Kratom Extracts
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What Are Kratom Extracts?

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Kratom extracts are offering a new alternative to the regular powdered kratom sold in pills or to make tea. But what exactly are these extracts and how are they made? Read on to find out.

Kratom has made huge headlines over the past years as a recreational drug. Now, kratom extracts are providing users the ability to get much stronger doses of this powerful product.

In this post we take an in-depth look at kratom and kratom extracts, what they are, how they’re produced, and how to use them. 


Kratom is a substance made from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. Mitragyna speciosa belongs to the Rubiaceae plant family, along with a variety of other plants, including Coffea (coffee), Cinchona, and many others. Kratom leaves are usually processed into powder, tablets, or extracts.

In small doses, kratom works as a stimulant. In larger doses however, it produces strong soothing effects similar to those produced by opium or opiates. Kratom leaves contain over 25 different compounds, but the main active ingredients believed to be responsible for its effects are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.

Mitragynine is a psychoactive alkaloid, which interacts with the brain in similar ways to other alkaloids like morphine, quinine, and nicotine. It typically works by tricking receptors in the brain that generally respond to opioids.

Kratom Asia

Kratom plants are indigenous to various parts of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea, where it has been used since at least the 19th century.

Traditional uses for kratom include chewing leaves (similar to how coca leaves are chewed in parts of South America) to boost productivity. More recently kratom has become increasingly popular as a recreational substance. 


Kratom Extracts

Kratom extracts are powerful concentrated forms of kratom. They are usually made by brewing crushed or powdered kratom leaves for prolonged periods of time to evaporate as much water as possible and produce a thick, dark paste, that contains a rich concentration of the main active ingredients found in the plant.

These extracts can be further processed into a powder, liquid tincture or oil, or solid as a solid resin. As with any type of plant extract, the goal of making kratom extract is to produce a refined product, that preserves the main ingredients of the plant and can be used in smaller, more powerful doses.

High-quality kratom extracts are usually prepared by skilled experts who have taken their time to experiment with the plant and derived a unique approach to extracting its key components.


Kratom extracts are commonly graded as 1x, 5x, 10x, or some other digit followed by an "x". The meaning behind these gradings is generally misunderstood.

Many consumers think, that a kratom extract graded as 15x, for example, is 15-times stronger or contains 15-times the alkaloid content of regular, untreated kratom leaves. However, this isn’t true.

Instead, these gradings explain the extract's concentration factor by volume. For example, a 15x extract started out as 15 grams of powdered kratom leaves and was then reduced down to a 1 gram concentrate, while a 4x extract was made from 4 grams and reduced down to 1.

Another popular misconception is that extracts with a higher rates of concentration are more potent. For example, most people will assume that 15x extract will be stronger than a 5x one.

This isn’t necessarily the case, however, mainly because alkaloid content varies greatly across different types of kratom trees. Hence, the strain of a kratom extract is generally a much better indication of its strength than its grading.


Effects Kratom

A high-quality kratom extract will produce similar effects to regular kratom powder, just in much smaller dose. Small doses of kratom produce uplifting, stimulating effects similar to those produced by amphetamine and cocaine.

Larger doses of kratom on the other hand, produce relaxing effects similar to opium and other narcotics. 


The Zamnesia smartshop is dedicated to stocking high-quality natural psychedelics, power herbs, energizers and aphrodisiacs. We dedicate ourselves to sourcing high quality products from reputable sources and making them available to open-minded individuals like yourself.

If you’re interested in experimenting with kratom extracts, we’re proud to announce, that we now stock a variety of top-shelf concentrates. Below we've featured some of our most popular options.


Kratom Thai Extract

A high-quality powdered kratom extract, that produces effects with doses as small as 0.2 grams. Our 15x Thai kratom extract is known for producing very deep relaxation and strong euphoria. Experienced users may up their dose to 0.5 or 0.8 grams for much more potent effects.


Kratom Bali Extract

Bali kratom is a favorite among experienced users, known for producing strong relaxing and euphoria. Our new powdered 15x Bali kratom extract harnesses all the best qualities of Bali kratom in a reliable, easy-to-use product. This extract isn’t quite as powerful as our powdered Thai extract, offering light experiences at doses of about 0.5 grams.


Kratom resin extracts are a popular alternative to the powdered extracts available on the market. They have a dark brown or blackish appearance and a texture similar to cannabis extracts like hash.

Resin extracts are made using some kind of solvent to cover the leaves and agitating the mixture in order to extract as much of the plant's compounds as possible. The resulting mixture is then strained and reduced to produce a gooey resin, that’s extremely rich in alkaloids.


Kratom Thai Resin

If you want to experiment with non-powdered concentrates, we recommend trying our soft 10x Thai kratom extract. Made using only boiling water, this resin is completely chemical-free and allows you to harness all the benefits of Thai kratom in doses as small as 0.5-1 gram. Simply add it to 150ml of boiling water, steep for about 5-10 minutes, and enjoy.


  Steven Voser  

Written by: Steven Voser
Steven Voser is an Emmy Award Nominated freelance journalist with a lot of experience under his belt. Thanks to a passion for all things cannabis, he now dedicates a lot of his times exploring the world of weed.

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