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What does kratom taste like?

There are an estimated 5 million people in the US that take kratom to help support their overall wellbeing. Kratom, usually taken as a powder, comes from the dried leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa, a tree native to Southeast Asia. It has been consumed in its native countries of Thailand, Papua New Guinar, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Malaysia for hundreds as a form of traditional medicine. As an herbal supplement, kratom can help to relieve symptoms of stress, sleeplessness, and fatigue and is becoming increasingly popular for its beneficial properties.

Once the leaves are dried, crushed and rendered to powder, they can be encapsulated or taken as straight dose. Unfortunately, when taken in its powder form, you end up having to deal with kratom’s very unique taste. 

According to kratom users, kratom’s taste is similar to that of extremely over steeped green tea. This can be convenient in one sense, since many people actually brew kratom power into a tea. This makes it easier to take the dosage than the usual toss-and-wash method employed by people who take the powder dry. However, beyond the over steeped green tea taste, kratom has also been described as being quite acrid or bitter, as well as earthy and dense. 

Don’t let the taste of kratom scare you off though; many people actually kind of enjoy the taste of kratom. When you get used to taking kratom and know the positive effects it will bring, the taste of kratom can become quite palatable. Think of it like an acquired taste. If you really struggle to get past the flavor of kratom, there are plenty of tricks and tips to diminish the overall bitter taste. Beyond making it into a tea, you can also chase it with juice or mix it into something more appetizing like honey or flavored yogurt. These tricks work best if your kratom dosage is relatively low, since it’s easier to mask the flavor.