Kratom tastes terrible. There’s no way to sugarcoat that fact. However, there are ways to sugarcoat kratom’s bitter taste. Kratom users rely on a variety of methods for consuming kratom that are all designed to help make it more palatable. After all, just a spoonful of sugar helps the kratom go down, although some ways are more delightful than others.
Five of the most popular ideas are listed below. Each one has its own pros and cons, and a lot of it just comes down to personal taste. Find out which of these options works best for you. Also, be on the lookout for the best method that is coming soon, which ultimately solves this taste problem once and for all, promising to be the game changer that kratom fans everywhere have been waiting for.
The original kratom users in Southeast Asia often simply chewed fresh leaves that they plucked off the tree. As described in a 2017 study published in Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, the men would chew the leaves several times a day to improve work productivity and combat fatigue as they labored in the hot sun. Women in the village would also use it as a remedy for many ailments, such as fever, cough, hypertension, diabetes, pain, and anxiety.
In addition to chewing, they would also prepare a solution known as juice or tea from boiled leaves. The process to make this solution was quite simple:
Of course, this method does nothing to counter the unpleasant taste, which these users may have just become accustomed to. For most taste buds, though, something sweet is definitely needed.
The most common ways of using kratom in the United States all start with kratom powder, which is a finely ground form of dried kratom leaves. This powder can be mixed with other food or beverages, brewed as a tea, or taken in capsule form. The boldest users even just take it on its own, using methods such as “toss and wash” or “parachuting.”
One of the easiest ways to mask the taste of kratom is by mixing it with food or beverages. Some popular options include:
Even though this is also a beverage, kratom tea deserves its own separate category. It is a method that includes many different brewing techniques and flavor possibilities, all of which boil down to personal preferences.
According to kratom.org, a kratom resource based on user experiences and scientific evidence, kratom tea has several benefits over other methods, including:
Kratom tea can be made with kratom powder or crushed-leaf kratom, each with their own brewing tricks to achieve the best results. For instance, variables like time, temperature, and dosage can all produce different qualities of tea. Also, other considerations include whether to strain the tea and how to prevent foaming. Therefore, while ease of preparation may be a benefit of kratom tea, it does depend on being knowledgeable about the specific brewing technique used.
When it comes to flavors, some ingredients that work best include:
Capsules are a convenient way to take kratom without having to taste it. However, capsules can be more expensive than other methods of taking kratom. Also, the gel cap is like a barrier that the body must first break down before getting to the kratom, so capsules take relatively longer to take effect.
According to neuroscientist Michele Ross’ book Kratom is Medicine: Natural Relief for Anxiety, Pain, Fatigue, and More, kratom capsules take about 30-45 minutes to kick in. In comparison, kratom tea takes about 10-30 minutes, while the most direct methods like toss and wash and parachuting may only take about 5-10 minutes.
If you’ve ever taken a shot of hard liquor followed by a milder chaser to help balance out the harsh taste of the shot, then you are already familiar with the concept of the toss and wash method of taking kratom. This method involves putting the kratom powder in your mouth and then washing it down with water or another beverage.
While this method is quick and effective, it is not for everyone. Just like taking shots, some people find the taste of kratom to be too strong to endure even for a moment. Meanwhile, others have no problem with it at all.
Similar to the concept of a capsule, parachuting kratom means to wrap the powder up in a thin piece of paper before swallowing it whole, such as toilet paper or rice paper. Edible films called oblate discs can also be used instead of paper.
The effects can be felt more quickly than with a capsule, as the paper dissolves faster than gel capsules. In both methods, however, there is a barrier between the powder and your taste buds that helps avoid the bitter kratom flavor. Parachuting is also very similar to toss and wash, as it is helpful to wash the kratom parachute down with a strongly flavored or textured drink.
While parachuting does mask the taste of kratom well and takes effect quickly, it is also a choking hazard, and it may cause side effects like nausea or vomiting. It is advised to start with a small dose and not to parachute on an empty stomach.
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