Today, thousands of people around the world are discovering kratom’s benefits for themselves. And whether you’re interested in pain relief or mood elevation, the plant has a lot to offer.
However, while kratom may be new to some, Southeast Asians have enjoyed the plant for hundreds of years. (Hassan et al., 2013, pg140) Indigenous populations in Vietnam and Indonesia have used kratom to reduce fatigue, boost productivity, and treat fevers and pain. (Cinosi et al., 2015, pg4)
Now, thanks to digital technology, kratom is more accessible than ever. People around the globe can learn more about the plant and order it to try for themselves.
But despite kratom’s benefits, not everyone finds it easy to stomach. And in this case, we mean that quite literally!
Kratom Doesn’t Taste Good
Most kratom users consume the plant orally. But because kratom is naturally bitter, the resulting experience isn’t exactly pleasant.
The most common method of kratom ingestion is the “toss and wash.” This method involves “tossing” kratom powder into one’s mouth with water and quickly “washing” it down. The idea here is that the “toss and wash” technique helps users avoid kratom’s unpleasant bitter flavour.
In reality, however, the process of “tossing and washing” often goes a little like this:
Okay, okay… that clip might be a little dramatic. But truthfully, many first-time kratom users have an unpleasant introduction to kratom after attempting a toss-and-wash. Some are so repulsed by the method that they’re turned off of the plant entirely!
Thankfully, if you absolutely detest the flavour of kratom, you’re not alone! Not content with green-coated tongues and puckered faces, the online kratom community has come up with numerous strategies to ensure that kratom goes down easy.
We’ve picked five of the best ways to make kratom taste better. Hopefully, at the very least, one of them will make your kratom use a little less meme-worthy and a little more tolerable.
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The dark, sweet, creamy flavour of chocolate milk does a great job of masking kratom’s bitterness. Enjoyed by both children and adults alike, chocolate milk contains cacao and fatty molecules. And together, they can almost entirely overpower the harsh taste of kratom powder.
Another upside to this strategy is that the type of chocolate milk you use doesn’t seem to matter. Whether you opt for dairy or a milk alternative such as soy, almond, or cashew, pairing your kratom with chocolate milk can make the experience much more enjoyable!
Most kratom users prefer the “toss-and-wash” method for its convenience and simplicity. But beverage lovers will be happy to know that kratom can also be brewed as a tea. And although the brewing process can take upwards of an hour, drinking kratom tea has some notable advantages over “tossing and washing” powder.
For one, brewing kratom tea often involves adding ingredients like ginger and lemon, which can improve the flavour and hide the bitterness. Some kratom tea advocates also claim that brewing kratom tea with these ingredients can reduce the risk of stomach discomfort — especially compared to kratom powder. Throw in some honey or sugar as a sweetener, and kratom tea can be a downright delicious way to enjoy your favourite kratom strains!
However, to brew kratom tea properly, you’ll likely need a fine-grade tea filter. Otherwise, traces of finely-ground kratom plant matter will float around in your final product. If you don’t already have one, a nut milk bag like this one should make your ventures into the world of DIY kratom tea brewing a lot more manageable:
Many kratom users find that “tossing and washing” is more tolerable with a sweet, citrusy beverage. Orange, cranberry, or grapefruit juice can all effectively disguise the bitter flavour of kratom powder.
While other fruit juices like apple or grape could also work in theory, the tart, tangy taste of citrus juice seems to be best.
Do you have a favourite kratom-juice cocktail recipe of your own? Let us know in the comments below!
For those who just can’t stand the taste of kratom, kratom capsules can be an easy and cost-effective solution. Because the kratom powder is encapsulated, swallowing kratom capsules can be as easy as taking any other pill. There’s little hassle or flavour: simply swallow one (or more) capsules, and you’re good to go!
Conveniently, many kratom vendors sell pre-capsuled kratom products. If you’re up to the challenge, you can even make your own by ordering empty capsules and filling them with your kratom of choice.
However, making kratom capsules by hand can be time-consuming. That’s why many kratom capsule enthusiasts employ the help of capsule machines to speed up the process. To see what this looks like, be sure to watch this video.
Got a taste for smoothies? You’re in luck!
Adding kratom powder to one of your favourite smoothie recipes is a great way to sneak in your kratom doses. Best of all, kratom smoothies don’t necessarily require any additional effort or time to prepare.
If you’ve ever added something like matcha or cinnamon powder to your smoothies, adding kratom works pretty much the same way. That said, make sure you’ve accurately measured out your kratom dose before you add it to your smoothie. Otherwise, you might accidentally take more or less kratom than you intended.
For best results, be sure to include select ingredients in your smoothie. Dark, rich flavours like cacao or chocolate and sweeteners like fruits and honey will help curb kratom’s bitterness.
In its natural state, kratom has an unpleasant flavour that’s polarizing to say the least. And sadly, it’s this bitter taste that often pushes away first-time kratom users, despite the plant’s benefits.
Hopefully, this post has given you some tips on how to reduce the gag-factor the next time you go to dose with your kratom of choice. For more articles like this, stop by our blog.
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