One of the most famous ways of using Kratom is in the form of tincture. A tincture is a way of gaining all the medicinal benefits of Kratom, both for the mind and the body.
Kratom tinctures are hard to find in stores and the best way to get them is to make it at home. An important question in this regard is how to make Kratom tincture at home. Kratom tinctures require the use of a different solvent, both polar and non-polar in nature.
Following is a guideline regarding how to make and use Kratom tincture at home effectively.
What is a Tincture?
A tincture is a blend consisting of concentrated alkaloids in it. It is then mixed with a solute such as alcohol to form a liquid with a thick consistency. Ethanol is the most appropriate alcohol used for the process dilution. It has 25 percent of alcohol and 75 percent of water or an organic substance in its composition.
A Kratom tincture not only consists of all the organic content of Kratom in an intact form but also has a highly concentrated form of extract that leads to high efficacy. The efficacy and intensity of a Kratom tincture vary according to the process used for making it.
However, not many people are aware of how to make Kratom tincture at home.
How to Make a Kratom Tincture?
Due to unavailability of Kratom tinctures in the market, it is better to make it at home. Most of the users do not know how to make a Kratom tincture at home. The process is simple and requires the user to follow a few simple steps for making the perfect tincture to suit the needs.
List of Ingredients for Making Kratom Tincture
In order to make high-quality Kratom tincture at home, it is essential to collect the following items beforehand:
- Alcohol, preferably 80-100 proof ethanol
- Citric acid
- pH strips
- Mason jar
- A strainer/ Cheesecloth
- A tincture bottle
Steps to Make the Perfect Kratom Tincture
Following steps serve as a guide for how to make Kratom tincture. These steps are easy to follow and can yield a highly effective form of Kratom that is beneficial for treating different problems and diseases.
Step One: Choosing the Right Strain
The process of making a Kratom tincture starts with choosing the right kind of strain for this process. For this, the users have to find the most potent form of strain that can provide all the necessary effects to the body. Once the strain has been finalized, separate at least 4 to 6 ounces of it to create a sizable tincture.
Both raw form and powdered Kratom are perfect for creating a tincture and any one of it can be used according to the suitability.
Step Two: Mixing the Ingredients
Place the powdered form of Kratom in the Mason jar and mix 80-100 proof ethanol in it until the powder is merged. Remember that one litre of alcohol must be used for every 4 ounces of Kratom powder to create the perfect tincture.
Step Three: Acidification
After submerging Kratom powder in alcohol, the process of acidification must take place. In order to create the perfect tincture, add citric acid in the jar until the solution attains a pH of 4. The best way to keep a check on the pH is by using pH strips however, this is not necessary.
The final solution will taste slightly sour and this can be considered as a checkpoint for stopping the addition of any more acid. Acidification of the solution will convert the alkaloids in the form of salts which become easy to extract.
Step Four: Intensification
After the addition of citric acid and alcohol, seal the jar with the help of its cap and shake it vigorously for some time. Now, keep it in a cool area away from sunlight for at least a week. This step is essential for intensifying the results and increasing the potency of the final product.
Step Five: Evaporation
Get hold of the jar after a week and shake it for some time before opening it. Use a strainer or a cheesecloth to pour the liquid out of the jar. This will catch and separate any chunks of Kratom powder that might still be present in the solution. Place the Kratom solution back in the jar and allow it to evaporate eventually.
For a tincture containing 4 ounces of Kratom powder, evaporation must continue until the amount of final solution left behind fills 4 tincture droppers. This means that one ounce of Kratom powder can make enough tincture to completely fill a tincture dropper.
Do not forget to label the bottle with the Kratom strain used and the date of its production. Store the product away from sunlight. A tincture remains safe to use up to a year after its production.
Formulation of Tincture Potency
The benefits of Kratom tincture depend upon its potency. Therefore, it is important to improvise a way to measure it. For this purpose, calculate the amount of Kratom used in grams and divide the value of the total tincture formed in millilitres. The result will show the exact level of potency to expect from a specific tincture.
However, it is to keep in mind that extraction of all the alkaloids may not take place while making a tincture. Some of these alkaloids undergo oxidization, making the tincture slightly less potent as compared to the plain Kratom leaf.
How to Use Kratom Tincture
Using a dropper is the best way to use a Kratom tincture. This is because it is more convenient and provides a more accurate way of measuring doses. After opening the lid of the bottle, empty the dropper by squeezing out all the liquid already present in it.
Sublingual mode of consumption has been regarded as the fastest way for any product to travel within the body. So, submerge the dropper in the liquid and fill it with the tincture, at least up to half of its length.
Place the dropper under the tongue and squeeze out the tincture from the dropper slowly. Give it time to get absorbed while refraining to swallow it. One or two droppers of Kratom tincture are sufficient to produce the desired effects in the majority of the people.
Most of the Kratom tinctures taste quite bitter hence, it can be used by mixing in different juices in addition to water.
Why Kratom Tinctures?
Kratom tinctures allow the users to experience all the pure Kratom effects with a great ease. According to a study published in the Brain Research Bulletin, different extracts of Mitragyna speciosa such as Mitragynine have been found to possess various therapeutic properties.
These alkaloids have a tendency to behave as an anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxants. It can also work against nociception and reduce its occurrence in the body.
The alkaloids including Mitragynine are much more concentrated in a Kratom tincture which makes it a powerful source to experience all of the effects at a much higher potency. Other benefits of Kratom tincture include the following:
- Kratom tinctures do not require preparation on a daily basis. It can be produced in a sufficient quantity that remains usable for up to a year.
- It is easy to know the exact dose of Kratom tincture and does not require the hassle of measuring it.
- Using tinctures can cut down the bitter taste of Kratom usually felt while using its powder or raw leaves.
- Kratom tinctures have a rapid mode of action. They produce effects very quickly, sometimes within seconds.
- Tinctures have Kratom in highly concentrated forms, hence, only a little amount can produce the desired effects.
- Kratom tinctures have lesser side effects
- It can be used anywhere and at any time with convenience.
User Reviews Regarding Kratom Tinctures
Kratom tinctures have received a number of positive reviews from the users who have regarded it as an extremely useful and potent form.
One of the users say,
“I have a really, really sensitive stomach, and as much as I love Kratom, it’s really hard to consume; I flat out can’t take T&W or tea, or throw up immediately (not because of the nauseating effects of the Kratom, just because it tastes so bad and gritty). Hell, even lately the capsules have been making me pretty queasy, and loading and then consuming 30-odd capsules is a pain in the ass anyways.
Recently, however, I tried something new: a Kratom tincture. I took about 100 grams of Kratom to fill a large mason jar 2/5 of the way, and then filled it the rest of the way up with vodka. I left it in my medicine cabinet for about four weeks, shaking it up every day, and then ran it through a coffee filter a few times to strain out every last bit of the dust.
What I got was a tincture that didn’t taste too bad (better than the tea, at least), I only had to drink one gulp of it to get the effect, and it hit me fast and hard. I’ll definitely be making more of this in the future, and I strongly suggest everyone else does as well”.
The benefits of Kratom tincture are far-stretched are much more enhanced as compared to those of the regular form. These tinctures are easy to make and have a lot of benefits making it superior to other forms of Kratom.