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!)

Ingredients

  • 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.

Instructions

  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 322 Comments

  1. FatChants

    I MASTERED THIS 👑

    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

    7. CHUG IT, CHASE IT

    8. a good breakfast

  2. Fat Chants

    I MASTERED THIS 👑

    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

    7. CHUG IT, CHASE IT

    8. a good breakfast 😎

    1. Fat Chants

      oh yeah um.. ADD SOME KRATOM!!!

      figured it went without saying

      I take 3 to 5 g at a time

  3. Plazma

    does it hurt you if you don’t strain the tea and drink the sand as i call it?

  4. Sam

    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!

  5. Ron Cameron

    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.

  6. Trish

    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. Suspeosa

      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.

  7. DK420

    At my local head shop today… and saw the display for the Maeng Da Green. So I got some. I’ve been googling all afternoon to learn more about it. So naturally ( like how I thru that in there!) NATURALLY, I am Kray-curious. I read all about the different strains and how they enhance your pain and mood. I’ve been on anti -depressants for 15 years and would love to get off of them and start living a more holistic lifestyle.
    I just want to know who the hell works for the FDA??? Dudes hellooo, It’s a friken leaf from a plant… grown in exotic places over the world. They are missing out! And our “other leaf ” that we love so much, is also from the ground from a plant! I want FDA to explain to me why they have to interfere in people lives that are just looking for some pain relief, wanting to have more energy so we can be more productive in society.Or help with depression and anxiety that cause people to take their own lives. Please FDA tell me what is so damn illegal to enjoy what the earth can provide for us everyday without preservatives or poison in it. I’m not a religious person at all… but I hear there are several references in the Bible about the plants that they ate for nutrition to keep their bodies healthy and strong.Watch HULU…Weededicate, Very educational! They just had a full episode about Kratom…I’m looking forward to feeling the best I can be, with No Pain!!

    1. Joe

      I agree completely. I don’t see the big idea about interfering what the earth gave us.

  8. Klea

    Shake it up in some orange juice it’s niceee

  9. Thag Nastis

    Yeah, so im not addicted to anything, but it takes 50 500mg pills to feel anything. Its a crap buzz.

  10. Lovely

    In a small glass (one big swallow) of ANY juice, (except prune or tomato🤢) even Kool-Aid in a pinch, add powdered kratom. Mix with frother…Salud!

  11. Lovely

    In small glass (one big swallow) of ANY juice, (except prune or tomato🤢) even Kool-Aid in a pinch, add powdered kratom. Mix with frother…Salud!

  12. Amber

    Mix with jello put in fridge

  13. brian

    Drink with water chase with strong chocolate milk

    1. Jason

      So treat like shrooms?

  14. Robin

    I have a severe cough from allergies and thyroid nodules. I suffer chronic pain from being hit by a truck years ago, severe arthritis, metal in both legs, Lupus and chronic insomnia. I am considering Kratom. But, I didn’t know there were different strains. Do I need to take different strains for day & night ?
    Thanks

    1. Paul

      Yes reds are for sleep green is for energy and pain relief and white is just energy

    2. Metrocard

      Try Red vein Bali trust this one will be your favorite

    3. chris

      Hey Robin. Reds and gold tend to work best for pain management. But when you first start taking it any strand can make falling asleep difficult, at least until your body gets used to it. So probably stop taking it 3 or 4 hours before you want to go to sleep. At least until you’ve been taking it for a while and your body gets used to it.

    4. Dizay

      Red for bed green in between white for flight yellow is mellow and brown is down. Green bali is pretty medicinal as well.i would start with a basic strain and go from there. Basic as in bali, maeng da, and borneo if your needing really good relief from pain use a green bali it will not let you down

  15. Dereck

    I am strung out on heroin is there any this will work for me I got some of the green stuff

    1. brian

      Helped me with sub detox

      1. Amanda

        Hey, so I’m on methadone and I certainly don’t wanna be. I tried 4g of this and didn’t feel anything. I also tried drinking the tea before my methadone the next morning and still nothing. I was hoping to be able to get off methadone quicker with the help of kratom. Any suggestions?
        -Amanda

        1. Iam

          Amanda,
          You may need to take more than 4g coming off methadone. You made need 6 or 8g. Then you may need to do this every 4-6 hours. I don’t recommend the tea method. I would do toss and wash. I used to fill those capsules so I didn’t have to taste it but it actually takes longer to get into your system in the capsules and it can be a pain if you don’t plan ahead and have enough capsules. You don’t want to buy the capsules done already as it is quite expensive. Buy the powder and measure it out — use a scale or a tsp. That is important to get an accurate measurement if you are going to try getting off methadone and then titrate down on the kratom. Also, what kind of Kratom are you using? White, Green, Red? There are many sites that sell all three strains for beginners to try and get a combo that works best for you. You need to play around with the dose — there are many sites that go into this in great detail. Google “Kratom dose” and a few of those should come up. You have to increase/decrease the amount you take per dose to see what works for you. You can’t overdose but if you take too much, you may throw up. Im not a doctor and I can’t tell you what to do. You can find videos on YouTube about this in much more detail. What you are trying to do is very doable. Many, many people have done it with great success. I hope this helps.

        2. Jason

          Up the dose. I eat 8 to 12 capsules depending.

      2. Sue

        Hi bri did it help to the point you got off the subs….how bad are rhe wirhdrawals

      3. Elise

        I’m about to start the detox off subs 2mor..I got half milligram capsules green kratom..how much should I take and how do I take it?..I was thinking just taking the capsule with some water?..any advice would be great

      4. Sage

        Brian did you use while still on the subs? How to did you make the switch so to speak? Thanks in advance. Really wanna get off these things.

    2. Devin

      I have a lot of experience down the road u described, 15 years experience. I’m currently over a year clean using Suboxone. My girl friend is 2 months clean using kratom. It fucking works, it just sucks cuz it tastes like ass and u build tolerance to it quickly so you end up spending a good bit of money on it. But it’s better than cop and rugs in the hood bro I would recommend it or Suboxone if you haven’t tried that. Good luck and Hit me back if u want. Devin

    3. Paul

      Yes I currently am taking to get off subs but before I was on subs I took this when I was into h Really bad, mind you it will not get you super high but it keeps the devil at bay definitely keeps me from thinking of using i advise you to keep a opened mind and use it for what it for not a substitute or to get high definitely fills the opiate thought i get in my brain

      1. Caleb

        I found that if you use it the way its intended. It works better. You cant go into this expecting to feel like you took a perc. It calms the cravings and edginess for sure. Great product

    4. Angela

      It could very well work , but red Bali is the best for withdraws . Any red will do but I’m particular red Bali is what I feel is the best. And I know because I have been there myself ! You got this! It took me 4 times to stop completely and now I’ve been clean almost 3 years! Thanks to Kratom

  16. Alfred Swangler

    Congratulations on your success. I’m on oxycodone and I run out all the time! Now I’m taking kratom it’s a life saver. 😁😁👍👍

  17. Leia

    Kratom. I have Charcot-Marie-tooth1a, fibromyalgia and epilepsy….its sure a life saver. Seriously, I was so sad and depressed

    1. throwingappalachia

      I have CMT, too! I have one leg amputated below the knee and my other is collapsing. The pain is horrendous. The doc gives me 5mg hydrocodone. I’d rather they just keep it, as it really doesn’t work. What strains might you suggest for me? I have fibro, also.

  18. Christopher

    I WAS ON PAIN PILLS OF ALL KINDS FOR 17 YEARS, AND THEN PUT ON SUBOXONE ALMOST 2 YEARS, TO GET OFF, ONCE I WAS OFF PILLS THEY KEPT ME ON SUBOXONE FOR PAIN.
    I WENT COLD TURKEY ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO, WOUND UP IN ER AN ALL.
    NEXT MORNING MY DAUGHTER N HER MOM ASKED WHAT THEY COULD DO TO HELP, I SAID
    A FRIEND OF MINE JOE SSID KRATOM HELPS WITH WITHDRAWALS
    SO THEY GOT ME SOME. NOT EVEN SURE WHAT KIND
    ALL I KNOW IS I TOOK 1 DOSE AND IN 20 MINUTES HAD ALMOST ZERO WITHDRAWAL
    I HAVE NOT TOUCHED A PAIN PILL OR SUBOXONE SINCE DECEMBER 2018
    I WAS LOOKING FOR A NEW TEA RECIPE. I JUST GOT A KILO OF WHITE MAENG DA.
    KRATOM IS A LIFE SAVER TO ME, N IM A RECENT CANCER SURVIVOR AT 45 YEARS OLD
    EAT KRATOM, DRINK KRATOM, IT HELPS WITH PAIN, ATTITUDE, EVERYTHING
    I WILL TAKE KRATOM EVERYDAY TILL I DIE, SURE BESTS DOCTORS PRESCRIBED PAIN MEDS
    EWWW
    GOOD LUCK
    I LOVE KRATOM

    1. Dee

      Where can I order by kilo

      1. Realitea

        Hmu

    2. Laura

      Try stevia instead.

  19. 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.

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