Kratom can be bought in a variety of preparations these days, with the most common being powders and extracts. Although it’s good to have options, which one is the right choice for you? Can any one of the two be considered universally superior to the other? Let’s find answers to those questions and more next.
Kratom powder is the first form or preparation that we get after the initial processing of Mitragyna speciosa (kratom plant) leaves. Now, the processing will vary widely, depending on the particular methodology followed, as well as the desired effects of a particular batch. Nevertheless, the basic steps that turn kratom leaves into powder are as follows:
- The leaves are extracted, cleaned, and then sundried until they reach the required stage of dryness
- Large scale production facilities may choose to artificially dry the leaves for faster production
- Once the kratom leaves have reached the required dryness, they are then grinded to a crushed, powdery form via mechanical/manual means
- Either this powder will be packed as crushed kratom powder, or it will be ground further down into a finer powder
Kratom extracts are more concentrated than even the finest kratom powder, as they are obtained by boiling fine kratom powder and then drying it out until only the most concentrated essence of kratom paste is left behind. This paste is then dried further and processed into super fine and extremely concentrated kratom powder. Some prefer to directly boil the leaves, instead of crushing them into a powder first.
As we can clearly see here, kratom extract powder and regular kratom powder are vastly different products. In other words, extracts are a much more concentrated, purer form of kratom than kratom powder, and far richer in mitragynine, 7-hydroxy mitragynine, mitraphylline, and other alkaloids that provide kratom with its properties.
Is Kratom Extract a Superior Product than Kratom Powder?
Kratom extract is significantly more concentrated than kratom powder, which means kratom extracts are also considerably more potent as well. Surprisingly, that does not necessarily make extracted products better for the user. There is a limit to how much kratom your body can absorb at once to reap maximum benefits from the dose. Once we cross that limit, we are getting dangerously close to overdose territory.
Also, to get a good extract of kratom, you need to know about the original leave’s strain, vein, and alkaloid content first. It can be either dangerous or quite useless to invest in a kratom concentrate that does not tell you exactly how potent the source itself was.
Why is the Origin of Your Kratom Extract More Important than High Grading?
The grading system only indicates how much powder was used to get the extract from, not necessarily the extract’s potency. For example, 100 grams of 15x graded kratom extract only indicates that 1.5 kilograms of kratom powder was processed to get 100 grams of the extract. Now, it’s quite possible and even likely that the original powder’s alkaloid content was so low that 1.5kg of kratom powder only had 100 grams of kratom concentrate in it.
At the same time, a 3x grading on your 100-gram kratom packet may suggest just 300 grams of powder was potent enough to produce 100 grams of the kratom concentrate. Grades only matter when you are comparing kratom extracts derived from the same source plant matter.