5 Ways to Take Your Kratom Powder (with Pros and Cons)

how to take kratom powder – 5 ways with pros & cons

Have you ever wondered how to take kratom powder? Derived from tree leaves, Kratom used to be chewed fresh from the tree after removing the veins. Other traditional methods include crushing and swallowing dried leaves or steeping them into a tea.

Today, Kratom comes in more convenient forms. Kratom powder is one of the most popular ones, as it is easy to use and can be very versatile. Here are some tips on how to take kratom powder:

1. Steeped in Hot Water

One of the simplest ways to use kratom powder is to mix it with hot water and steep it like tea. Measure the desired amount of powder and add it to a cup of hot (not boiling) water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes, then strain the powder and drink the remaining liquid.

If you want to avoid the bitter taste, mix the kratom powder with a sweetener before adding it to hot water or add some milk, which can help reduce the bitterness.


    • Easy to make
    • Can be tailored to taste


    • It takes a little longer to prepare
    • A bitter taste may not be for everyone
    • Not as potent as other methods

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2. Cold Brewing

Cold brewing takes slightly longer but produces a smoother, less bitter tea. To cold brew, mix the kratom powder with cold water and let it sit overnight in the fridge. In the morning, strain out the powder and enjoy your tea.

For a lighter brew, some people enjoy Kratom steeped in room temperature water for 30 minutes to an hour. You can strain the mixture using a regular tea strainer or coffee filter to filter out undissolved powder.

You can also infuse the tea with fruits or herbs to add flavor. Some good options include adding a squeeze of lemon or lime, a handful of berries, or a sprig of mint.


    • More potent than hot brewing
    • Less likely to upset the stomach
    • Longer shelf life


    • It takes longer to prepare

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3. Toss  and Wash

The “toss and wash” is another increasingly popular method of taking powdered Kratom. With this method, you take a spoonful of powder and put it in your mouth before washing it with water or juice. For those who particularly dislike the taste of Kratom powder, switching up the beverage can make a big difference.

A slight variation to this method is the “mix and wash,” which involves mixing a small amount of liquid with the Kratom powder before taking it. Some people prefer to mix their Kratom with a little apple sauce, orange juice, or honey to make it more palatable and less bitter.


    • Quick absorption in the body
    • Can be done on the go
    • No need for any special equipment


    • A bitter taste may be unpleasant
    • It may not be suitable for those with respiratory issues (risk of inhaling the powder)

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4. Packing Into Capsules

Another popular way to take Kratom is by packing it into capsules. This method is quick and easy and doesn’t require any special equipment. All you need are empty capsules and a scale measuring in grams.

Most vendors supply size 00 capsules which normally fit between 0.5 g to 0.6 g of kratom powder. You can purchase these from a vendor or purchase a capsule machine, some empty size 00 capsules, and do it yourself.

You can make kratom capsules by encapsulating powdered kratom leaves in capsules. A person would usually take a number of these to equal what they would ingest if they were to drink or wash the kratom powder.

To do this, first, weigh out the desired amount of powder. Then, carefully pour into the empty capsules using a funnel. Once all the powder is in, gently tap the pill on a hard surface to make sure the powder settles. You can then store the filled capsules in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to take them.


    • Portable and easy to take on the go
    • No bitter taste


    • More time-consuming than other methods
    • Requires extra equipment

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5. Mixing With Juice

Mixing Kratom powder with fruit juice can help cover up the bitter taste and make it easier to take. Citrus juices (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit) also amplify Kratom’s effects.

To do this, mix the desired amount of powder with your favorite fruit juice. For best results, let it sit for 15-20 minutes to allow the powder to dissolve fully. Then, could you give it a good shake or stir and enjoy?


    • Improves the taste of Kratom
    • Increases potency when mixed with citrus juices


    • Mixing with juice may not be suitable for hyper-acidic stomachs.

image of mixing kratom powder with juice

What is the Best Way to Take Kratom Powder?

Objectively, the best method for taking Kratom powder is in tea form. Brewing tea allows for quick absorption in the body while reducing the risk of any respiratory issues.

Additionally, cold brewing Kratom tea with honey and lemon or lime makes it more potent and gives it longer shelf life. Consuming Kratom in tea also makes the whole experience more enjoyable- you can drink it hot or cold, infuse it with fruits, or cut the bitterness with something sweet and acidic.

Our Favorite Method for Consuming Kratom Powder

Our favorite method for consuming Kratom powder is mixing it with citrus juice. Not only does citrus amplify the effects of Kratom, but it also makes drinking the mixture more pleasant by masking the powder’s bitter taste.

If you’re not a fan of citrus, cranberry juice will also do the trick in masking the bitterness of Kratom! If you’re looking for an extra treat, try adding a small amount of honey to sweeten the concoction.

The possibilities are endless, as you can mix kratom powder into a fruit smoothie for a quick and convenient way to enjoy a nutrient boost. You can also mix Kratom with berries and greek yogurt for a delicious and satisfying snack.


There are many ways to take Kratom powder, each with its pros and cons. Many Kratom users favor the toss-and-wash approach for its simplicity, while others prefer to make Kratom tea or mix it into their favorite juice.

It comes down to personal preference. There is no “right” way to take Kratom powder, so experiment with different methods until you find one that works best for you.

DISCLAIMER: This content has not been reviewed by a medical professional. The content on this page is for entertainment purposes only. The FDA has stated warnings about kratom. Please visit the fda.gov site for more information.

Marcel Deer
Marcel Deer

Marcel is a qualified journalist interested in nutrition, wellness, and alternative health supplementation. Over the past five years, he's worked with several CBD, kratom, and functional mushroom companies, helping to organize written content, product research, and marketing strategy.

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