While there is a lot of information, not many different resources talk about how to use kratom in order to get the best results. This article will be rather general, and is intended for people who don’t have much experience with kratom, however, there is likely a little bit for anyone to learn.
Because of the wide range of preparation methods, dosage differences and effects differences, it can be hard for someone new to kratom to know where to start. Because of this, we will outline and cover all these topics to help guide new kratom users in best practices.
When dealing with a plain plant material, it can be difficult to understand the best way to take kratom. While this is a question that must be answered by each person individually, there are some differences in effects that can help steer one towards or away from a specific preparation method.
The toss and wash is one of the most common ways to use kratom, and has been considered the best way to take kratom by many, though it may not be suitable for everyone.
The toss and wash consists for pouring a liquid in your mouth, adding kratom, mixing it with your tongue and swallowing (preferably with more liquid to wash it down). However, there are a lot of pitfalls for the inexperienced user. Many people’s gag reflex can get in the way of doing this correctly, making it very unpleasant. Other times, without thought, people inhale the kratom powder and this is less than a great experience.
Anyone looking to attempt the toss and wash should start with very low amounts and work their way upward as experience builds for best results, otherwise it can be a painful process.
The quid, while extremely uncommon in the western world due to lack of fresh leaf, has been used for centuries by those in Southeastern Asia. The quid consists in bundling fresh kratom leaf, chewing on it and holding the saliva.
This method has quick effects and can be fairly potent, as it mostly bypasses digestion. However, for those without access to freshly picked kratom leaf, this method is not very viable. If you do get the chance, learning how to use kratom in this manner is definitely worth the time.
For those who don’t want to, or are unable to, do the toss and wash method, capsules can be a good idea. There are many different machines which can make capsuling kratom fairly simple.
Despite the ease of this method, we don’t suggest buying kratom capsules for two reasons. The first reason is that kratom capsules tend to have a negative effect on the publicity of kratom, and have lead to some bans. The second reason is that they are expensive; by buying the powder and capping it yourself, it is much cheaper and better for the legal status of kratom.
Another very common method of preparation is tea. Many mix their regular dose with hot water, strain out the leftover leaf and drink the resulting liquid. This method is fairly effective, however, it can occasionally limit certain aspects of kratom’s effects.
We have noticed that the painkilling effects of kratom are somewhat minimized unless one chooses to also take the powder alongside. However, the stimulating effects of the tea tend to be more pronounced. Because of this, if learning how to use kratom in tea form, experimentation and discerning the difference in effects can go a long way.
When it comes to kratom mixtures, we have heard all sorts of concoctions, from smoothies to honey to yogurt. The basic idea is to make the kratom easier to get down. This is a very personal matter, and the only limit is your imagination.
When starting out with kratom, it is a good idea to know what the ideal strain and dosage choice is ideal for the desired effects. Each strain and vein color tends to be different, and can be confusing without guidance.
For those looking for stimulation, energy and general productivity for themselves, there are a few strains of kratom which are ideal.
When using kratom for energetic effects, many kratom users have noticed that lower dosages are typically better, as higher doses generally tend to translate into more sedating effects. While there are some exceptions to this, it will take some personal experience to find what is ideal for you.
For someone looking for pain relief the best practice is often very different than those looking for stimulation and energy. Despite this, there are some strains such as Maeng Da and some Red Vein Thais which can provide both stimulation and pain relief. However, overall the best strains are:
When looking for pain relief, a slightly higher dosage may be necessary depending on how severe the pain is.
One of the main problems when trying to ensure medicinal effect from kratom is tolerance. Because brain levels of alkaloids such as mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine remain high if dosing consistently, the brain can be desensitized to the effects. Because of this, it is a good idea to learn how to use kratom in ways that prevent tolerance. there are a few tricks you can use to prevent heavy tolerance.
Another factor is buying the kratom itself. If you intend to use this plant for a long period of time, we highly suggest buying kratom in bulk. The process of learning how to use kratom, or finding the best way to take kratom is fraught with a lot of trial and error; however, by taking all of these factors into account, one has a much better chance of receiving the most medicinal benefit from kratom and avoiding a lot of the pitfalls.