Kratom Tinctures: How to Make Kratom Tinctures?
One of the advantages of using Kratom is flexibility in the mode of administration. This makes it very easy for everyone to find a method they can work with. Even better, users can customize most of these methods to their liking. For instance, if you want to take Kratom powder through Toss N Wash, you can decide to take it with some of your favorite drinks, which will leave you with a pleasant taste in the mouth without affecting the results of the compound.
On the other hand, we have other methods which offer you the freedom to prepare the Kratom in a way that you like. What do I mean? Well, did you know that you can make Kratom capsules from the comfort of your home? Yes, you can, and it’s a straightforward process. You can check it out here. If you are more into some Kratom tea, you can also buy some accessories from multiple online stores, which will allow you to brew your own Kratom tea and add up some flavors to improve the taste and overall experience.
Kratom Tincture is one of the other methods of taking Kratom. It’s very effective, plus it is known to deliver results pretty fast. Unfortunately, buying Kratom tinctures is really difficult, and the few stores that still stock them usually charge a lot. Here is the good news though, you can make Kratom tinctures right from home. This is not only convenient, but it gives you the power to decide what is included in the tinctures, and hence, the cases of adulteration or other similar issues shouldn’t be a problem to you. Here is the thing though, you have to get the method right; otherwise you could end up making a weak or completely useless tincture which will be a waste of your time and hard-earned money.
What is a Kratom Tincture?
A Kratom tincture is a thick liquid solution obtained after extracting Kratom alkaloid and dissolving them into an alcohol-based solvent. Alcohol helps in the extraction process, making sure that the maximum amount of the alkaloids is extracted. In the end, you are left with a highly concentrated solution that is rich in alkaloids.
The most commonly used alcohol is Ethanol. 25% of Ethanol is alcohol, while the rest of it is made up of other organic substances such as water. The alcohol helps keep the alkaloids intact, thus making sure that the final tincture is potent and highly effective.
How to Make Kratom Tincture?
The process is actually very easy, but you have to pay attention and make sure that you get it correctly. Here are the items that you require:
- Tincture bottle
- Mason jar
- Cheesecloth or any other fine strainer
- Ethanol (80 – 100 proof)
- Citric acid
- pH Strips
Of course, you also need to get your Kratom strain, and obviously, it should be a strain with the properties that you want. You should also have a sizeable amount of Kratom to get enough tincture for your next few doses. Most people would usually start with between 4 to 6 ounces. This should be the lowest starting point, so if you want more tincture, then you can increase the Kratom powder.
With your accessories in place, the following are the steps that will help you make potent tinctures.
- Mix the Kratom powder with Ethanol
Measure the amount of Kratom powder you want and put it inside the mason jar. You can also use any other container here, but preferably, it should be a glass jar. You can then add the Ethanol into the jar such that it submerges the powder.
The rule here is to mix 1 liter of Ethanol for every 4 ounces of Kratom powder. So if you are making a tincture using like 6 ounces, you’ll need 1 ½ liter of Ethanol if; it’s 8 ounces, then you need 2 liters of the alcohol. You shouldn’t have any problems balancing the two with this ratio.
- Add citric acid
Take your citric acid and slowly add it to the jar containing Kratom and Ethanol. As you are adding the acid, you should use the pH strips to monitor the pH of the mixture. The idea here is to acidify the blend. This makes it much easier for the Kratom alkaloids to turn into a salt form, which is easy to extract. You should stop adding the acid as soon as the pH hits 4. After making Kratom tinctures several times, you should be able to know the sufficient amount of citric acid required without using the strips.
The final solution should also have a sour taste, which is maintained to the final tincture, so in case your final product has a different taste, then something must be wrong.
- Shake and store the jar
After attaining the desired pH, seal the mason jar and shake it intermittently. You can then take the jar and store it in a cool dark area where it is not exposed to direct sunlight. It should be stored for a week or two. This helps in increasing the potency of the solution.
Since the storage requires at least one week, you may want to plan accordingly on how much Kratom tincture you will be making and how frequently you’ll be doing it to avoid disappointments of your reserve running out unexpectedly. The good news is that Kratom tincture can last for months, so making bulk amounts doesn’t hurt. Just ensure that you follow the procedure correctly to avoid ending up with lots of useless tinctures.
- Separate any remaining Kratom powder
After the one or two weeks are over, go and pick your jar, shake it thoroughly again, and then use a cheesecloth to separate the solution from any Kratom powder that could be remaining. You can also use any other fine strainer for this purpose.
With the solution and the remaining powder separated, you can go ahead and dispose of the powder and then pour the solution back into the jar. Don’t seal the jar this time around. Just leave it open for the solution to evaporate. This should leave behind just enough of the concentrated solution, which should match with the amount of Kratom powder that you used i.e., if you used 6 ounces of Kratom powder, the final solution after evaporation should also be enough to fill 6 tincture droppers.
How to Use Kratom Tincture?
Using Kratom tinctures is very easy. Use a dropper to collect the amount of Kratom tincture you need and then drop it below your tongue. Let it rest there for some time as it gets absorbed into your system. Avoid swallowing it before the absorption is done.
How Much Kratom Should I Use?
Kratom tinctures are usually very concentrated, and hence there’s no room for messing around with the doses. You must always take just the amount you need; otherwise, you could find yourself nursing adverse reactions.
Two to four drops of Kratom tincture are usually enough to produce the desired results. Beginners can start with as little as half a drop. This helps to keep the adverse reactions at bay as your body gets acclimated to the new compound. You can then increase the doses over time slowly.
If you are an experienced Kratom user, you can start with 2 drops, which seem to work for most people. However, if you don’t notice any results or if they are negligible, you can go ahead and add another drop after 20 minutes. Avoid taking more than 4 drops as it is more harmful than it is beneficial.
Pros of Kratom Tincture
- Works pretty fast
- Easy to use
- Tinctures have a long shelf life (up to a year)
- Can be used to deliver different effects
Cons of Kratom Tinctures
- Effectiveness could fluctuate depending on how keen you are with the process
- Can be costly especially if you are buying the tinctures
There’s one main thing that you need to remember when taking Kratom tinctures; dosage. Kratom tinctures are very concentrated, which makes them powerful, and hence, high doses can be very problematic. They don’t just increase the risk of adverse reactions, but they could also lead to tolerance, particularly if you use them too frequently. That said, tinctures are definitely one of the best ways of enjoying your favorite Kratom benefits really fast.