Kratom extracts come in many shapes and sizes. Liquids are well-loved for their affordability, although it is easy to be intimidated as a first-timer. Understanding the potential uses and suggested serving sizes of liquid kratom extracts can help prevent unwanted side effects and make you a more informed user.
This beginner’s guide to liquid kratom includes suggestions for starting out, side effects to look out for, and more.
Uses for Liquid Kratom
Liquid kratom extract is made from the leaves of the kratom tree, which is known botanically as Mitragyna speciosa. This concentrated form of kratom contains a naturally occurring alkaloid compound called mitragynine, which binds to the body’s opioid receptors. For this reason, kratom is being studied for potential benefits and health applications.
Traditionally, kratom extracts were made from dried leaves and then chewed, brewed, or smoked. However, more modern methods have made liquid extracts possible. Liquid forms are considered more convenient for consumption.
In ancient times, kratom was used as part of medicinal practices. Today, kratom isn’t cleared for medical use by most national and government entities. However, it is used as a form of self-treatment, especially in holistic health circles.
As with any other substance you’re using for the first time, it’s recommended to speak with a health practitioner. Weighing the risks and benefits of using kratom can help you decide if this substance is right for you. Often, a holistic healthcare practitioner will be more open and willing to discuss kratom than a conventional doctor or healthcare provider.
Liquid Extract Side Effects
Although the effects of kratom are often described as invigorating, proper use is essential to avoid unwanted side effects. Used according to direction, those consuming kratom commonly report positive feelings.
However, for those who abuse kratom (use it in a way that is not intended), there can be serious side effects. These individuals may have an unpleasant experience, including short-term side effects such as:
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Dry mouth
- High blood pressure
- Impaired cognition
Long-term side effects are also a possibility, and can include:
- Changes in weight
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Organ damage (i.e. kidney or liver problems)
- Skin changes (i.e. itching or sweating)
- Sleep problems (i.e. insomnia)
Again, these side effects are more common in people who abuse kratom or use it counter to expert direction. If you are worried about side effects, talking with a kratom expert can help you use liquid extracts properly.
Reducing the Risk of Side Effects
Not all kratom liquids are created equal. In other words, not all kratom products go through rigorous testing to ensure quality.
When selecting a liquid product, you can reduce the risk of experiencing unwanted side effects by seeking out extracts that are:
- Third-party tested– This means the liquid extract has undergone independent lab testing. Essentially, this is a measure that ensures safety and potency of the product. It can also confirm a product is free of substances like heavy metals and bacteria.
- AKA GMP Qualified Kratom Vendors– AKA GMP stands for American Kratom Association Good Manufacturing Practices. This is an extra process kratom companies go through to communicate to the consumer that their manufacturing practices meet existing standards.
- Potent and pure– The best extracts generally contain few additives, meaning the product is as pure as possible and as potent as expected. Some companies give a special name to their process, such as the Triple Purification Process™.
Have a product in hand? Locating a Certificate of Analysis can provide proof that your liquid extract has passed a set of rigorous tests. For MIT45 products, simply enter the lot number here for proof your product has been through third-party lab testing.
A Closer Look At Kratom Liquids
When shopping for liquid kratom, you’ll quickly realize there are many options to choose from. You can easily find and order the best liquid kratom products for you from the MIT45 collection of liquid kratom products.
Standard full-spectrum products, like MIT45 Gold, typically contain liquid extract with nothing else added. These types of products are often better-suited for kratom beginners.
Some products contain functional ingredients like caffeine as well. For example, MIT45 Boost (affectionately called “lightning in a bottle”) contains the classic extract plus the added boost of caffeine. If you’ve got a busy schedule, this may be the type of liquid extract best suited to you.
Speaking of busy schedules, some companies offer liquid extracts in exciting on-the-go forms. These kratom extracts often come in smaller bottles or some sort of pouch. MIT45 Go is one example of this type of liquid extract and is well-loved for its convenience and flavor.
It’s important to note that any type of liquid kratom can vary in strength. It’s helpful to look at the product label for the amount and percentage of mitragynine to understand the overall potency. Words like “extra strength” or “super” can alert you to especially strong extracts (i.e. MIT45 Super K and Super K Extra Strong).
In terms of affordability, kratom liquids are considered one of the most affordable types of extracts. Their price is often comparable with similar items, meaning it can fit comfortably into your daily routine. You can also save on liquid kratom costs by taking advantage of our loyalty, subscription, and discount programs.
Suggested Serving Size
Something to keep in mind about liquid kratom is that one bottle is not necessarily one serving. In other words, many liquid kratom shots contain more than one serving and are not intended to be consumed in one sitting.
Although liquids often need to be measured out according to serving size, they can be tailored to individual needs. Liquid extracts are usually considered a beginner-friendly form of kratom, since users can measure out as much or as little as they feel comfortable with.
In general, a low serving of kratom is considered to be 1-5 grams. For beginners, it’s recommended to start small at a serving size of 0.5 grams and work your way up.
It may seem like too little at first, but when you’re measuring in teaspoons, begin with ½ to 1 teaspoon. Keep in mind that liquid extracts are a concentrated form of kratom, meaning even a small amount can have side effects. Be especially careful if you are unfamiliar with its effect on your body.
The Last Word on Liquid Kratom
Kratom extracts in liquid forms may be a good fit for first-timers. Liquid serving sizes can be tailored to beginners, helping newcomers to reduce the risk of side effects. From on-the-go pouches to kratom shots with a boost of caffeine, liquid kratom is available in many affordable options.
Curious about other forms of kratom? Learn all about kratom extracts.
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