Kratom – Facts and Extracts… More Bang for Your Buck?
For someone new to discovering the benefits and varieties of kratom, the purchasing choices can be almost overwhelming… and the information is often confusing & conflicting.
- Are 15X kratom extracts really 15 times more potent than “traditional” kratom powders & leaves?
- Is one seller’s kratom stronger/better/safer then another sellers?
- How can I tell if I’m buying real kratom leaves?
It’s my hope to offer some aid in helping you making good decisions (or at least help you to avoid the really bad decisions), when it comes to purchasing kratom “Incense”.
Please understand the limitations of this article, which should be considered editorial, because a lot of the conclusions made herein are a result of my own search for “the truth”, when it comes to buying this amazing leaf. The claims contained herein are sensible choices, but are more importantly my own personal choices, based on my wants, concerns and tastes – which may not necessarily correspond to yours. I encourage you, the reader, to continue your own research, and decide on what is right for you, based on your wants, concerns and choices. OK -Let’s begin!
KRATOM EXTRACTS: Upon first blush, it seems to make sense (and save dollars) to purchase 28 grams (that’s one ounce) of “15X Full Spectrum Kratom” for $80*, Then an ounce of “Commercial Kratom” leaf or powder for $10*… after all, it’s 15X stronger, and only 10X the cost – right?
Well, most likely, not. I’ve done quite a lot of first-hand and internet research on this, and in my opinion, along with the general consensus from many other users in piles of forums, is that a “good starter dose” of 15X extracts are usually around 2 or 3 grams. As it turns out, a “good starter dose” of a quality standard commercial leaf or leaf powder is around 7-10 grams, or 3 to 5 times the amount buy kratom powder bulk of 15X Kratom. Well, 15X kratom is usually priced upwards of 10-to-15 times more expensive by weight (8 times the amount in my example*), so you’ll likely pay more per dose for the 15X extract then for the equivalent dose of plain leaf or powder. Yes, you need to use more product, which may be unpleasant to you, but there are options that may fit your lifestyle, such as capsules.
Something else to think about… by definition, an extract must be removing (extracting) something, in order to “concentrate something else”, and be an extract, right? Now, I really love fresh-squeezed orange juice for breakfast, it’s really delicious, in taste and texture and aftertastes. “Frozen from concentrate” orange juice, is an orange juice extract… are they the same? I’m not saying that fresh-squeezed OJ is better or worse than “Concentrate”, but it IS different, & I personally hate that tin-can taste you get from concentrate – but you need to choose what “flavor” is right for you – the same holds true when choosing your “flavor” of kratom.
CRAZY EXTRACT CLAIMS: If you’ve been researching, you’ve probably seen 35X, 50X… 120X… even 250X Kratom extracts. WOW, this must be some potent stuff! Truth be told, the “X” in that number is arbitrary, but, since the typical Mitragyna speciosa (kratom leaf) alkaloid content is right-around 5%, we’ll use that number as the value of “1X Kratom”. OK, this means that anyone claiming more than a 20X extract has performed a miracle – they’ve extracted more than 100% (5% times 20 = 100%) of the alkaloids in those leaves!! Do you really want to “dose-up” on something sold as what must be a lie (or at least a careful deception)? Personally, I’m also dubious of anything labeled & branded as “Super” or “Ultra” or “ultimate”… you get the idea.
PLEASE, STAY AWAY FROM KRYPTON! This product has sometimes been marketed as a 50X kratom, or Krypton Kratom, but it’s a product that has been adulterated with another, very strong synthetic opioid – this stuff can be lethal! I personally feel it’s best to stay-clear of anything that is being branded as “fortified”… stick with Mother Nature… Mother Nature is wise, Mother Nature knows best!
CONCLUSION: As you likely can tell, I’m personally not really a great fan of kratom extracts, it’s my belief that kratom should be used responsibly in its natural, unadulterated form.
NOTE: *These are real prices, gleaned from kratom reseller websites at the time of this writing.
Jon Chew is owner of www.Caferatom.com [http://www.cafekratom.com], and has been known to use kratom effectively to help calm his chronically-impaired back. We at CafeKratom sell several higher-quality varieties of “unmodified” kratom incense products in leaf, powder & capsule forms.