How to take kratom ?

Toss and Wash (T&W)

When using this method of ingesting kratom, you put (toss) a spoonful of powder into your mouth and swallow it (wash it down) with a beverage. Care must be taken to prevent inhaling the powder! There are a number of T&W techniques. You can either put the kratom powder on the tongue or under the tongue before washing it down. An alternate way to T&W is to mix kratom with some liquid first, drink it as a shot and flush it down with clean water.


Warning: In order to avoid an unpleasant experience, never wash down kratom with carbonated beverages.


Pros: Faster onset.

Cons: The taste of kratom makes it an unpleasant experience for a lot of people.


Masking the taste

The unwanted taste of kratom can be eliminated or at least reduced by mixing it with fruit juice, particularly orange and grapefruit. Pineapple, lime, pear or cranberry juices are also effective. Many report great success with chocolate milk. Everyone needs to discover their preferable way.


As with T&W method, there are many different preferences and recipes for preparing kratom tea. The most common way is to put the necessary amount of kratom into a glass, pour hot water over it and, after cooling down to an acceptable temperature, drink everything including the dregs. Another option is to first drink only the tea, then add more hot water into the glass and finally drink everything including the dregs. Filtering out the kratom powder through a paper coffee filter is also possible before drinking the pure kratom tea. 

Lemon helps with extracting the alkaloids and boosts the kratom potency. By adding sweeteners, milk and spices, your kratom tea will gain a less bitter taste.

The preparation of kratom tea differs. Some people prefer to pour hot water over the kratom powder, whereas others brew the tea for a few minutes and some even for 30 minutes. It is necessary to discover your own favourite way, as everyone likes something else.

Pros: The fastest onset. Tea does not upset the stomach. Ritualistic.

Cons: Unpleasant taste. Time consuming. 



Kratom capsules are the best approach if you want to overcome the signature unpleasant taste. You can also make your own capsules. Simple capsule machines and fillers can be ordered online on eBay or AliExpress.

Note: 0 capsules hold approximately 0.4g, 00 capsules hold about 0.6g, 000 capsules are much larger (also more difficult to swallow) and hold approximately 1g of kratom powder.

Pros: No unpleasant taste. Convenient on the go. Discreet.

Cons: Time consuming. Slow onset. You may need to consume a larger number of capsules, depending on the dose size.


Mixing with drink and food

You can consume kratom in many different ways. It can be mixed with apple sauce, biscuits juices, yoghurt, custard, ice cream, canned peaches, protein shakes, peanut butter, Nutella, coffee, etc.

Warning: Some people may feel restless and anxious when consuming kratom with coffee / caffeine. Start slowly with 1/2 to 1 cup of coffee. You can also opt for decaffeinated coffee.

Note: Kratom will mix much more easily in a hot liquid than a cold one.


Increasing the potency

The most commonly used accelerators of kratom potency include acidic beverages, such as grapefruit juice and orange juice, as well as coffee and magnesium.

Tip: Make a larger amount of kratom tea; then freeze it. This breaks down the tough cell walls of kratom, allowing more alkaloids to be easily absorbed; thus enhancing kratom effects. After defrosting the powder, you will get good potency from your kratom tea.


When consuming kratom, make sure you drink plenty of water. Kratom dehydrates you!!! Dehydration causes more unpleasant and undesirable side effects (e.g. headaches) than kratom itself.

Empty stomach

You will feel the effects of kratom more quickly on an empty stomach (2–3 hours after eating). It is advisable to eat a little something shortly before and after consuming kratom. This is especially recommended to individuals who are prone to nausea.

Experiment to see what works best for you. Some people prefer to eat before taking kratom, whereas others do not. Either way, a light meal is recommended 30 minutes after consumption of kratom.