Extract Vs Plant Consumption

Kratom consumption can be accomplished in two ways. Either the plant is prepared and mixed with a beverage such as tea, or an extract can be produced from the plant using a chemical process.
What is the difference? Why should the kratom consumer care?
From a chemistry point of view kratom possesses one of the most complex compound structures of the plant kingdom, containing a vast range of alkaloids. Therefore the impact on the product from the method of preparation, can greatly affect many aspects of consumption.

Advantages of consumption as extractDisadvantages of consumption as extract
As extract, there is less chance of consuming actual plant matter which could cause distress to stomach As extraction requires more labor, the extract tends to be more expensive
The level of alkaloid may differ when consuming the leaf directly. When consuming as an extract, alkaloid levels remain consistent The extracts tend to be less than the full spectrum standard, which results in lesser potency due to the change in alkaloid levels during the extraction process
The dose is more controlled as an extract, as potency is standardized. Consuming the leaf may provide different potencies, requiring unexpected higher doses As the extract dosages are consistent, this may result in developing a major tolerance spike for its effects
The effects take place faster as an extract, due to the need for the body to break down plant matter Poor manufacturing processes when producing the extract may lead to the presence of contaminants
Extracts are usually more convenient as they can be consumed on demand without any additional steps needed for preparation Additives in the extract may cause allergies
Extracts are better able to be preserved over the long term Extracts tend to be more appealing to children due to flavoring to disguise earthy flavor. They also may not be packaged in a child proof way

The bottom line is that kratom extract can work for some, while the actual leaf has its own benefits. There is no question that kratom extract provides unique advantages, but one should do the research and decide what is good for them.

Please note: This article was published strictly for informative purposes only. does not provide any direction for kratom use. The content of this article should not be used as a recommendation or advice. 

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