How to Store Your Kratom Products So They Last
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Selecting that ideal kratom product isn’t even the entire process of enjoying its effects to the max. Another thing that you always need to be aware of is how you’re storing it, since kratom, like almost all organic substances, has a shelf life. Kratom (Mitragyna Speciosa) is pretty forgiving compared to other organic products, but at the same time, failing to store kratom properly can mean a significant reduction in its overall effectiveness. Luckily, there are several very basic avenues you can take in order to store it properly.
How Long Does Kratom Stay Fresh For?
Kratom that’s sold here in the United States has already traveled quite a distance from where it was originally harvested from – the tree only grows in a specific region of the world. During this time, it ages naturally, and thus, gets exposed to various environmental conditions that can cause oxidization, meaning those potent alkaloids can start to break down. Because of this, the average shelf life of kratom is about a few months when it’s not stored correctly. However, when stored the right way, it can last for about a year before losing its potency.
Also, an unopened package of kratom will usually last longer than one that has been opened. Once opened, kratom is exposed to the environment, which once again, can expedite the degradation of its active compounds.
Keep in mind, too, that expired kratom isn’t dangerous to consume – it just won’t be effective. How come? Well, because those alkaloids at some point or another begin degrading, and then down the line, fail to interact with the body in any meaningful manner.
Storing Your Kratom Products the Correct Way
If you’ve kratom in powder, capsule, tincture, edible, leaf form, etc., you will need to store it properly, so it maintains its potency and freshness.
- Heat can degrade the quality of kratom, so it’s ideal to store it in a cool place.
- Avoid leaving it near windows, heating vents, or in rooms that tend to get warm.
- Do not store it near appliances that generate heat.
- Exposure to light, especially sunlight, can cause kratom to lose its effectiveness.
- Keep kratom in a dark place like a cupboard, drawer, or a dark-colored, airtight container.
- Oxygen can degrade the quality of kratom over time.
- Use airtight containers or sealable bags to store kratom and ensure its freshness. Vacuum-sealed bags can be particularly effective.
- If your kratom came in a manufacturer's packaging that's resealable, it might be a good idea to keep it in that packaging, provided it can be sealed tightly.
- Moisture is a major enemy of kratom.
- Kratom should be kept dry to prevent mold and other issues.
- Make sure the storage area is free from any moisture areas and it doesn't come in contact with water or any liquid.
Avoid Contamination/Limited Handling:
- Every time you touch the kratom with your hands or introduce it to different environments, you can affect its freshness. Handle your kratom as little as possible.
- Ensure that the containers you use for storage are clean and free from any contaminants.
- Avoid touching the kratom with your hands; instead, use a clean spoon or scoop.
- Some people choose to refrigerate or freeze kratom to keep it fresh for a longer time.
- If you decide to refrigerate or freeze kratom, make sure it is in a well-sealed, airtight container to prevent moisture and other contamination.
- Before using your kratom product, allow it to come to room temperature outside the container to prevent condensation.
- One thing to worry about is freezer burn, which could make the kratom product unappealing because of its smell.
- On the flip side, people have found that freezing their kratom makes it more potent, due to it breaking the cell walls so that the kratom absorbs into the body at a more efficient rate, thus leading to stronger effects.
Separating and Labeling Different Strains or Multiple Varieties of Kratom:
- If you have multiple strains or varieties of kratom, keep them in separate, clearly labeled containers to prevent mix-ups and to maintain the unique properties of each strain.
- Include the date of purchase or receipt to keep track of freshness.
- If you have a large quantity of kratom, consider splitting it into smaller, sealed packages and only take out smaller amounts for daily or weekly use.
- Store the packages you are not using in a cool, dark, and dry place until needed.
- Check your stored kratom regularly for signs of mold, off-odors, or any other indications that it might have been compromised, especially if you live in a humid climate.
- If you are unsure, it's better to dispose of it safely rather than risk consuming a compromised product.
How to Recognize Fresh Kratom Before Buying It or Once It Arrives
If you want to avoid buying kratom that’s already close to expiring, your best bet is to buy from a reputable online source – one that specializes primarily in the kratom space. You see, you’ve a lot more to lose if the kratom product doesn’t arrive fresh and potent. So, by going this route, you can steer clear of purchasing from companies that don’t put the time and effort into storing their kratom properly, as well as products sold by vendors that have a low product turnover rate – those kratom products are already expiring on their shelves.
Proper Storge = Fresh Kratom and Powerful Kratom
No doubt, kratom should be stored in a way to maintain its potency and freshness for as long as possible. And remember, while these guidelines help in preserving the potency of kratom, no method will keep it fresh indefinitely. It’s always best to use kratom within a reasonable timeframe.
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- Mark R.
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- Thompson C.
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- Harry T.