How Kratom Extracts are Made
By Loki on Monday, October 5 2015, 22:45 - Permalink
Learn how Kratom extracts are made in this simple guide!
Even though extracts are commonly bought online, not many people know how kratom extracts are made. Interestingly, if people knew how a lot of these extracts were made, they likely wouldn't pay as much as they do for them online, which makes it good for any kratom user to understand in order to save money in the future.
Types of Extracts
There are a few common types of kratom extracts, water extracts and full-spectrum extracts, however, there are a variety of other kratom extraction techniques, such as acid to base and super-critical co2 extractions. However, these require a large amount of experience to do correctly, and can even be dangerous in the wrong hands, especially acid to base extractions. Water extractions are the most common, and they are extremely easy to make. Typically, these are done by taking kratom powder and putting it into water. At this point, it is either heated at moderate temperatures for a period of time, or let sit for a much longer period of time in room-temperature or cool areas. Once certain the majority of alkaloids are extracted into the water, the powder is removed and the liquid is left to evaporate.
This process creates a powder that is much more alkaloid-concentrated compared to the original material, and it can easily dissolve in water -- basically it is an evaporated kratom tea extraction. There are some other tricks that extractors use to increase potency, but these are variable. This extraction doesn't contain the entirety of alkaloids found in plain leaf, so it may not be completely the same as the original leaf.
The other main kind of extract is the full-spectrum extract, this is done by using both water and a non-polar substance, like ethanol, methanol or others. This can get a lot more out of the leaf than a simple water extraction, but there is a lot more plant oil and chlorophyll found in this extraction. When not run through a purification process, this result is known as kratom resin. Which can still be pretty potent, depending on how good the original leaf is.
The other forms of extraction are far too in depth and difficult to discuss in a short blog post, but for those who are interested, take a class in organic chemistry in order to get a feel for alkaloids. This will help you to have a well-rounded understanding, enough to go for the more purified extractions without the same risk of danger that would confront someone unfamiliar with the science behind extractions.