For many kratom users (and there are a few millions of them), one of the major cons of this herb is its flavor. Kratom bitter taste is very unpleasant for most of its users. That is why, many people look for alternative ways to consume kratom, rather than the typical kratom tea. Adding kratom to your favorite recipe is a way of avoiding kratom bitterness. In this post, you will learn a simple, yet tasty kratom recipe: kratom sponge cake.
Uses of Kratom
Kratom is a tree native to Southeast Asia. Its botanical name, Mitragyna speciosa, refers to kratom’s most abundant alkaloid: mitragynine. Kratom contains almost 30 alkaloids, including mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine or mitraphylline. Some of these alkaloids (the strongest ones) act on your opioid system, more precisely on your mu and delta receptors. When kratom’s alkaloids (such as mitragynine or 7-hydroxymitragynine) bind to them, the opioid receptors send a series of signals to the brain that imply relieving pain, produce happiness or increase energy levels. And even though kratom exerts an effect on the opioid receptors, make no mistake: kratom is not an opioid and will not cause respiratory depression (which is the most common cause of death by opioids). In fact, other substances, including dairy products or spinach, also contain chemicals that act on the opioid system or the opioid receptors.
When kratom alkaloids act on the opioid receptors, you can feel different effects, such as:
- Mood improvement
The effects that you will get may vary depending on the dosage and on the kratom type that you use.
With such a versatile range of effects, it is no wonder that millions of people use kratom to relieve the symptoms of many ailments and conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
According to a lot of anecdotal evidence, kratom seems also a promising substance to treat the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Furthermore, kratom can also help you focus and concentrate. And it may even boost your immune system! So, with this kratom sponge cake, you may enjoy the amazing properties of kratom.
Cooking with Kratom
A very common way of taking kratom is by brewing it in a tea. However, kratom tea does not good at all. In fact, many kratom users agree that the taste is… well, awful. The good news is that you can add kratom to many recipes, such as the kratom sponge that we will show you below. But you can also use kratom to make cookies, naan bread, soup, smoothies… Your imagination is the limit! Moreover, you can also mix kratom and yogurt, fruit juice or applesauce to cover its taste.
Kratom Sponge Cake
A sponge cake is a light cake with flour, eggs, and sugar. They can also include yogurt. And although in this recipe we will not use it, you can add yogurt if you want to give another touch to it. Plus, kratom is fat-soluble, so using yogurt will not harm it.
The original recipe used matcha tea –which also has a potent bitter flavor–, but it can also work with kratom. This kratom sponge cake makes an excellent breakfast, so if you want to it in the morning, we recommend you use a white or a green strain. Thus, you will get a nice boost of stamina. With this recipe, you will get four portions of kratom sponge cake. So, take that into account when choosing the kratom amount that you want to add (we do not recommend you use more than 16, which would make four moderate doses of kratom).
- 260g all-purpose flour
- 180g sugar
- 5oz milk
- 4oz vegetable oil (we recommend sunflower oil)
- 3 eggs
- 14g instant yeast
- Lemon zest
- Pre-heat the oven to 350F
- Use an electric whisk and mix the eggs and the sugar in a mixing bowl for a couple of minutes
- Pour the milk and the oil
- Add the rest of the ingredients (yeast, lemon zest, flour, and kratom)
- Using the electric whisk, beat until you get a homogenous, dropping mixture (it may take a few minutes)
- Pour the mixture into a pan (you can line it with parchment paper so the cake will not stick to the pan)
- Bake for 40 minutes (this time may vary depending on the oven or other conditions)
- Let it cool before eating it
Side Effects of Kratom
Kratom can also have side effects, such as:
- Nausea and stomach upset
- Headaches and migraines
- Eye wobbles
Using low or moderate doses and avoiding taking kratom every day is the best way of preventing kratom side effects. By following this tip, you will also avoid developing tolerance kratom (which means using more and more kratom to notice its effects).
If you want to add kratom to a recipe, like this kratom sponge cake, make sure you use it properly to avoid side effects and tolerance.