Kratom powder can be brought into use in various ways. For beginners, it is a must that they are completely aware as to how to use Kratom.

What should be the right dosage? When to take Kratom? How to take it? When to avoid it? What are the forms in which people take Kratom?

This guideline should be provided to all beginners so that they use Kratom correctly and avoid abusing it.

This article will throw some light on the consumption method of Kratom powder as well as capsules.

What is Kratom?

KratomKratom is a tree that grows in the hot and humid climate of Southeast Asia.

Its leaves are of particular significance as they contain a large number of alkaloids.

These alkaloids are mainly mitragynine and 7-hydroxy mitragynine.

When a person takes Kratom, these alkaloids are first processed in the alimentary gut and then absorbed by the circulatory system to reach the brain crossing the blood-brain barrier.

Once these alkaloids reach the brain, they start acting on the Opiate receptors. These receptors are of three types, mu, delta and kappa receptors.

Different alkaloids of Kratom have different affinity for different Opiate receptors. The major alkaloids are mainly oriented to act on the mu receptors.

Variations in Kratom alkaloids result due to various types and strains of Kratom which have different combinations of alkaloids.

The action of mitragynine and hydroxy mitragynine on Opiate receptors lead to signal transduction.

The receptors respond by inducing the synthesis and release of certain neurotransmitters that elevate mood, promote focusing, stimulates one and produce euphoria, simultaneously numbing the pain sensation.

These neurotransmitters include dopamine, serotonin, enkephalins, and endorphins majorly.

The enkephalins and endorphins are responsible for the suppression of pain. Therefore, Kratom is an incredible analgesic too.

What Are The Various Ways in Which One Can Take Kratom?

In different drug forums and Reddit reviews, you must have come across the term ‘Burning Kratom.’

If you take the literal meaning of the word, it means smoking Kratom! But, just for your awareness do not take it literally.

People do not smoke Kratom. Burning kratom is another term for taking Kratom. Don’t confuse the meanings.

Few of the methods of taking Kratom powder and capsules are in the text below.

Taking Kratom Powder

  • Toss and wash method: It is one of the commonest methods of utilizing Kratom powder. It is simple and a quick method.

In this method you just take a spoon full of Kratom powder; obviously, it should be a measured dose.

Now tip this spoon containing Kratom powder into your mouth, swill it around and take a huge gulp of water after this to swallow it.

The drawback of this method is that one tastes Kratom which is bitter. This sickening taste may cause a person to throw up or have nausea afterward.

  • Kratom Tea: Although it’s a time-consuming process it is worth it. In this method, you take a measured dose of Kratom and start boiling it in water.

After boiling it for 20-30 minutes, it’s time to strain the liquid.

To mask the bitter taste, you can either add honey or some sugar. Some people like to take it chilled.

  • Kratom Yogurt: You can add Kratom powder to yogurt to have a tasty Kratom meal!

This mixing of Kratom and yogurt is a delicious combination, worth trying.

  • Kratom Cookies: You can even make Kratom cookies and store them to eat them when feasible.

You just add Kratom powder to the recipe in a way to enjoy the taste of your cookies as well as the effect of Kratom powder.

The best part about this way is that you can carry these cookies with you everywhere without being noticed.

  • Kratom Shakes: Adding Kratom powder to shakes can help you in masking the bitter taste of Kratom.

You can add it to cold coffee to have a potentiated effect as both substances are Central nervous system stimulants.

Taking Kratom Capsules

Another easy method to take Kratom is to take it in the form of Capsules. It is one of the most convenient methods and doesn’t require much time.

Yes, you need to prepare the tablets and proper doses, but this can be done in bulk on a single day.

The threefold benefits of Kratom capsules are as followed;

  • You do not need to measure your dose daily with capsules. They are pre-made and easy to take.
  • You can carry them anywhere without getting noticed.
  • They mask the bitter taste of Kratom powder.

It is recommended to take Kratom capsules on an empty stomach or 45 minutes after a meal. To ingest Kratom capsule, take plenty of water to swallow it.

Ingestion like this allows the capsule material (mainly gelatin) not to stay adherent to oropharynx and esophagus.

What Are The Types of Kratom Capsules That I Can Use?

Two types of pills that people use are the gelatin and the veggie types.

The gelatin types are derived from animal source. Some people might be allergic to them.

They are the commonest form of capsules that people use. However, the use of gelatin capsules has reduced in the recent years.

Veggie capsules are considered the best alternative to gelatin capsules. They are composed of hypromellose, cellulose, and purified water.

They have zero content of gluten. They are non-GMO and are free of preservatives and chemicals, which promotes its use.

Synthetic capsules are made primarily from methylcellulose. These capsules are Halal certified.

In comparison to gelatin capsules, they dissolve in the digestive tract. Veggie capsules are stable over a wide range of temperature and humidity.

What Dose of Capsules Can Produce What Effects?

Sizes of capsules vary, so does the dosage. The doses in the text below refer to capsules of the standard size ‘000’.

  • 2-3 capsules: Mild effects are produced (stimulating, euphoria like) Always remember that stimulant effect of Kratom appears at small doses.
  • 4-7 capsules: Medium strength effects are produced (these effects range from stimulant to sedative)
  • 8-11 capsules: Strong effects are produced (Sedative effects. Too high for sensitive people) at higher doses Kratom tends to act as a sedative.
    Thus avoid taking a high dose of Kratom if you plan on driving or doing any activity that requires your focus.
  • 12-15 capsules: Intensely active effects are produced (sedative-euphoric effects that are too strong for most of the people)

Beginners should use the smallest possible dose. 1 to 2 capsules of one particular strain is enough per day for beginners.

If higher doses are used the consumer begins to feel fewer effects, and this forces him or her to take more Kratom which ultimately results in dependence and addiction.

What Are The Various Capsule Sizes and How Much Kratom Can It Contain?

capsule sizesCapsules are available in the following sizes;

Kratom capsules are ‘0’ in size and each capsule holds 500 mg or 0.5 grams of Kratom powder.

Capsule size ‘2’: Contains about 0.3 grams of Kratom powder

Capsule size ‘1’: Contains 0.4 grams of Kratom powder

Capsule size ‘0’: Contains 0.5 grams of Kratom powder

Capsule size ‘00’: Contains 0.735 grams of Kratom powder

Capsule size ‘000’: Contains 1 gram of Kratom powder

You can buy any of the above-mentioned capsules easily from the market and fill them with any Kratom strain that you like.

kratom capsules sizes

What Dosage of Kratom Powder Shall I Take?

dosageIt depends on your daily routine and whether you’re a beginner or not.

For a beginner, the dosage is kept small.

However, those persons who take Kratom regularly and have developed tolerance to Kratom, they need to take the higher dosage to have the desired effects.

An optimum dosage for a beginner would be around 2 grams. To have sedative effects which appear when larger doses are taken, a dose of 8 to 10 grams is needed.

Those users who are tolerant to the effects of Kratom may require a dosage of 20 grams even.

To prevent the development of tolerance, it is necessary that you take different strains instead of using one strain regularly.

Also, do not take Kratom more than twice or maximum thrice a week.

Avoid using potentiators with Kratom to prevent the development of tolerance and dependence.

To have quick effects of Kratom any citrus juice like grapefruit juice can be taken with Kratom powder or capsule.


Taking Kratom either in the form of capsules or powder may produce beneficial effects or adverse effects.

It depends on the user and the dosage of Kratom being used. To remain on the safe side the practice of rotation of strains should be promoted.

Stay hydrated when taking Kratom as it acts in a similar fashion to caffeine, causing dehydration by increasing urinary output.

Avoid using Kratom in other forms like tinctures, enhanced leaf, and extracts as it enhances the development of tolerance and increases the risk of dependence.

Asad Khan is an independent health journalist who specializes in food policy and global health. He is a senior fellow for investigative health journalism at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.