For hundreds of years, and likely much longer, people have been creating tinctures from herbs in order to obtain a desired effect. The reason for this is because, if done correctly, a tincture is able to concentrate the potency of the base herb and make use of the herb much more convenient and effective. By creating a kratom tincture extract, one can surpass the bulk of pain leaf and have an effective means of getting kratom’s effects without any of the inconvenience. This kratom tincture guide will help provide a good base in order to buy, or create your own.
Depending on the method used to extract and isolate alkaloids, you can obtain very different types of kratom tinctures. Like many other kratom extracts, one of the most common, and easiest tincture to create is a full spectrum extract, which combines all the alkaloids of a the base kratom leaf.
Other varieties of kratom tincture often try to isolate specific alkaloids such as 7-hydroxymitragynine, with more or less success depending upon the person making them. As these alkaloid isolate kratom tinctures are more costly to create, they often cost much more per potency than plain leaf or full spectrum kratom tinctures.
For anyone new to kratom tinctures, the best place to start is with a full spectrum extract. From there, one can determine what is ideal for them.
Anyone who is interested in this topic but doesn’t want to pay the high costs associated buying a kratom tincture, making one can be a good idea, given that you are willing to put a bit of effort into it. The kratom tincture recipe that follows will create a standard full spectrum kratom tincture, and is one of the easiest to create, yet still effective.
Note that the plain leaf you use in the kratom tincture is important. Whatever variety of kratom you use, will show in the extract. For a lighter, more energizing experience a white vein strain would be ideal, whereas for a more analgesic effect, a red vein strain such as RVB or RVI would be best.
In order to make a quality kratom liquid extract, it is necessary to get the prerequisite items before starting:
By having these ingredients, you will be well on your way towards making a quality tincture.
1. The first step in making a quality tincture is high quality kratom, and it is a good idea to start with at least 4 ounces of kratom. Once you have obtained the necessary kratom, you will need to put the kratom in your sealable jar and submerge it with your ethanol/water solution at the ratio of 1 liter alcohol/water to 8 ounces of kratom. You could potentially use water alone for the extract, but it would lack some qualities, similar to kratom tea.
2. At this point, you will want to add your citric acid. This will drop the alkaloids into salt form, helping both the extraction and preserving process. It is a good idea to add enough citric acid to drop the PH level of the solution to below 4, as gauged by PH strips. Without the ph strips, the process may be tougher. Overdoing the citric acid can cause sores, like the ones that come from eating too much sour candy, and it will need to be diluted.
3. At this point, you will want to seal the container and shake it vigorously for a few minutes. Then comes the hardest part, waiting. In order to fully extract the alkaloids, you will want to place the container in a dark area (closet is good), for around a week.
4. After the week is up, you will need to strain the alcohol and water alkaloid saturated liquid through a cheese cloth or other fine strainer. At this point, you can throw away the remaining leaf material. Take the extracted liquid and pour it back into the glass container and wait for around half of it to evaporate.
Measure the amount of liquid remaining and pour it into a quality amber tincture vial and you are done!
In order to use the tincture effectively, it will be necessary to know its potency. In order to do this, take how many grams of kratom you started with and divide it by the ml of resulting tincture. Now you will have a good idea of what kratom tincture dosage to use to get equivalent effects. However, you should note that not all alkaloids will be extracted, and some will oxidize, making it slightly less potent than plain leaf, however, as a benefit there are also less side effects resultant from the liquid kratom extract.
As a side note, the tincture should be stored in a cool dark location, a fridge should work as long as the bottle is sealed properly.
For those, however, who do not choose to create their own extract, I would suggest looking through kratom tincture reviews at a popular kratom community website in order to find one that fits your needs; this may take a bit of trial and error, but it can be very rewarding.