While kratom powder is the most common form, liquid kratom extracts are also available. These concentrated shots contain the main active compounds from the kratom plant. If you’re new to kratom, liquid extracts seem appealing. However, there are some important things to know before trying them.
Extracts contain higher concentrations of active compounds
Among the active compounds in kratom are mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine. These alkaloids are responsible for kratom’s effects. Extracts contain higher concentrations of these compounds compared to plain leaf powder. It allows you to take a smaller dose while still getting the effects.
Effects may come in stronger
Liquid kratom extracts produce effects more rapidly than powdered kratom extracts because of their high alkaloid concentrations. The peak effects may feel more intense. This doesn’t necessarily mean extracts are better, as the effects may not last as long. Start low with extracts to assess your tolerance.
Not all extracts are created equal
There are different extraction methods, so potency varies between products. Look for extracts standardized to contain a certain percentage of mitragynine. This helps ensure you’re getting a consistent, quality product. Avoid extracts marketed as “enhanced” with additives. Pure extracts offer the safest option.
Only use extracts occasionally
Extracts are best used only occasionally, not daily. With frequent use, your body develops a tolerance faster. This means you’ll need to take more extract to feel the same effects. It’s better to use plain leaf most of the time and save extracts for rare occasions.
Extract bottles have a dropper for measuring doses precisely. Never drink straight from the bottle. Start with just 1-2 drops to assess potency. Measure carefully and increase gradually.
Avoid mixing with other substances
Never mix liquid kratom extracts with alcohol, sedatives, or other drugs. There is an increased risk of dangerous interactions. Combining substances enhances impairment and depresss respiration. It’s safest to use kratom extracts on their own. Extracts are highly concentrated, so they are dehydrating, especially at higher doses. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after using extracts to stay hydrated.
Start on an empty stomach
For best absorption and effects, take liquid extracts on an empty stomach. Avoid taking them soon after a large meal, which delays and dampens the effects. However, some find extracts cause nausea when taken on an empty stomach. See what works best for you.
Effects vary between strains
Like kratom shots, extracts are available in different strain types. Red vein strains are sedating, while green and white strains have energetic effects. Sample a few to see which strain effects you prefer. You may find certain strains work better for you in extract form. Since kratom is relatively new in the West, there aren’t many long-term studies looking at the safety of the extract used.
The liquid kratom extracts are enjoyable and offer convenience for experienced kratom users. However, they are highly concentrated and require extra caution. With smart use, liquid extracts are a suitable alternative to powder.