Kratom for Beginners: What Is the Best Way to Take Kratom?

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If there’s one thing every kratom user, both new and experienced, asks themselves from time to time it’s this: What’s the best way to take kratom?

It seems like there are infinite ways to take kratom, which makes determining the best method a bit tricky. What’s more, the best method for one person isn’t always the best method for another.

Considering this, let’s explore the different ways to take kratom and which one is best.

How to Take Kratom

There are many different ways to take kratom, but all of them involve some form of ingestion. As long as you’re getting the kratom into your body in an effective way, you’re doing it right.

When you buy kratom, you’ll likely get it in powder or loose-leaf form. The loose-leaf form looks like a bunch of dried leaves, kind of like an empty teabag. Powder is exactly that—a powdered kratom substance.

It doesn’t matter which one you purchase—you can mostly intake both in the same ways, with a few exceptions. 

Kratom Dosage

For a beginner, you’ll want to start with a low dose and increase if needed.

Start with as low as one or two grams, and increase if you don’t like the effects. Decrease the dosage if you find the effects are too much. Kratom typically stimulates you in lower doses and sedates in higher doses.

Make sure you buy high-quality kratom, like the kratom available at Etanicals, for the best experience. Low-quality kratom means higher dosages than should be necessary. Save your money by buying the good stuff.

Finding the Best Way to Take Kratom

Now that you know a little more about kratom, let’s get into the methods of intake. We’ll cover all the most popular methods here.

Toss N’ Wash

This is the easiest and fastest way to take kratom.

First, get a glass of water, juice, or a drink of your choice. Then, measure out your dose of kratom.

Take a small sip of your drink and hold it in your mouth. Next, take half of the kratom you’ve measured out (or less if you prefer) and put it in your mouth. Take another sip of your drink to wash it down.

Repeat this process until all the measured kratom is gone. It’s not the most “elegant” of kratom delivery methods, but it’s effective and fast.

Brew Kratom Tea

Kratom tea is purported to be more stimulating than other methods, offering you wakefulness. It’s also a much more enjoyable way to take kratom.

All you have to do is boil up some water, add your measured dosage of kratom, and let it steep for about 20 minutes. You can mix your kratom with another tea for added flavor and health effects, and sweeten your cup with honey or sugar. You could even put it in the fridge after for kratom iced tea!

Remember to strain the tea before pouring it into a glass. Nobody wants all those used kratom leaves in their cup! You can save the leaves for another brew or two, as well.

You should start to feel the effects of the kratom tea in about half an hour. Make sure to experiment with dosage. You may need a slightly higher dosage with tea (3-5 grams usually) as the compounds disperse throughout the pot.

You can also buy kratom tea-bags from some online kratom shops. These are pre-dosed to give you the effects you want from your kratom tea.

Smoke Your Kratom

If you’re a smoker, you might enjoy rolling your kratom up and smoking it like a cigarette.

With loose-leaf kratom, you can smoke a 100% kratom cigarette. Get some rolling papers, fill one with the kratom, and light it up like you would any cigarette. You can mix the kratom with a smokable blend of herbs, some tea, or even tobacco for a smoother burn.

You probably won’t feel the effects quite as much when you smoke kratom. The burning reduces the effects, and you can’t smoke as much as you can drink it. However, this is a good, relaxing way to feel mild kratom effects.

Take Kratom Capsules

If you want to remove dosing and taste, try a kratom capsule.

Kratom capsules are pre-measured capsules full of kratom. Just pop one in your mouth, swallow it back with some water, and you’re good to go. Take more than one if the effects aren’t working for you.

You can buy kratom capsules pre-measured, or buy empty capsules and kratom powder and make your own. The latter method lets you fill the capsule with your desired dosage. However, there’s only so much you can fit in a capsule, so keep that in mind.

With this method, you’ll want to wait about 30 minutes between capsules to let the effects kick in. If you don’t, you run the risk of dosing yourself higher than you’d like.

Mix With Food

If you really hate the taste of kratom, try mixing it in with some food.

This is best done with kratom powder. It also works best with semi-solid foods like smoothies, milkshakes, pudding, and yogurt. You could also try oatmeal if you want to spice up your breakfast with a little kratom!

Just measure out a dose, pour the kratom in, and mix it up. This will mask the taste of the kratom but award you all the benefits. You may still taste it a little bit, but it’ll be much easier to manage.

So, What Is the Best Way to Take Kratom?

The truth is, there is no best way to take kratom. It all depends on your personal preferences.

If you’re a smoker, smoking kratom may be the best method. If you like a good hot drink, you’ll likely enjoy kratom tea. If you can’t stand the taste, mixing with food or tossing and washing might serve you best.

Experiment with different ways to take your kratom to find the best method for you.

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