Welcome To How To Pick The Right Liquid Kratom Extract Shot For You!
If you are new to the Kratom world picking a kratom liquid extract shot could surely be a daunting task. Even if you were a Kratom powder user moving to extracts it could be daunting. It seems like every other day there is a new shot on the scene. Hush Kratom alone has at least 10 different shots, we get it. It can be overwhelming. In this blog the staff at Great CBD Shop is going to show you what to look for. We’ll go over all the buzz words, levels of alkaloids, etc. In the end you’ll be able to comfortably make the right decision when it comes to choosing your Kratom Shots! We’ll also go over in our opinion at least the top choices available.
So, What Exactly Is A Liquid Kratom Extract Shot?
Generally when you think about Kratom you think of Kratom powder. Powder is created by manufacturers by drying and crushing leaves from the mitragyna speciosia tree (Kratom tree). Manufacturers use a similar extraction method to create shots. Rather than turn it into a powder, they just turn it into a more concentrated liquid Kratom to create a liquid shot. Think of a liquid Kratom shot in the sense of a 5 hour energy shot. They are meant to be downed quickly, and generally don’t taste very good. Below we’ll get into a little bit of everything regarding shots. The different extraction processes, full spectrum vs not full spectrum, different mit levels vs mit-7 levels. This will become your comprehensive guide to navigating the liquid Kratom shots world.
Lets Start By Looking At The Different Extraction Processes Used In Today’s Liquid Kratom Shots
You’ll find the most popular extraction methods used for Kratom are mainly water based kratom extraction methods. There are also Kratom Resin extraction processes as well but you likely wont find them often. Kratom resin extraction is very costly and a much more intensive extraction method. Let’s take a look at the different methods below.
- Maceration, Infusion, Percolation, and Decoction.
These are all terms associated with a traditional water based extraction method. It involves the use of water, a solvent, and some filtering.
- MAE Extraction
This one you will rarely see used in today’s shots. This extraction method essentially uses a microwave and heat to release the active compounds from the plant. This doesn’t mean try this method at home, you still need advanced processing equipment.
- Supercritical Fluid Extraction Or SFE
This is essentially an extraction method which uses CO2 to extract the alkaloids from the plant. It is another one of the most popular extraction methods besides the various water based extraction methods. Sometimes ethanol (alcohol) or methanol is added in the process to increase efficiency and solubility of the CO2 used.
- Solid Phase Micro-extraction
This is a very new method which combines the extraction, concentration, and introduction phases into one phase for efficiency.
These are the main extraction methods used BUT there are some proprietary methods as well we’ll explain below. Should we trust the gimmick? Lets Find out.
Trust Or Dont?
- Cold Water Extraction Process
To be honest, we would need to know more about this proprietary method. Are they using a CO2 extraction method with cold water, a simple water extraction method etc. Most companies touting this name claim for a higher alkaloid concentration and a more full spectrum feel. We have seen in studies that higher heats with certain methods will produce high alkaloid content. While using cold water with certain methods actually yield a higher mitragynine level.
This doesn’t mean by any means that this is a bad extraction method, further into the blog we’ll explain the different concentrations of mitragynine vs 7-hydroxymitragynine. Some people prefer a more concentrated mit shot vs a full spectrum shot.
- Nano-emulsion Process
Hush has been a leader in the kratom industries paving the way along with OPMS. Recently they have released their Hush Nano shot. They say due to this process the onset of the shot hits quicker and lasts longer. After some research we can see that this method is 100 percent the real deal. Nano-emulsion process has been shown to improve the bioavailability of the compound its used on. This would lead to a faster onset, it has also been shown to help mask taste.
The Take Away On Extraction Methods
In today’s industry, most companies are using simple water extraction methods. If they aren’t they’ll tell you otherwise. Some companies like Hush do have unique processes which absolutely work. Their Nano-emsulsified shot rivals OPMS and hits faster.
At the end of the day, most companies will never tell you exactly how they extract the alkaloids. There are several different methods as well as using different heats with all of those methods. This is what leads to different alkaloid profiles. As well as concentrations of mitragynine over 7-hydroxymitragynine. This is the main thing you want to look at. Why are you taking this shot? Energy and Focus? Pain relief and relaxation? We’ll get into how these two major alkaloids will help you decide what shot is right for you later.
Full Spectrum Extract Shots Vs Regular Extract Shots
Yes, we agree. Full spectrum is definitely a buzzword used to hype up products across all industries. You can find this word in the kratom industry, kanna, thc, cbd. Although it is a buzzword, there is some science behind it.
A Full spectrum extract will have a higher alkaloid profile than other shots. This can be due to the different extraction methods used. Some Kratom extracts contain ONLY mitragynine, while others may maintain a higher level of alkaloids but a higher concentration of mitragynine or a higher concentration of 7-hydroxymitragynine.
Even though mitragynine is considered the primary alkaloid in the Kratom plant its generally agreed upon that a full spectrum kratom will provide a more positive experience overall for the user.
Think in terms of the “entourage effect” used consistently in the THC and CBD space. CBD isolate can be great for certain things for example, but once you start adding in CBN, CBG, etc you get a broader range of effects and a more positive experience. The same can be said of Kratom. Only the two main alkaloids are ever mentioned. There are over 50 alkaloids in Kratom which help add to the general wellness benefits you can obtain from Kratom.
So What Is The Difference Between Mitragynine Content And 7-hydroxymitragynine Content?
Mitragyine is the most prevalent alkaloid in the Kratom plant. It is found that mitragynine is responsible for the stimulant like properties. There is also some research that it helps aid in the pain relief. Though it may help, 7-hyroxymitragynine may benefit you more if your looking for pain relief and relaxation.
7-hydroxymitragynine binds more heavily to the opioid receptors than its counterpart mitragynine. This is what makes it responsible for Kratom’s sedative like properties and pain relief.
How Do I Use All Of This Information To Pick The Best Kratom Liquid Extract Shot For Me?
At the end of the day there is a purpose behind you using a Kratom extract vs a powder. Powder Kratom and brewing your own tea will always be king in my opinion. Personally I enjoy the mood boosting benefits and euphoria you obtain from a powder tea. Though full spectrum extract shots come close to that feeling, its a bit different.
When looking at an extract your either looking for energy and focus or relaxation and pain relief after a long day.
The main thing you want to look at is the ingredient list and different concentrations of substances in the shot. As we explained above, these can vary due to the extraction processes used. Some shots may be full spectrum but with a higher mitragynine content. Others may be full spectrum with a higher 7-hydroxymitragynine content. Some may even be strictly mitragynine to give you that boost of energy you need.
In our opinion we do believe a full spectrum shot to be a bit better. As a mentioned above it does come close to the euphoric feelings you can feel from some powder strains.
Having explained the benefits of full spectrum vs strictly extract as well as the main effects of the two most prevalent alkaloids, you should now be able to pick the perfect shot for you!
Great CBD Shop Liquid Kratom Extract Shot Recommendations
As we broke down above, this shot is the real deal. Originally we thought it to be a buzzword but the science checks out! This is a full spectrum shot with 113mg of mitragynine. It rivals OPMS in strength AND hits faster due to the nano-emulsification process. Definitely a good choice if your looking for energy.
You cant talk about Kratom without having OPMS at the table. This brand has been leading the industry since day one. They work with food grade labs and have top research and development teams. This shot is also full spectrum with a higher mitragynine content. Boasting 180mg mitragynine, the highest on the market. Great shot for energy.
This is another full spectrum shot. This shot is unique as it also has phenibut in it. Depending on the amount you take it can have either stimulating properties or sedative properties. This makes it a great all around shot. Perfect for a beginner!
Mit45 is another great brand. They have also been in the kratom scene since the beginning. Not Only do they have shots but gel packs and capsules as well! Mit45 used full spectrum extract and boasts 45% mitragynine content. Lower than most of the shots on this list. Great for a beginner shot!