Kratom has gained popularity in our country, thanks to its properties. And it has become an herb of choice for people who seek natural alternatives to pain and anxiety medication. It’s also becoming popular as a natural nootropic among young professionals looking for a kick of energy and focus to carry out their demanding jobs. One of the most common kratom consumption methods is called toss and wash. This basically consists of scooping your kratom powder dose into your mouth and wash it down with a gulp of water. But not everyone likes this method. If you are one of them, keep reading to find the best alternatives to toss and wash kratom.
What Does Kratom Taste Like?
So, if you are new to kratom you may wonder what does kratom taste like? Depending on who you ask, people will tell you different things. Some say that it has an earthy taste, others say that it’s horrible, and there are even people that say that it’s not so bad (although we haven’t found many of these ones).
Although there are different opinions about kratom’s taste out there, there is a fact: kratom tastes bitter. The ranges of bitterness can go from somehow bitter to incredibly bitter, to the point that the taste can make some people gag. In fact, this gag reflex is what makes people to look for alternatives to toss and wash.
There are several factors that may affect kratom’s bitterness:
- Kratom variety or strain: some strains are more bitter than others.
- Freshness seems to be a factor too. The fresher it is, the bitter it is too.
- Alkaloid content can also affect kratom’s taste.
Alternatives to Toss and Wash Kratom
Due to kratom’s bad taste, some people find it impossible to toss and wash kratom without gagging. Although this is something that will only happen when people first start using kratom as most individuals will get used to it over time, many users prefer to look for alternatives to toss and wash kratom. Let’s explore some of the most popular ways!
Kratom tea might be the most popular way of using kratom after the toss and wash. Bear in mind that preparing kratom tea is not the same as brewing your regular herbal tea. It is believed that kratom alkaloids may degenerate with heat, so kratom powder might lose potency when brewed in hot water. So, to prepare kratom tea, simply mix warm (not hot) water with your powder dose and stir until most clumps are dissolved.
You might think that this method won’t mask kratom’s taste effectively, and you are right. But there’s an advantage to this method. By preparing kratom tea instead of just washing the powder down your throat with water, you will be able to control the amount of water that you use. So, by adding more water the flavor will be diluted. Additionally, you can throw a sweetener and even a splash of milk, to mask the bitterness more effectively.
Another one of the most popular ways to toss and wash kratom is using kratom capsules. Today, most vendors offer a wide variety of strains in capsule form. The downside to capsules is that they are typically more expensive than simple kratom powder. But the good thing is that you can capsulate your kratom at home using an encapsulating machine.
If you don’t feel like preparing your own capsules, you can try using oblate discs. You will simply need to feel the oblate disc with your kratom powder dose and swallow it the same way that you would do with a capsule. In this article, we tell you how to do it.
Not sure about preparing kratom tea? You can also mix it with your favorite beverage. Obviously, kratom will make your drink taste bitter, but some drinks are quite effective to mask kratom’s flavor.
Here are some examples of beverages that you can use to disguise kratom’s bitterness:
- Milk: you can use regular, almond, or soy milk to name a few. You can also use flavored milk.
- Chocolate milkshake is also another user’s favorite, along with vanilla and yogurt.
- Green tea or chai tea can effectively mask kratom’s taste, although you should make sure to add your kratom powder only after your tea has cool down a little.
- Orange juice can also do the trick.
Additionally, you can add a sweetener to your drink to make it even better (or less bad).
Kratom and Foods
Finally, mixing kratom and foods (especially sweet foods) is the way to go for many kratom enthusiasts who are not enthusiastic about the taste. There are many options here if you have a sweet tooth:
- Mix your kratom powder with applesauce and simply swallow it. You can do the same with honey.
- Yogurt and kratom is also a great option.
- People who have tried mixing kratom with their pancake batter say that it makes wonders (don’t expect the best pancakes, though).
- You can also bake muffins and add your kratom to them.
- Kratom truffles can work for you if you are a chocolate fan.
If you don’t know where to start, you may like to explore some of our kratom recipes!
Have you tried any of these alternatives to toss and wash? How do you take your kratom? Let us know in the comment section below!