How To Make A Kratom Tincture: Powder to Liquid Gold

The security agent at the airport goes through your carry-on bag as you wait anxiously. She pulls out your pack of kratom powder, a skeptical look on her face. She calls over another agent.

He walks over and picks up the bag.

 “That’s fine.” he says to her.

You exhale.

“I know what this is,” the agent says to you, smiling. “But I suggest you get a tincture for travelling. Less than 3 ounces is TSA approved and it will make your life a whole lot easier rather than explaining what kratom powder is.”

Ingredients to make kratom tincture

Ingredients to make kratom tincture at home

What is a Kratom Tincture?

Kratom tincture is the result of soaking kratom leaves or dissolving kratom powder in a solvent. The solvent, commonly alcohol, extracts the kratom alkaloids from the powder, and after straining out the powder or leaves, you’re left with a potent liquid kratom. 

Kratom tincture is kept in a bottle. It is a more potent and transportable kratom product which can easily be enjoyed by pouring a couple of drops under the tongue. Instead of a lengthy preparation process, this is a kratom experience that can be achieved in seconds. 

Full Spectrum Vs Isolated: A Comparison

Full spectrum kratom tincture uses a process which extracts all the alkaloids contained in the kratom powder. You can expect a standard kratom experience. Drinking full spectrum kratom tincture will have a similar effect to drinking kratom powder as a tea. It’s a comprehensive experience. It can provide the full spectrum of kratom effects: relief, energy, mood boost, relaxation and focus.

Isolated kratom tincture uses a selective, focused process that extracts only certain alkaloids. Isolated, unlike the full spectrum, is targeted. Unlike drinking kratom powder as a tea, an isolated kratom tincture will provide a more potent and specific effect. This could be useful for those who drink kratom to handle an ache or some other specific issue.

Tincture Vs Extract

Extracts are concentrated forms of kratom. They can take different forms including powders, liquids or capsules. Kratom tincture is therefore a subcategory of kratom extracts, usually made specifically with alcohol into a liquid.

Other forms of kratom extracts can use processes including glycerin, vinegar, oil or water. Each process produces different levels of alkaloid concentration.

The Different Veins and their Effect

When it comes to the question of which kratom vein or strain to use for making your tincture, there is no right or wrong answer. Everyone is different. Each person develops a preference for a particular strain based on their own experience. Many report the following effects associated with a particular strain:

  • White Vein: known for its stimulating and energizing effect which can enhance focus and productivity
  • Green Vein: reported effects include energy, relief and mood enhancement
  • Red Vein: noted for its sedative properties which can promote relief and relaxation

How to Make It At Home: Directions

Buying your kratom tincture from a trusted vendor is always a good idea. You’re buying peace of mind. When the kratom tincture is professionally prepared, you can rest assured that the tincture is safe and effective.

For those that prefer to make it themselves, the recipe and process is straightforward and the ingredients can be easily obtained. While it can be simple to make, it’s important to be careful when making it. A tincture made improperly can be unsafe to drink.

Here is the recipe for making one serving of your own homemade kratom tincture:


  • Kratom leaves or powder
  • Tincture bottle
  • PH strips
  • Cheesecloth
  • High proof alcohol (e.g vodka, rum, grain alcohol)
  • Container (glass jar or bottle with tight fitting lid)
  • Citric acid (optional)

Step 1: If you have leaves, grind into powder. Weigh out 100 grams of kratom powder and 1 litre of alcohol.

Step 2: Pour the kratom powder in the glass container. Add the alcohol, covering the kratom completely and stir the mixture well until it has a mud-like consistency.

Step 3: Slowly add citric acid while stirring until the pH reaches 4. The mixture should turn bright orange. Citric acid could enhance alkaloid extraction and potency.

Step 4: Seal the jar tightly and shake the mixture for at least two hours.

Step 5: Store the airtight container in a dark, cool place for at least two weeks. IMPORTANT: Correct storage conditions are crucial to prevent growth of bacteria or mould.

Step 6: Take out the container and mix well. Strain the tincture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the sediment. Transfer the liquid into your tincture bottle.

Step 7: Start with a small dose (a few drops) to assess your tolerance and response. Gradually increase dosage as needed. 


Protip #1: Always label your tincture with the date and strain used.

Protip #2: Keep a journal to track and document your dosages and effects (note side effects, positive outcomes, changes in mood)  

IMPORTANT: Taking too much can lead to side effects such as nausea, dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience adverse effects, reduce the dosage.

Conclusion and Takeaways

Why would you want to drink a kratom tincture instead of kratom powder? Here are a few reasons: 


Kratom tincture is convenient for travel. Instead of needing your powder, measuring spoons or scales, and potentially making a mess, all you need is that one little bottle. Just put a couple of drops under your tongue and voila. 


Tincture helps you be more precise in your dosing which can help achieve desired effects and avoid unwanted side effects more effectively.

Rapid effects

Tinctures are absorbed quicker than powder based kratom. The alcohol properties allow the kratom alkaloids to enter your bloodstream faster.


Tinctures, specifically isolated tinctures, have a higher concentration of specific alkaloids which can produce a more potent effect with smaller amounts.

Give kratom tincture a try. Always make sure to get your tincture or ingredients from a trusted source. After you learned about all the advantages it can offer, we’re sure it’ll find a place on your shelf alongside kratom powder.