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.)
Kratom Tea Potentiators

In simple terms, a potentiator is an additive used to enhance the effects or duration of kratom’s alkaloids. People use potentiators to lower one’s kratom dose and/or make kratom more effective over longer periods of time. Many of these potentiators are full of additional health benefits and will forever change the way you make your own kratom tea. There are a countless number of kratom tea combinations that you can use to boost your drinks potency, lower kratom tolerance, and increase overall health benefits. 

Coffee and Kratom

The Mitragyna Speciosa, or better known as Kratom, is a close relative in the Rubiaceae family tocoffee, a plant species that millions of people around the globe consume daily. People around the globe use coffee for a variety of reasons, and like Kratom, not all coffee drinkers fit one particular profile. What we can find however, is overlapping uses, similarities and benefits between the two closely related plants. For instance, both Coffee and Kratom users report consuming to obtain an energy boost, facilitate social interactions, aiding physical performance/stamina, improving focus and enhancing one’s mood. But why are some coffee drinkers substituting their morning routine for Kratom, and others finding that combining the two works as a perfect blend?

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336 thoughts on “Methods Of Preparation”

  1. I have been pouring hot water over the powder and mixing it with a tsp of sugar then drinking it. The taste doesn’t bother me so much. Am I making it harder to ingest by not straining the leaf out??

  2. Why isn’t the Red bubble method mentioned here it’s the best way to make tea. Add like 10 g of powder to a Pyrex dish or something is little more narrow like a glass cup, but mostly any container will work. Add lemon juice/citric acid to the powder mix til it’s paste let it sit 10 min. Pour semi boiling water Into the cup of your paste let sit half hour, then put it in your freezer for AT LEAST 14 hours, maybe longer. When you check it it will probably turn red and have a bubble coming through the top- means you got the most alkaloids out of the plant

      1. I just received white Borneo, maeng da and red Bali. I have never tried kratom but I was told it would help with my pain. So I want to try it as a tea, which would be the best and what would happen if I don’t strain it or let it cool?

        1. Hey I usually just boil water and add two tablespoons to the cup with the booking water and mix it, u can add lemon and don’t drink all at once take sips to get desired affect cause it gets u dizzy if u take too much. U can add lemon it kind of takes away the bitterness away. It does make u pee alot when drink hot and it can make it difficult to go to bathroom but that’s if u drink alot I take magnesium vitamin it helps with that. I know there’s alot but the Mang da has worked for me so I stick to it it’s relaxing and overall good mood good feeling. Good luck

    1. I put a quarter teaspoon at a time on my tongue, wash down with water, or OJ. You should take a small drink first, tap the dosage on your tongue, drink. OJ is good, if the powder starts to go astray in your mouth. I also put a teaspoon amount into a dry cup, pour OJ over it. Let it stand for 5 minutes, stir it well and drink. It is good. I also have mixed it in warm water let it steep for at least 5 minutes, then drink. After I am finished, I get another full glass of warm water and drink it. I think you should also drink plenty of water throughout the day. Those methods work for me. I also reccomend changing Kratom strains from time to time. Get a variety pack. Many places online will give you a free variety pack with your order. I also recommend starting with small dosages 2-5 teaspoons, waiting for a while before taking anymore. Sometimes less is more with Kratom. Kratom at higher dosages at least for Reds can have a sedative effect.

    1. I like to make tea. I put a teaspoon or so in an Aeropress and drink the resulting tea. I also mix the powder afterwards with some lemon juice and stevia and drink that too. Seems elaborate, but there have been reports of salmonella in Kratom. So, the pouring of boiling water over it before ingesting gives me peace of mind.

        1. Don’t put the powder in your mouth first. People are doing it backwards. You put a small amount of water in your mouth first then use a shot glass or something to drop your powder in and swallow. If you do this correctly, you don’t even taste it. The powder floats on top of the water in your mouth. Just keep your head leaned back and when you swallow both the powder and water go down relatively easily. It takes some practice, but it’s better than a mouthful of powder. I can’t believe people are doing that.

          1. Hey thank you so much for this info this works so easy I got it down the first try and will forever be doing it this way now. Wise words from a clearly smart person! Thanks again

        2. Toss and wash sounds so bad like sloppy like meaningless lol tea is suppose to be meaningful special spiritual. Toss and wash sounds like a used disposable something


    1. get a pint size mason jar with lid

    2. fill halfway with 4 oz water and 4 oz grapefruit juice

    3. add 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

    4. add 2 g ceylon cinnamon (anti-inflammatory, also helps flavor)

    5. add (optional..increases bioavailability..)
    100+ mg pure curcumin, 10+ mg piperine (black pepper extract),

    5. add (optional..increases bioavailability..) 500+ mg agmatine

    6. have a shot of juice ready as a chaser


    8. a good breakfast


    1. get a pint size mason jar with lid

    2. fill halfway with 4 oz water and 4 oz grapefruit juice

    3. add 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

    4. add 2 g ceylon cinnamon (anti-inflammatory, also helps flavor)

    5. add (optional..increases bioavailability..)
    100+ mg pure curcumin, 10+ mg piperine (black pepper extract),

    5. add (optional..increases bioavailability..) 500+ mg agmatine

    6. have a shot of juice ready as a chaser


    8. a good breakfast 😎

  5. All Kratom can and will get you off pill addictions I can attest. If you have to start higher I’d recommend Red Bali as many have and a dose of around 6 grams. If you pack one tablespoon level (packed). That is around 6-7 grams. Toss and wash orange juice is great to use with or mix with. On an empty stomach is beat before you start your day and you can do this three times a day to start and then 2 times and down to once. I still use two times due to I like the calming effect and energy I get! It works!

  6. I am new to Kratom, too. I have been able to sample some given to me. Also just bought some Red Maeng Da. So. So I am here looking at how to prepare. Lots of info., but what seems to be lacking is some kind of ratio between powder and water. Just looking for an average amount, for daily pain management. I understand what most of the variables are, so just someplace to start would be cool. Thanks.

  7. How can I tell if my kratom is old or bad? I bought Boosted brand white Maeng da. The powder is brown and when I use it in hot water as tea, it tastes a little burnt.
    The other brands of the white strain I usually get, the powder is green.
    Is this a bad batch?

    1. All the kratom sold by people is “whatever strain” up above people say red md is from the red veins.
      My vendor removes the stems and veins.
      I deal with overseas stuff and 99% of vendors just grind up the whole leaf.
      I hate stem & veins.

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