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When to Choose Kratom Leaf Powder vs. Kratom Capsules

Fresh whole kratom leaf.

If you’ve been shopping around the Kratom Country website for a while, you’ll know that our products are 100% pure kratom — the only difference is in the presentation of the leaf. So, when should you choose kratom leaf powder as opposed to whole leaves or capsules? We’ll explain our main kratom types in this straightforward kratom guide.

Kratom Leaves: The Original Southeast Asian Remedy


Where Mitragyna Speciosa grows in the wild, kratom can be found as large evergreen leaves with colorful veins on the underside. These veins start out white, turning green, and then red as they age.


Traditionally, kratom was wild-harvested in the jungles and forests of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, dried using alkaloid-enhancing techniques, and offered for sale around the cities and rural areas. Laborers, in particular, used these dried kratom leaves to ward off hunger and fatigue as they worked long days on farms, rubber plantations, and fishing off the shore.


These are the main ways that kratom leaves were traditionally used:


  • Chewing the dried kratom leaf 
  • Brewing the leaves into a tea
  • Smoking the leaves with dried cow dung (in Malaysia)
  • Using the leaves topically as a wound poultice


The kratom leaf varieties that we sell at Kratom Country are the same dried leaves that are sold on the streets of Southeast Asia. The only difference is that international buyers generally have access to a greater variety of strains than regional buyers.


Kratom Leaf Powder: Mitragyna Speciosa Travels Abroad


Kratom leaves are the most traditional choice among enthusiasts who either chew or drink their kratom in tea. However, kratom leaf powder has become popular internationally because it is easily added to smoothies or swallowed with a gulp of water. Another set of kratom connoisseurs are taking their herbal interests topically with kratom soaps and beauty products. These products are easier to make with kratom powder, oils, and extracts than with the whole, unmilled kratom leaf.


Kratom Capsules: Easy Kratom On-the-Go


Kratom capsules are like kratom leaf powder one step further removed from their cultural origins—the kratom leaves are dried and then sealed inside food-grade capsules. Kratom capsules won’t do much for tea or smoothie lovers. However, they are ideal for making easy calculations and provide the greatest convenience for travel. Compared to the other two kratom types, kratom capsules offer the greatest ease of use among people who struggle with the herb’s bitterness or use kratom while out and about.


Pros and Cons of Kratom Powder vs. Capsules

Mortar and pestle to mix kratom leaf powder.

Still not sure which kind of kratom to buy? Here are a few more factors to take into account:


Kratom Capsules Are More Expensive


Because kratom encapsulation requires additional, industrial-scale machinery, materials, and controls, kratom capsules carry a higher cost. Some people find that the cost is well justified by the time it saves—especially if you make your own capsules at home. Others find that they’re just as happy using the loose powder as-is and don’t really mind the bitter aroma. If this is you, kratom leaf powder offers the most economical option.


Kratom Powder Is Harder to Measure


A downside to kratom powder is that it’s harder to ensure an exact amount. Our kratom capsules are automatically set to contain 0.6-grams of powder—so you know exactly what you’re getting and can easily calculate the total amount.


Custom Blends and Potentiation


When you read the descriptions of our kratom leaf products, you will notice that some powders and capsules are single strains whereas others are blends. Many customers find that our blends provide the balance they’re seeking, but others might like to experiment with their own blends or add a natural kratom potentiator. If this is you, our loose kratom powders provide the greatest flexibility for experimentation.


Shop High-Quality Kratom Types at Kratom Country


Now that we’ve explained the kratom types available at Kratom Country, you can go ahead and browse our complete collection of strains and blends. Established in 2010 when kratom was still relatively “new” in the U.S., we’ve worked hard to develop long-term partnerships that bring you a large selection of premium kratom varieties at an affordable price. 


Before we ship our kratom leaf powder and capsules, we have every batch five-step lab-tested by a third party to ensure that your kratom is free from heavy metals, adulterants, pesticides, and other contaminants. We also confirm the identity of the plant so that you know what you ordered is exactly what you’ll get in the mail.


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Please note that the US FDA has not approved kratom to be sold for human consumption, sold for external use only. The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products sold on our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition.