Kratom is a tree found in Southeast Asia that has been used for centuries by people who want to benefit from the medicinal properties of its leaves. It can be used as an energy and focus booster, or in larger doses as an analgesic and sedative. While Kratom powder is widely available, Kratom extract and tincture are a bit harder to find. However, the good news is that you can make them yourself.
Kratom extract is anything that draws out the alkaloids from the Kratom leaves or powder. Tea is the simplest and mildest type of Kratom extract. Water or alcohol tinctures are slightly more complex and more powerful. Kratom resin is the most complex to make at home and the most potent, as it is in semisolid rather than liquid form.
In this article, we answer the following questions about Kratom tinctures:
- What is a Kratom tincture?
- What types of Kratom tinctures are there?
- How do you make a Kratom tincture at home?
- How much tincture will an ounce of Kratom make?
- How long does it take to make a Kratom tincture?
- What is the best alcohol to use for Kratom tinctures?
- How do you dose and take a Kratom tincture?
- What types of Kratom are good for tinctures?
What is a Kratom tincture?
Tinctures are a concentrated liquid form of Kratom that has been mixed in a water- or alcohol-based solvent to draw out the alkaloids of the plant, and then distilled to make a more potent extract.
The benefits of Kratom tinctures are:
- They are potent, so you can take smaller doses than you would with Kratom powder.
- They are easy to transport because they are stored in little dropper bottles that can easily fit in a bag.
- They are fast-acting because liquids are more easily absorbed by the body, especially if you take them sublingually (under the tongue).
- They are easy to use – a few drops, and you’re done. There’s no need for measuring or mixing once the tincture is made.
- They keep for longer periods of time than powder if you store them in a cool, dry, dark place.
What types of Kratom tinctures are there?
There are two main types of tinctures – full-spectrum tinctures and isolated tinctures. Full-spectrum Kratom tinctures contain all the alkaloids found in the Kratom plant. They are simple to make at home, and this is what we will be focusing on below.
Isolated tinctures are much more complex to make as they extract isolated alkaloids like mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
How do you make a Kratom full-spectrum tincture at home?
Ingredients and equipment:
- A kitchen scale to measure the Kratom powder
- A mason jar or other sealable glass container
- Dark glass tincture bottles, preferably with a dropper in the lid
- A funnel
- Cheesecloth for straining and evaporation
- pH strips
- Kratom powder (4 ounces per 1 liter of liquid used)
- Citric acid
- 1 liter of 80-100 proof ethanol/ethyl alcohol
- Combine the Kratom powder and alcohol in the mason jar.
- Mix well until smooth.
- Using a pH strip as a measure, add citric acid until the mixture reaches a pH of four or less.
- Seal the jar and shake it vigorously.
- Store the jar of liquid in a cool, dark place for seven to 14 days (the longer you leave it, the more potent it will be).
- Once that time has passed, give the jar a good shake.
- Strain the liquid by pouring it through several layers of cheesecloth into a jug.
- Pour the strained liquid into a clean mason jar using the funnel and cover it with cheesecloth.
- Mark the jar at the level of the liquid and set it aside until half the mixture has evaporated.
- Fill the tincture bottles with the liquid and store them in a cool, dark place.
How much tincture will an ounce of Kratom make?
The amount of tincture you can make depends on how much of the liquid you let evaporate. In our recipe above, we used 4 ounces of Kratom powder. If you let the liquid evaporate so that what’s left is enough to fill four tincture bottles, you’ll have an ounce of Kratom in each one.
How long does it take to make a tincture?
The actual process of making the tincture takes about 30 minutes. However, you then need to wait seven to 14 days for the alkaloids to be extracted and after that, wait for evaporation to occur. Be patient – it’s worth the wait!
What is the best alcohol to use for tinctures?
For tinctures, you need to use 80- to 100-proof ethanol/ethyl alcohol. Proof is a way to indicate the alcohol content of a substance. In the U.S., proof is two times the alcohol content by volume. So if a bottle of vodka has 40% alcohol, it is 80 proof.
Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is the only type of alcohol you can drink. Do not use rubbing alcohol (isopropanol) or methanol. If you don’t want to use alcohol at all, you can use water instead, but the tincture will be less potent because the alcohol draws out all of the alkaloids, even those that aren’t water-soluble. It also prolongs the shelf life of your tincture.
How do you dose and take a tincture?
There are three ways you can take your tincture:
- Sublingually – drop a few drops under your tongue to get the fastest absorption.
- In food/drink – you may need to increase your dosage slightly to achieve the desired effect since Kratom is best taken on an empty stomach.
- Swallowed alone – drop it on your tongue and swallow.
As with all Kratom, start slow. If you are a beginner, start with one drop. If you have used Kratom before, try 2-3 drops. Remember that Kratom tincture is a lot more potent than the powder, so a little goes a long way.
What types of Kratom are good for tinctures?
The short answer is that all Kratom is great for making a tincture. You can use your favorite vein and strain, or you can experiment with others. You can even combine a few to try something new.
If you have any questions, our team of passionate experts here at Kingdom Kratom is available to help you on your Kratom journey. We also offer Kratom sample packs so you can determine which one is the best fit for you.