Let’s be honest, sometimes you find a great deal on kratom and you end up buying way more than you plan to use in a reasonable amount of time. When you buy in bulk, you accept the risk that you might not use it before you (ahem) lose it to the unwritten expiration date.
Eventually your items begin to lessen in quality, but never fear! There’s a solution for those who like to purchase copious amounts of kratom at once. Long term kratom storage (and even short term storage) is important in keeping the quality of your kratom at its best for as long as possible, and there’s several ways you can do that.
Kratom can last a relatively long time before it begins to decline in potency. Properly stored kratom should last at least a year, and it you take the proper precautions it can be stored even longer than that! There are four main elements you MUST protect kratom from if you want it to last as long as possible. Make it your goal, when considering long term and short term kratom storage to minimize exposure to: heat, moisture, oxygen and light.
Heating kratom doesn’t outright destroy the alkaloids in kratom – if it did, we wouldn’t be able to make effective kratom teas or extracts, so this clearly isn’t the case, but long term or extreme heating will definitely have an effect. For example, a container of kratom left beside a heat vent in the winter, or stored on a shelf above an oven, would eventually begin to lose some potency from being consistently heated and reheated. Always store your kratom in a cool, room temperature location.
Storing kratom in direct sunlight can not only cause it to heat up unnecessarily, but the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun can reduce alkaloid potency. If you’ve ever left a book, movie case, or other printed material in the sunlight for too long (from days to weeks and definitely months!) the printed artwork will be damaged and faded. The same thing happens when kratom is constantly exposed to sunlight – eventually the sunlight exposure will reduce the potency of the kratom. A little sunlight won’t be a big deal, definitely don’t store it in a clear glass jar on a sun-facing window ledge, but the best place for kratom storage is someplace dark.
Moisture, while not bad in the sense of making a tea, can spell disaster for long term kratom storage! All it takes is a little bit of moisture to begin mold growth, and even the smallest hint of mold should be grounds for disposing all of the kratom stored in that location. Kratom should be stored in dry place, safe from even the possibility of moisture.
Oxygen will cause the alkaloids in kratom to oxidize. For example, a bag of chips or a loaf of bread left out in the open will eventually begin to go stale. So too will kratom begin to lose its potency if left out in the open air for days on end. You can use a jar, zip lock bag, or go all out and vacuum seal kratom for long term storage to combat this. A little air exposure won’t detract from the quality right away, but try to minimize exposure as much as possible. For the best kratom storage, always use an airtight container.
Once you take into the four major factors to declining kratom potency in the long run, it’s easy to come up with a few options for kratom storage. Many people rely on storing it in the freezer. Just fill an airtight bag with kratom, squeeze as much air out as possible if you aren’t going to vacuum seal it, and securely close it. In the freezer, kratom will be safe from heat, light, oxygen, and moisture (if you’ve properly sealed it). Kratom can also be stored in mason jars, but be sure to store them some place dark and cool if using clear, glass or plastic jars. Kratom can last for a good while before the potency begins to degrade, but if you treat your kratom with the respect it deserves and store it properly, buying kratom in bulk could last you far longer than you ever thought!