Kratom Tea Preparation Instructions
This is our recommended method.
Toss ‘n’ wash
This refers to when you just eat kratom. Toss and wash is quick, dirty, convenient, and a little gross, an exercise in mind over matter. How I toss and wash: place kratom in mouth, dry. It is very important that you accept the kratom in your mouth, accept that it is dry, and that you don’t involuntarily gag. Only once you have accepted the kratom, then start drinking water or milk, and try to drink the water to drink the water, only incidentally letting the water rinse the kratom down.
Some people mix the powder of kratom with delicious food products. Applesauce, honey, or ice cream work well. My personal favorite is mixing kratom with coconut milk ice cream. Something about milkiness seems to cut kratom’s incredible dryness.
There seems to be a lot of misconception about people overdosing on kratom. Basically, it’s essentially impossible to actually overdose on the powdered leaf. The leaves contain a variety of alkaloids, 2 of which are primarily responsible for the plant’s opiate like effects, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.
But the plant also contains what are believed to be opiate antagonists that become dominant over mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine as dosage increases. This results in nausea, vomiting and general unpleasantness. It’s almost impossible to consume more than 1 ounce of powdered leaf at a time before these negative side effects makes it undesirable to consume more.
At the one ounce level, the amount of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine present is not anywhere near enough to cause an overdose even for someone with absolutely no tolerance. In a sense, it’s a built in safety mechanism.
Some, but not all, extracts remove the opiate antagonists, allowing for more to be consumed without the negative side effects becoming overwhelming. But with these, as dosage increases the effects level off, such that past a certain point there are diminishing returns where consuming more doesn’t really have any effect. Furthermore, to consume enough to actually get near an overdose level, it would be cost prohibitive.
Various kratom products have started appearing in head shops across the United States. They either come in a bag of powdered leaf, or more commonly in a package of capsules. The capsules are sometimes just powdered leaf, in which case they may barely be enough for a small dose and likely cost upwards of $20. When they do contain extract, often it’s a weak extract requiring in some cases every capsule to be consumed to get any effects.
It’s also the case that the head shop employees know little of kratom, marketing it as a sexual enhancement pill (which it’s actually pretty poor at).
Online vendors, on the other hand, are forced to compete more on quality, especially with the wide range of forums critiquing the quality from various vendors. They have a reputation to maintain, and are forced to compete with all the other online vendors, whereas headshops often have little local competition.
The only downside to online vendors is that they must sell kratom as “not for human consumption” due to it not being approved by the FDA and on their Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list. Headshop employees have the luxury of being able to just tell a customer about how to consume it, but online stores tend to be weary of this risk. This in no way means that kratom is unsafe, but it often confuses customers.