Kratom Methods Of Preparation

There are a few popular methods of using powdered leaf, but the most common are with capsules or tablets, “toss and wash”, mixing with food, and preparation as a tea. The following is a guide to help users discover their favorite way to enjoy kratom:

Kratom Capsules and Tablets

Kratom capsules have become one of the most common ways people now use kratom. You can find pre-capsuled kratom in almost any head shop in the US while some choose to buy empty 00 or 000 capsules and capsule their kratom for themselves. 

It’s important to note that 00 capsules are much better suited for kratom extract (due to the necessary dosage concentration of approximately 1/2 a gram to 1 gram. 

000 capsules are better suited for regular kratom powdered leaf. The increased size allows them to hold up to 1 gram of leaf per capsule, minimizing the amount needed for a regular dose. 

Kratom Capsules

Toss and Wash

“Toss and wash” is basically just spooning the powder directly into your mouth and washing it down with a liquid. Kratom is known as a diuretic and is associated with dehydration. It is important when using this method that you hydrate. This could be with your favorite sports drink or you can just stick with water. The word hydrate comes from the Greek word for water, so its hard to find a better hydrating beverage. 

This is commonly known as the most “difficult” method but is the quickest in a pinch and arguably gives some of the strongest effects.

The downside to this method is that the powder is incredibly dry and will stick to your mouth and throat, causing many to gag or cough “blow” the dry powder out of their mouth. If using this method of consumption, it is best to spoon small amounts at a time. 

Mixing Kratom With Food

Kratom can also easily be mixed into a food.

ice cream and coffee prepOur favorites recipes include mixing with apple sauce or ice cream!

Other good suggestions include mixing with chocolate almond milk or chocolate protein powder.

Keep in mind that kratom has a strong flavor and may not mix well in certain foods. Also, you will not reduce the efficacy of kratom if you take it with small amounts of food or any of our recommended recipes.

User Food Recipes (If you have a favorite recipe, feel free to send it to us to post!)

  • Reddit User nicolio8699:
    1/2 c vanilla yogurt (I used light & fit, but Greek would most likely be better because of its thicker consistency)
    1/4 c. lemon juice
    1 TBSP of powdered bali

Kratom Tea Preparation

Lastly, preparation as a tea is convenient and effective. 

It is important to note that only powdered leaf should be used to make tea. Extracts should not be used.

Start by measuring out between 1 teaspoon of powdered leaf. Using an extract is not recommended, as the hot water may break down some of the alkaloids, there’s no added benefit, and it’s more expensive. Boil 2-4 cups of water. The more water you use, the less strong the flavor, but as long as you drink it all the effects will be exactly the same.

Put the kratom powder into a large cup or container with a pour lip, and pour the boiling water on top. Stir until it is thoroughly mixed. Be sure there aren’t any clumps of dry powder. I highly recommend adding sugar, artificial sweeter, or honey (honey works the best to cut the bitterness), and stir. If using artificial sweetener, 2 packets is a good starting amount. Let sit until cool (at least 15 minutes), stirring occasionally.

Once cooled, allow the powder to settle to the bottom. Pour the tea into a drinking cup, and enjoy! At this point you can add more sweetener to taste, or add water or ice cubes to dilute the flavor. As long as you drink all of the liquid, the effects will be the same.

User Tea Recipes (If you have a favorite recipe, feel free to send it to us to post!)


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 spearmint teabag
  • 1 chamomile teabag
  • 2 teaspoons kratom
  • sugar, honey or artificial sweetener to taste
  • 1 teapot (I use something like this)

Double/triple/etc. the quantities to make a bigger batch.


  1. Boil water in a kettle.
  2. Put both teabags and kratom in the teapot and pour boiling water over top.
  3. Let it steep for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Remove teabags.
  5. Put teapot in fridge and let it sit overnight. Kratom will settle to the bottom.
  6. In the morning, slowly pour the tea into a glass. Be sure to stop pouring once you notice the plant matter is about to come out of the spout. There will be a layer of kratom sludge left in the teapot—just dump it down the sink.
  7. Sweeten tea and drink! (I like to use two packets of Sweet’N Low.)

This Post Has 259 Comments

  1. Kara

    I just got my first 25g pack of kratom, first time user… tips, suggestions, how to’z, what to dos, what not to dos, anything I need to know? Any and all help is much appreciated 🙏

    1. Tom

      Hi Kara,
      I’ve been using kratom for over a year due to pain from a few surgeries.
      I put the kratom in hot water after it comes to a boil,I use a few tablespoons.
      I let it sit for at least a half hour,stirring it occasionaly
      Then I strain it through a coffee filter in a strainer.
      I add 5 packets of splenda to counter the bitterness.

  2. Tony Sexton

    Lemonade works great! Mix room temp and add ice.

  3. Winter Grimm

    I mix my kratom with chai tea every morning and take my afternoon dose using Japanese oblate discs. Both work well.

  4. max fin

    Brett Jeffries u r right about maeng da, it’s not a strain or vein, but an ancient method of harvesting & extracting mitragyna from the leaves. It’s a technique, & you could say trimmings but its all trim at some point. Unfortunately marketing and commercialism got a hold of this sacred plant & fucked it all up, I don’t buy it anymore bc it’s not what it was 5yrs ago. We killed the originals & replaced them with a soulless product, but I found some white kupas leaves from like 4yrs ago, they’re not moldy or anything so I’m making tea. Hopefully it’ll still work

  5. Sabrina Austin

    Mix the Kratom in Orange juice! It ups the efficacy and helps with the taste! I put it in an old Gatorade bottle and shake, let it sit for 15 minutes and drink!

    1. David

      Bret Jefferies- Thanks for the link. The info. is VERY informative and enlightening.

  6. Leah

    Hello wonderful people:)
    I am new to kratom,. My question is . I was on 120 mg of oxycodone due to severe pain from crushed pelvis and hip. I am down to 75mg. Can I take a pain pill at 5am and four hours later take kratom then four hours later take pain pill etc etc? That way I am weaning off the pills more and more.? Please help❣️

  7. Jess

    So I’m new to Kratom and I literally get anxiety over trying to decide the best site to order from the strains to use…lol it’s a lot but I wanted to ask and see if anyone could help me out..I want to mix them but does that mean I have to use say 4hrams of one kind and then 4 grams of another if 4 grams is what works for me??? Or can I just mix 2grams of each??? I honestly hate the taste and having a hard time finding a way I liked to take it and the capsules are ideal but I feel like I have to take to many caps at once and if I wanna do two different strains then that’s even more so I’m trying to if anyone could help me out much appreciated thanks

  8. Maclovio

    Hello good people of this fine site.

    I had been hesitant try Kratom I am about to try it for the first time, I have bought some “white Vein” 500mg (60 capsules) from Sunstone organics in Pleasant hill, OR.

    Please give me any kind of advice as I really do not know anything about this.

    The reason I want to use it is to see if it can help with my insomnia and excessive tiredness that I feel lately
    It’s like all of a sudden I’m just out of energy and out of sleep, I know that most of it is in the mind and I need to work on that too.
    I have used weed at times and it helps at nights and coffee helps in the morning but I don’t want to become addicted to either one, I have been hesitant to try kratom because I fear it may create some type of addiction.

    Blessings to all of you

    1. Karen Kelley

      White Kratom is best used for Energy… It goes like this

      Red for Bed or relaxation
      White for Flight or energy
      Green for in Between

  9. Scotty Blaine

    I’m in my second year of researching Keaton. I have lost over 100 lbs. And have not had a cigarette in just under 2 years.
    I am a toss and wash type. It works with my lifestyle and ADHD. That said…I recently steeped a new strain with a green tea bag, fresh lemon and local raw honey.
    Whoa. I felt like I did the first few months I got acclimated with kratom. Almost too much at first. Was it the tea? Was it this new strain? Wa it the quality of the product from my newest vendor? (And it is quality!)
    All three would be my guess. But I can say as a newer veteran, steeping any botanical is going to unleash its strength. Past that? Have fun. Take notes. Feel better. On tour bodies’ terms. That’s what kratom is all about.

    1. Sam

      Cold water or hot?

  10. Chuck U Farley

    I mix 8mg (about a spoon full) with 100mg or less of water. Mix in a small jelly jar. Put the lid on and shake the crap out of it. Let it set about 5 minute for the foam to go down. Take the lid off. Swish it around to knock down any remaining foam then tose it down the hatch. I use orange soda to chase and kill the taste then a big tall glass of water. Was wondering about preparing a few days worth at a time but have no idea how this will keep or if some kind of bad bacteria might form?

  11. Peachsb3

    I find if I put the dose in the bottom of a glass, pour some Hershey syrup (for making chocolate milk) on it and mix it until the kratom is absorbed into the syrup. Mix it well, it takes a minute or so for it to get all mixed in. Then add in my milk, stir and drink! Taste is not bad at all and you only notice a little texture.

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