Extraction - Kratom Microwave Oven Extraction

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  1. Nicaine

    Nicaine Titanium Member

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    Here is a technique SWIM learned from experience for extracting the alkaloids into a "tea" using a microwave oven instead of stove-top. It will work equally well with crushed leaves or powder, but it's best for relatively small amounts (like one or two doses).

    Utensils needed:

    * Two average size tea/coffee cups. One of them should be clear glass so you can see what you're doing. In a pinch, use a clear glass measuring cup + coffee cup instead. The clear glass cup must be microwaveable.

    * Paper coffee filter (optional with leaves, needed for powder)

    * Spoon

    Preparation:

    (1) Put the Kratom into the clear glass, and add enough water to cover the leaves, plus an extra 1/2 to 1 inch.

    (2) Put the glass in the microwave, and bring the water + Kratom to a boil. Watch carefully through the door, so it doesn't overboil the cup and erupt all over the place. Let it boil for a few seconds if possible.

    (3) Remove the glass from the microwave, scrape the Kratom off the sides with a spoon and back into the water.

    (4) Put the glass back into the microwave, and repeat steps 2 through 4 about three more times.

    (5) Pour the liquid through a coffee filter into the second cup, or just use a spoon to keep the Kratom in the glass while you transfer the liquid. The resulting liquid will contain about 50% of available alkaloids. If you use a coffee filter, take the Kratom and put it back into the clear glass after filtering.

    (6) Put more water in the clear glass with the Kratom, and bring to a boil again. Scrape the Kratom back off the sides/into the water, and let it sit covered for 5 or 10 minutes, while you drink the Kratom tea you got from step 5.

    (7) Repeat the boil/scrape/boil/scrape cycle anywhere from 5 to 20 times or more (more often = better, within limits). Add more water if it starts getting too low.

    (8) Filter out the liquid. This contains about 40% more of the alkaloids.

    (9) You have now extracted around 90% of available alkaloids. If you want, you can get the last 10% or so by adding more water and repeating step 7. If the Kratom is in the form of crushed leaves, be sure to stir and grind the wet leaves up with a spoon or fork as much as possible between boiling cycles. You can even throw the whole mess into a blender and "liquify" for a few seconds, then reboil, to extract as much as possible from the leaves.

    This technique is clearly time consuming, but I find a certain satisfaction in it that they don't get from stovetop techniques. It can become an enjoyable ritual, and it's nice in the summertime to avoid slaving over a hot stove.

    From SWIM's archives. This material is in the Public Domain -- repost freely.
     
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    Is this better than using capsules with premium powder, do you know?
     
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    It's hard to say... I would try both and see which way gets better results. The buzz from capsules is likely to come on slower, but last longer.

    Might be worth noting... my gotten Kratom capsules stuck in their throat before. They're big, and packed tightly they aren't 'flexible' at all so they don't glide down easy. In fact, they had one break open in their throat once, thought they were gonna choke to death. &(
     
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