Posted by Kratom Sherpa on 5/29/2013
How to Store Kratom Leaf
In order to maximise
kratom's efficiency and freshness, you must store it in a cool environment
that's free of humidity, oxygen and ultraviolet (UV) light. The methods utilized
for storing a fine tea are typically suitable for storing kratom as well.
To store kratom to prevent
degradation and staleness, follow these steps.
Begin by placing the kratom
in small plastic bags. It's best to place a small one- or two-day supply in
each bag. Dividing the kratom powder into small bags will enable you to use the
kratom in small batches, so the remaining powder can remain in airtight, cold
storage until right before you're ready to use it. This helps to ensure optimal
Next, remove the air from
the bags. This can be accomplished with a vacuum sealing device or you can do
this manually by zipping the bag closed, with a straw positioned in the very
corner. Hold the zipper closed right up to the side of the straw and suck out
the air. Use caution to avoid placing the straw up against the tea, or you may
get a mouth full of kratom powder! Once you've sucked out all the air, keep a
suction on the straw as you remove it from the bag; immediately press the rest
of the zipper closed to seal the bag. This must be done in one quick motion to
prevent air from entering the bag.
Once the bags are sealed,
place them inside a tin or an opaque plastic container that will prevent light
Then, place the tin or
container inside the freezer for storage. The cold conditions will serve to
maintain the kratom's freshness indefinitely.
If you store more than one
day's worth of tea in each small bag, you'll want to store the remaining tea in
the refrigerator inside a tin or other light-blocking container.
Storing Kratom Tea
Some individuals prefer to
pre-brew the tea, which can then be stored for a period of approximately 5 to 7
days in the refrigerator or indefinitely in the freezer.
Kratom tea can also be
combined with alcohol to allow for long-term storage.
Mix 7 parts kratom tea with
3 parts alcohol. Clear spirits such as 80-proof vodka tend to work best.
When storing brewed kratom
tea, it's best to use a sealed plastic container, such as a water bottle. Avoid
Also remember that liquids
expand when they freeze, so leave about 1/5 of the bottle empty to allow for
expansion. Otherwise, the container may explode during the freezing process.
Effects of Stale Kratom
It's believed that kratom
loses potency as it degrades and ages, though further research is required to
determine the precise mechanism and nature of the degradation process.
According to some sources,
it's believed that the mitragynine compounds found in kratom may gradually
transform into a mitragynine pseudoindoxyl, which is said to have minimal
painkilling properties and it may even act as an opiate antagonist.
So proper storage will help
ensure kratom potency and efficacy. According to anecdotal evidence, kratom can
remain fresh for decades if it's stored in a proper manner.