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How Extracts Work: Extract Concentration and Potency

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Learn more about how extracts work — including what extracts are, how they work, and how to choose the best extract according to concentration and potency.

What Are Extracts?

Herbal extracts “pull out” the chemical constituents of medicinal herbs to create a potent product.

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An extract is made up of all or some of the following components:

  • Made with a solvent base or other extraction methods
  • Made with dried or fresh herbs
  • May contain the roots, leaves and flowers
  • Offered in pure form, not capsule or tablet
  • Preserved for long-term use

The different types of extracts are:

  • Tinctures—made with alcohol
  • Glycerites—made with vegetable glycerin
  • Herbal vinegars—made with vinegar
  • Powdered herbal extracts—dry form

How do Extracts Work?

Extracts are made with a single herb or herbal mixture to deliver a certain therapeutic benefit. The herbs are typically extracted or steeped for 4-8 weeks, creating a more potent solution compared to a shorter extraction process.

Extracts come in liquid form or powdered form and capture the herbs when they are their freshest and most potent. Extracts offer a high concentration of the minerals and alkaloids of plants, which provide the physical and physiological effects of herbs.

How to Choose an Herbal Extract

When looking at herbal extracts, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I want to use the extract for?
  • Which type of extract will be best for the herb?
  • Do I plan on using it internally or topically?

Potency and Concentration:

  • When looking for the most highly concentrated extract, look for a product that used the active constituents of the herbs in ratios found in nature


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Colleen is a part owner of Kratora along with her brother David. Kratora was founded in 2013 by David with Colleen joining the team later in 2017. The siblings were born and raised in the Bay Area and spent most of their professional years working in Silicon Valley. Their interest in botanicals began in the early 2000s as they cared for a sick family member and quickly grew into the passion that formed Kratora.

Colleen and the team at Kratora are dedicated to providing the best quality botanicals on the market along with the best customer service. They believe their loyal customers are what makes Kratora so special! Over their many years in business it has always brought them joy to work with their customers and see how botanicals are changing lives for the better.

Kratora’s vision is to help their customers live a better life by consistently providing the highest quality, safest, and purest botanicals on the market. Colleen and her team specialize in regular kratom, kratom extracts, liquid kratom, even kratom gummies — plus a lot of kratom alternative products. Kratora is always looking to expand their product line while remaining true to their high standards.

Colleen believes in transparency between the Kratora team and the expert farmers in South Asia which is why they follow Fair Trade policies. Without these farmers, Kratora would not have any products to sell. As part of Colleen’s commitment in providing the highest quality botanicals, Kratora invests highly into third-party lab testing for all of the products they sell.

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