Best Ways to Take Kratom Powder
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Kratom is a popular botanical derived from the leaves of a tree in the Rubiaceae family, which also includes coffee. This tree has a rich history in Southeast Asia, where it has been cultivated for hundreds if not thousands of years. Many people enjoy using Kratom every day to help them get through day-to-day activities like working and exercising. Kratom is known to give a boost to overall wellness and assist in powering through tasks.
The primary caveat with Kratom is that it can have an unpleasant and bitter taste that might take some time to get used to, so we wrote this article to help new users or those who want to find alternative methods of consuming Kratom. These methods include mixing the powder with drinks, kratom capsules, toss & wash, oblate discs, and incorporating it into certain foods. Below we will discuss more in detail about these methods and give general tips & tricks to help guide you on your Kratom journey.
Finding The Correct Dose
The most important part of taking Kratom is to ensure you’re taking the correct dose. Some people use a teaspoon – a good option to get a consistent dose – but the most accurate way to measure is by weighing it on a scale. Red strains are often denser than Green strains because of the fermentation process they go through to get a darker color and a different alkaloid profile. If you take too much Kratom you have the risk of experiencing unpleasant side effects like nausea and vomiting, so to have the best experience possible it’s important to make sure you’re getting the correct dose.
If you’re new to Kratom it’s always best to start low and go slow, like half a gram for example, and work your way up if needed. Certain strains can also vary in potency in terms of Mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine so the amount you need can vary.
The first and most obvious method we will discuss is simply mixing the kratom powder with any type of non-carbonated drink that you like. Those who are used to kratom and can stomach the taste can mix it in just water, but juices can be excellent options for those who need to dampen the taste. Some examples include mango juice, fruit punch, cranberry juice, apple juice, lemonade, or whichever juice works best for you and tastes the best with Kratom. Another popular cold drink option is chocolate milk. If you’re lactose intolerant or vegan you can mix it in plant-based forms of chocolate milk such as cashew, soy, and oat. If you’re having trouble mixing your Kratom in your preferred beverage you can use a shaker cup to make the process easier.
If you consume smoothies on a regular basis you can incorporate your Kratom dose within it like a protein powder. The sweetness in the smoothie can help mask the taste and it can help get it down easier. If you don’t like smoothies, another option you can try is a milkshake which will most likely have a similar taste to the chocolate milk that we mentioned above – just sweeter and thicker.
Some people prefer taking their Kratom by making a tea. There’s a wide variety of ways it can be done, but we’ll quickly discuss a basic method that anyone can follow.
- Heat your water on the stove in a pot until it lightly starts to simmer.
- After it starts to simmer, mix your Kratom in the pot and stir it together to fully mix it with the water. Some people like to add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar into this mixture to help further extract the alkaloids.
- Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes but DO NOT let the water go into a roaring boil. If it gets too hot it can potentially destroy some of the alkaloids.
- Once the Kratom tea has been brewed you can pour it into a cup that has a coffee filter or very fine cloth mesh strainer to remove the plant material. If you don’t remove all of the plant matter that’s okay. You can also choose to leave the plant material in it if you desire to do so.
- Add your favorite kind of sweetener such as honey, agave, or sugar to your tea and enjoy.
Kratom capsules are a great option for those who cannot tolerate the taste of Kratom and have a hard time taking the dose without getting nauseous. Additionally, Kratom capsules are easy and portable. They allow you to quickly take your dose when you’re on the go or working without attracting attention from weighing out and consuming powder. Kratom capsules are also the best option for beginners because you don’t have to worry about the taste or measuring out the dose each time.
You can either purchase Kratom capsules online or you can make your own using a capsule machine. OG Botanicals offers vegan premade 00-sized capsules, which hold about half a gram of powder. If you decide to make your own, there’s a wide variety of different sizes that can hold different amounts of powder. Ordering premade capsules online will always be more expensive than just the straight powder, but you’re paying for the time you’ll save and the precision an experienced producer will provide.
Tossing and washing your kratom dose is an excellent option to quickly get it down, but if you don’t do it carefully you can potentially get the powder in your nose and choke which is obviously unpleasant. Methods vary, but all you need to do is put your Kratom dose on your tongue using a teaspoon, utensil, or whatever container you use WITHOUT breathing. After that, you quickly grab whichever drink you’ve prepared ahead of time, like water or juice, put a sufficient amount of the beverage in your mouth, quickly swish it around to make sure there are no clumps of dry powder, and then swallow. Chase it afterward to get the residual taste out of your mouth and then you’re done. Many people prefer this method to mixing the kratom powder in water because it’s faster and helps them get past the bitter taste quickly.
Originating from Japan, oblate discs are thin cellophane-like papers made out of pulverized rice that can be used to wrap your Kratom dose and “parachute” it. This method is the best of both worlds of capsules and the toss-and-wash method and can be used to quickly take and absorb your dose. It can be done in a few simple steps:
- Place your measured Kratom dose within the center of the oblate disc.
- Lightly hold the powder in the bottom half and twist the top of it making a tear-like shape.
- Use a little bit of water to secure the twist.
- Swallow it like you are taking a capsule and you are complete.
This method can be tweaked in different ways, so you can experiment if you choose to do so. If you take a larger dose it might be best to use two of them so they’re easier to swallow and you don’t risk it getting stuck in your throat.
Incorporating Kratom In Certain Foods
Lastly, although not as common as the methods mentioned above, some people like to incorporate their kratom into certain soft foods like peanut butter, applesauce, oatmeal, yogurt, and pudding. If you try to incorporate it within baked foods there’s a chance of it not being as effective if the heat destroys some of the alkaloids. This method will also require some recipe experimentation to minimize the kratom taste.
We hope this article helped and gave you useful information regardless of if you are a new or experienced kratom user. Our goal was to provide several methods for you to try and experiment with how you take your kratom, to help you change it up or find the best way for you.