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 323 Comments

  1. Disabled Vet

    I usually put about 10 grams of White Maeng da in the morning or Red Bali in the evening into a coffee maker right in the coffee filter and make it like a cup of Joe though I use lots of honey
    Taste like a nice bitter-sweat tea

  2. Sarah

    I just made my first tea tonight. I added a spoonful of sugar and a dash of cinnamon. This tea is really GOOD. Everyone talks about how the flavor is strong and hard to mask but cinnamon does the job perfectly well.

  3. Chuck Shartz

    Will you get a green Poopoo stain in your underwear

    1. Rachel


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  4. Mary Phelan

    I use a tablespoon (not a measuring one) and put some stevia in it. Put the Kratom on top of that, then more stevia on top of I Kratom. Just take that and chase it wirh water. You could use sugar as well. It’s like…”a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down”.

  5. Mike Abramovitz

    I am looking for a new delivery method. I suffer from chronic degenerative joint disease and I have been using kratom daily for about 3 years now instead of prescribed opioids. I mix 20-21 grams of leaf powder into an ice cream and almond milk shake. When I started using kratom I used 5-7 grams. So you do build a tolerance to it. I have experienced withdraw if I skip my evening shake. Basically some heavy night sweats and maybe a little extra aches the next morning but not sure on that because of my chronic pain.

    I am wondering if making a tea would allow me to reduce my dosage or if I would still need the same amount of powder. I only use green strains because of the pain relief + stimulant effect, typically Maeng Da, Malay, or Super Green. Thanks for any suggestions.

    1. Meg

      I get the empty 00 capsules from Amazon ($2.00) and the bag has like, 200 capsules. I fill them up, since they’re large each one hold about 500grams? I believe? So I just take the capsules and u don’t have to taste anything at all!

      1. Mary

        I was unable to digest the capsules in any form, whether I bought kratom caps, or bought non-gelatin caps and filled them. If I opened the prepackaged kratom capsules I bought, and used only powder, it worked the same as powder, so the packaging manufacturer did not cheat by mixing other fullers. But in capsules, it had no effect, no matter how many I used.

        1. Ryan

          I have the same problem with the capsules, it’s like the gelatin counteracts with the Mitragynine or something. I usually do the wash it down method, it’s the strongest effect for me.

        2. Pamela

          Same with me, Mary. I didn’t get any affect with using capsules no matter how many. Must not be absorbing or breaking down the capsules?

      2. Sharon C.

        I buy the size 00 capsules at, 1,000 capsules at a time. They’re quite cheap. On Amazon, I bought a capsule-filler contraption (for lack of a better word). It takes me about 20 minutes to fill 50 capsules. Now that I’m trying kratom tea, I won’t be filling so many capsules. This is a good site.


        500 mg?

    2. Taylor

      20 grams is alot. I would advise going down to 15g. Getting use to that. Then 10g and so on. U will need to feel the pain to reduce dosage. I’ve been using kratom for almost 4 years. I think the most I’ve ever used in one day was 40-50grams, I was driving for 24 hrs straight lol. But I would say my ritual has been between 2-5g 41x times daily. The last year my dose has been 3g 4x daily. Up until just this last week, I decided I wanted to not rely on kratom so much. I decided not to take it 1st thing in the morning or throughout the day. Just at night when I need it the most. 1st day of that was rough, not gonna lie. Now day 5 and its starting to feel normal to dose only at night! Anyways, you can reduce it to the most minuscule amount if you really want to!

      1. Eileem

        Yes? That’s a LOT

    3. Terry

      Hi. Last night I took 4 scoops of red bali powder and I boiled it for 20 on low. Drank it and wow! I was doing 1 scoop. It was more like a stimulant. 3 scoops is 1 tsp and adds up to 2.8 mg. Are you using the powder or pills? Sorry ADHD. I forgot. Anyways. I felt so relaxed. I have CPTSD as well and can be very irritable and this stuff is the bomb. What strain do you like? Maybe try the red bali. Also 10mg wow. It really does build up tolerance. I’m happy to hear you are off the Rx opiates though. I’m hearing 2 things. 1. That Kratom actually IS an opioid and 2. that the colors and strains all come from the same plant and that the strain thing is like a gimmick or a marketing tool. Good luck and again glad to hear that this plant helps you. Also do be care as you can overdose but hey you can overdose of H2O and donuts too. 👍🤗😁

      1. Dave

        Hey, I seen ur post on this website and thought u might be able to assist me? I’m brand new to Keaton. I just heard about it and went out an bought some Red Borneo Kratom, 1 ounce bag. I added one spoon full to a cup of water and heated up in the microwave, let it cool, stirred and tried to drink.🤢🤮 it was so nasty. I haven’t tried it again. Someone suggested that I go online and try 3 find a different way to drink it. Hence me being here right now. After reading somethings on here I think I have a better idea of what I should do. Probably first starting off by draining before I drink it.😊 it had chunks and grit in it the first time. But, any suggestions or help you can offer me? would be very much appreciated. Thanks Terry.

        1. Kat

          Buy empty tea bags or empty one and add the Kratom, now you have a tea bag to use [email protected]

    4. Al

      Cycling through strains will help you prevent tolerance usually. Try an uppity red like thai and a downer white like Borneo and see if you can prevent the tolerance

      1. Lorre Hopkins

        Hi! I have horrible Fibromyalgia too and have been taking Kratom for a couple years. I used to be on strong Opioids and was able to wean off of them and now use Kratom instead. I didn’t actually take Naltrexone for awhile to get off of Opioids, but stopped taking that in order to use Kratom. Kratom is great because it helps with so many of he Fibromyalgia issues-energy, depression, pain, and I think it helps my immune system too. I take White in the morning, green in the afternoon, and Red at night. If I don’t take all three I go for Red because it has the best pain relief, Green is good, too, but White is mostly energizing with less pain relief. You will figure out what works best for you. I just put a teaspoon in a half cup of juice, swirl or stir it and gulp it down. I think you will find relief with kratom without all the side effects of pain meds.

  6. Cindy O'Connell

    Gosh y’all ladies are an inspiration. I have horrible fibromyalgia and chronic pain….I don’t get outta the bed some days. I’m new to kratom….what do you suggest and how much….I also have horrible insomnia. I take Percocet for the pain…but don’t want to be beholden to Drs

    1. KJ

      I like to mix it in cinnamon applesauce. Start off with a low dose, since it can cause nausea at first, and because you will acclimate to the dose over time. 2-5g is a good starting range. I don’t react well to any stimulants, so I stick to red strains only. Red Borneo and Red Bali are good for pain in my experience.

      If you have a protein blender bottle, you can also mix it into juice. Orange juice and tomato juice worked for me, it depends on your personal tastes though. Grapefruit also enhances the effects, but it can interfere with medications you take, so be careful with it.

    2. Dlocc

      Same boat as you girl green maeng da is the strain you want and 4-6 grams is a good dose for you to try and get the good relief from.just mix it with some juice and let it sit for a little so its not all clumpy and just shake it and drink it and your good it really is as simple as that 🙂

  7. Tony

    I used kratom in gel cape(bought at vape shop) to get off oxycontin after toe amputated. Three days of about 2 grams 3 times a day. Worked great….I found the price to be a bit high(25 bucks an ounce) so now I import it myself and sell it 5 bucks an ounce. I’ve got some customers who buy it by the kilo. F the FDA.

    1. Ras

      Congrats bro. I used it to get off suboxone after 3 years and about 15 of oxycontin and heroin addiction. It’s been almost a year and a half free from all opiates and all pharma’s as well because it did what no other benzo could do, stop my painc attacks. It truly saved my life so it always makes me happy to hear a story like yours. For sure you could’ve gotten kg’s for anywhere between $70-$90 in the states of high quality but it’s cool you’re having luck with importing. I started the same way, paying $60 a week for 100g’s from a local botanical shop until i finally found certain sites online that had the info I was looking for. Congrats again man!

      1. Daniel Waters

        So what’s the best kind to get and wheres the best place to get it?

      2. Shawn

        Your post helped me a lot especially about the panic attacks they are hell I’m looking forward to those going away

    2. Rob

      I’d like to talk to you. I could use some guidance

      1. Neil

        Hi I would like some advice on sedittive kratom. I live in the UK that’s my problem. Where to buy good quality Kratom for my anxiety and sleep problems.

        1. Victoria

          I’m not where to buy in the UK. I’m in the US. I also have anxiety and sleep problems. Red and green strains work best for me. I started with Red Bali. Although I was coming off an opiate addiction at the time. It works wonders. I switch between Green Maeng Da and Green Elephant now.

    3. Gerald Young

      Hey. I would love to be ur customer let me. No I’ll send my face book email number what ever. As long as it’s. Legit

    4. Linda

      Send me your info

  8. Ras

    My personal recipe:
    1 tbsp Nesquick powder mix
    1/4 cup Coconut Milk
    1 tbsp of lemon juice
    Mixed with whatever your dose is. From what I read the good fatty lipids work well with the alkaloids and seems to stretch it out a bit. I started out with toss and wash and I just think it’s silly. This masks just about all the bitterness of the kratom and never seemed to hinder effects at all…

  9. Dancing Debs

    Kratom has helped me enormously . I was in a motorcycle crash, spent 5 days in a coma, one month later someone crashed my car. I was a passenger. That night someone beat me and I spent another 3 days in a coma. 4 months to walk again. I discovered kratom. I can now walk without a Walker. Without it I would be related to a life of pain between wheelchair and Walker. Please stop the government from scheduling a food. Kratom is letting me rebuild my life. 65 and trying.

    1. Karley Quinn

      I commend you for your tenacious spirit, hon. I had an infection in my spinal cord that got in there bc of an unsterilized surgical scalpal used during my FIRST back surgery. 3 months later I ended up in the hospital on IV antibiotics 24/7 for 8 days, had my SECOND surgery to irrigate and flush the infection out of my spinal fluid, died on the table twice, and left the hospital completelt paralyzed from the knees down and was told I’d never walk again.
      That was in 2014, and today I can walk, drive, and run short distances (I look funny doing it, though) all without assistance or prostethics. My tendons and nerves suddenly woke up and began regenerating after 14 months! I, like you, will live with pain for the rest of my life. Kratom has given me a quality of life I thought was impossible, I agree that the government needs to butt out regarding this “miracle” plant. They tell us not to self medicate with street drugs, they make getting pharmaceuticals for pain mgmt a NIGHTMARE, and now they want to F*** this up for us, too! Hang in there, if enough of us stand together, we can keep the FDA out of it! Good luck to you, and Good job on your recovery!

      1. Cindy O'Connell

        Gosh y’all ladies are an inspiration. I have horrible fibromyalgia and chronic pain….I don’t get outta the bed some days. I’m new to kratom….what do you suggest and how much….I also have horrible insomnia. I take Percocet for the pain…but don’t want to be beholden to Drs

    2. Alex Nielsen

      You were the nice lady in Hamilton’s Pharmacopoeia, weren’t you?

  10. Amanda Gallegos

    Great idea I’m gonna try that

  11. winona

    I’ve been doing toss and wash for about a year, and I’ve gotten good at it. I used to get headaches and took BC powders or Goody headache powders and the toss and wash method is a lot like taking those. I take it for insomnia and it’s a lifesaver really. Tonight I’m going to try to make a tea with a filter and see how that works for me. Someone told me if you steep a good long time ( two hours) it is very potent.

    1. Sharon C.

      Winona: Thanks for your remarks. I’ve just started steeping kratom (tea), but only for 5 to 10 minutes. A couple of years ago, when I heard the govt. was going to prohibit kratom in the US, I panicked and bought large quantities, like a pound here and there. Some of it is crap, and I’m stuck with it. I’ve learned to be careful who I buy from (which company) because there are lots of people leaving false reviews who, in fact, are scamming the customer.

  12. Emily

    I use a percolator to brew my kratom and I do it by the gallon. How much grams should I use for a moderate dose for a gallon? And then how many grams for a high dose for a gallon? Thank you!

  13. JR

    I found something that works great for me. I get The applesauce in the lunch size containers. (4 oz, I believe). I put it in a plastic zip lock bag and refill the empty container with whatever kratom I am making and put it in the ziplock bag. I then add a 3 tablespoons of cinnamon (totally optional but it helps with both taste and metabolism. I’ve also been known to use other flavorings – almond, vanilla, orange, etc. extract). Into the bag it goes. Finally, I fill the container with some liquor- rum, vodka, tequila, whatever – I’ve even used frangelica or amoretto. I figure that alcohol helps preserve it, gives it a better kick, and improves the taste. After pouring that into the bag and zip it up. I can mix it simply by kneeding the bag until everything mixes into a consistency, somewhere between sludge and mud. – different kratom comes out differently). Since I rotate my kratom I do one green and one white and I am set for the week. I refrigerate it but the bags are nice because they can be carried. It doesn’t taste great but it’s not awful either. Since the mix is basically equal parts of applesauce, alcohol and kratom Ive found I can simply triple the amount I was taking in dry form by volume. (That may not work for everyone – probably a little “generous” if your dose is large). I’ve been doing it this way for about two years – it’s easy and effective.

  14. Cindy Mylles

    I take 4 to 5 grams of kratom tea and mix with a small glass of hot tap water. I let it sit for 5 minutes to steep. I skim off the top, which is not necessary, but I do bc I easily get indigestion. After 5 minutes I fill up the remainder of the glass of Kratom tea with pulp free OJ. Then I pour it into a larger glass filled with ice. It taste like OJ and grapefruit juice mixed. Not bad seeing as how no one drinks Kratom for the taste. 😉 Your welcome!

  15. WhatTheCraik

    I measure out about 7grams and dump it into a small glass of orange juice. The acid helps the alkaloids work more efficiently (grapefruit is best, but I can’t stand it). CBD oil has also been added to my daily routine. The combination of the two have easily cut my pain levels in half, if not more on some days. I go with a mix of green MD or green Malay and white thai and about 50mg of CBD oil when I wake up. By the time I’m done showering and getting ready for work, my pain level drops off and I’m more alert and don’t have any morning haze/fog. On high pain days, I swap to red thai or red bali. I’m starting to experiment with golds/yellows as they are supposed to have a really good balance. But mixing it with OJ and chugging it has worked very well for me. I also do my own capsules, but as mentioned, it takes 10 – 12 caps (00 size).

  16. lynb

    Just discovered Kratom . And boy am I a happy camper. Pain level at least 90% down. Can live with that. I was told to take the powder mixed with grapefruit juice and I cannot consume grapefruit because it does not work well with other heart meds I have to take. But I bought some capsules and one to 2 of those with some orange juice is like a miracle. Am experimenting with sizes of caps and how many work the best but I feel like I have been liberated. Hope this does not fail me. Good luck to you all .

  17. Murf

    I usually parachute my kratom. I take 1 square of single thickness toilet paper, if multilayer I pull them apart, put tablespoon of kratom in the middle, grab opposing corners, both ways bringing them into the middle to look like a little sachel, twist them together then put that on my tongue then take usually orange juice and take a big gulp and down goes the dose, just be careful not to take to big dose because it will get stuck, its much better to take 2 smaller doses back to back. I also have a capsule machine and fill my own capsules, filling capsules is time consuming though. Toss and wash makes me gag sometimes and then the whole dose is in the toilet.

    1. Gregg

      Use a spring roll wrap cut into 4s. They’re less than $3 and last a while. That way you don’t ingest toilet paper.

    2. Karrie G

      Totally going to try this it’s kinda old school but definitely going to try so thanks

    3. Carg Suthwick

      Look into oblate discs on amazon. They are cheap and are a great replacement for toilet paper.

  18. Amanda

    I just add 4 ounces of water to powder in a cup and stir. Drink. And I get relief in minutes!

    1. Gee-Gee

      Hey sweetie how much powder do I use?

      1. Tiffany Early

        I would soak 2 teaspoons of kratom in a cup then pour the water over it citrus makes it work stronger

    2. Eve

      Thats the same thing i do lol

  19. erin

    dont dump the sludge it still has alkaloids ..use it again!

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