The leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, commonly known as kratom, are used for a range of purported benefits. There are many methods of taking kratom that allow the user to meet their needs or create their own individual experience with the botanical. One of the most common ways to take kratom is in capsule form.
Kratom capsules are typically small capsules that contain kratom leaves that have been crushed or ground into kratom powder. However, capsules may also be produced that instead contain a liquid kratom extract. Capsules filled with this liquid kratom concentrate are typically smaller as the kratom they contain is more potent.
Capsules are shaped like pills, though they are not typically pressed into an actual pill or tablet. The capsule houses the kratom powder and can be filled to different measurements or doses. Capsules differ from pills in a few distinct ways:
Though all kratom comes from a single species, there are different strains that offer different effects or speeds. A kratom strain describes both the vein color, and the region where the kratom was sourced.
The primary kratom vein types include:
The primary sources and countries of origin for kratom include:
Capsules may contain only a single strain of kratom, or the user may mix strains to blend specific benefits or effects. Additionally, kratom may come in Maeng Da strains, which is a way of saying the kratom is prime or top-shelf. Maeng Da kratom comes in the same strains as indicated above, but is supposed to be a more premium and potent version of the strain. Maeng Da kratom strains can typically be purchased in capsules.
Kratom capsules provide the simplest method of kratom consumption. Capsules come in standard sizes, so they require no further measurement when loading, or in combination with any other food or beverage for consumption. If you choose to take kratom in capsule form, it is important to understand capsule sizing and kratom dosage, especially if you plan to take it for long-term benefit.
Managing your dosage through capsules may depend on a few things. Because capsules sizes may vary, it is important to read any labels and check with your distributor to see what size the capsules are, and what grams or doses they contain. Common sizes and their corresponding volume include:
Typically 1ml = 1gram. For example: If you typically consume one gram of kratom for your chosen dose, you might take:
If your regular dosage was two grams, you might take:
Again, this is just a general guide to common sizes; always check with your kratom retailer for more precise information about capsule size and kratom dosage.
When deciding which method of consumption is best, it can be helpful to analyze the pros and cons of each method. When taking kratom in capsule form there are a few benefits and drawbacks that will be discussed below.
The pros of taking kratom capsules for your daily dosage may include:
The cons of taking kratom capsules for your daily dosage may include:
If you are interested in taking kratom in capsule form, but would like to create your own strain mixture or dosage potency, you may choose to make DIY kratom capsules. To make your own herbal or kratom capsules you may need a few tools and a little insight into the process.
Kratom capsules are a common, popular method for purchasing and consuming kratom. It allows for a fast, simple way to monitor and control dosage, and most strains of kratom are available in capsule form. More experienced users may even purchase kratom powder or extract and fill their own capsules, though this requires precision and caution in order to guarantee a consistent dosage per capsule. If you are newer to kratom, capsules may provide a more accessible way to learn more about the right dosage and benefits of taking kratom.