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 285 Comments

  1. Justin H.

    I mostly just toss ‘n’ wash but if I don’t, I make a tea. I use chai spices and turmeric. Most of the chai spices are nervines, which is beneficial since I take kratom for nervous system stress and anxiety. The pepper (red/white/black) and turmeric are potentiators, so I hear.

    I don’t filter anything and just down the sludge at the bottom of the cup to make sure I get everything; I’m a fan of ingesting the plant matter and whole form of herbs I take. The recipe works well filtered as well though steeping time should be considered. Since I ingest all of the herbs and spices, I don’t let it steep longer than a minute.

    1/2 tsp ground ginger
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    1/4 tsp ground white pepper (black works fine but the white is much smoother in texture and assimilates better, in my experience)
    1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper (I use African Bird Chiles for extra heat but it is way too hot for most)
    1/4 tsp ground cardamom
    1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp ground turmeric (fresh turmeric, macerated or juiced, adds a wonderful flavor)
    1g to 1.5g kratom powder (I will use a green variety for the morning or a red variety in the evening, depending)

    Heat water to just under boiling, pour over spices/herbs in mug or pot, let steep for a 1 – 5 minutes, strain if you’d like, and enjoy with your favorite sweetener and/or cream/milk/whatever. Effects usually kick in after fifteen minutes or so.

    1. Mr Heresy

      This is a great recipe! I’m surprised more folks don’t consider the Kratom-Chai combo, it totally works. Even a modified version of this can override the harsh Kratom taste. For a quick tea, I’ll do:
      3 Grams Kratom
      shake of cinnamon (use “True Cinnamon” not Cassia for two reasons *)
      1/8 tsp cardamom (freshly crushed with mortar and pestle, the pre powdered spice is very weak)
      pinch of ground cloves
      sweeten with Stevia and or honey
      some creamer of your choice
      * Reason 1 – Cassia contains large amounts of coumarin which is hard on your liver,
      Reason 2 – Cassia turns into a disgusting mass of sludge in the bottom of your cup after awhile.

  2. Zack

    My method for making tea is as follows.

    50g favored strain, or mixed strains.

    Place in pot with 8c of water. Bring water to a simmer. Allow to simmer for ten mins.
    One amazing thing about kratom as opposed to other opiates is that heat does not degrade the alkaloids, as in poppy based opiates.

    Allow mixture to sit in warm pot for another ten minutes after you turn the heat off….best to use gas stove.

    Take a glass container, put your tea strainer with titration paper (coffee filter will work) and slowly pour through the filter.

    Drink some…just remember this will be very potent.

  3. Arrya

    The best way to take Kratom, in my multiple experiences, is with kefir. Kefir is a liquid yogurt product with more benefits than yogurt alone. More probiotics, tastes great and mixes with kratom like they were meant for each other. I use Clover brand organic kefir, blueberry is my fave, which I can get at my local market and always at Safeway. Makes it tastes real good and the fats help assimilate it.

    1. OmniPeixe

      Agreed – I have been using kefir to mix with Kratom for over a year, and it works perfectly, with virtually no lumps or dry chunks. I use a small wide-mouth plastic bottle with a screw top (about 8oz., the kind individual servings of milk/juice are sold in) to shake the mixture. It tastes great, and makes it very easy to store a few mixed portions for travel.

  4. Brian

    Kratom Resin is very easy to make but a little time consuming as not to destroy the alkaloids that are heat sensitive!. Water boils at 212F but it takes more heat than that to destroy the alkaloids s if you dont bring it to a rumbling boil you will not destroy the 3 major alkaoids. All renderings should be carried out as close to STP,( Standard Temp and pressure), as possible. Standard Temp is 72 F and pressure approx 39.5″ of Mercury on the Barometer.
    1) Weigh 40g of your favorite Kratom. You can mix them up for a unique experience if you get used to
    Individual strains!!
    2) Use a good coffee maker that doesn’t make coffee real fast. This seems like a good quality in a
    coffee maker but in making K resin its not good. You will have to run too much water over it if your
    coffee maker is too fast.
    3) Put 10 cups water in your carafe with juice of 1/2 lemon. This will leave you with approx 6 c rich
    kratom extract. Pour this in another container to cool. (DO NOT USE PLASTIC). Repeat this with
    the original kratom in your coffee maker.. Let this cool also
    4) Pour both cooled decants into a large metal container. Add 6 c of distilled water. (Use distilled H20
    in step 3 also.)
    5) Measure the depth of decant in your container.
    6) Bring to a slight boil until 1/2 of decant is gone.
    7) Add 4 c of distilled H2O.
    8) Bring to a slight boil until the depth is approx. 1/8 inch.
    9) Pour the liquid off into a smaller metal container and evaporate down to a thick resin.
    10) Add 1 packet “Stevia”

    and evaporate t a thick goo. Careful not to burn as it gets thicker.
    11) When it gets to desired thickness. Take it off to cool.
    12) While still warm add 20 drops glycerin. Stir well and you are done.
    13) keep refrigerated. Do not freeze. You will never get it out when you need it.

    Weigh your final product. Make sure to weigh your final evaporation container, before use, so you
    can get an approx. weight of final product. To get closer weigh 20 drops of glycerin and add to
    final weight. ex. 40g kratom starting weight. 6g final weight. 40/6=7 rounded to nearest whole#.

    This means you have a 7X Resin so take accordingly. Divide what you would take in powder kratom
    by 7 and this is how many grams of resin to take!!!

  5. B

    I use something called an Aeropress which is designed for coffee. It will allow you to squeeze out every last drop of liquid/alkaloids from the kratom.

    I mix boiling water and lemon juice (or lemon juice concentrate—really anything that has acidity—with the kratom and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, stirring once every few minutes to make sure all of the powder is in contact with the boiling water. The acid in the lemon/orange juice will help the lining of your stomach absorb the alkaloids from the kratom and might even help break it down (not sure if there’s any science to this). I then push the plunger down until it reaches the kratom sludge at the bottom, and then apply more pressure to squeeze out all of the liquid from the kratom. What you end up with is a very dry “puck” of kratom.

    You’ll have to look up the Aeropress on youtube or elsewhere to see exactly how it works, but it is similar to a french press, and I find this is a more effective way to ingest kratom than anything else I’ve ever tried, and will not require you to ingest any of the plant material as it will be devoid of all it’s kratomy-goodness 🙂 You can do this 2 or 3 times to make sure you get ALL the alkaloids, but once or twice at the most is often enough as long as you let it sit in the boiling water/lemon concentrate for 15-20 mins.

    1. Octopus

      Oh what a great idea! Now I finally have a use for the aeropress I bought my ex-boyfriend that he left here. lol I don’t drink coffee & it just sits there. This seems like an ingenious use.

    2. Jana

      Bare with me and my ignorance. Looked into using this method. seems you are boiling like one does when making teas, which is extracting the effectiveness of Kratom into the liquid tea??? Then you just squeeze the rest of liquid out of sludge to use the dry Kratom pucks??? Why does it seem to me there would be nothing useful left in the pucks after brewing its contents into the liquid??? Help me understand? As it seems like great idea. Jana

  6. Tara

    I like to mix it with orange juice in a water bottle so you can shake it Good Luck

  7. Laura

    I am not sure why this method is not mentioned, but the easiest way is just buying empty capsules and filling them yourself with a capsule machine ($20). I have one that will fill 50 capsules size 00 which fits about .5 grams in each cap. This is a convenient way to measure out and adjust the appropriate dose. The tea and mixing it with food is such a pain and tastes terrible.

  8. Alternate Methods

    My goto method has been this:

    Mason jar, filled with V8. Mix in desired amount, put the lid on, shake the crap out of it, and drink it down. It has the right thickness that you barely notice the powdered leaf, and it also suspends properly throughout so you don’t end up with a mass of powder at the bottom.

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  10. Giles Earle

    Kratom is easier to brew in a Moka Pot which was designed for making coffee. This sort of thing: Pour it into a cup with a couple of ice cubes, chug it down followed by something to take the nasty taste away.

    To relieve pain less is more – use as little as you can to be normal and able to work. There’s a sweet spot. Too much will make you uncomfortable or sleepy. Start with about 5 grams, just one teaspoonful.

    There’s nothing better for chronic pain – or I’ve yet to find it.


  11. Jarid

    I’ve found after years of experimentation that most people are effected completely differently by different dosages and Pain killing effect seems different between people and strain as well.
    For me my favorite is three teaspoons of Bali mixed in with two teaspoons of maeng da.

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  13. Buy Kratom

    Good recipe. One of my personal favorites is kratom + coffee or kratom + energy drink.

  14. RC

    @Ron – I found that Maeng Da is good for pain.

  15. Ron

    Which strain is best for killing pain?

    1. slank

      Hey Ron, I find the red veins are best for pain killing. I have used red sumatra and red thai successfully, and I’m sure other red veins can help. Combining strains is good too! Good luck.

    2. Brenn Phillips

      Ron, try white vein borneo. Its harder to find but knocks out pain and gives energy!

    3. jennnifer

      Red strain is the beat the white is more energy

      1. Carol-Ann Cowen

        Hi Jennifer!
        Do you know…Does the white strain give you more energy than the green strains?

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