The popularity of kratom is ever growing, considering the health benefits that this herbal plant delivers.
It is the most popular medicinal herb in the South Asia, and now across the globe as well. After winning its legal status in several countries, the demand for Kratom is also growing with every passing day.
While people may use it without prescription to deal with minor health-related issues, even health experts are now recommending their patients to switch to this natural alternative from conventional pharma medications.
Majority of the consumers of Kratom, use this drug for relieving pain, stress, and anxiety.
It is also an excellent energy booster and helps people to overcome unnecessary fatigue and lethargy. Kratom is effective for individuals who want to stay active and productive throughout the day.
However, when it comes to the use and dosage of Kratom, there still remains a confusion. Kratom is available in more than one form.
In the market, kratom suppliers are selling this therapeutic herb in the form of ground leaves, capsules, and tincture.
In Thailand, the natives would simply chew on fresh Kratom leaves to attain desired results.
But in other parts of the world, where Kratom is not locally grown or cultivated commercial products of Kratom are in abundance. You can choose from a variety of Kratom Tea, Kratom supplements, Kratom extracts etc. (1)
Kratom powder is prepared by grinding sun-dried Kratom leaves. The fresh leaves of the plant are left to dry for a day or two until all of the moisture in the plant evaporates completely.
After this, these dried leaves are ground in a mortar (traditionally) or in proper grinding machines in the factories.
Kratom powder is one of the most-used forms of Kratom. This is because it acts quicker than the capsules.
It can be mixed in any beverage of one’s choice or can be used for making herbal kratom tea, which is very soothing and produces relaxation and calm.
Kratom powder it prized for its ability to instantly enhance one’s mood, relieve anxiety and even alleviate pain quickly.
The only drawback of using kratom powder is its strong unpleasant taste. A lot of people may not find the bitter taste of this very welcoming for their palate.
Another reason why people often avoid using Kratom powder is the mess that it calls for. One has to carefully measure the kratom powder before consuming it and this means that it is very likely for one to spill it at different places. (2)
The popular commercial form of Kratom is the capsules. Kratom supplements are mostly available in the form of gelatine or vegetable based capsules containing kratom powder.
There are a number of brands promoting their kratom capsules and people are buying those because of ease of use.
Unlike kratom powder, users don’t have to measure the anything for consuming kratom capsules. The manufacturers already stuff carefully measured kratom powder inside the capsule. All one needs to do is swallow these pills with water.
Kratom capsules also save the users from the nasty taste of Kratom, since kratom is contained inside the gelatine shells.
But there is one drawback associated with Kratom capsules and that is its delayed action. The capsules take at least 15 to 20 minutes before getting completely digested and releasing the components in the bloodstream.
This delays the effects that kratom is supposed to produce and consumers might not be able to attain instant results.
Moreover, users are also uncertain about the dose and quality of kratom powder that the capsules contain. The supplements industry is full of scams and frauds.
Dealers who are purely interested in making profits may even use tainted constituents in the capsules, instead of kratom, to deliver powerful instant results to gain popularity in the market.
Kratom tincture or extract
This is the type of kratom product that is obtained by mixing together kratom leaves in a hot boiling solvent, water, alcohol or any other liquid to extract alkaloids.
It is a lengthy process and the final steps include evaporating all sorts of liquids from this mixture to obtain a raisin-like, semi-solid blackish mass. This is known as the Full Spectrum Kratom Extract.
Since Kratom extract contains the highest amount of alkaloids, it is very powerful and strong in action. To lessen its powerful effects, the kratom extract is made to go through another process in which it is converted to oil or tincture.
Since Kratom extract and tincture is very potent as compared to kratom leaves or powder, it is recommended that you seek doctor’s advice before using it. (4)
Capsules or powder? Which form of Kratom is better?
Now, most of the readers must be wondering which type of Kratom product is preferable for everyday use; the capsules or the powder?
Well honestly, there isn’t anyone ‘right’ type of kratom that consumers should use. It totally depends on what the consumer is looking for.
People who want to get instant results and don’t have any issues in tasting bitter Kratom can use kratom powder.
Those who want to get a traditional experience of this herb can simply make tea with ground kratom leaves of the kratom powder, and enjoy their leisure time.
But if careful measuring and messy procedure put you off, then Kratom powder is certainly something you should stay away from.
The convenience seekers can benefit a lot from Kratom capsules. No need to dedicate special time for carefully measuring a dose and then wiping off the counters of the kitchen or table tops, afterward.
Simply use the capsules that are already stuffed with kratom powder and they are good to go. But remember, one should not expect quick results from Kratom capsules.
Kratom powder is readily absorbed into the bloodstream and therefore, it can produce effects right away.
But Kratom capsules, on the other hand, take some time to get dissolved inside the stomach and then release the kratom powder into the bloodstream.
Moreover, Kratom capsules are expensive than kratom powder. This again makes kratom powder a preferable choice for most of the consumers, who want to manage their budget efficiently.