How to make kratom extracts?
Kratom extracts are super simple to make, very similar to making other herbal tinctures. Kratom extraction is easier than you think. Kratom is the cousin of coffee. As many of us know Caffiene is the main alkaloid in coffee. Instant coffee is an extract!
Here is a basic recipe for a water-based kratom extract:
What You’ll need:
- 100 grams of kratom leaf powder
- Ethanol/water mix (Plain 100 proof or higher isopropyl alcohol will do if food grade alcohol is not available)
- Citric acid
- A glass jar
- A strainer or cheesecloth
- pH strips
- A large pot
7 Steps for a water-based kratom extract:
- Mix kratom powder with your ethanol/water solution enough to saturate the powder. It should have a mud-like consistency.
- Add citric acid to the mixture slowly while stirring until the pH is 4. The solution should turn bright orange.
- Seal the jar tightly and let it sit at room temperature for at least a week. This will allow the alkaloids to dissolve into the alcohol.
- After a week, strain the liquid from the mixture into your pot, saving the strained powder.
- Add a bit of water to the strained powder and mix, then strain it again into the pot. Discard the remaining powder.
- Simmer the liquid in the pot on low heat, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced to a thick paste. This can take several hours.
- Spread the paste thinly on a baking tray and let it dry at room temperature or in a dehydrator. You can grind the resulting extract into a powder and use it in small amounts.
This is a simplified recipe, and results may vary depending on the specific strain of kratom used and other factors. The extract can be much more potent than regular kratom powder, so use it with caution.
Please note that this advice is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to use kratom. Kratom isn’t FDA-approved for medicine and can cause dependence and side effects like nausea and vomiting. Always consult with a healthcare professional before trying any new substances, especially those that affect your health.
Put your kratom in a jar with everclear 180 proof alcohol. If you can’t find everclear, use strong 100 proof vodka.
Aim for the highest proof you can find. I know some states don’t sell it, so try to get at least 100 proof vodka if you can. But you add kratom and alcohol together till it’s fully saturated.
Using more alcohol reduces the amount lost when straining the powder, but it also increases the time needed for evaporation. Start with a ratio of 2 parts alcohol to 1 part kratom. For 100g of kratom, use 200 ml of alcohol.
Just make sure it’s all fully soaked with a little extra to splash around. Then add a few drops of lemon juice to aid in extraction of alkaloids, it’s optional though. I’d say 4-5 drops of your doing the above amount will be plenty.
To begin, close the lid of the crockpot. Next, fill the crockpot with water. Then, set the crockpot on low heat.
Finally, place the jar in the water bath and let it sit for 2-8 hours. You can gently remove it and shake it halfway to ensure everything is absorbing well.
Then take it out, let it cook a bit, and strain it. Throw a few layers of cheesecloth or an old cotton t-shirt, making sure to really squeeze out as much as possible.
If you want, you can use more alcohol to extract everything from the wet kratom powder. But I don’t think it’s worth wasting the alcohol to do that. Check if there are kratom particles in the alcohol. If there are, filter it with a coffee filter to get rid of the grainy texture.
After that you will do some math. Take the original amount of powder and divide it by the amount of tincture you know currently after extraction. That’ll give you the amount per ml or whatever unit you want to use to measure it in. I suggest measuring it in ml, as that’s how most people commonly measure tinctures for dosing.
To further elaborate, it is important to note that there are 30 milliliters in one fluid ounce. This conversion is significant when considering the measurements of the tincture.
If you initially used 100 grams of powder to create the tincture, and you currently have 150 milliliters of tincture remaining, it can be determined that each milliliter of the tincture contains 0.6 grams of the powder.
This information is useful for various purposes, such as accurately measuring the dosage of the tincture or understanding the concentration of the active ingredient in each milliliter of the solution.
Hope this helps! Just make sure you do the math right, so you don’t end up feeling bad about taking too much. Start with half your usual powder dose when trying the tincture or enhanced powder. This helps avoid taking too much initially.
Remember that 1 fluid oz equals 29.5735 Milliliters. 30 ml is roughly one fluid ounce.
Evaporating alcohol from tincture
You can reduce the volume of tincture by evaporating off more alcohol, which will increase the concentration of the tincture. So, let us say you want 4g per ml. That means you’ll want to reduce that tincture till you have 25ml left. 25ml x 4g/ml= the starting 100g.
To do this, you can open the lid of a mason jar. Then, cover it with cheese cloth or a small piece of old t-shirt.
Finally, use a fan to make it dry faster. You can just sit it and let it evaporate naturally, but it will take longer. The higher the proof alcohol will evaporate faster as well.
Just let it sit and wait until it reduces to 25ml. To measure it more easily, pour 25ml of water into a jar and mark a line at that level.
This will help you see how much water evaporates. Or just use a measuring cup with the volume levels on the side. I’d also suggest using a smaller volume container that’s skinnier, that way it’s easier to gauge the amount left in the container.
Once it gets close to that goal level, 25ml in this example, you’re good to go. If you want, you can take this alcohol tincture and add it to some kratom powder to absorb the tincture, then you could toss and wash with it, or cap it up. Just make sure you do the math, and try to incorporate it evenly.
Either do it dose by dose, so adding 1ml of tincture to 1g of powder, then mixing it up is good. Or by using some sort of misting bottle, and spraying the powder while it’s laying out in a thin layer on a cookie sheet or something.
Also you can speed up the evaporation times by increasing the heat. So you could take the mason jar, and place it on a candle warmer with the fan pointing at the top. But this is obviously a little more risky, and would definitely recommend being with it at all times, and checking the temp of the candle warmer or hot plate before adding the alcohol.
Keep the temperature below 170f and make sure the fan is on to prevent fumes from accumulating. I use a device that warms candles to a temperature of 140-160 degrees Fahrenheit, along with a small fan. It works great with the slim 8oz mason jars.
I evaporate most of the liquid until I reach the desired amount. Then, I let the rest evaporate naturally by leaving the lid off. This helps me control the process better.
But yeah, that’s most of the overview and stuff you’ll need to know. You can make it as concentrated as you want, but around 10 grams per ml is about as concentrated as I’d go, as it’ll be hard to dose beyond that point.
Grabbing a tincture bottle with a dropper that has markings on it also helps, or you could use a glass syringe with the markings as well. They sell both on Amazon. With the tincture bottles 20 drops equals 1ml, so that’s a good thing to keep in mind if you want to keep it in liquid form and make it super concentrated.
Once you feel at ease and know the right amount, you can mix equal parts of tincture and powder. For example, if you usually take 4g, you can have 2g of tincture and 2g of powder. Some say tinctures or extracts are better than the powder because they avoid the hassle. It’s like having the benefits of both options.
I hope this explanation clarifies the process of extracting kratom alkaloids from kratom powder. Making kratom extracts and tinctures at home saves money and lets you control what you consume.
Cannabis tincture is made in a similar fashion. Cannabis butter is a great way to treat yourself to some homemade recipes. You can use canning jars or glass bottles for any of your at home recipes. Red Bubble Kratom is another kratom recipe to check out!