If you’ve been taking Kratom for a while you know how amazing it can be. However, it might be tempting to buy whole leaf Kratom instead of Kratom Powder. It’s a common idea that fresh leaf Kratom might be better than other forms of Kratom that are available. We decided to do a comparison between Kratom leaves and Kratom powder; in which we will be discussing the pros and cons of each one.
Mitragyna Speciosa, more commonly known as Kratom, is a plant with stimulant qualities. People have been using Kratom for centuries because of the different properties in its leaves. In today’s age many people have turned to Kratom for these stimulant effects that function as Opioid agonists. For this reason and many more, people who love Kratom are looking for better – natural ways to take it. Kratom comes in different forms which include powder – capsules – extracts – whole leaf. There are different ways to consume whole leaf Kratom, although not very common in the U.S.
Kratom Powder and Kratom Capsules are a lot more popular than whole Kratom leaves because of convenience. There is a lot more care that goes into tending Kratom leaves than other forms of Kratom as a consumer. You can compare this to loose leaf tea and tea bags. You get a better taste and a better experience from loose leaf tea; but many people turn to tea bags because of convenience. Also, many people don’t enjoy the taste of Kratom. Instead, they rather add Kratom powder to juice or take it in capsules. While this may seem like not a big deal many retailers prefer to carry something with a longer shelf life.
A most common and practical way of enjoying Kratom is in powder form. This is because it’s convenient to store, with little prep-work involved to consume. Also, you are getting the full properties from the leaf without anything going to waste. The shelf life of Kratom can last from 1 – 3 months if stored properly. This is for maximum potency and freshness; however, the shelf-life can vary depending on many factors. You’ll be able to tell potent Kratom from low-quality based on the experience you have. This is why freshness is a factor and proper storage is important.
Although Kratom powder is convenient to take you want to be careful how you take it. If you take Kratom powder without any liquid you can run the risk of choking. A couple of popular methods that can be potentially dangerous include – parachuting – toss and wash. Also, what many people enjoy about Kratom powder is the ability to calculate how much you are consuming. You are able to measure out how many grams you want to take using a scale. This can help you keep track of how much Kratom you are taking in order to avoid unwanted side-effects. These are certain factors to consider when purchasing Kratom Powder; but by far it’s still the best way to consume Kratom in our opinion.
Comparing Kratom Leaves to Kratom Powder
One thing to keep in mind is that Kratom Powder are Kratom leaves that have been finely grounded down. Therefore, we are comparing whole Kratom leaves to Kratom powder. This is a list of pros and cons between both products.
Whole Kratom Leaves
- More difficult to find in stores
- Bitter taste
- Shorter shelf life
- Not as convenient
- Less choking hazard
- Available wherever Kratom is sold
- Easier to hide the taste
- Longer Shelf Life
- Not as fresh
- More convenient to use
- More choking hazard – if used incorrectly
Which One is Better?
There is no real way of figuring out which one is better of the two. One could argue that whole Kratom leaves are better because you’re getting freshness. You could also say that Kratom powder is fresh, depending on the vendor. It comes down to preference and convenience. If you don’t mind a shorter shelf life and the bitter taste of Kratom leaves; then whole Kratom leaves might be better for you. However, if you like the convenience and versatility of Kratom powder then that’s the better option. Each product has its pros and cons but it’s up to you to decide which product is better.