People are wanting more out of their kratom and citric acid is just one of the ways to help. Lately, Kratom extracts and Tinctures have been gaining more popularity. A large majority of these Mitragyna speciosa products are in fact created by using some form of citric acid. Studies show that citrus juices of any kind appear to potentiate the effects of this herb. Knowing not only why you would want to as well as how to combine kratom and citric acids is definitely worth your time.
Alkaloids in Kratom and Citric Acid
One of the things that make kratom so wonderful is the alkaloids within the kratom leaves. Not many people know that most alkaloids are soluble in certain acids and alcohols. When brewing kratom tea, if you add some citric acid it helps extract the alkaloids and boost the potency. Combining the hot water and the citric acid, make for a great extraction method for the alkaloids that are in the Kratom leaves. Using a bit of freshly squeezed lemons or even oranges make for a tasty and medicinally beneficial beverage.
Now taking citric acid and adding it to kratom does allow the effects to hit harder. Citric acids like lemon juice, orange juice and vinegar help with absorption and extraction of the alkaloids. Reports have shown that because of the quickness of citric acid helping our bodies to metabolize this herb, the medicinal effects don’t last as long. Basically, the acid prepares the alkaloids for our body stomach perfectly and they all get used up quickly.
Grapefruit Juice and Kratom
Adding Grapefruit Juice to kratom is taking all of this and bringing it to a new level. Grapefruit is like a super fruit when it comes to using it with Kratom. Grapefruit has a number of polyphenolic compounds, including the flavanone naringin, along with the two furanocoumarins, bergamottin and dihydroxybergamottin. These inhibit the drug-metabolizing enzyme isoform CYP3A4 primarily in the small intestine, but at higher doses also inhibit hepatic CYP3A4. It is through inhibition of this enzyme that grapefruit increases the effects of a variety of drugs by increasing their bioavailability. Basically, if you have some Grapefruit Juice with your kratom the effects will come on faster and last longer
Out of all the ways of extracting the alkaloids from kratom, citric acid is by far the best. Unlike alcohols, you are not adding any other substance that can potentially add different effects. In many cases, the citric acid in oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit can actually decrease the bitterness of the kratom leaf. You can even have your regular dose of kratom, add some citric juice and let the reaction happen in your stomach. Next time you are measuring out your dose of Mitragyna speciosa, You may want to try kratom and citric acid.