How to prepare and use Kratom (mitragyna speciosa)
Kratom is a versatile herb with many different applications. Depending on the dose and type, it can be used as either a stimulant or a sedative. For more information, please see the ‘Effects‘ page.
In cultures where the plant grow, Kratom is often used as a herbal remedy by chewing the leaves. In the 1940s Thai opium addicts often turned to Kratom to combat opium withdrawal. More recently however, across Southeast Asia and more and more in Western societies, Kratom is used recreationally as it has become available for purchase in headshops and Online.
How to consume Kratom
Unfortunately fresh leaves are seldomly available to the Western public. However, Kratom in its dried, crushed and powdered form can be an extremely versatile substance that allows itself to be used in many different ways.
Please note though: smoking kratom is not recommended! Though some tribes in South-East Asia are known to have traditionally smoked Kratom, the taste and texture of the smoke and the impact on your lungs aren’t very pleasant. Moreover, smoking Kratom usually only produces very subtle effects (if any at all).
The easiest and most commonly used method of consuming Kratom is by brewing it as tea. Though you should never boil it for too long, the alkaloids present in Kratom are moderately resistant to high temperatures and can be simmered over a low heat.
Five to ten grams of powdered leaves is all you need to get started. Leave to soak them in a small amount of warm water for a period of about 10 to 15 minutes. Adding the juice of 1 lemon will help dissolve the alkaloids in the water. Though not necessary, you can add a (herbal) tea and sugar, honey or cinnamon to jazz up your brew should you wish to make it more palatable.
Though it’s always best to consume your tea fresh, you can store it in your refrigerator for a couple of days if you need to. Adding alcohol (about 10%) to your brew (1 part vodka or a similar to 3 parts tea) can extent its shelf life by many more months, though intake of alcohol should be limited and done cautiously when consuming Kratom.
You can prepare dissolvable tablets for your tea in advance, by simmering and reducing fresh or dried leaves into a paste-like extract for later use. Such tablets, pellets and bars are widely available Online. Here are just a few of them:
TOSS AND WASH
TOSS AND WASH
You might has heard this term before, not really knowing what it means, but it really is as easy it sounds. Simply fill your mouth with water, add your powder, swish it around until mixed well and then swallow. See? Easy!
Don’t particularly like Kratom’s “earthy and bitter” taste? Gel capsules might be the way for you. Capsule machines such as the one listed below are wide available and a relatively cheap way to en-capsulate and swallow your favourite herb.
Kratom-based alcoholic beverages, including cocktails, have become especially popular with young people since 2010. Kratom can be dissolved in alcohol, so many use alcoholic spirits such as vodka, rum, whiskey or even warm sake to mix and blend with their crushed leaves or powder. After leaving to infuse, simply strain to get rid of the leaves and add spices or sweeteners to taste.
Kratom is best stored in an airtight container or vacuum sealed bag (or glass jar). Leaving Kratom exposed to oxygen will reduce its effects when consumed.
Whilst you need not necessarily store your Kratom in a refrigerator, a cool, dark and dry place (such as a cupboard) is recommended to prevent moulds, the degeneration alkaloids and to keep your favourite herb’s strength intact. When stored properly, your Kratom can stay potent for months!