How Do You Use Kratom?
Mitragyna speciose, commonly known as Kratom, is a native tree to Southeast Asia. It can be found in areas such as Thailand, Indonesia, Borneo, and Malaysia. The coffee tree Rubiaceae and Kratom are in the same family.
Kratom has been used as an herbal drug by the people of Southeast Asia for centuries. It has been commonly used in folk medicine as a stimulant (in low doses), a sedative (in high doses), a recreational drug, to treat diarrhea, as a painkiller, and even for treatment of opiate addiction. There have also been many reports that it has many benefits in the treatment of RLS (restless leg syndrome), fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
When it comes to best how to use Kratom, there are actually several options and all are believed to have great benefits. Natives are known to chew the fresh Kratom leaves. Before doing this, they usually remove the central vein, which tends to be quite stringy. The leaves can be chewed when they are dry, but in that form, they tend to be tougher. Often times, people crush them up or turn them into powder so that they are easier to swallow.
In powdered form, Kratom can be mix with water so that it is able to be drunk. If you prefer, you can mix it with other liquids as well, such as milk, kefir, or fruit juice. Many people like to mix it with chocolate milk so that it masks the taste better. Some like to make a paste of the powder and then use water to swallow it. If mixing it with a liquid does not work for you, then it can be mixed with other things such as yogurt or applesauce.
Perhaps you still find it hard to swallow using liquid or soft foods. To have a tasty treat, you can make a chocolate Kratom milkshake. Kratom has a bit of a bitter taste and the chocolate will help to mask that bitterness. The viscosity of the milkshake will keep the Kratom from settling in the bottom like it would if mixed in a regular drink. When mixed with regular liquids, the Kratom tends to float on the top despite stirring or shaking. You can make a milkshake using these steps:
- You are going to use about 8 ounces (1 cup) of chocolate milk for each dose of Kratom.
- Put one Kratom dose in an empty glass.
- Add an equal amount of chocolate milk. This is generally about 1-2 tablespoons.
- Stir thoroughly until the liquid is completely absorbed by the Kratom and a paste is formed.
- Add a couple more tablespoons of chocolate milk and continue to stir until smooth.
- Add the remaining chocolate milk and stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Drink all of it and then add a little bit more chocolate milk and drink again. This will make sure you consume all of the Kratom.
If you are unsure how to prepare a Kratom paste for drinking, these are the steps you need to follow.
- Using a small, empty cup, add a single dose of Kratom.
- You want to add just enough water to the Kratom to make a soft paste. You will use roughly equal parts of the Kratom and water.
- Stir the mixture for a few minutes. The powder will completely absorb the water.
- Fill the second glass with water. Scoop an easy to swallow spoonful into your mouth and then take a big drink of the water to wash it down. Continue doing this until all of the paste is consumed.
Kratom Tea Recipe
If the above options are not peeking your interest in how to use Kratom, you can use it to make tea. The recipe is pretty basic, but of course, you can add your own variations as you like. This recipe will make enough tea for roughly 8 Kratom doses.
- Add two ounces of dried, coarsely ground Kratom leaves to a pot. Add 1 quart of water.
- Bring to a gentle boil and allow it to boil for 15 minutes.
- Using a strainer, pour the tea into a bowl and reserve the liquid. If you squeeze the leaves into the strainer, it will get the liquid out better.
- Put the leaves back in the pot and add another quart of water. Repeat steps 2 and 3.
- After you have used the leaves a second time, you can throw them away.
- Combine both liquids and pour them back into the pot.
- Boil this liquid mixture until it reduces to about 1 cup. You want to reduce the volume of the liquid so that individual doses will be easier to swallow.
- The tea can be boiled down to any concentration that you prefer. This is going to be about personal preference.
The tea is going to have a bitter taste. You can help alleviate this bitterness by adding sugar or honey. You can also just swallow it quickly and follow with something that has a better taste such as fruit juice. If you would like to make a bigger batch to last a few days, you can certainly increase the recipe to do that. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
If you prefer to have a more adult version of the Kratom tea, you can add desired alcohol to it and store it for many months. You want to add about 10% alcohol. This calculates out to one part of liquor to 3 parts of Kratom tea.
We have talked a great deal about using a dose of Kratom. The best way to measure a dose is with a scale. Typically a dose of Kratom is just a few or even several grams, you will need to use a scale that has the ability to measure down to a single gram. Make sure the accuracy is to at least 1/10th of a gram. You can find scales like this from many suppliers. They typically can last a lifetime so, the investment is a good one.
It is more accurate to measure Kratom by weight rather than volume. The amount in any given volume is going to depend on how fine the Kratom is ground up.
If you buy Kratom that is already ground up, typically 1 level teaspoon of most commercial Kratom will weigh about 2 grams. This is based on Kratom that is finely ground up. 1 tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons. With that being said, 1 level tablespoon of finely ground Kratom, will weight about 6-7 grams. That is known as a midsize dose as far as average potency is concerned.
When researching how to use Kratom, you need to consider that a low to moderate dose will typically be stimulating. The active alkaloids in Kratom have both stimulant and sedative effects. Of course, this is going to depend on the individual and the effects will vary from person to person.
The overall effects of Kratom typically last anywhere from 5 to 6 hours. If taken on an empty stomach, an individual can feel the onset of the effects within about half an hour. If taken after eating, it will take closer to an hour for the effects to be felt.
As with any supplement, there are always risks involved. One of the greatest risks is falling asleep while taking part in hazardous activities. You do not want to drive while under the influence of Kratom. Most importantly do your research before determining if Kratom is the right choice for you.