Benefits and Dangers of Kratom Extract
Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as kratom is a plant that belongs to the same family as coffee. Found within southeastern Asian countries like Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia, this humble plant has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity over the few years as it started gaining traction in other regions in the world.
Historically, Kratom is popular in traditional forms of medicine and has use as a sedative and a stimulant. The supplement also comes in varying forms. It is available as a tablet, powder or extract. However, each one of these are different from each other and it is very important to know the pros and cons of the form of Kratom you are ingesting.
Within this article, we are going to be looking at the Pros and Cons of Kratom Extract when placed against another popular means of ingesting Kratom – as a powder.
Kratom Extract vs. Powder: How they stack up
To make Kratom powder, the plant material is used as soon as it hits maturity. The leaves of the adult Kratom plant are dried before they are crushed. They crush the leaves finely and continuously before they ultimately turn out as fine powder. Most Kratom powder is from the whole plant with nothing missing from it.
Kratom extract on the other hand is more concentrated. But it shares some similarities with how Kratom powder is made as well. The key difference is with extracts, extra steps go into making it a lot more concentrated. The powder or dry plant leaves are boiled and strained, making it more like brewing tea. This way, they extract all the alkaloids, making it a lot more potent. These extra measures make kratom extracts more expensive and potent compared to powder and other ingestion methods.
Written on the labels of most Kratom extract is a ratio, most likely 2:1 which shows that the extract is twice as strong as other forms of ingestion. Because extracts contain more alkaloids than powder, they tend to be more potent. Thanks to the high concentration of alkaloids, extracts also appear darker in color than usual.
Extracts do not only come as liquids, but are also available in powder form as fine powder and in liquid form as tinctures.
Understanding the ratio
It is important to understand the meaning of the ratio indicated on the leaf of every Kratom extract. Because the major difference between the powder and extract is its strength and this is displayed as a ratio. It could be 3:1, 4:1 etc. a package with a 2:1 ratio for example means the extract is twice as strong as the kratom powder.
The extract dose one takes should always be in relation to the dose of Kratom powder that’s typical. This is to prevent overdose and experiencing nasty side effects.
How do I use my kratom extract?
Because extracts tend to be of higher potency than other forms of ingesting, it is important to pay special attention to the amount one is ingesting per time. Difference in concentration doesn’t only make one more effective than the other, it also influences the euphoric quality you derive from one form over the other.
In a situation where one attempts to take the same dose of extract as you had been taking of powder or other ingestion means, it is very likely you would experience side effects associated with an overdose. Some side effects include vomiting, nausea, headache, and drowsiness.
For the powder, a regular dose could start from 1 – 2 grams with one being for absolute beginners and growing slowing over time to two doses. Anything above 3 grams is considered a high dose and could cause numerous side effects.
When dealing with extracts, deciding the right dosage could be a lot more complicated. This is because they reference most extracts in 2x, 5x, 10x which is a representation of the amount of powder to make the extract. It is also important to bear in mind that the right dose varies from person to person. With Kratom, the best and most important advice regarding dosing is to start small. In this case, start from the powder and work up to the extract. Use as little extract as possible and increase the dosage over time. Once you find a dose that fits your need, stick to it.
Side Effects of Kratom Extract
Kratom extracts are amazing but at high doses, one is prone to numerous side effects. Some of these are:
- Loss of appetite
These side effects can be mild to severe, depending upon the amount of product consumed.
Benefits of Kratom Extract
The benefits of Kratom are well-documented. There are numerous user testimonials that are available with a quick search. The presence of the American Kratom Association is also a testament to the fact that the supplement has numerous benefits. Research is ongoing to fully understand the wide range of benefits the supplement proffers:
A low dose of kratom powder may be beneficial in many ways. such as:
- Increase energy level
- Increase sexual stamina
- Improves mood
- Elevate the mood
- Increase social behavior
- Relieve discomfort
With Kratom extract, the effects are a lot more intense and set in faster than the powder. The effects kick in within a few minutes of of ingesting. With that in mind, some say kratom extract:
- Relieves discomfort
- Helps ease stress
- Stimulant (some types)
Kratom Extract vs. Powder – Which is better?
This is a question without one correct answer. This is because irrespective of the form of Kratom you ingest, you still enjoy certain benefits from the supplement. What changes however is the intensity of the benefits you enjoy.
For example, If a person is already consuming kratom and wants stronger effects, he/she might consider going for the extract. The high amount of alkaloids likely cannot harm him; rather, it will likely cause a high effect.
But for a beginner, without experience with kratom products, the recommendation is to begin with the kratom powder. The best advice is to begin with a low dose at the beginning and continue to work your way up with increased doses so as not to build a resistance to the supplement.
Another thing to consider is the cost, which gives kratom powder an advantage over the extract as it is less expensive. Kratom extract is concentrated, and therefore it takes extra efforts in preparation. This is the reason kratom extract can be expensive.