Among our most experienced community members, we often receive two questions side-by-side: “how to make kratom resin” and “how to use kratom resin”. They’re good questions, certainly, and for experienced users, kratom resin can be a viable option for making a dose more convenient and fast-acting!
But kratom resin isn’t for everybody! It requires some knowledge and effort to produce, and kratom resin makes it far more difficult to properly measure your kratom dosage. For these reasons, we strongly recommend that new users stick to more traditional ways of enjoying our world-class kratom powder.
For those experienced and enterprising kratom enthusiasts, however, this article is for you! We’ll be going over all the most important questions surrounding kratom resin, as well as the common pitfalls that will help you determine whether kratom resin is right for you.
What is Kratom Resin?
Kratom resin is one of the three most common types of kratom extract. Kratom resin has a very different appearance than other forms of kratom, appearing as a thick, dense, slightly sticky solid substance.
Essentially, kratom resin is a processed form of kratom that has had most of the plant matter removed, leaving only a highly-concentrated dose of kratom alkaloids — the compounds responsible for kratom’s effects.
How to Measure the Potency of Kratom Resin?
The strength of kratom resin is notoriously difficult to measure. That’s because kratom resin is often made at home and, as such, is very rarely sent for comprehensive laboratory testing.
Instead, kratom resin is usually measured as a matter of concentration, with labels such as “8x kratom resin”, “20x resin”, etc.
These numbers refer to the resin’s concentration of alkaloids by weight compared to the raw kratom powder used to make it.
For instance, if 1 pound (16 ounces) of kratom powder was used to create kratom resin, and the resulting resin weighs ⅛ pound (2 ounces), it would be referred to as an “8x kratom resin”.
How to Use Kratom Resin?
Kratom resin is very versatile and can be taken in any number of ways.
While some users take it orally, most users find this method unpleasant due to kratom resin’s thickness and distinctive, often bitter flavor. If you choose to take kratom resin orally, we strongly recommend using the “mix and wash” variation of the toss and wash method or taking it with a pleasant-tasting juice.
More often, kratom resin is mixed with tea, coffee, or another hot beverage. The heat of these beverages allows the kratom resin to melt and easily integrate into the beverage. And because the alkaloids have already been separated from the plant matter (see “How to Make Kratom Resin” below), you don’t need to boil your tea or otherwise take extra time to prepare your kratom beverage!
In this sense, making kratom resin is a good way of “front-loading” the work of making kratom beverages. By making a bulk batch of kratom resin, you can save time in the long run, as making kratom tea by the batch can be quite time consuming, indeed!
How to Make Kratom Resin
At first, how to make kratom resin may seem like an intimidating, involved process. But once you get into it, you’ll find that making kratom resin is a reasonably straightforward process that can be completed with very common household ingredients.
While it does take a bit of time to produce, most of the process is “set it and forget it” rather than requiring constant attention.
Note that techniques for how to make kratom resin vary significantly. As such, the instructions you’ll find below describe a general process and do not give specific numbers for quantities or ratios. Here, a bit of experimentation will be your best friend — but, even without precise figures, the general process is consistent enough that you’ll be producing kratom resin even with imperfect ratios.
What You’ll Need:
- High quality kratom powder
- A kitchen scale (optional, but very useful for measuring the concentration of your powder)
- A mild-strength, non-toxic natural acid such as lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar
- A freezer-safe mixing bowl
- Coffee filters, cheesecloth, or another fine strainer
- A container in which to store your finished kratom resin
- Access to a freezer, stove-top, and oven
How to Make Kratom Resin, Step-by-Step:
- Measure out a quantity of kratom powder on your kitchen scale, then record the figure for later use.
- Add the measured kratom powder to your mixing bowl, then add water until the kratom powder is covered.
- While mixing the kratom powder and water, add your lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar. Continue stirring until thoroughly combined.
- Cover the mixture, then leave it to steep overnight.
- Place the mixing bowl in the freezer and allow the mixture to freeze solid.
- Bring a small pot or saucepan of water to a light boil, then add the frozen kratom and acid mixture to the boiling water.
- Add additional lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar to the boiling water. Reduce the heat and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Once the frozen mixture has completely thawed, continue stirring occasionally until approximately ¼ of the liquid has evaporated. Then, remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool.
- Strain the mixture, then place it back in your mixing bowl. Place it aside and allow approximately half of the remaining liquid to evaporate.
- You should be left with a wet powder sitting in a small amount of liquid. Transfer this back into your saucepan, add more water and lemon juice or lime juice, then bring to a simmer.
- Once this liquid has largely evaporated, repeat Step 10 one more time, then remove from heat.
- Bring your oven to 150-200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the contents of your saucepan into a small oven dish, then place it in the oven. Check occasionally to see whether the remaining liquid has evaporated.
- You should be left with a thick, concentrated kratom resin. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool.
- On your kitchen scale, measure the weight of the empty container you’ll use to store your kratom resin. Note this number down.
- Transfer the cooled kratom resin into the container, then measure the container’s weight. Subtract the weight of the empty container to find the weight of the concentrate. Use this number, in calculation with the weight of the kratom powder from Step 1, to measure the concentration of your kratom resin.