Kratom and honey are two natural products that complement each other beautifully. Combining them into honey sticks makes for a sweet, portable way to ingest kratom’s unique alkaloids.
The honey masks kratom’s bitterness while providing complementary therapeutic effects. Infusing honey also allows you to leverage the power of concentrated kratom extracts. Read on to learn the process of crafting delicious kratom honey sticks from scratch.
Making Kratom Honey Sticks
Kratom honey sticks are made by dissolving concentrated kratom alkaloid extract into honey and pouring the mixture into tube-shaped molds. Once dried, you’re left with portable straw-like honey sticks infused with active kratom compounds.
The honey both masks the bitterness and acts as a natural preservative to store the kratom long term. The enclosed tube shape makes them easy to stash and consume discreetly. Kratom honey sticks can be crafted using simple homemade kratom extracts or purchased extract powders.
Making Kratom Alkaloid Extract
Creating a pure, potent kratom extract allows you to harness a concentrated amount of active alkaloids in a small dose. There are several methods of extracting kratom’s components, but acid-base extraction is one of the simplest ways to make your own full-spectrum kratom extract at home. It involves using an acidic solution to pull the basic alkaloids out of the leaf powder.
The leaves are mixed with hot water to make a kratom sludge, which maximizes solubility. After sufficient steeping, the sludge is strained through cheesecloth or a filter to separate the solid plant matter from the infused liquid.
Next, the liquid is mixed with a highly acidic solution, typically citric acid or white vinegar. This lowers the pH which converts the alkaloids into an ionized form that precipitates out of the liquid.
The acidic kratom liquid must sit for several hours to fully precipitate the alkaloids. It is then strained once more, leaving behind the plant material. To gather the alkaloids, the liquid is slowly filtered through lab quality filter paper or high grade coffee filters.
This leaves behind fine kratom extract powder that contains concentrated kratom alkaloids purified from the leaf matter. Washing and repeating the extraction process produces a higher yield of the coveted mitragynine, 7-OH-mitragynine, and other active compounds.
One option is to first make your own full-spectrum kratom extract powder to infuse into the honey. Here’s how:
What You’ll Need:
- 100g kratom powder or leaves
- 1 liter water
- 2-4 liters lemon juice, white vinegar, or citric acid solution
- Cheesecloth or filter
- Glass mixing container
- Coffee filters or lab filter paper
What To Do:
- Mix kratom powder with water to make a thick sludge. Allow to sit for 1 hour.
- Slowly strain the sludge through a cheesecloth or filter to produce filtered liquid.
- Add liquid to acidic solution in the mixing container. Stir thoroughly.
- Allow to sit for several hours to precipitate alkaloids.
- Strain once more through cheesecloth. Filter liquid a final time through lab filter paper or high quality coffee filters to gather alkaloid extract powder.
- Spread powder out to dry completely. Then store in an airtight container.
- Repeat the process to make larger batches of concentrated kratom extract powder.
This will produce full-spectrum kratom alkaloid extract that can be infused into honey.
Infuse Kratom Alkaloids Into Honey
Once concentrated kratom extract powder has been produced, it mixes readily into thick viscous honey. The high sugar content of the honey helps extract and preserve the alkaloids. Honey’s powerful antimicrobial properties also prevent breakdown of the compounds over time. And its inherent viscosity traps the finely powdered extract in stable suspension.
The extract powder should first be measured out in small quantities based on the desired potency per dose. A scale capable of at least .1 gram accuracy is ideal for measuring powder. The dense extract requires much less material than plain leaf kratom to provide effects.
Next, the powder is vigorously stirred into a glass container of raw honey until fully dissolved. Additional honey may need to be added slowly to get the proper thinner consistency for pouring into molds.
Once in solution, the spiked honey is poured or injected with a syringe into plastic straw-shaped molds and allowed to dry into formed sticks. The kratom alkaloids remain infused within the matrix of the honey through hydrogen bonding.
This provides a convenient way to ingest a concentrated fast-acting dose of powdered kratom subtly masked by honey’s sweetness. The honey both counteracts the bitterness and complements kratom’s therapeutic effects. Once you have concentrated kratom extract powder, it can be dissolved into quality honey.
What You’ll Need:
- Kratom extract powder
- Raw, unpasteurized honey
- Glass mixing bowl
- Plastic honey stick molds
What To Do:
- Measure your desired dose of kratom extract powder starting with 200-500mg per stick.
- Add powder to a glass mixing bowl. Use 1 tsp honey per 200mg kratom extract initially.
- Stir rapidly to dissolve the powder fully into the viscous honey.
- Add more honey in small amounts if needed to thin enough for pouring.
- Once fully dissolved, use a syringe or funnel to pour honey mixture into molds.
- Allow sticks to dry uncovered for 1-2 days until no moisture remains.
- Snap molds apart carefully to access finished kratom honey sticks.
- Wrap individually and store in an airtight container out of sunlight.
Adjust the kratom extract amount based on your ideal strength per stick. The honey both preserves potency and provides a sweet compliment to the herbal kratom.
Putting the “Stick” in Kratom Honey Sticks
To create the actual stick shape, you’ll need plastic straw-like honey molds. These enclosures allow you to simply pour in the infused honey and produce formed sticks. Craft and hobby stores sell packs of empty pen-shaped honey molds to fill as you like.
You can also find specialty kratom honey stick molds from some vendors. Just ensure any mold is made of food-grade, BPA-free plastic. The straw shape makes kratom honey sticks portable and easy to consume wherever needed.
While it takes some work to produce your own infused honey sticks, these instructions show it’s an attainable DIY project. You can also buy pre-made kratom extract powders to simply mix into honey without doing the extraction yourself.
However you craft them, kratom honey sticks provide a discreet, practical way to harness this botanical remedy. Their sweet taste masks the earthy flavor of kratom while the honey itself boasts beneficial compounds. Kratom honey sticks offer the best of both worlds.
Can you use regular kratom powder instead of extract?
Yes but it would require a much larger amount of powder to provide effects. It’s more practical to use concentrated extract powder. However, a coarsely ground powder works better than ultra-fine.
How long do infused kratom honey sticks last?
Properly stored at cool room temperature out of sunlight and moisture, infused honey sticks can remain potent for up to 1-2 years before losing efficacy. Refrigeration can extend life further.
Is there a difference between raw and pasteurized honey?
Raw, unpasteurized honey retains more beneficial enzymes and nutrients. But either works to absorb kratom alkaloids. Pasteurized honey will yield a smoother, easier to work with consistency.
Can you add other ingredients besides kratom extract?
Yes, you can incorporate small amounts of supplements like ashwagandha, gingko, or turmeric powder that complement kratom’s properties. Just avoid exceeding the carrying capacity of the honey.
Are commercially made kratom honey sticks low quality?
Not necessarily. Some reputable vendors produce legitimate quality kratom sticks. But as always, vet any products carefully and check lab reports when possible. DIY allows control over the process.