The introduction to Kratom Tincture
For as long as humans have been turning herbs and plants into all-natural medicines there have been tinctures.
Designed to concentrate the overall potency of any one particular herb, making the essence of that plant a lot more effective in delivering the benefits that it would have offered “raw”, a tincture works to increase the bioavailability of those potent molecules and biochemicals and provides a much more consistent delivery mechanism, too.
Kratom tincture options have become incredibly popular over the last few years as the overall popularity of kratom skyrockets.
People today are (understandably) excited at the idea of being able to avoid the hassle, headache, and unnecessary expense of buying raw kratom leaves to get the all-natural healing benefits of this plant when they can simply choose to use quality kratom tinctures for a lot less money and a lot less inconvenience.
To better understand everything that a kratom tincture has to offer and why you might want to consider buying (or even making your own) kratom tinctures going forward we have put together this quick guide.
What Are Kratom Tinctures?
Tinctures might sound overly complex or scientific, but in practice, they are pretty much as simple and as straightforward as an all-natural medicine can get.
The basic idea is this; you take some sort of alcohol (neutral alcohol) and combine it with organic compounds like kratom. The alcohol works as a high-powered solvent that maintains the overall alkaloid structures found throughout organic compounds like kratom that would have otherwise broken down if mixed with other liquids.
Kratom tinctures most commonly utilize ethanol in a 25% alcohol to 75% water or neutral oil combination, designed to pull out as many of the potent biochemicals contained within kratom plants while increasing the overall effectiveness of the ability for those biochemicals to get into your bloodstream when the tincture is consumed.
Usually, you will have to use quite a bit of raw materials (kratom leaves) to produce even just a small amount of kratom tincture. At the end of the day, though, that tincture is highly concentrated and very stable – meaning you will be able to use that tincture for years beyond the raw materials breaking down all on their own.
Are Kratom Tinctures Safe?
Anytime you are thinking about putting something in your body you need to be 100% sure that it is going to be safe, that it is pure and stable, and that you aren’t going to have to deal with a whole rash of side effects and potential health risks in a short or long-term.
Kratom tinctures sold by reputable vendors are as trustworthy as they come, and there are no real inherent risks to using kratom tinctures compared to other delivery mechanisms of this all-natural herb and medicine.
One of the biggest benefits of using a kratom tincture compared to more traditional methods is that you get a lot more control over individual doses, particularly at lower level dosages. You get a lot more “bang for your buck” with a kratom tincture as well because the concentration and the potency levels of tinctures are through the roof.
Different tinctures can be made by combining kratom with other herbs to provide more powerful pain relievers, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory solutions, and antianxiety/anti-depression all-natural medicines.
As long as you use a neutral alcohol like ethanol and a neutral oil (or water) to make up the tincture base you shouldn’t ever have anything to worry about as far as overall health and wellness risks are concerned.
Factor that in with the ability for a kratom tincture to remain stable and usable for at least 12 months (and oftentimes even longer than that) with no real degradation and it’s easy to see why so many people choose kratom tinctures when they have the opportunity to do so.
What to Look For When Buying Kratom Tinctures
Now that we have covered the basics of why you might want to move forward with a kratom tincture, it’s important to start drilling down into the nitty-gritty – like what to look for before you start to shop for quality tinctures on the market today.
The type of alcohol and the specific methods used to extract the individual isolate alkaloids in a tincture are a major piece of the puzzle. Choose the wrong type of extraction and you might end up with something that is very weak or ineffective entirely.
You want to be on the lookout for something called “full-spectrum extract”, a solution that combines all of the alkaloids with the base of the kratom leaf itself. This provides you to take advantage of everything that the kratom plant has to offer is highly condensed and concentrated tincture forms.
Another approach might be to isolate very specific alkaloids (like 7-hydroxy mitragynine, for example) within the actual tincture itself. These kinds of tinctures are usually a little more expensive because they involve a more complex and convoluted extraction process, but at the end of the day, they can produce very specific benefits that full-spectrum solutions may not cater to.
For obvious reasons, most people start off with full-spectrum extracts to see if they suit their needs right down to the ground before moving into more specialized options with specific alkaloid focuses.
On top of that, you’ll also want to look into the specific strain of kratom being used to create tinctures. There are some “general” kratom options on the market today that combine all different kinds of strains and varieties of this herb, but most of the time you’ll find a lot more luck with strain-specific tinctures.
Not only are the strain-specific options more focused and more consistent, but they are also usually quite a bit more stable and provide more accessible and bioavailable benefits than general kratom tinctures that seem to have been sort of cobbled together.
Can I Make My Own Kratom Tinctures?
While purchasing kratom tincture options from quality vendors is the easiest way to get your hands on this all-natural herbal remedy, you can also go down the road of making your own if you’re interested in putting in that kind of effort and delaying the gratification of using your new tincture for a little while.
The recipe is pretty simple and straightforward (especially if you are focusing only on making a full-spectrum kratom tincture) and getting your hands on the ingredients couldn’t be any easier thanks to the power of the internet today, either.
What you’ll need to do is collect:
- An ethanol and water mixture
- Citric acid
- A glass container that can be sealed
- Tincture bottles
- pH Balance strips
- A section of cheesecloth or a fine strainer/sieve
… And of course, the kratom material that you’re looking to extract the essential alkaloids from, to begin with.
You’ll want only the highest quality and purest kratom available, ideally at least 4 ounces of the stuff to create ½ ounce of tincture or so – and you want to make sure that the strain of kratom is consistent unless you’re making a more general tincture as you go along.
The step-by-step directions can be sourced online (YouTube will be your best friend if you are more of a visual learner) but the whole process from start to finish will take about 30 minutes to an hour – and even less after you have gone through the process a couple of times and have some experience under your belt.
An obvious benefit to making your own kratom tincture is that you’ll save a mountain of money compared to commercially available options but that you’ll also be able to make a whole lot more tincture as well.
You can add other herbs and enzymes to the finished product as you see fit later down the line, too, creating powerful concoctions that may not have been commercially produced anywhere else.
Kratom Tincture Dosage Details
When you get right down to it, it’s important to remember that kratom tincture products are highly concentrated and very potent – even if they are marketed or advertised as generally quite mild.
It’s recommended that a lot of beginners to the world of kratom instead choose to use plain leaf or kratom powder before they start to fool around with tinctures, if only because they are so much more powerful, so much more potent, and so much more concentrated.
Even just a couple of drops of tincture will provide you with the same kind of powerhouse results that quite a bit more kratom powder or even more kratom leaf would have been able to.
Dosing is very important and you’ll want to start off with far lower dosages than you think you can handle right out of the gate just to get a feel for what those dosages are really like. Start small, ramp things up from thereafter you have a little bit of experience, and always try to use as little kratom tincture as possible. A little bit really does go a long (LONG) way.