How long should you wait after eating to take Kratom?
Whether you’ve decided on drinking some kratom tea or consuming it in capsule form you probably have some questions about dosage and when it’s best to try it.
We’ll get on to answering those questions shortly but first let’s do a recap on what kratom is.
The herbal drug known as kratom originates from Southeast Asia and comes from the mitragyna speciosa tree which is part of the coffee family.
Despite being taken by labourers in Thailand for a long time, the use of kratom has become increasingly popular in the United States and the rest of the world for a number of reasons which I’ll go into later.
In this article I’ll give you an overview of how you can take kratom, information on choosing the right dosage for you and of course some guidance around how to enjoy the effects of kratom to give you the best experience.
How should I take kratom?
There are a number of different ways to consume kratom, in our article ‘How to take kratom the right way’ we detail a user’s guide for you.
For the best range of kratom products check out a reputable retailer like Golden Monk.
Here is an extract from that article on the most popular ways to take kratom.
Popular Ways To Take Kratom
Kratom powder is perhaps the easiest way to ingest kratom. The kratom leaves are dried and crushed (usually where they’re grown) to create a kratom powder which is then bottled and sent out to the United States and across the world.
However, a dose of kratom powder has a very strong taste, not dissimilar to coffee, it is very bitter if taken by itself. Users who don’t already enjoy the taste of other bitters like strong coffee or dark chocolate may not enjoy powdered kratom doses.
To overcome the nasty taste of kratom powder it is a good idea to mix it with a sweet drink to mask the bitterness. Try mixing your powder with one of the drinks below and see which one you find tastes the best:
- Grapefruit juice
- Orange Juice
- Fruit juice
- Honey and water
- Tea (we’ll discuss this in more detail shortly)
If you don’t mind the bitterness of kratom (rather you than me!), you can always add your powdered kratom to a glass of water.
This is actually a variation of the wash technique which we’ll talk about later. This is perhaps the fastest way for your body to absorb the kratom alkaloids.
Mixing kratom powder isn’t the only way to ingest powdered kratom. Let’s check out one of the most common ways of taking kratom – Kratom tea.
Kratom tea has been one of the more popular methods of taking kratom and one which has been used by Thai workers for centuries to improve their work rate and boost their mood.
According to leading Kratom website Kratom Spot this is why kratom tea is so popular:
- It helps combat the bitter taste of kratom.
- It helps bring out the natural concentration of kratom alkaloids.
- Users can use any kratom powder preparation to create personalized kratom teas.
- Kratom tea tastes great!
If you want to try out making your own kratom infused tea, all you’ll need is kratom powder, boiling water, and some lemon juice.
Here’s how to make kratom tea:
1.Add your desired amount of kratom powder to a large mug (1 level teaspoon is recommended).
2. Pour boiling water onto your kratom powder; let sit for 30 seconds without stirring.
3. Stir until the kratom powder has sufficiently dissolved in the hot water.
4. Add lemon juice to extract the alkaloids
5. Add some honey or sweetener if you want to enhance the taste
6. Stir until all the solution is dissolved.
*A more traditional way to enjoy kratom tea would be to boil fresh leaves in a saucepan with plenty of water and strain the mixture into a cup.
Taking Kratom With Food
Kratom powder can also be added into foods such as sauces, yogurt, creams, and pastries.
You may need to experiment to understand the right food-to-kratom ratio so you can adequately mask the bitter taste.
A new way that a lot of people are enjoying kratom with food is to mix it with honey and yoghurt, let us know if this works for you!
The Wash Method
The wash method is one of the more obscure kratom dosage methods we’ve come across when researching for this blog.
Although strange it is an easy way of getting what you need. Here’s how to toss and wash your kratom according to Kratom Spot:
- Pour a large glass of water (or another beverage).
- Measure your desired dose of powdered kratom.
- Place your kratom dose directly on your tongue. NOTE: Be very careful not to breathe in or swallow!
- Take a large gulp of water but do NOT swallow. First, allow the kratom powder to mix with the beverage inside your mouth.
- Continue drinking water until all of the kratom powder has completely rinsed from your mouth.
The wash method is pretty obviously a convenient way of taking kratom although probably not the most enjoyable way.
If you want our advice, we’d stick to capsules or a nice sweet kratom tea.
Like almost every other herbal supplement, there are now thousands of suppliers that also offer kratom in capsule form.
The capsules eliminate the taste completely, as they are swallowed whole, and you don’t need to worry about measuring the correct dosage because it will tell you on the pack.
Be careful if you are buying kratom capsules over the internet that the supplier is reputable and the capsules contain pure kratom and aren’t adulterated.
Where possible any supplemental dietary product should be bought from a mainstream retailer, although with niche products we understand this isn’t always easy.
You always have the option of making kratom yourself as well, but you need a machine to do so and to be honest it sort of defeats the point in buying capsules in the first place.
The original and still the best…maybe.
The traditional consumers of Kratom, those in central Asia, chewed on the leaves to get their kicks. This method even predates kratom tea, which would have followed shortly after.
Over hundreds of years, experienced users would have been able to identify high-quality kratom by the colour and size of the leaves.
A tincture is the extract of plant or animal material dissolved in typically a 20% ethyl alcohol concentration. We wrote a blog dedicated to cannabis tinctures which you may find interesting.
You can consume a tincture of kratom, but be aware: it is messy to make, and getting the right dose can be difficult.
If you use a tincture start with a low dose and beware that mixing kratom with any other drug such as alcohol or even pain medication can deliver stronger effects and possible complications.
When it comes to kratom there seems no end of different ways to get your hit of stimulating kratom alkaloids.
Online retailers such as Golden Monk now sell ‘kratom shots’, which as they say on the tin are a kratom solution in ‘shot’ form.
These come in high and ultra high strength variants and allow you to take your kratom easily.
You can also create a kratom smoothie, in a not dissimilar way to mixing it with yoghurt. You just need a blender, a beverage of your choice, and kratom. For example, you can start with coconut milk, 3 grams of kratom powder, and a banana.
Bananas work especially well in combination with kratom because they have l-tyrosine, an amino acid that helps the brain release dopamine.
You can also create a chocolate milkshake by adding the powdered kratom to chocolate milk and blending it like a smoothie.
What is the correct kratom dosage?
So how do we know how much kratom to take? With limited information from medical professionals, working out the correct kratom dose is subject to educated guess work and recommendations from long-time kratom users.
The best method to measure dosage is with a scale. Since a typical dose of kratom is just a few, or several, grams, one should ideally use a scale that can measure down to a single gram.
Low-cost, highly accurate, digital scales are widely available, and purchasing one is a great investment especially if you are using kratom regularly…or enjoy baking!
A low dosage is recommended for new users and for someone using kratom for the first time, their first dose should only be around 1 gram.
Kratom tolerance will increase over time, along with other factors such as the users’ body weight. Higher doses should not exceed 4 grams per serving.
Although a person’s tolerance level will go up over time, long-term use of high doses will increase the likelihood of negative side effects and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
If you are new to using kratom then low doses are the best way to enjoy your kratom experience.
My advice would always be to seek medical advice before taking any new supplement, especially as the drug administration advises people against the use of kratom, highlighting those with existing medical conditions.
Should I take Kratom on an empty stomach?
The answer to this is as broad as it is long. If you want to feel the desired effects quickly then the best time to take kratom is on an empty stomach.
Some kratom strains work better on an empty stomach, and other, more potent kratom strains will require you to have a full stomach so that your body isn’t overwhelmed, making you feel sick.
A low dose of kratom is a good idea if you choose to take it without having eaten much food throughout the day.
There are other important factors in play too, different methods of taking kratom will also have an effect on how quickly it is broken down.
Kratom powder for example will enter the bloodstream much more quickly than kratom capsules which take a while to break down in your digestive system.
To make kratom work in the most effective way, you need to get your blood flowing after you take it. Go for a walk to increase blood flow and move the alkaloids throughout your system.
Remember that if you’ve had a full meal then the kratom’s effects are likely to be delayed and it’s important that you wait to feel the effects before you start taking higher doses.
Take a look at our article on ‘how to take kratom the right way‘ so you can better understand which methods will elicit stronger effects.
Our other article on the best strains of kratom should give you an idea of the different strains and their effects on the body.
Remember to only buy kratom from a reputable retailer. We recommend Golden Monk.
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