The kratom industry continues to grow, and that growth is bringing new products to the market, such as kratom resin. Boasting a higher potency than regular kratom products, super-strength resin is perfect if you’re looking for something extra.
Kratom resin is a highly concentrated form of kratom extract. With much of the plant matter removed, kratom resin is sticky, solid, and rich in alkaloids. Resin is popular among users with a high kratom tolerance, and can be consumed in multiple ways, including orally, in tea, and via the ‘mix and wash’ method.
Are you looking for a new way to take kratom? Then I am excited to share kratom resin with you! In this guide, I’ll explore kratom resin’s effects, how to use it, how to make it, and how to stay safe with it. Let’s begin!
What is Kratom Resin?
Kratom resin is a popular kratom extract and produces more potent effects than kratom leaves, powder, and capsules. Resin is dense, thick, dark, and has a sticky feel. It is unrecognizable to other forms of kratom.
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) leaves contain alkaloids, including mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, and mitraphylline. The kratom resin manufacturing process extracts these beneficial compounds while eliminating most of the plant material.
With kratom becoming more and more established in the United States and beyond, demand for new, stronger products is high. Maybe you aren’t getting enough relief from conventional kratom. Perhaps you are fed up with taking several capsules or copious amounts of powder every time you dose and would prefer a smaller serving. There are many reasons for choosing kratom resin.
Exploring Kratom Resin’s Effects
Kratom resin is more potent, but the effects vary and are dependent on the leaf used to make the extract. There are three main types of kratom leaf: red, white, and green vein.
Red vein: The most relaxing of the three, red vein kratom produces deeply sedative effects. You could take it for pain relief, insomnia, or to ease anxiety and stress. Red vein kratom also delivers euphoric effects in large quantities.
White vein: Physical stimulation and mental clarity are the main characteristics of white vein kratom. These energizing strains help reduce fatigue while improving concentration and focus. White vein kratom has traditionally been popular with manual laborers in Southeast Asia.
Green vein: Green kratom strains bring together the sedation from red kratom and the stimulation from white kratom, offering a wonderfully balanced experience. The hybrid-like qualities of green vein kratom mean these strains work great, whether it’s morning, noon, or night.
Effects also differ subtly between strains. For instance, Thai kratom is particularly stimulating, whereas Bali kratom is more soothing. Before taking kratom resin, make sure you know what strain it is. Otherwise, the amplified effects might catch you out.
How to Take Kratom Resin
Like most kratom products, there are many ways to enjoy resin. Each consumption method provides a unique experience and has its pros and cons. Some intake methods are more convenient; others kick in more quickly. Here are the five most common ways to take kratom resin.
You can eat kratom resin as it is. The alkaloids are active, and the benefits kick in fairly rapidly when consumed orally. However, eating thick, gloopy kratom resin is not exactly pleasant. Moreover, kratom resin has the same bitter flavor that regular kratom products do.
But if you’re in a rush and can handle the taste, direct oral consumption is useful – or at least a good backup option – if you can’t enjoy resin via your preferred method. You can also neutralize the kratom flavor by drinking fruit juice while dosing.
‘Mix and wash’
If eating kratom resin straight isn’t for you, then ‘mixing and washing’ is the next best thing. A variation of the ‘toss and wash’ method used for taking kratom powder, ‘mixing and washing’ suppresses the bad taste and makes it more manageable to swallow the resin.
Mixing and washing kratom is easy. Break off some resin, put it in your mouth, and swill it around with water or juice before swallowing. You should start feeling the benefits within 20 minutes.
You can also make tea with kratom resin – but remember, it will be much stronger than your typical kratom tea. A more pleasant method of consuming kratom resin, infused tea doesn’t have the harsh, bitter taste, and the effects also last longer. However, the alkaloids take effect more gradually than other methods – it might take 45 minutes to an hour before you feel anything.
Here’s how to brew kratom resin tea:
- Boil water and allow to cool for a few minutes (boiling water destroys kratom alkaloids)
- Add the kratom resin, stir until it melts
- Add sugar, honey, or another sweetener
I recommend drinking kratom tea slowly and on an empty stomach for maximum effects.
You can also add kratom resin to foods, such as cakes and brownies. Using kratom resin as an ingredient serves to mask the taste without compromising the effects. Just make sure your recipe contains other strong-flavored ingredients.
If possible, mix in the kratom resin when your recipe is nearly finished – you want to avoid cooking the resin at high temperatures. Kratom resin loses its effectiveness when exposed to excessive heat.
Hide the flavor of kratom resin by making your own capsules. You will need a capsule maker and some time on your hands, but this is a clever way of completely masking the taste and still getting an optimum resin experience.
The slow onset of effects is the main downside to capsules. The alkaloids in the resin won’t start working until your stomach breaks down the capsules. Therefore, it might take up to an hour before you feel anything. If so, resist the temptation to increase your dosage. Given the potency of resin, it’s easy to take way too much.
Making Kratom Resin
Kratom resin can be hard to find, and there’s no guarantee that vendors will have the strain you’re looking for. Not to worry! Making kratom resin at home is much less effort than you might think.
You will need:
- 4oz of your favorite kratom powder
- 2 lemons or limes
- Vinegar (ideally 5% acid content)
- 3 liters of water
- Mixing bowl
- Boiling pan
- Baking paper
- Oven-proof dish
And the step-by-step guide:
- Add the kratom powder to a mixing bowl and pour in enough water to make a thick paste
- Squeeze one lemon or lime and add the juice to the bowl, along with a little vinegar
- Leave overnight and freeze the next day until the mixture has solidified
- Heat 1 liter of water in the boiling pan and add the mixture
- Squeeze the other lemon or lime and add the juice, in addition to some more vinegar
- Simmer on low heat until the mixture has reduced by 25%, then let it cool
- Strain the mixture using the cheesecloth
- Simmer the strained liquid in another pan until the mixture has reduced by another 50%
- Add 1 liter of water, more lemon or lime juice, and vinegar, and repeat step 8
- Repeat step 9
- Place the mixture into an oven-proof dish and heat at 170 degrees Fahrenheit
- Wait until the liquid has evaporated, leaving behind the thick, sticky kratom resin
- Transfer the resin from the dish to baking paper using the knife
How to Find Out the Potency of Kratom Resin
Working out the strength of your kratom resin is difficult, especially when it’s homemade. Furthermore, of the few brands that manufacture kratom resin, not all of them submit their products for lab testing.
Kratom resin and other extract products are often marketed as 10x or 30x, but this doesn’t mean they are 10 or 30 times more potent than regular kratom. These multipliers refer to the ratio of kratom powder used to the weight of the resin. Say that 10oz of kratom powder was used to make 1oz of kratom resin – this is a 10:1 ratio, hence the 10x multiplier.
Staying Safe with Kratom Resin
Regular kratom packs a punch – so you can imagine just how powerful resin is. With great potency comes great responsibility, and a careful approach is crucial to staying safe with resin. Taking the time to understand your kratom product will help ensure you have a positive experience with few side effects.
Manage your dosage
A cautious dosing approach is the best way to go with resin. Indeed, you need to keep an eye on your dosage even with standard kratom products. But the high-strength nature of resin increases the risk of side effects, tolerance, and dependence.
I recommend starting with a tiny amount of resin. It’s better to tiptoe in with a few weak doses than diving in with too much and having an unpleasant time.
Once you start taking resin, monitor your dosage very closely as tolerance can soar quickly. Set a dosage limit and stick to it, and consider taking frequent breaks to allow your tolerance to go down.
Kratom resin is not for everybody, and newbies should experiment with standard kratom products before moving on to concentrates. But for seasoned and sensible users, kratom resin is a fantastic upgrade.
Avoid mixing with other substances if possible
Don’t take kratom with prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana, or any other recreational drugs. Much remains unknown about how kratom alkaloids interact with the body. How these compounds interact with other substances is even more of a mystery.
Mixing high dosages of kratom alkaloids with other drugs is asking for trouble. You should at least get an idea of how kratom resin affects you before thinking about taking it in combination with anything else.
Prescription drugs are a little trickier. Research suggests mitragynine, the primary alkaloid in kratom, inhibits enzymes in the cytochrome P450 system. Many prescription drugs are metabolized by these enzymes, including antidepressants, antihistamines, and beta-blockers.
If you take prescription drugs, ask your doctor whether it’s safe to use kratom alongside your medication.
Buy from legit vendors
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate kratom products, making for a Wild West industry. Unfortunately, that means the market is teeming with cowboy companies and crooks selling shoddy or even fake products. This is an even bigger problem with kratom resin and other extracts.
Stay safe and avoid getting ripped off by only purchasing resin from reputable brands. The kratom industry has several super brands – including Kratom Krush – that go the extra mile to build confidence in their products and put customers’ minds at rest.
Third-party lab testing is critical in an unregulated market. Legit kratom brands happily subject their products to tests. Ethical companies want to show they are making genuine products, while scammers look to avoid scrutiny at all costs.
Only buy kratom resin from brands that provide third-party lab test results. I suggest buying kratom online, where these results are available for free. Brick and mortar stores – and especially convenience stores and gas stations – are notorious for selling low-quality and even fake kratom.
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