Best Guide: How Kratom Works and Different Types of Kratom Products

When it comes to kratom, there’s a lot to know about this natural, herbal substance and how it works. Before trying kratom, it’s good to have a full understanding of the different product options you have and which are ideal for you. Let us help you.

Here is our ultimate guide to how kratom works and the different types of products you’ll come across. 

What is Kratom? 

Let’s begin with the basics. Mitragyna speciosa, also known as kratom, belongs to the evergreen tree family. You’ll find these trees native to Southeast Asia, primarily in places like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar. People will take the leaves of the tree and grind them down into a fine powder, making it easy to consume. Kratom’s therapeutic properties have been cherished by humans for centuries, and we continue to embrace them today. 

What Exactly is Liquid Kratom? 

Nowadays, you’ll find kratom extract in various forms, not just powders. Specifically, liquid kratom is becoming more and more popular as people discover the ease of consuming their herbs this way. But, what exactly is liquid kratom? 

Just as it sounds, these types of products offer kratom in a liquid, drinkable/consumable form. Manufacturers take kratom powder and extract certain alkaloids to make a more concentrated product. Liquid kratom is also more concentrated because it requires several leaves to curate. (So, if you were wondering why it was pricer than kratom powder, here’s your answer!). Most producers craft liquid kratom by mixing the extract with water, but some brands may use different ingredients or techniques, so always check with the company before purchasing.

With liquid kratom, some companies choose to add additional flavors to create a more appealing drinkable. Others will stick with the herbal, plant-like profile that kratom naturally produces. It simply depends! So, you have to find what appeals to you most. When consuming any form of liquid kratom, you have to keep in mind the potency and higher concentration. Certain forms of liquid kratom, such as extracts and tinctures, will kick in only after a few minutes and you’ll experience strong effects from even small doses. Remember that the higher the dose you consume, the sleepier you’re likely to feel. So, take it easy with your liquid kratom! (Unless you’re trying to sleep, that is.)

Now that we’ve mentioned kratom extracts and tinctures, you’re probably wondering, “What are the different types of liquid kratom?” Well, let’s explain. 

What are the Different Types of Liquid Kratom? 

As of right now, there are about three different types of liquid kratom. But, that doesn’t mean this won’t change in the future! Kratom has been popular for thousands of years, and we’re still coming up with new ways to enjoy this unique herbal extract. You never know what kind of liquid kratom you will come across in the next few years!

Today, though, we’re going to break down kratom shots, kratom tinctures/extracts, and kratom drinks like tea.

Let’s start with kratom shots. 

Kratom Shots 

The name of these guys gives it all away. Kratom shots are literally drinkable shots of kratom! You enjoy these like you would a 5hr Energy or lemon-ginger shot, drinking either half or the whole shot at once. Here at Topps Kratom, our kratom shots all come with two servings in them, so the choice is yours whether or not to drink the whole thing. 

Kratom shots contain a highly concentrated form of kratom extract alongside other ingredients like L-Theanine and certain flavor extracts to make the taste more appealing. These additives bring out even more results for the consumer, creating an overall more enhanced experience. Topps Kratom’s Raw Kratom Shots include full-spectrum kratom and natural, raw agave sweetener — the perfect recipe for an ideal kratom journey.

You can also choose to try something even more stimulating like our Cappuccino Kratom Shot. This shot of kratom-infused cappuccino is the perfect pick-me-up in the middle of your day when you’re starting to slow down. Topps delicately doses our kratom shots so that even two full servings aren’t going to leave you sleeping on the couch, either. 

Kratom Tincture

If you don’t want to try a kratom shot but are still interested in liquid kratom, you can turn to a kratom tincture. To make a kratom tincture, professionals will take raw kratom extract and soak it in an ethanol-water mixture where it’s left to sit for several weeks. As time passes, the alcohol will begin absorbing kratom’s properties into the liquid.

Once the tincture has been set for quite some time, professionals will then strain any solid components out. Then, you’re left with a kratom tincture that you can easily dose and place right into your food, drink, or directly into your mouth. Kratom extracts are made in a similar way but without alcohol. Manufacturers will instead boil down the leaves several times until a thick paste remains. Then, they mix this paste with liquids like water to create a consumable, liquid form. Extracts are extremely potent and pure, and you can consume them sublingually or orally depending on your preference. 

Both of these types of liquid kratom start to work rapidly in the body. They’re some of the most fast-acting kratom products on the market; so, if you’re looking to experience potent results quickly, kratom tinctures and extracts are the way to go. 

Kratom Tea

Finally, you may also come across drinkable kratom products like kratom tea. Again, these products are just as they sound: tea infused with kratom powder! Kratom teas are extremely straightforward and easy to make yourself as long as you have the powder and some tea blends you enjoy. You can also use kratom leaves if you have those, instead.

While fun and tasty, kratom tea may take a bit longer to take effect than your kratom extract. You will have to be patient and let the tea work its magic in your body first. You may find yourself waiting anywhere from 30 min to two hours for the effects to fully kick in, so be patient! This is simply because of the way you consumed the herb and how it must work through the body first. Since you can make kratom tea, you can turn it into any flavor you desire! If you enjoy sweeter tea, you can always add a bit of honey; if you like it more herbal, try making it with raw kratom leaves and steeping it. You’ll get a wonderful herbaceous blend that way. The choices are endless!   

Kratom Gummies

We know, we know: kratom gummies are not a form of liquid kratom. Even so, their popularity makes them a noteworthy form of kratom. Technically, kratom gummies are made using kratom extract; thus, these sweet treats can be incredibly potent and concentrated.

With kratom gummies, you may have to wait anywhere from 15-60 minutes before the effects present themselves fully. Eating so much before consuming your gummy may slow the onset time of effects because of absorption. For the quickest results, we’d recommend consuming your kratom gummy about 30-45 minutes before eating or 1.5-2 hours after you’ve finished your meal.  

The Legality of Kratom 

Today, kratom is not federally regulated by the US government. This means it is up to the states to create their own regulations surrounding the sale and consumption of kratom if they so choose. So, some states in the US have criminalized the herbal substance while others have legalized it but placed certain regulations.

Kratom is currently illegal in six states in the US. It is illegal to purchase, possess, sell, or consume kratom and kratom products in the following places: 

  • Alabama 
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin

Kratom is also banned in San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Sarasota County, Florida; Jerseyville, Illinois; and Union County, Mississippi. If Kratom cannot be purchased or consumed in these states or if you live there or are traveling there. Do not try bringing your kratom from a legal state, as this can have serious legal repercussions. As much as we’d love for you to enjoy kratom no matter where you’re at, this simply cannot happen.

The rest of the states in the country have legalized the substance, even putting strict regulations in place to ensure quality and purity. In fact, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Utah have all passed the Kratom Consumer Protection Act which works to regulate kratom and protects consumers’ health.  

Kratom Effects 

The effects of kratom are going to vary from person to person. Kratom can help you feel more positive and like yourself whenever you are feeling down or in need of a pick-me-up. 

How Much Does Liquid Kratom Cost?

We briefly touched on this earlier, but liquid kratom may have a bit of a higher price tag than other kratom products like Kratom capsules or powders. This is because it takes a more extensive process to craft the product, and multiple leaves are often needed. Thus, brands must sell these products at a slightly higher price point to make up for the cost of production. But, still, liquid kratom isn’t going to break the bank, especially when you buy it from someplace like Topps. 

Here at Topps Kratom, we make sure all of our kratom products — liquid or not — are affordable. We sell our high-quality kratom shots starting at $19.99 for a 0.5 fl oz option. You can also buy a 3, 6, or 12-pack if you want to stock up!

The price of liquid kratom will depend on where you buy it from. When comparing your options, take more than just the price into account. You want to check product quality, ingredient quality, and company transparency, as well. All of that is what makes Topps Kratom the best — and most affordable — a place to purchase your top-shelf kratom. 

What is the Time Limit to Getting High on Kratom? 

Kratom can get you high within minutes depending on the way you consume it. As we mentioned above, some products like shots and teas may take anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours to get you high, as your body has to first digest the kratom and whatnot. However, kratom extracts will likely take less time, closer to 10-15 minutes, especially if you consume it sublingually.

If you’ve been holding onto your kratom products for a while now and aren’t sure they’re still good, we’ll help you decide. Typically, kratom products are still safe for consumption between 1-3 months after storing. However, after this, if you aren’t keeping your kratom in good condition, then your product will expire and you will no longer reap the effects of the herb.

You won’t experience the same potency as you would get from fresh kratom, so don’t let your products sit for too long. Store your kratom in similar ways to other herbs and tea blends: cool, dry places are key. You also don’t want to keep your kratom anywhere near harsh UV lights, as this can degrade the herb’s potency quickly.

If you have an airtight container, that will be the best storage option for your kratom. This prevents any excess moisture, bacteria, and air from getting in and damaging your beloved herbs.  

How Long Does a Kratom High Last?

How long a kratom high lasts depends significantly on the type of kratom you consume and your individual body chemistry. If you enjoyed liquid kratom, then these effects are likely going to linger for hours. Some people will feel the effects of kratom edibles or drinkables up to 8 hours after consumption depending on the strength. Other products like smokable kratom will have immediate effects, but they aren’t going to last long. A kratom high from smoking will fade within about an hour. Again, the stronger the dose you consume, the longer you will feel the effects.

Many consumers have also found that the duration of a kratom high varies significantly depending on where they get their kratom from. This demonstrates that higher-quality kratom from places like Topps will likely produce longer, more effective results than kratom from low-quality producers who use poor ingredients. 


This may have been a lot of information to take in at once about liquid kratom, but now, you know practically everything there is about this unique form of the herb. And, here at Topps Kratom, we want all of our customers to be as knowledgeable about our products as possible; after all, this helps you pick out the best product choice for you.

Now that you’re familiar with what liquid kratom is, the different forms, and how it works, it’s time to try some for yourself. Kratom is legal in many states, so you can purchase your high-quality kratom shots, capsules, or even gummies right from your home. Thanks to online retailers like Topps Kratom, we’re able to get you your ideal kratom product at your convenience.

Feel free to take the time to read more about our kratom products, how we make them, and even about Topps Kratom as a brand. Soon, you’ll be more than ready to place an order yourself and have some kratom shots waiting for you in your mailbox.