Kratom has gained quite a lot of attention recently. And as its popularity keeps growing, so does the number of people wondering whether kratom might be something they would like to try.
Since you’re here, you’ve likely heard a thing or two about kratom and its supposed properties. And if you wish to learn more about this miraculous plant, we’re here to help.
In the guide below, we’ll discuss what kratom is and its supposed benefits.
We’ll also answer the most significant question for a beginning kratom user.
How to take kratom?
Answering this question is slightly more complex than you might think. A short answer would be to drink it as tea, use the toss & wash method, or take it in the form of kratom capsules.
However, you might also find kratom in tinctures, edibles, and extracts.
Long story short, we have a lot to uncover. So, without further ado, let’s discuss kratom and ways to take it.
What Is Kratom?
Let’s start by covering what kratom is. Don’t worry, though. We’ll try to keep things as brief as possible.
So, in a nutshell, kratom, otherwise known under its Latin name Mitragyna speciosa, is a Southeast Asian tree native to such countries as Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Natives have been using the plant’s leaves for centuries, using it as a drug and medicine, as well as using it during religious ceremonies. As for the Western World, we’re only beginning to understand kratom’s effects on our bodies and mind.
The results, however, are looking more and more encouraging.
While there’s much more research to be done, kratom is showing a lot of promise regarding using it to tackle such issues as chronic pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
However, as said, more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness on said problems. (1)
How to Take Kratom?
There are several ways to take kratom, with the most popular being:
- making kratom tea,
- using the toss-and-wash method,
- taking it in the form of kratom capsules.
These methods are considered to provide users with the best effects. Let’s cover them in more detail.
Drink Kratom Tea
Brewing kratom tea is one of the traditional methods of ingesting kratom. It’s considered to provide exquisite effects and remains one of the most popular ways to take kratom.
Traditionally, kratom tea is made of crushed kratom leaves, but you can also use kratom powder to make it. There are also dedicated kratom tea bags with crushed leaves. You can also make them yourself using kratom powder.
How to make kratom tea?
Simple. Add your kratom dose (we’ll talk about it in a minute) to hot water (not boiling) and stir vigorously if you use powder. Simmer for 15 minutes and use a strainer or coffee filter to collect powder residue.
You can then add a sweetener or other ingredients of your choice, for example, fruits. Pure kratom tea has a bitter taste that some don’t find overly enjoyable.
Use Toss and Wash Method
The toss-and-wash method is explained (more or less) in its name. It involves nothing more than tossing kratom powder onto your tongue and washing it down with your preferred beverage.
When using this method, it’s best to either opt for water or juice. We’d recommend the latter if you want to mask the kratom’s taste. Don’t use carbonated drinks, though, as the bubbles make kratom quite difficult to swallow.
The primary benefit of the toss-and-wash method is that it’s the most straightforward way to take kratom. It’s also the fastest way to absorb it.
Take Kratom Capsules
Like the toss-and-wash method, taking kratom capsules is incredibly straightforward. You simply take a capsule and wash it down with water.
You can also take kratom capsules using a pop bottle, pill-swallowing cup, or straw.
Kratom capsules don’t absorb as fast as kratom powder, but they provide the same effects. They just take a bit longer to kick in. Capsules might also be more pleasant to swallow than powder. (2)
Other Ways to Take Kratom
If none of the methods above suit you, you can also try different ways to take kratom, including:
- adding kratom tinctures to your food and beverages, or applying them directly on your tongue;
- eating kratom edibles;
- taking kratom extract;
- chewing kratom leaves.
Kratom Dosage and Side Effects
No matter the method you choose, you need first to know your correct kratom dosage. Measuring it is extremely important, as different kratom dosages provide various effects.
In general, we can divide kratom dosages into the following brackets:
- Less than 1 gram. Provides subtle stimulation and enhances mood.
- Between 1 and 3 grams. More noticeable stimulation, increase in energy levels, and productivity.
- Between 3 and 5 grams. A balance between sedation and stimulation; can also provide anti-inflammatory effects and mild relief.
- Between 5 and 8 grams. A highly sedative dose that kills productivity and energy levels; might cause feelings of euphoria.
- More than 8 grams. Provides powerful sedative effects; may also cause nausea and dizziness.
How to calculate the right dose, though?
That depends on several variables, such as your experience with kratom, size, weight, and reasons for consuming kratom.
As a rule of thumb, it’s always recommended to start with smaller doses and work your way up until you feel the desired effect. It’s also best not to exceed the 8-gram dose, as it may lead to adverse effects, such as nausea, dizziness, or dry mouth.
The best idea is, of course, to consult the dosage with your doctor.
Kratom is becoming more and more popular. And as we continue to learn about this miraculous plant, the more beneficial it becomes, providing supposed relief when dealing with pain, anxiety, and fatigue.
One of the reasons behind its growing popularity, however, is the fact that there are several ways to take it. This allows beginning kratom users to try out different methods to ingest kratom to find the one that suits them best.
If you’re at the beginning of your journey with kratom, keep in mind that the best ways to take it include drinking kratom tea, using the toss-and-wash method, and taking kratom capsules.
However, before you try any of these methods, be sure to consult your doctor regarding the correct dosage. Too much kratom can provide the opposite effect to the one intended.