While the traditional methods of preparing and consuming Kratom still exists in its native habitat of Southeast Asia, these days there are several modern ways of taking the herb.
Nowadays, Kratom is found in various forms as dried leaves, as Kratom capsules, powdered Kratom and in the form of dietary supplements.
The Kratom quid is the original method of Kratom use for Southeast Asian cultures, especially Thailand.
This method essentially involves chewing the fresh leaf.
The idea is to remove the stems and veins in one quick motion, bundling the Kratom and chewing it while holding the saliva and chewed leaf material in their mouth.
Toss and Wash Method
One of the most common Kratom preparation methods is the toss ‘n’ wash. This is typically done by:
- Putting water (or other liquid) in the mouth
- Adding desired Kratom dose to this water
- Submerging and mixing the Kratom/water mixture within the mouth to avoid dry particles getting caught in the mouth and throat
- Taking another gulp of water while simultaneously swallowing the mixture
Chasing with more water to get down any debris
Another very common preparation method, both in the west and east is to brew a tea from the Kratom leaves.
Making the Kratom tea is fairly simple:
- Add water to pot (3-10 ounces)
- Add desired Kratom dose
- Simmer for 15 – 45 minutes (20 minutes typically suffices)
- Optional: strain powder
Tea is considered effective by many because of the quick onset of effects; however, by straining out the powder, one may lose the full alkaloid spectrum of the plain leaf, reducing some medicinal potentials.
Adding water to Kratom powder and freezing it prior to making tea can increase the amount of alkaloids absorbed. The addition of lemon juice, or small amounts of citric acid can also increase amount of alkaloids absorbed
One can also salvage the strained powder from tea and reuse it to ensure no alkaloids are wasted
Yet another popular and common form of Kratom preparation is capping the Kratom powder rather than taking it whole, mixed or in tea form. Kratom capsules have the benefit of being easy to use.
Buying capsules can be extremely expensive in comparison to powder.
Additionally, when buying these capsules you don’t really know what you’re getting, as it isn’t an approved dietary supplement. This could lead to dangers for both the user, and Kratom’s legality.
There are a large variety of capsule tools, such as “The Capsule Machine” and “Cap n Quick”, which can make capsules in bulk.
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