tested out several venders'
100% Guarantees, and IAmShaman Shop and Shaman's Garden are the only ones who
allowed us a true "no questions asked" return or replacement of our Kratom.
(WOW!) I know we all want to think that every order will be without problems or
issues, but on those rare occasions that there is a problem, it's nice to know
that the company you made your purchase from is there for you.
So, do I trust them to actually offer the
strength of Kratom extracts that they say they do? - Without question! Do
I trust that they actually DO have their own farm where they grow their own "Private
Reserve" products? - Without a doubt. Does any of that make
any difference when making my Kratom purchase? - Without question.
A Few General Words on Extracts
The word "extract" means to remove,
or take out, especially by force. Plant have been extracted for centuries, to
either concentrate or make the active components more available to the user.
In fact, people don't think about it, but common tea is a form of plant
extraction! When discussed in terms of kratom extract, however, the word
"extract" is used as a noun with a very specific meaning. Namely, "a preparation
containing the active ingredient of a substance in a concentrated form."
The majority of natural essences are obtained by extracting the essential oils
from the blossoms, fruit, and roots of plants. In the case of fruit flavors,
such as banana, cherry, currant, and others, extracts are produced by chemical
combinations of compound ethers, special oils, and dyes to achieve the desired
colors. The most common ethers employed in this process are acetic and butyric.
In the case of kratom extract, the herbal benefits of this amazingly diverse
plant are removed from the leaves and condensed into a more powerful form.
Freshly picked kratom leaves ensure that the extract will be as potent as
possible. The various strengths are measured by the amount of leaf that is
reduced to an gram of extract. So, in the case of 10x extract, ten grams of
leaves result in one gram of extract. Stronger kratom extracts will likewise be
drawn from more leaves into one gram of powder, which, unlike some extracts
which take the form of resin, will mix easily and thoroughly with all liquids.
Specific to Mitragyna speciosa