How Do I Take Kratom- Types of Kratom & Taking Kratom With Food

If you’re new to taking kratom, you may be unsure about what method of taking it is right for you. Here’s a guide on several ways to take kratom that’ll help you figure it out, plus a couple tips on using kratom, like taking kratom with food!

Grassroots kratom comes as a powder or in capsules.
First off, let’s figure out if powder or capsules are best for you:


  • Easy to take
  • Almost no taste
  • Easy to dose
  • Slower acting effects
  • Less bang for your buck


  • Fast acting effects
  • Great bang for your buck
  • Harder to dose precisely
  • Strong taste makes it harder to take (there are tricks to help this!)

If taste is a dealbreaker for you, capsules are probably the way to go!
Here’s a dosing guide for Grassroots Harvest capsules. This is based on an estimated average, and should be adjusted according to body weight and/or tolerance.

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Capsule Dosing:

Mild- 1 to 2 g (2-4 capsules)
Moderate- 2 to 4.5 g (4-9 capsules)
High- 4.5 to 8 g (9-16 capsules)
(our capsules are .5 g each)

Kratom powder has a strong taste, but there are ways to take it that minimize the flavor and make it easier! Here are some of the most popular ways of taking kratom powder:

  • Like Protein Powder- One of the fastest ways of getting kratom into your system. Measure the desired amount into a teaspoon/tablespoon with a glass of water or flavored liquid prepared. Toss the kratom powder as far back as possible, making sure not to breathe in, and immediately wash down with the prepared liquid. The effects will kick in quickly and powerfully.
  • As A Tea- This method is growing more and more popular. Simply place the desired amount of kratom into a coffee filter and let steep in boiling water for 10-15 minutes to brew a strong kratom tea. The effects are pleasant and long lasting.
  • Mixed Into Food- Kratom can be mixed with food and eaten, some of the most popular things to mix it into are smoothies and orange juice, as they mask the flavor well. Effects will take longer to kick in with this method, but they will also last a long time.

If one of those options sounds good to you, kratom powder might be the way to go! Here’s a dosing guide for Grassroots Harvest kratom powder. This is based off an estimated average, and should be adjusted according to body weight and/or tolerance.

Powder dosing:

  • Mild- Up to .5 tsp.
  • Moderate- 1 to 1.5 tsp.
  • High- 2 to 2.5 tsp.

Taking Kratom With Food

It’s always best to try to take kratom with food, not on an empty stomach. Especially for those that are newer to kratom, having a bunch of raw powder in your stomach without much else in there can cause discomfort and nausea. So, for the best results when taking kratom, we recommend taking it with food- a snack or a whole meal.

We hope you’ve found this guide helpful, let us know in the comments what your favorite way of taking kratom is!

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  • Sheila stanzione says:

    Thank you I am very interested in your powdwr products would love some more information…1323 Milton at
    Clearwater,FL 33756

    I toss n wash but only get the effect sometimes?

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hi Sheila,
      What kind of information would you like us to send you? We have a lot of answers about our company & kratom in general located in our FAQ section, but would be happy to send you other information if you’d like to tell us your questions!
      Toss n wash is definitely an effective way of taking kratom, it’s definitely odd that you only feel the effects sometimes- perhaps try upping your typical dosage by a gram or two?

  • Kristina McDonald says:

    My husband and I are new to kratom and have been taking it a couple days and haven’t felt any difference. We have the powder and are taking one teaspoon doses at a time and even went up to two tablespoons at a time and still nothing. What should we do differently? Also, what kind should I use for an energy and focus effect? I don’t like to be tired lol. Thank you

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      A teaspoon of kratom is around 3 grams, while a tablespoon is around 9 grams. A dose of 3 grams may be too small for a noticeable effect, but I’m very surprised to hear that you felt nothing after two tablespoons- that’s a pretty hefty dose. Acidic juices like lemon juice and orange juice help make the alkaloids in kratom more easily absorbed for stronger effects, so I’d suggest trying to take your kratom with a glass of OJ or mixing it in there. For energy & focus we definitely recommend white vein kratom, like White Thai, White Sumatra, or our BOOST blend. Definitely no red veins, as those are typically the most relaxing!

      • Isylvia says:

        Your kratom is not fresh. My first wasn’t, went and resupplied. What I bought in sealed pkg was SO much better. Almost took to much but mind over matter!,

        • Jasmin Weber says:

          Hi there, I’m sorry to hear you weren’t satisfied with the quality of kratom you received from us- but I can assure you our product is fresh. We import kratom directly from a farm in Indonesia that we’ve been working with for several years, and the fresh kratom is either put into capsules or bagged directly in our Austin facility, where we also ship everything out to our customers. We have strict policies on lots so that they do not remain on shelves for too long.

    • Eric says:

      It says take it with food but that’s always been a waste for me

      • Jasmin Weber says:

        that’s totally fair, for some people eating & taking kratom really dulls the effects. We’ve just heard of experiences where customers taking kratom on an empty stomach experience nausea, so we air on the side of caution! But perhaps a light snack would be the way to go!
        the GRH team

  • Maggie Hawkinson says:

    I’m new to kratom. I have been taking green thai powder, about 2 tsp. each dose. I just got green malay capsules but prefer to just toss and wash. Is it safe to open the capsule and just take the powder? Thanks!

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hi there! Typically, kratom capsules should contain the same powder you would toss and wash with. Our kratom capsules contain the exact same ingredients as our powder, so they would be perfectly safe to crack open! This is probably true of most kratom companies, but we can’t say for sure.

  • Tony D. says:

    i bought kratom capsules and started with 6 and felt nothing then 10 and i felt very relaxed. ive been taking Red Borneo, i dont know much about it but i heard red is more relaxing, white for focus, and green for energy? is that true? i just ordered some powder and im not worried how to take it but how much to take. i dont know how much is in a capsule so i dont know how to convert it. please let me know a semi strong dose would be. Thanks

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hi there! Great questions- first off, yes typically Red is relaxing, Green is for improved mood & positivity, and white is for energy & focus. We can’t speak to other manufacturers, but if you’ve been taking our kratom capsules they have .5g in each one. That means your 10 cap dose would equal 5g of powder! If you’re not sure how much kratom is in your capsules, we’d recommend starting with 5-6g of powder & working up from there if you don’t feel strong enough effects. Do be aware, though, our most recent batch of kratom is reportedly extra strong- so it might not hurt to start w/ even less just to be on the safe side (2-3g)!

  • DAN says:

    How long between doses. Like say pills from a doc directions every 4-6 hours. Also is it safe to drink alcohol? I’m using these to detox pain meds but bedtime is still rough with anxiousness I wanted to do a shot or two so I can drift off but dont want to create a toxic mix with Kratom capsules

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      First of all we need to say that we aren’t doctors & this isn’t medical advice, just the best information we have on this topic. We’d wait around 5 hours between kratom doses, especially if they’re big doses. Typically, we might take kratom 2 times per day, once in the morning and once in the later afternoon/evening. Science doesn’t have a lot to say about mixing kratom & alcohol. From what we’ve heard anecdotally, mixing them in small amounts may be safe- but please be aware kratom’s effects are different for everyone, and we would not recommend it.

  • Ben L Lofgren says:

    Hi, I’ve been taking Red Bali for quite some time for leg pain that I get from a company in AZ. From what I see here the red is for relaxing and nothing is said about what is best to treat pain. Can you clarify for me? I am told that Kratom works on the Opioid sensors in the brain similarly to Oxy. Which Kratom do you feel is best to reduce/eliminate pain?

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hey there, we don’t make mention of kratom’s effects on pain on our website because it is against FDA regulations. Because this product isn’t considered medicine and we aren’t doctors, we don’t make any medical claims as to our products. That being said, many of our customers & folks like you find that kratom is very helpful for pain & discomfort, red veins especially so. On each of our product pages we have symbols up to show the effects that strain has, the ‘cross’ symbol is meant to represent the strain is effective for discomfort. Some of our most popular strains that have this symbol are Red Maeng Da, Red Bali, and Red Indo. We hope this helps!

  • Larry says:

    Hey I am taking Kratom for about 2 weeks now and stopped taking opioids. I am taking 2 capsules 3 or 4 times a day and that seems to be working good for me. Does that seems like it’s alright to do?

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hi there Larry, we are not medical professionals so we can’t make recommendations on prescription medication or whether to stop them. We’re very glad to hear that kratom is working well for you! As far as the dosage you’re taking, 2 of our capsules at a time is a fairly small amount, but if that’s working for you that’s great- at such a low dose, taking it 3-4 times a day is probably fine. If you’re using our capsules, that would be a total of 3-4 grams of kratom a day, which is well within normal amounts.

  • tina wiedmann says:

    I just recieved a sample. It doesnt say.white green or red. It does say
    Emerald kratom. So is that green?
    It also came with no instructions.
    So how much do I start with, so that i notice the affect.
    Thank u for your help
    Mitragyna speciosa

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Hmm, there are two possibilities here- either it’s a green vein that’s called emerald, or it is a brand named emerald kratom. This is probably not a sample from us, as we don’t carry a strain called emerald kratom, so it’s a bit hard for us to give a dosage recommendation. Our caps hold .5g of kratom each, so taking between 4-8 at a time is a good beginner dose (2g-4g kratom). However, it’s possible that the caps you have hold 1 gram of kratom, in which case you’d want to take a bit less. Starting with 4 capsules would be a good middle ground! (if you take kratom and don’t feel the effects after about an hour, you can take 1-2 more caps to boost it up a bit!)

  • Leslie W. says:

    Hi, I’m new to kratom and I was wondering what strain you would recommend for a euphoric, talkative and increased sex drive effect? 😁

  • sq says:

    Aloha from Maui!
    I’ve been taking Green MD for about 9 months, daily. It’s weird because some days I feel the great effects and others I hardly feel anything, all from the same batch. Do I need to up my dosage (typically about a tablespoon) or does taking it daily build tolerance? Whats your opinion?

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Aloha! It is definitely possible that you’re building a tolerance to that strain, usually if you take the same strain every day you eventually do build a tolerance. I’d recommend keeping the same dose but getting one or two extra strains to switch between, I think you would get better results that way! I’d recommend Green Malaysian or Super Green, they’re both similar to Green Maeng Da but the different alkaloid content should help with tolerance!

  • Trisha says:

    Hi I want to relax around 4 pm but don’t want to be up all night. Last time I took red Borneo I was up all night. I am new to this so I my took 1 gram. What should I take to feel relaxed and go to bed around 10pm

    • Jasmin Weber says:

      Typically, we would expect a red vein to be more relaxing- however, sometimes taking small doses like 1 gram of red vein can cause it to be more energizing & uplifting. If using red borneo we’d recommend taking at least 3 grams to feel the relaxed/sedated effects, or trying our blend called RELAX, which is formulated to be slightly sedating. Again, try to take at least 3 grams to ensure getting the desired effects.
      the GRH Team

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