“there are multiple ways one might enjoy the benefits of this wondrous little herb.”
Just last week, I was having a conversation with my mother who had never heard of Kratom. When I told her about it, she asked me, “Is this something you smoke?” I replied that, while you could smoke it, doing so is not recommended because having enough of the herb to smoke it would be a very high dose indeed and would probably not cause the desired effect.
So let’s get one thing out of the way right now: Do not smoke Kratom.
However, there are multiple ways one might enjoy the benefits of this wondrous little herb. What works for one may not work for another. How do you know which is right for you?
Traditionally, the leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa, the tree that kratom is derived from, are chewed after the veins are removed. However, the leaves can be tough to chew, so this method is unusual in the modern-day Western world. While Kratom is undoubtedly a miracle worker, it is not the most palatable of plants.
Tea is one of the cheapest and most common ways to consume kratom. To mask the taste, you may mix it with a tea of your choice, such as green or oolong. Lemon or sweetener may also be used. Brewing the tea is a simple matter–you simply let the leaves steep for 15-25 minutes in boiling water before straining. You could also mix the kratom powder into a pot of simmering water for 10-15 minutes. Do not let it boil as doing so could decrease its effectiveness.
Capsules are another popular form of the herb. While the capsules are more expensive than the unprocessed leaves, they lack their bitter taste. Since the capsules contain a more concentrated form of kratom, they tend to be stronger as well. Capsules are a great idea for beginners since they are already dosed with no measurement needed on your part.
Topical Kratom Products
Like any good herbal remedy, kratom can be found in topical forms, such as balms, lotions, and ointments. There are numerous recipes available online as well as shops that sell them. These topical remedies work by being applied directly to aching joints or muscles or other affected areas. Kratom lotions can even be used to moisturize dry or flaky skin.
Last but not least are extracts. Far more potent than the powder, this resin-like concoction is measured in strengths such as 10x, 25x, and 50x, referring to the number of kratom leaves used. 15x is considered the average dose with half a gram providing roughly the same effects as 2 grams of kratom powder. This extract is made by boiling the leaves until they evaporate, leaving behind only the resin. Some users prefer the extract because its effects–namely stimulation, sedation, and pain relief–tend to last longer than in other forms.
On a final note, do not be discouraged if one form doesn’t quite cut it for you. Kratom offers numerous strains, strengths, and methods of ingestion. It may take some time and experimentation, but you’ll never know unless you try!