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The Best Ways To Make Kratom Taste Better

From pain relief to mood elevation and improved focus, kratom consumption carries numerous benefits – something that thousands of people within the western world are beginning to discover for themselves.

However, in its Southeast Asian countries of origin, kratom has a history spanning hundreds of years. In countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia, indigenous populations have used kratom for a wide variety of applications – most notably, to stave off exhaustion during long working hours in the sun .

Now, thanks to hundreds of online vendors, access to this miraculous plant has broadened, allowing kratom to touch the lives of people all across the world – helping them ease chronic pain, combat anxiety, and much more.

That said, not everyone finds kratom especially easy to stomach – and in this case, we mean that quite literally!

Generally, kratom users consume the plant orally, and due to the plant’s extremely bitter nature, the resulting experience isn’t exactly pleasant.

The most common method of kratom ingestion involves simply “tossing” ground kratom into one’s mouth before quickly “washing” (or swallowing). In practice, the idea is that “tossing and washing” will prevent you from encountering most of the plant’s unpleasant bitterness.

In reality, however, for both first-time and seasoned kratom users, the process of “tossing and washing” often goes a little like this:

Okay, okay –  so maybe there’s some hyperbole at play here. But at the same time, this is a common introductory experience for many first-time kratom users. And unfortunately, for a select few, it’s often so unpleasant that it turns them 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 their kratom goes down easy.

We’ve picked five of our favourites – and the very least, one of them might help to make your kratom use a little less meme-worthy and a little more tolerable.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. Kratomaton does not claim, state, or support the notion that kratom can be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Kratomaton does not directly condone or promote the ingestion of kratom. The information contained herein exists for educational purposes only.

In addition, the information provided herein is not a replacement for the advice of a registered doctor or physician. You should consult a doctor or request medical assistance if your symptoms are severe or worsening.


Chocolate Milk

One of the best ways to mask the bitter taste of kratom is to pair it with the dark, sweet, creamy flavour of chocolate milk. Enjoyed by both children and adults alike, chocolate milk contains both cacao and fatty molecules, which, together, can almost entirely overpower the harsh taste of kratom plant matter.

Another upside to this strategy is that the type of chocolate milk you use doesn’t seem to matter. Whether you opt for a dairy-based milk or a milk alternative such as soy, almond, or cashew, the odds are that pairing your kratom with chocolate milk will make the experience much more enjoyable!


Kratom Tea

While most kratom users favour the “toss-and-wash” method of kratom ingestion for its convenience and simplicity, kratom can also be brewed as a tea. And although the brewing process can take upwards of an hour, consuming kratom in tea form comes with some notable advantages.

For one, brewing kratom tea often involves adding ingredients like ginger and lemon, which help cut down the bitterness and acidity of the plant. Kratom tea advocates also claim that properly brewing and straining kratom tea with these additional ingredients significantly reduces the risk of stomach discomfort, especially in comparison to ingesting raw kratom powder.

Throw in some sweetener – such as honey or sugar – and kratom tea can be a downright delicious way to enjoy your favourite kratom strains!

To brew kratom tea properly, however, you’ll likely need a fine-grade tea filter to prevent the finely-ground kratom plant matter from floating around in your final product (not pleasant!). If you don’t already have one, a fine mesh straining bag like this one will make your ventures into the world of DIY kratom tea brewing a lot more manageable.

For a thorough tutorial on how to brew your own kratom tea, check out this informational video by NerdsTakeOnTheWorld.


Fruit Juices

Many kratom users find that “chasing” their toss-and-wash with a sweet, citrusy beverage like cranberry, grapefruit, or orange juice is noticeably effective at disguising the nasty, naturally-occurring flavour of kratom powder.

While other fruit juices like apple or grape could also work in theory, it’s the tart, tangy taste of grapefruit and orange juices that seems to be preferable.

Do you have a favourite kratom-juice cocktail recipe of your own? Let us know in the comments below!


Kratom Capsules

For those who just can’t stomach the taste of kratom at all, kratom capsules are an easy and cost-effective solution to the often daunting task of consuming kratom orally.

Simply wash one (or more) pills down with water or your favourite beverage, and you’re good to go!

Conveniently, many online kratom vendors already sell kratom in capsule-based forms. 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, creating pill after pill can be time-consuming, which is why many kratom capsule enthusiasts employ the help of capsule machines to speed up the process. For a quick run-down on what this looks like, be sure to watch this video.


If you’ve already got a taste for smoothies – you’re in luck!

Adding in kratom powder to one of your favourite smoothie recipes is a great way to sneak in your kratom without resorting to other kratom consumption strategies that require more effort and time.

If you’ve ever added something like matcha or cinnamon powder to your smoothies, adding kratom works pretty much the same way. Don’t go crazy, though – make sure you’ve accurately measured out your kratom dose beforehand to avoid the sort of stomach discomfort that often accompanies high doses!

For best results, be sure to include dark, rich flavours in your smoothies like cacao or chocolate powders as well as sweeteners (fruits, honey, etc.) to keep the taste of kratom at-bay.

If you don’t already have a high-power blender to get your smoothie fix, the highly-acclaimed Vitamix series of blenders are perfect for the job!

Wrapping Up


In its natural state, kratom has a bitter and unpleasant flavour that only Mother Nature could love. Sadly, the unsavoury taste of this otherwise remarkable plant leaves a poor first impression for some while completely repulsing others.

But 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. Here’s to your health and happiness!



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