A guide on How to take kratom the right way (2021)
So let me guess, you’ve heard about the wonder leaf and now you want to know how to take kratom the right way ?
Since learning about Kratom in our first blog on the subject ‘the best kratom strains and their effects’ and researching reputable online retailers like Golden Monk, we have been fascinated by the South Asian plant which is taking the herbal medicine scene by storm.
In this article we take a look at how to take kratom the right way.
What is Kratom?
The Kratom tree (mitragyna speciosa tree) is a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. It is grown in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Its leaves possess both a stimulant effect and sedative effects and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
In recent times kratom has the use of kratom extract as an alternative medicine for stimulation and pain relief has been popular.
The leaves undergo a drying process and can be used to make kratom tea or encapsulated and sold as a fine powder supplement across the world.
Before we move on to how to take Kratom, let’s check out the potential health benefits.
Health benefits of Kratom
The leaves of this tree are used mainly for preparing alternative medicines, as it has a multitude of health benefits (although more research is needed into the science behind many of these).
Kratom is capable of lowering the blood pressure level, promoting good sleep, preventing stress, relieving chronic pain, aiding in opioid addiction recovery, improving metabolism, eliminating anxiety, improving sexual energy, preventing diabetes, and promoting the immune system.
If you’re thinking of trying out kratom or are a regular user. Make sure you knnow how to take kratom the right way and always buy from a reputable online retailer like Golden Monk to avoid poor quality products.
Popular ways of taking 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:
- Pineapple 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:
- Add your desired amount of kratom powder to a large mug (1 level teaspoon is recommended).
- Pour boiling water onto your kratom powder; let sit for 30 seconds without stirring.
- Stir until the kratom powder has sufficiently dissolved in the hot water.
- Add lemon juice to extract the alkaloids
- Add some honey or sweetener if you want to enhance the taste
- 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 effects of kratom will probably take longer to have the desired effect if you mix it into food. This is because the body needs to break the food down first before the kratom can be absorbed.
Ingesting kratom on a full stomach will delay the effects even further and even first time users will find that it takes a long time before they feel anything.
The Wash method
The wash method is one of the more obscure kratom dosage methods we’ve come across when researching for this article.
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.
How not to take Kratom products
Yes, there are definitely ways not to take kratom!
- DO NOT SMOKE KRATOM: smoking anything is bad for your mouth, lungs and respiratory system. Couple that with the euphoric effects in kratom and you have a dangerous recreational drug.
- AVOID SNORTING KRATOM: snorting kratom might get the product to your nervous system more quickly but it can cause side effects like nosebleeds, nasal inflammation, nasal blockage, lung infections, damage to the upper respiratory system, and more. Again, snorting anything should be avoided if you like having a septum.
Kratom should be used as an alternative herbal medicine after consultation with a doctor. Don’t ruin it for yourself by abusing it.
So how do we know how much kratom to take? 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, recommended for new or light users is around 1g, higher doses should not exceed 4g per serving. Although tolerance levels will go up over time, using a consistently higher dosage will increase the likelihood of negative side effects.
If you are finding your way and kratom is a new thing for you, lower doses are the way forward.
What are safe user guidelines?
Research and user experience recommends that people not use Kratom more than once or twice a week.
Preferably, no more than once or twice a month. This will ensure that Kratom does not become a habit.
How to make Kratom more effective
To experience the maximum benefits of kratom, start by staying hydrated. Kratom leaves dehydrate just like coffee does, so keep the water flowing when you’re taking kratom.
Also, learn about the different strains. Some kratom strains work better on empty stomachs, and others need food so you do not get sick. Check out our blog on kratom strains here.
To make kratom work in the most effective way, you need to get your blood flowing after you take the kratom. Go for a walk to increase blood flow and move the alkaloids throughout your system.
Taking kratom on an empty stomach will also allow your body to ingest it more quickly.
What are kratom's active Ingredients?
There are many closely-related tryptamine alkaloids in kratom. The most important ones are mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
These are primarily responsible for kratom’s pain relieving, sedative, euphoric, and stimulating effects.
Health problems associated with Kratom
Health problems are unlikely unless one is consuming large quantities of kratom every day or abusing the product.
In Thailand, where there are some people who use kratom every day, those dependent on it can develop unhealthy weight loss, dark pigmentation of the face, and have physical withdrawal symptoms if they quit abruptly.
The withdrawal symptoms may include muscle aches, irritability, crying, runny nose, diarrhea, and muscle jerking. Health problems are unlikely to occur in occasional kratom users.
Like any drug or medicine, people’s reactions vary and some people could possibly have an allergic or other unusual reaction to kratom, even if they used it responsibly.
A word of warning
Like anything you ingest, kratom has potential side effects if it is abused.
To avoid problems with kratom, begin by understanding the quality and quantity of the kratom you’re purchasing.
Also, know that different methods and different doses will have different effects! Start with a low dose, and then increase your dosage according to your response (avoiding consistently high doses as we’ve discussed).
Also, make sure you can understand the legality of taking kratom in your country and state.
In the United States, the substance is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it is banned in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, Washington DC, Alton (Illinois), Sarasota County (Florida), and San Diego (California) currently.
What are the best ways to take Kratom?
Every Kratom preparation we’ve covered offers a great way to receive your dose of kratom!
Here’s a brief run down of what we’ve learned about how to take Kratom:
- Powdered Kratom: great for bitter lovers and drinks alike!
- Taking Kratom with Food: an alternative to kratom-infused drinks. Yogurt and honey!
- Kratom Tea: traditional, delicious, and made exactly how you like it!
- Kratom Shots: quick and easy. One shot, one kill!
- Kratom Capsules: no frills, as advertised kratom doses!
- The Wash method: definitely the weirdest way to take kratom!
- Kratom tincture: definitely potent, potentially dangerous. Leave this one to the experts.
Remember, only ever buy kratom from a reputable and established online retailer.
We’d recommend Golden Monk.