Your choice of how to store kratom will affect how long it lasts, how potent it is, as well as how strong the results are.
Kratom owes its effects to its alkaloids, primarily mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
While studies on kratom are limited, several sources suggest that the mitragynine in kratom gradually turns into another substance. It’s called mitragynine pseudoindoxyl. It is believed to have low or no painkilling properties and might even act as an opiate antagonist.
How Long Does Kratom Last
Generally, kratom retains maximum freshness for up to three months. If stored correctly, it’ll maintain most of its freshness for 6-12 months.
Once 12 months have passed, kratom will retain most of its potency, yet it’ll become dryer and will start to gradually lose its quality. The drier kratom powder gets, the less pleasant it’ll become to ingest.
How long your kratom will last will also depend on how fresh it is when you purchase it. The longer it’s been kept in storage by its vendor and distributors, the less it is going to last.
Kratom Storage Tips
1. Buy Fresh Kratom from a Reliable Vendor
The quality and freshness of your kratom will depend on the vendor that you purchase it from. The sooner the vendor ships and the more frequently they stock up, the fresher their kratom is going to be.
Many vendors work with a middleman. They buy kratom in bulk from someone else who sources it and then resell it to individual users.
This process lengthens the time from when kratom is harvested and processed and when it reaches the user. The longer this time is, the sooner it’ll lose its potency.
To avoid that we advise you to buy kratom from vendors who import it directly from the source and do not use a middleman. That will ensure that your product will reach you sooner, will be fresher, and you’ll be able to store it longer without losing kratom potency.
Therefore, take your time to research vendors carefully.
Check the information available on the vendors’ websites, yet don’t rely on that alone. Kratom isn’t regulated by the FDA, so there are no set standards that vendors must adhere to. Much depends on their individual values and motivations.
Read through user reviews as well to get a more accurate view of the vendors. You can also look through kratom forums, and even post your own questions on vendors that you are interested in. Many users also discuss kratom related topics on Reddit.
2. Buy the Right Amount of Kratom
There’s no need to buy kratom in large bulk if you won’t be able to use it up within the maximum of three months. Especially if you’ll be the only person using it.
Don’t buy a larger amount of kratom simply because it’s cheaper. You may save money, but you may end up with kratom that’s not as potent as it could have been.
Start by purchasing smaller amounts at first and gauge how much you use in one, two, or three months. Then, depending on how fresh your vendor’s product normally is, you’ll know how much you need to buy to ensure that you’re using the freshest and the most potent product.
3. Store Kratom in Airtight Containers
Moisture and oxygen are the two main reasons for kratom going bad.
Even a few drops of water can make your kratom perfect environment for mold to start growing. If that happens, it’s best to get rid of the entire batch as it all can be contaminated.
Kratom is an organic substance. Therefore, it exposed to oxygen, it can become stale.
To prevent both of these from happening, store kratom in airtight plastic or glass containers. You can use zip log bags, sturdy Tupperware dishes, or airtight glass jars.
You can remove air from ziplock bags by partially zipping it up, placing a straw in it, and sucking the excess air out. Avoid placing the straw too close to the kratom powder or you may suck it in as well.
If you’re using Tupperware or glass jars, there will be some air left after closing them. Because of that, choose the right size for the amount of kratom that you have so that it contains as little air as possible.
4. Store Kratom in Small Containers
Placing all of your kratom in a single container may seem the easier route to take, but we advise you not to do it. Constantly opening this container can deteriorate the product.
Instead, store a few days’ supply of kratom in small containers or zip-lock bags (make sure to get the air out of them). That will help your kratom stay fresh and keep its properties and potency longer.
5. Store Kratom in a Cool Dark Place
Frequent changes in temperature and direct sunlight can also deteriorate kratom. That’s why it’s best to store kratom in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
A storage room would be best, but if you don’t have one, there’s no need to worry. You can also store kratom in a cupboard.
Choose one that does not get sunlight during certain parts of the day. Don’t store kratom near ovens, heating systems, dryers, or similar devices that may cause the temperature to rise and drop quickly.
Some users like to store kratom in the fridge. If you choose to do so, make sure it’s in an airtight container. This way air or moisture won’t damage it and it will also not be affected by strong smells.
6. Label the Purchase Date on Kratom Containers
Once you store kratom in an airtight container of your choice, place a label with a purchase date on it. That will help you remember when exactly you bought it and have a better idea of how long it’ll last.
Can You Store Kratom Tea?
If you are busy, you may be interested in brewing kratom tea beforehand and storing it for later use. That is possible too.
You can store prepared kratom tea for up to a week before it starts going bad. Some kratom users even freeze it. If you decide to store kratom tea, brew it first. Then, transfer your tea to airtight containers.
Make sure to use plastic ones if you want to freeze it and leave a fifth of the container empty. That is because liquids expand when frozen and a tightly filled glass container can explode.
Watch Out for Signs of Deterioration
Once you have properly stored all your kratom, check it for signs of deterioration as you use it. These can be mold, a paler color, or a weaker scent. If you notice any of those, it may be a good idea to buy a new batch instead. Though, when mold starts forming, it’s best to immediately discard the entire amounts of the container.
How do you store kratom? How long do you usually store it for? And what’s your favorite storage method?