If you’re wondering how to take kratom, you’ve come to the right place. There are really only 3 ways to properly take kratom powder with slight variations based on personal preferences. We will go through each of these ways, how they work, the benefits of them as well as their drawbacks.

The Toss & Wash Method

First up, we have the regulars’ favorite. This is probably one of the most popular ways to take kratom since it’s so fast, effective, and with a little getting used to is a total “walk in the park” compared to the other routes of administration. Another benefit is that tossing is really cheap because there are no other ingredients required except water, and it may even kick in faster since it’s already mixed with saliva beginning the digestion before anything even gets to your stomach.
The name describes the procedure quite amply. You just measure out your desired serving in grams, then toss it at the back of your throat and swallow by washing it down with any non-viscous liquid you prefer. If you’re new to kratom, don’t be surprised if you gag a bit from having a mouth full of powdery substance, but once you do this for a few times it will become easier as long as you’re not taking huge amounts. We wouldn’t advise using hot beverages because it may be necessary to speed up their intake to get the formed slush down, which may result in very uncomfortable burns.
The main drawback to this method is most novices don’t enjoy the taste of kratom powder. Having something sweet or sour ready to eat right after you take your dose may solve the issue. A strong tasting beverage like an energy drink that overpowers any bitterness should do the trick even better, especially if used as the washing medium. The flavored liquid can also help with the gag reflex and avoid choking by stimulating salivation; however, if you “bite off more than you can swallow”, it may not and you have nobody to blame but your greediness. As always, it’s highly recommended to start out small until you get used to the technique. Two or three tries for most people are enough to become tossin’ experts overnight.


Capping your leaf is a good route to go if you want to get all of the Kratom benefits on the go, but don’t like its taste, or if your gag reflex is particularly sensitive to powdery consistency. Kratom capsules come in different sizes, usually 00 – 000 sizes which hold anywhere between .50-1 gram of kratom powder each.
The main source of convenience with this method is the ease of measurement and administration. Just pop a few caps, depending on your desired serving and their size, wash them down with water if you so please, and you’re well on your way out the door. It’s as simple as that! No mess, no hassle, and since there is no taste or anything to get stuck in your mouth or throat, you’re all set right after ingestion.
“Now, this just seems to be too good to be true!” If you’re saying that, you may be on to something. Firstly, the pre-packed capsules are tangibly more expensive than the other methods, but this could be well-worth it for some people whose main priority is the streamlined accessibility. On the other hand, if your schedule includes a lot of traveling, or you may prefer this method for some other reason and you don’t mind messing around with the Kratom powder in the comfort of your home, you can purchase and pack it into capsules yourself either by hand, or with a specialized machine. Either way, financially speaking, it is not the best way to take kratom, as it requires additional expenses. Secondly, capsules usually take around 45 minute to an hour to kick in because the encapsulation needs to be dissolved first for the leaf to be digested. If you’re looking for a fast acting solution that offers “a middle ground”, keep reading.

Kratom Tea

This is another popular way to consume kratom. Not only does the tea taste much better than dry powder on its own, but also there are many palatability enhancers you can add such as honey, lemon, milk, or whatever else you can think of that turn the cumbersome leaf ingestion into a pleasant ritual/ceremony. In contrast to the toss & wash method, you can make multiple servings at once and store them in the fridge, so you don’t have to measure them every time.
To make kratom tea, all you need is a little bit of warm water and your desired amount of kratom. You can use crushed kratom leaves or powder, and even blend it with regular teas to enhance the flavor. Beware that while acidic water assists in drawing out kratom alkaloids from the plant matter and nearly eliminates the need for ingesting it with the tea, leaving them suspended in such solutions is not a good idea because of their eventual degradation in these environments. In case you want to store your botanical concoction for later uses, avoid adding things like lemon juice to it until you are ready for ingestion. If you want to avoid this eventuality, or are simply not a fan of lemons, don’t sweat it. Just give your tea a whirl with a spoon before every sip, and most of the Kratom powder will pass into your stomach unnoticed.
The main draw of mixing Kratom into beverages is that it’s fairly easy, cheap and palatable. On the other hand, it takes longer to prepare than just tossing the leaf down, and that tea just doesn’t taste as good as say, coffee, regardless of how you season it. If you are still repulsed by the consistency of the powder, and would like to have servings ready on hand, capsules may be a better way to go; otherwise, you’re risking overexposing the valuable Kratom alkaloids to their sour foe by preparing the acidic tea, in advance.
You can also add kratom to a smoothie to completely mask the flavor, or just mix it with juice, chocolate milk or anything else your heart desires, as long as it doesn’t contain milder relatives of the hydrochloric acid. In which case, you better drink it quickly!

In Conclusion

So there you have it! Three of the most popular ways to take kratom. Hopefully you’ve discovered a new favorite route of Kratom ingestion, or reinforced your choice in the one that has been serving you well. As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below!

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