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How to Make Kratom Honey Balls

As it turns out, not everyone finds kratom as delicious as I do. Yes, people are weird. Be that as it may, there are plenty of creative ways to make that miracle herb more palatable, and easy to get down in the process. One of the most popular methods is kratom honey balls, also known affectionately as turd balls. Can’t make this shit up.

 

 

Now there are a couple different spins on this recipe. Of course we’re rolling our way down easy street with the simplest version we can imagine. Here goes:

Ingredients

  • 24 grams of kratom powder
  • 25 grams of organic honey (extra gram for an extra slice of sweetness)
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Spoon
  • Ice cream scooper (optional)
  • Parchment paper

Step 1: Weigh out 12 grams of kratom and place into the bowl.

Step 2: Drizzle your honey over the kratom.

At this point you may be thinking: Krampus, how the fuck do I weigh honey? It’s complicated, but it’s possible. This website provides some info a good method and some benefits. If you trust your judgment, you can get away with eye-balling it. No biggie.

Step 3: Take your handy spoon and mix the ingredients. Stir it real good until the honey binds to the kratom like a freaky, symbiotic marriage.

Step 4: Form the kratom honey into balls. If you have a good ice cream scooper, feel free to use it here. However, this step is easily done with CLEAN hands and a little love. They don’t have to be perfect, but we’re just making a circles Peoples. Come on.

Step 5: Lay the parchment paper down on the counter. You can use it as a rolling surface, or just a temporary placeholder as your balls come off the production line. Giggity?

Step 6: The last step is simply preparing your kratom honey balls for use. Our recipe yields six balls, each containing four grams of kratom powder. From here, some kratomites like to slice their balls into smaller pieces for easier ingestion. This yield wouldn’t last long around here, but these can be kept in the fridge, or even the freezer for longer term storage.

Your World, Your Way

The great thing about kratom honey balls is they’re practically impossible to screw up. Yep. Your resident fool is going on the record to call them fool-proof . That means you can shape these babies in your own vision. Adjust the amount of kratom. Lay it on thick with the honey. Throw it in a saucepan and add some cooking oil to bring some alkaloid goodness to the surface. It’s your show. Enjoy!!!

How to Choose the Right Kratom For you

With so many strain options on the menu, choosing the right kratom is often a case of easier said than done. For the complete newb, it can be downright overwhelming. Never fear. We’re here to make the process of finding the best kratom a piece of cake. Buckle up, cause here we go!

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1. Consider Your Needs

Everyone is unique, and thus have different requirements. For this reason, identifying your individual needs is the best place to start. Kratom helps in a number of areas, but some strains are better suited for certain needs than others. A perfect example can be seen in strain classes. While red vein kratom is known for its pain relieving qualities, white vein kratom is typically more energizing. So if you need a solution for chronic pain and fatigue, you might lean towards something green, since green vein kratom tends to fall in between red and white.

2. Read User Feedback

Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool for vendors and a great source of information for consumers. The kratom community has been busy telling their personal stories for years. These testimonials often go into great detail regarding an individual’s motivation for using kratom, the strains they experimented with, and the results they saw in return. The web is chock full of reviews, comments, and opinions on kratom. So it’s a good idea to find yourself a group setting where you can sort through feedback that helps you make an informed decision.

3. Look for the Usual Suspects

Between the color classes, their corresponding strains, and all the branded kratom blends, there are literally dozens upon dozens of options to choose from. With that said, there are a handful of tried and true strains that have been proven to deliver. The Bali’s, Borneo’s and Maeng Da’s of the world instantly come to mind. It’s hard to go wrong when you choose a strain that has a reputation for helping people with similar needs.

4. Just KISS!

As someone new to kratom, the best thing you can do is subscribe to the KISS methodology – as in Keep It Simple Stupid! Not to insult your intelligence, but you put a lot of unnecessary pressure on yourself when you spend time scrolling through all the selections wondering what each individual strain has to offer. Sure, every strain is unique in its own special way, but each variety has more in common than you might think. Why make it harder than you have to? What’s most important is settling on a strain, giving it a shot, and determining how it works for you. Remember: an expert swimmer must get their feet wet before learning to swim.

So score some high-quality kratom from a reliable vendor and work on finding your sweet spot. Whether it’s a timeless classic like Red Vein Thai, or something new and exotic like Sahara, you simply need to get started. Once you decide that kratom is indeed effective and get some experience under your belt, you can shift to connoisseur mode and focus on snatching up every single strain that crosses your path … like me!!!

5 Most Underrated Kratom Strains

When it comes to the kratom marketplace, today’s vendors will throw so many options your way that simply choosing a strain can be an overwhelming process if you let it. Along the way, you may end up overlooking some potential gems that are right up your alley.

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In our next post, we examine five amazing kratom strains that don’t get nearly enough attention from kratom enthusiasts.

5. White Riau

If you ask ole Krampus, white vein kratom in general is underrated for the simple fact that these strains are vastly underappreciated for their versatility. Take White Riau, for example. Though whites are generally known for their uplifting qualities, this particular strain has a strong calming effect, which suggests that it might be a fine option for uses more commonly associated with red veins. Unlike most strains in its color class, White Riau may very well be something you can use as part of your night-time rotation.

4. Green Thai

Red Vein Thai is easily the most well known of the Thai strains. On the other end of the color spectrum is Green Thai, not necessarily unknown, but from what we can tell, not nearly as celebrated as its red counterpart. That’s a shame too because it’s a wonderful leaf. Thai strains are known for their exceptional potency and this one is no exception. Green Thai combines the stimulating energy common of white veins and the euphoric relaxation reminiscent of a good red. While we are bigger fans of other greens, this one definitely falls in the category of criminally underrated.

3. Red Jongkong

Some of the newest strains we’ve discovered come to us from the Jongkong region of Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia. Red Jongkong has quickly established itself as one of the very best from this area. User feedback is scarce at the moment, but early reviews in our circle suggest that it’s a high-potency strain with strength that tops classic red vein varieties like Borneo and Bali, yet sits a notch below Maeng Da and Hulu Kapuas. If you’re gonna sample any of the virtual unknowns, Red Jongkong is a great one to put on your must-try list.

2. Yellow Bali

I find it amazing how our viewpoints can be so different on some aspects of kratom, yet so similar on others. The overall consensus on yellow vein kratom usually comes to one of three conclusions: mellow effects, a great mixer, or nothing special. Hold on to your horses because Yellow Bali comes through and breaks the mold! Noticeably stronger than the typical yellow, this shade of Bali is incredibly potent with pleasant effects that tend to last quite a while. A multi-purpose leaf that delivers all the benefits kratom is so well known for. Give it a try and you just may find that you have a new go-to strain!

1. Green Papua

Papua kratom originates from New Guinea, a huge island situated between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Apparently the island is blessed with extra ideal conditions because all the Papua strains we’ve tried have been excellent – and then some! Green Papua embodies the balance that makes green strains so special; a perfect blend of clean energy and chill mode. For us, the feel good department is where it shines the brightest, so if you appreciate the pick me up qualities kratom brings to the party, Green Papua may be the strain for you.

Honorable mentions:

  • Green Sunda
  • Red Malay
  • Red Vietnam
  • Green Cambodian
  • Yellow Maeng Da

Well there you have it. There’s our list of underrated kratom strains. What strains do you feel deserve a little more love? Let us know in the comments!

How to Make Cannabutter: The Foolproof Edition

Edibles. I’d always known about them, but never really experienced them. At least not properly. That is until I met cannabutter a few years ago. Essential marijuana compounds like THC bind to fatty oils and good old fashioned butter is one of the best sources you can use to extract them.

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Whipping up your own cannabis butter is easier than you ever imagined. You don’t need a Magical Butter Machine (it’s sweet, though) or any fancy equipment. I’m gonna show you how to make some supremely potent cannabutter using a few simple items you already have handy in the kitchen.

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

Cannabis (at least 14 grams)

Butter (4 sticks)

Water

Supplies

Stove top

Sauce pan

Strainer

Pyrex bowl (or similar)

To Decarb or Not to Decarb: That is the Question

I recently heard that decarboxylation is critical to maximizing the potential of cannabis extracts. I’ll be honest when I say that I have never ever decarbed using the method I’m about to explain and still ended up with a potent product every time. So while decarbing may be recommended, it’s not a make or break deal, so whether you want to bother with it is totally up to you.

Step 1: Fill a sauce pan about a quarter of the way with water and place it on the stove top over low to medium heat.

Note: Your water will expand when you add the butter, so careful not to use too much so it doesn’t spill over.

Step 2: Add four sticks of butter to the sauce pan once your water starts boiling (or bubble) and bring the heat to a light simmer.

Note: Keep the heat low because if you burn your butter, your project is toast!

Step 3: Add and stir your cannabis into the sauce pan once your butter completely melts in the water.

Note: Contrary to popular belief, you don’t necessarily need premium grade “buds” to make high-quality cannabutter. You can use the trim from your cultivation project or some stems you have laying around – as long they originate from some high quality herb! In fact, my very first go with cannabutter came from 14 grams of old stems, which resulted in an impressively potent product. On the other hand, if you’ve got the chronic to spare, then by all means, go for it!

Step 4: Turn down your heat just below simmer.

Note: You have to be careful here. While heat helps extract the goodies into your butter, too much of it will burn your butter, and if you burn your butter, your project is toast!

Step 5: Wait and stir. Now we wait. Allow your butter to cook, keeping in mind to check on it and stir every 15 to 30 minutes. Hit the bottom of that thing and stir like you mean it (hehe!) .

Note: Depending on how much time I’ve got to spare, I usually allow the butter to cook for anywhere from two to four hours. Of course the longer you allow it to go, the stronger your product will be in the end.

Step 6: Strain your cannabutter into a large bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Note: The original recipe this is based on said to refrigerate for 24 hours, but I’ve found that 12 hours works just fine when you’re crunched for time.

Step 7: Retrieve your cannabuter. The final step is to separate your cannabutter from the water. If all went well, your butter will be hard and green with a thin layer of water beneath. Separating should be fairly easy with a butter knife or spatula. Wrap it up good in some saran wrap and foil and store in the freezer.

Note: With proper storage, cannabutter will last for six months or more. Do what you can to protect it from freezer burn and you should have no worries.

Enjoy Your Cannbutter!

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With a beautiful batch of cannabutter at your disposal, you’re ready to make edibles that taste yummilicious and hit the spot in more ways than one. Make some brownies. Maybe some Kratom Cookies. Spread it on some toast. Just take it easy and remember that edibles are a totally different experience than smoking. It’s a whole new world. And like many stoners, you may find that a little goes a long way!

How to Make Kratom Cookies

 

Once you settle on a go-to strain, find that glorious sweet spot, and perfect the toss and wash, one of the most exciting aspects of the kratom game is experimenting with new dosing methods. If the taste of kratom is something you’ve never been fond of, or you just have an occasional sweet tooth, then you’ve been waiting on a recipe just like this. Kratom cookies are delicious, incredibly effective, and simple to make – even if you’re challenged in the baking department.

Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

Flour – 2 cups

Baking soda – ½ teaspoon

Salt – ½ teaspoon

Sugar – ½ cup

Brown sugar – 1 cup

Eggs – 2

Butter – 1 stick

Vanilla extract – 1 tablespoon

Chocolate chips – ½ cup???

Kratom – ???

Supplies

Bowls (medium and large)

Spoon (plastic or wooden)

Mixer

Cookie sheets

Parchment paper

The amount of kratom is up for debate because it’s ultimately your call. I’ve found 12 grams to be perfect for this particular recipe, which makes 12 medium-sized cookies. You may get more or less depending on how you finesse your dough. Just remember that the more kratom you use, the more of that distinct, earthy taste you’re gonna get. On to the process …

Step 1: Pour your flour, baking soda, salt, and kratom in one bowl. Pour your white and brown sugar in the other.

Step 2: Melt your butter, pour it over your Oreo style sugar, and mix it up with your trusty spoon.

Step 3: Mix your eggs and vanilla extract with your buttery sugar.

Note: The original recipe called for one egg and one egg yolk, but I’ll be honest … separating the egg from the yolk is beyond my culinary skills. Plus I found it was unnecessary for this particular recipe, so yay!

Step 4: This is where I like to preheat my oven to 325. Energy efficiency. You can do it at step 1 if you wish.

Step 5: Combine your first bowl with your second bowl and make your cookie dough.

Note: I can’t imagine tackling this step without a mixer, though I still use a spoon to get my dough to the smooth consistency I prefer.

Step 6: Mix in your chocolate chips into your dough.

Note: The most controversial step of the process. If I remember correctly, the original recipe calls for a cup and a half of chocolate chips. I’m kinda paranoid about the amount sugar as is, so I chose to cut that by a full cup. Mrs. Krampus said the final product was lacking in chips, but I thought everything turned out just right. A judgement call, so we’ll leave it up to you.

Step 7: Lay your cookie dough over parchment paper-layered cookie sheets.

Note: I guess the parchment paper is optional. You may not need it due to the butter in the dough. Or a smidge-thin coating of butter on your cookie sheets will do, too. But the parchment paper works great so I use it.

Step 8: Bake your kratom cookies.

Now the original recipe recommends leaving them in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Mrs. Krampus said 12 minutes tops for any cookies. I’ve found that 14 to 16 is best for this project. I’m still not good at the eye test, but sticking between this time range has proved pretty reliable.

Enjoy Your Kratom Cookies!

The only thing left to do now is go to town. One is nice, but so far my personal “sweet spot” is two cookies. Hoping to brave three in the near future. You can obviously spruce this recipe up however you like as far as adding different ingredients goes. I’m a simple man, so I prefer to keep it simple and scrumptious!

There you have it. Kratom cookies in as easy 1,2,3, … 8 steps. We’ve already aced Kratom Ice Cream. So this recipe probably has us all thinking … what other food items might compliment kratom? Hmmm …

 

How to Make Kratom Ice Cream

I recently discovered that our girl kratom has a lot in common with matcha, a popular variety of green tea. In fact, they are similar in appearance, texture, and even smell. Although matcha almost looks like a neon green, it kinda reminds me of some nice super green Bali or bright light Maeng Da.

 

With all these commonalities, I figured kratom would be a suitable replacement in a recipe I found for matcha ice cream. Turns out I was right. With a little (okay a lot of) help from my wife, this recipe turned out perfect. Everything from consistency to taste was on point for this mitragyna muncher. People seemed pretty impressed with the outcome, so I decided to put together a post that will teach you how to make Kratom Ice Cream.

Ingredient List:

  • Kratom (duh)
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • ¾ Cups of Sugar
  • 2 Cups of Heavy Cream
  • 5 Egg Yolks

Step 1: Heat milk and sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Whisk it up real good.

If you have a little helper or significant other handy, you can save time by putting them on whisking duty.

Step 2: Mix kratom and roughly 2 tablespoons of warm milk in a bowl.

I used about 13 grams, though the original recipe only called for 1 and a half teaspoons of matcha. I thought the final product could’ve used another two grams of powder, but I’m extreme like that. The wife thought the kratom taste was overbearing, but she’s dramatic like that. Use your own judgement here.

Step 3: Create an ice bath for the cream.

We did this by simply pouring the appropriate amount of heavy cream into a bowl, and then sitting it in a larger bowl filled halfway with ice and cold water.

Step 4: Wisk egg yolks in a separate bowl.

The wisking part is easily done with a simple spoon. Separating the yolk from the egg is something that’s totally over my head, but the wife did it with ease. If you lack finesse like me, the YouTube video below may come in handy.

Step 5: Slowly pour milk and sugar mix into yolk bowl. Hold the bowl steady and whisk it up real good before pouring back into the saucepan.

Step 6: Cook your new mix in the saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly and deep enough to hit the bottom of the pan. Keep stirring until your mixture is thick enough to coat the back of your utensil. You can tell by conducting the “finger test”. Dip it in there, run your finger across the back of the spoon or spatula, and when you notice a small trace on the back, your mix is good to go.

This step seems a bit tricky, but it’s not that complicated at all. Just keep on stirring so you’re not making sweet scrambled eggs. Should take about three to five minutes tops.

Step 7: Add your kratom to the mixture and stir like you mean it.

This would be a good time to sprinkle in any additional ingredients you’ve got a taste for. We used a little vanilla extract and cinnamon. The sky’s the limit here.

Step 8: Strain your new green mixture into the heavy cream chillin’ in the ice bath and stir it up real good.

For best results, I suggest straining at least twice. Just to make sure you get all those active goodies in there. So grab another bowl, strain there as many times as you feel comfortable, then strain a final time in the heavy cream bowl.

Step 9: Let your kratom cream chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. 30 minutes later, take your chilled mixture, carefully pour it into a container, cover and freeze. Whisk and stir about every 30 to 45 minutes until everything is evenly frozen and formed.

The original recipe suggests a metal container for faster freezing, but a glass bowl works just fine.

This last step is obviously crucial. If you’re not on top of it, you could end up with a bowl of icey green crystals or worse – a huge chunk of ice! All in all, I probably stirred my frozen mix about six times over six hours. You may be able to cut your time in half by stirring twice every hour or so, but just make sure you allot a few hours for the final mixing procedure.

Once everything is done, if you’d like, you can transfer the finished product into a container better suited for storage.

What to Expect

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Of course results may vary, but if you follow this recipe to a tee, I’d say you can expect very good things. For me, that was a nice toasty feeling complete with a calm energy and sense of well being. I felt a fantastic flow of waves wash over my body as I sat cemented on my couch without moving for about two hours. That bowl of ice cream did an excellent job of serving as my first dose of the day.

While we used some super potent Green Maeng Da, any good quality kratom strain will do. I would say this recipe is good for about three to five servings, depending on your sweet tooth. Keep in mind that you can also use your finished product to jazz up iced coffee, root beer floats, and other ice cream-friendly treats.

If you give it a shot, don’t hesitate to report back here and let us know how it goes. More importantly, have fun with it and enjoy!

Name That Strain: Colors, Veins, and Different Types of Kratom Names

Things were so much simpler when we first met kratom nearly five years ago. This is especially true as far varieties go – or strains – as we say in our little circles. Back then you had Bali, and you had Maeng Da. Bali was the most popular kratom strain because it was economically priced, but worked incredibly well. Ma Daeng, also known as the “Pimp Grade”, was the premium stuff that could truly deliver on another level, or fall short of markup expectations – depending on your source, of course. But things gradually changed.

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The deeper I delved into the kratom culture, the more names I came to know. Red and Green Vein Thai were among the first of the newcomers. Then there was Green Indo, Red Borneo, and White Sumatran making way for Green Hulu Kapuas, Super Bali, Gold Horn, and all the exotic strains that rule the market today. What’s all this stuff mean and how do you sort through the madness? I’m still trying to figure it out myself, but I’ve learned quite a bit – enough to help novices navigate the modern day kratom landscape.

Countries and Colors

I’m a little slow with things, but when I take a minute to think about them, they usually make sense. It all started to add up when realizing that strains are primarily named based on where they’re from. Green Bali, for example, is cultivated on the volcanic island Bali, Indonesia. Gold Malaysia? Grown in the Southeast Asian country Malaysia. Red Vein Thai? Brought up in Thailand, where kratom is ironically outlawed. However, your new favorite herb is not only country coded, it’s color coded as well.

The colors you hear referenced in kratom names refer to the vein color of the leaf. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of inspecting a kratom plant firsthand, you can actually notice the vein color with the naked eye. We haven’t exactly encountered every shade in the color palette, but the kratom rainbow is expanding. So far we’ve come across Red, Green, White, Gold, and even Pink. If a blue strain hits the market, then my mind will be officially blown!

Once again, you’re probably wondering what’s the difference in kratom vein colors. Here’s what we’ve been able to gather:

Red Kratom. Red vein kratom is generally respected for its strength. In fact, some users save it as a late night snack due to its strong sedative qualities and potential to dial up Mr. Sandman. It’s also a go-to strain for many people seeking an herbal pain management solution.

White Kratom. With white vein kratom, you have would may be considered polar opposite to red. These strains are reputed for their stimulant qualities, and thus popular with peoples looking for a burst of natural energy. Whereas red strains are often used for combating things like pain and insomnia, whites are typically called upon during the day or any time a kick of motivation is needed.

Green Kratom. The best of both worlds can normally be found in green vein kratom. Some varieties, like Green Hulu Kapuas, possess energetic traits that rival the most stimulating whites. Others, like Green Maeng Da, are doubly versatile with a stimulating edge in low doses, and sedating strength on the higher end.

Now you know the basics of kratom strains. Solid information, right? Still, I’m feeling like we’ve barely even scratched the surface. Stay tuned for a follow up post where we take a closer look at specific types of kratom and what you can generally expect from each variety.

Pros and Cons of Kratom

The best things in life come with advantages and disadvantages, and kratom is no different in that regard. If you’re new to this incredible and very mysterious plant, you’ve probably been looking for info just like this. Without further ado, here’s our take on the pros and cons of kratom.

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1. It Works!

In navigating the botanical spear, you’ll find that a lot of herbs are hit or miss. More often than not, this one is a big hit. Of course everyone’s different, but we’ve personally found that good kratom is good kratom. Buy from a reputable vendor known for their quality, and 9.5 times out of 10 you can count on a product that delivers.

2. It’s Flexible

The true beauty of kratom lies in its versatility. By that I mean its ability to cater to wide a variety of needs. People take kratom for a number of reasons, including to:

  • Curb depression
  • Boost energy
  • Relieve pain
  • Eliminate stress and anxiety
  • Combat withdrawals

The plant’s versatility may be attributed to the belief that it is generally diverse by nature. Kratom is available in numerous varieties, more commonly known to the community as “strains”. From the People’s Champ Bali to the King of Kings Ma Daeng, there are several strains out there and strangely new ones emerging on a regular basis. What’s the difference you ask? Some say potency and to a degree, effects. We’ll further explore this at another time. Moving right along …

3. It’s Widely Available

When we first discovered kratom five years ago, there were at the most 10 vendors that we knew of. Sure, there were realistically more than that, but things were low-key and the market was much smaller. Now there are probably hundreds of vendors. While having so many options to choose from can make things a bit overwhelming for the newbie, we firmly believe this is actually a good thing. One thing we’ve learned is that it pays to have a couple of quality vendors in your back pocket, and once you’re familiar with the landscape, you’ll have some valuable resources at your fingertips.

4. It’s Kinda New …

Now obviously, kratom has been growing in its native homelands for many many years. On a grand scale, however, it’s still a fairly new phenomenon. We didn’t first hear of kratom until 2010. And though awareness has increased dramatically over these last couple of years, most people still don’t have a clue what it is. On the bright side, our research tells us that this herb has been used safely for hundreds of years, so I wouldn’t worry about turning green, growing a third eye, or anything freaky like that.

5. It’s (sometimes) Tricky

Though kratom is extremely effective, it does help to have a little patience. Several people have had to do some experimenting with dose, ROA, and strains before finding something that worked for them consistently. So if you don’t see results on your first go, don’t fret. Give it some time. She can be a finicky girl, but tends to reward those who take the time to get know her.

6. It’s Under a Microscope

Kratom’s explosive growth has been a double edged sword in and of itself. The more people discover it, the greater the scrutiny by the powers that be – the government, lawmakers, Big Bad Pharma – the forces who seem to be more interested in vilifying this herb rather than taking the time to understand and educate people on the facts. When we first discovered it, kratom was legal in most countries and nationwide in the US. As of this writing, kratom is illegal in four states (according to Speciosa.org), with even more states looking to add it to the list of banned substances.

Are we concerned about the legality of kratom moving forward? Hells yeah! But the fact of the matter is that the good outweighs the bad by far. It’s not even close. Realizing this, all we can do is spread the good word, and hope that fate is on our side!

Top 5 Kratom Dosing Methods

So those free kratom samples you’ve been waiting on finally showed up. You’re friggin’ stoked!  Ecstatic! Ready to try this amazing herb you’ve heard so many good things about. But how do I use it? This is the first question many kratom newbies have. Don’t worry. We’ve got ya covered with Krampus Kratom’s countdown of the top 5 dosing methods.

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5. Kratom Tea

If you’re new to the game, kratom tea is a great place to start. After all, it’s where I started – and failed miserably, I might add. The goal is to simply extract the alkaloids using scalding hot water as your solvent. This video can probably show you better than I can explain it. Many people swear by kratom tea and when examining the advantages, it’s easy to see why.

Pros

  • It’s easy. If you follow a few steps like those listed in the video above, then you can make kratom tea.
  • It’s efficient. A good recipe and sound brewing techniques will allow you to get a lot of mileage out of kratom tea.

Cons

  • It’s not tasty. Drizzle in all the honey and sugar you want, kratom tea will likely still challenge your taste buds.
  • It’s not foolproof. While kratom tea is generally easy to make, it also seems to be the most hit or miss of all dosing methods and may take some practice.

4. Kratom Drink

Word on the streets is that kratom tastes awful. I disagree, but that’s me. To make the taste more palatable, many users resort to integrating their powder into a drink of some sort. Everything from OJ to kratom smoothies are fair game. Use your imagination and you might be able to come up with something that hits the spot and doesn’t taste half bad.

Pros

  • It works fast. Whether it’s a blended smoothie or OJ concoction, mixing the herb in a drink allows you to absorb the goodies directly, resulting in a relatively faster onset that often packs a stronger punch than tea.
  • It tastes better. With the right ingredients, this method works pretty well at masking the earthy taste many people have a hard time stomaching.

Cons

  • It’s tricky. Getting your dosing right can be tough with this method. Failing to optimally proportion your liquid with your powder could result in a case of too little, or too much as far as impact goes.
  • It’s gritty. No matter how hot or how wet it gets (settle down pervs), kratom powder will not dissolve. This can make for some horrifically gritty situations when going the drink route.

3. Capsules

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Capsules offer a simple and straightforward way to dose kratom. While the need for your stomach to break down the gel cap material in addition to the powder causes the onset to be a bit slower than other methods, this was my ROA for at least a year so I can vouch for its effectiveness. “00” sized capsules are perfect for the task at hand.

Pros

  • It’s simple. An easy peasy alternative to swallowing raw, gritty powder.
  • It’s well balanced. Capsules tend to create a smoother, less overwhelming effect that tones down stronger strains.

Cons

  • It’s lacking. Processing the gel caps not only lengthens the time to take effect, it seems to reduce the impact altogether, making this technique less effective than other methods.
  • It’s a job. Preparing capsules can be tedious and time consuming – even with a capsule machine. Swallowing big ass capsules can be a challenge, especially when you’re dosing in the 8 to 10 gram neighborhood.

2. Chewing

In Thailand, Indonesia, and other places where kratom grows naturally, the natives get down by chewing the fresh leaf straight off the tree. Place a nice-sized ball in your mouth and let it sit in a corner while slowly absorbing the juices sublingual style. I’m sure fresh leaves are preferred, but some quality dry leaf will work wonders as well. Tingle for wondrous tingle, this may very well be the most effective way to consume kratom. The results are flat out incredible!

Pros

  • It’s awesome! Chewing kratom is superbly effective with near instant results.
  • It’s the traditional way. This method equals undeniable coolness that comes from dosing like the natives and bonding with the plant on an intimate level. (there’s levels to this!)

Cons

  • It’s addictive! Chewing kratom is extremely pleasurable and you may feel the urge to chew more than you normally would dose.
  • It’s kinda gross. You’re chewing leaves and stems people. If you think kratom tastes offensive in a tea, just wait to you get a load of this method.
  • It guarantees “kratom mouth”. You’ll spend an extra five minutes mouth washing, brushing and flossing after chomping down on leaf like a cow.

1. Toss and Wash

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Finally … toss and wash, another method reserved for the hardest of hardcore kratom enthusiasts. This method is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – open your mouth, toss in a scoop or two of powder, wash it by taking a sip of your beverage, swish swish swish, and swallow. Walla! Toss and wash is one of those methods you either love or hate – and you may still prefer it while loathing it at the same time. There’s very little in between with this one.

Pros

  • It’s surefire. If this one doesn’t produce astounding results, you’ve got weak kratom or tolerance issues. In terms of effects, it’s a “toss” up between this method and chewing. (pun planned)
  • It’s efficient. Like kratom tea, T&W is efficient but in a different way. The results are near instant and very pronounced, so you can significantly reduce your dosing amount once you find your sweet spot.

Cons

  • It’s foul tasting. If you have a tough time processing the taste of kratom, prepare to struggle. It’s an acquired taste to say the least.
  • It’s tough to swallow. Toss and wash is an art form, one that takes time to perfect. Powder lodged in your throat. Missing your mouth and spilling shit everywhere. Doesn’t always go smooth for even the veterans.

There is no right or wrong way to dose kratom. As you can see, there are several methods, each with its own set of pros and cons. Everyone has their favorite. The only question is, which method will you start with?