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Differentiating Between Kratom Powder and Extracts

Jemi Fischbach

If you ever peruse a Kratom store, you may notice that there are tons of different products to choose from, and like many natural substances, each has their benefits. You see capsules, extract, powders, and teas in many stores, and figuring out which to buy is sometimes overwhelming. Two products that consumers have trouble differentiating between are the powders and the extracts. While both of these products look similar, their ratios of potency are vastly different. To better understand these products, it is helpful to know more about the plant.

Mitragyna Speciosa

Kratom’s origins lie deep in Southeast Asian rainforests, where the hot temperatures and humid soil create the perfect habitat for the tropical evergreen, mitragyna speciosa. These trees are coveted among the locals as they have been used for their healing properties. Kratom is a refined substance from the leaves of this tree, and the potency and alkaloid makeup of the plant is tailored throughout the cultivation process.

As word spread from Southeast Asia of Kratom’s miraculous benefits, more people within North America started to gain interest in the substance. With this growth in popularity, US legislators made moves to put harsh restrictions in place to stop the correct information from spreading about Kratom, so primarily the information that is out there inaccurate or wrong. These restrictions also prevent adequate research from being conducted, which makes the data less clear.

When looking at powders and extracts, there is not as much research as Kratom enthusiasts would hope, making choosing a product even more challenging. If someone wants to find out more about these substances’ studies, it can be very challenging to track down accurate research.

Kratom Extracts

The Kratom extract you see for sale is probably one of the most potent products you can buy. It is a concentrated solution that is created using heat. Many people often think that all extracts come in oil or liquid form, but this is not always the case. Kratom extracts usually come in powder form, which can look remarkably similar to other bulk powders, but it is important to understand that they are very different products. The extract is made by taking Kratom powder, and sometimes leaves, and boiling them.

Through the boiling process, the alkalines within the Kratom can be extracted into the water. After this solution has been boiled, it is strained to remove solid materials and debris. This tea solution is then further simmered so that more water is released, and all that is left is a highly concentrated dark paste. This paste can be ground into a powder or left as is.

Kratom Powder

Kratom powder is not as concentrated as the extract, but it does look similar. The powder is usually the base form of many Kratom products as it can be turned into the extract or encapsulated so that it is easily swallowed. Some people even make tea or bake with the Kratom powder to quickly ingest the substance. The powder is created from the dried mitragyna speciosa leaves. After they are dried by hanging or in the sun, they are ground into a fine powder. Many powders then undergo various lab tests to ensure that there are no contaminants or biological hazards.

How To Spot The Difference

If you are an inexperienced Kratom user, you probably will have difficulty identifying the powders vs. the extract when you are at a store or searching a website. The best way to ensure that you are buying a product you understand is by doing so from a reputable retailer. These places will almost always have clear and concise labeling as well as staff or support teams you can contact to get more information.

If you were going to compare the two visually, the extract would be darker as the plant’s lighter materials have been removed. The smell of the extract will also be sharper as there are more alkaloids present.

Look For The Ratio

When you are purchasing an extract, it will usually say on it 2x or 2:1. These ratios are generally compared to the powder counterparts, so they are twice as concentrated, which means double the active ingredients. Identifying this ratio first before purchasing will ensure you are getting the product you desire. If you are buying the extract, only a small amount will be needed to achieve the desired aroma, so you will have to tailor your intake based on the concentration level.

When buying a powder or extract, the number one rule is to buy from someone who is lab-testing. If they are not, they are not a reputable retailer and should not be supported. Lab-tested Kratom guarantees your safety and the continued positive reputation of Kratom. A better reputation is a critical component of getting Kratom more widely recognized.

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