On the lookout for the absolute best way to take your dose of quality kratom powder? Sure, some users are die-hard fans of capsules or the “toss and wash”. But there’s a new contender in town, one that combines many of the advantages of the other most popular kratom methods: Oblate Discs.
The kratom community has rallied around oblate discs (also known as “oblaat”) as one of the fastest and most convenient ways of dosing kratom. But is the hype worth it? We certainly think so! Here’s everything you need to know about how to use oblate discs for kratom, their advantages, and more, courtesy of Kratom Spot!
What are Oblate Discs, and Why Use Oblate Disks for Kratom?
Oblate discs are thin, flexible sheets made out of vegetable starch (often rice, seaweed, or potato starch). They originated in Japan, but have spread internationally, thanks to their applications in cooking, medicine, and more.
Oblate disks are edible, flavorless, and transparent — a combination that makes them a versatile and effective tool for a wide variety of purposes.
In recent years, users have discovered a new use for oblate discs: kratom.
For many users, oblate discs for kratom are an ideal pairing, combining many benefits of kratom capsules with the ease of the toss and wash method. Taking or “parachuting” oblate discs filled with kratom offers the following benefits:
- Like the toss and wash method, oblate discs for kratom require only minimal preparation.
- With oblate discs, kratom prep is easier than with DIY kratom capsules; however, prepared oblate discs will not store as well as capsules.
- Oblate discs are flavorless, but conceal the naturally earthy and bitter taste of kratom powder.
- This makes oblate discs a more attractive option than toss and wash for users who dislike the distinctive taste of kratom.
- Oblate discs are extraordinarily thin, allowing them to dissolve very quickly in the stomach.
- This makes oblate disks slightly faster-acting than kratom capsules, and only marginally slower than the toss and wash.
You can think of oblate discs as a sort of half-way point between tossing and washing kratom and taking kratom capsules because of these benefits. Easy to prepare, fast-acting, and completely flavorless, it’s no wonder the kratom community has embraced oblate discs!
How to Use Oblate Discs for Kratom
Using oblate discs to dose your kratom is fast, easy, and convenient! But there are a few simple techniques you’ll want to master to make your oblate disc experience a breeze.
- Measure out your kratom dose
As with any method of dosing kratom, dosage is key! Depending on the size of the dose you take, a single oblate disc may not be able to hold your desired amount of kratom powder.
- Lay out your oblate disc(s) and place your kratom dose in the center
While precisely measuring out your total dose is important, it isn’t necessary to ensure that it’s perfectly evenly divided between your oblate discs, so just eyeball it. Don’t go too large with any single oblate disc; the more kratom powder you put in one, the harder it will be to swallow!
- Fold the oblate disk repeatedly, creating a compact ball that seals the kratom powder in
There are many ways to fold or wrap your oblate discs. Some users repeatedly fold it in half; others pull the edges up then twist the excess to seal the kratom powder in. Depending on the size of your dose and your comfort swallowing capsules (or parachuting oblate discs) of various shapes and sizes, different techniques may work better for you. A bit of experimentation can go a long way!
- Wet the edges of your oblate disc to seal it and ensure no kratom powder escapes
When exposed to moisture, oblate discs partially melt and can fuse together with other oblate disc surfaces they’re pressed against. A little moisture goes a long way; try simply licking the edge of your oblate disc, much as you might lick a mail envelope to moisten and seal it.
- Measure out your kratom dose
Note: some users recommend dropping the entire oblate disc + kratom powder “packet” into water. While this WILL seal the disc, at least temporarily, the packet will quickly melt and release your kratom dose. ONLY try this method if you plan to IMMEDIATELY drink the glass of water, swallowing the packet it contains as you would a pill or capsule.
The Bottom Line on Oblate Discs for Kratom
Are oblate discs the right choice for you? Undoubtedly they’re convenient and fast-acting. In fact, using oblate discs may just be the perfect middle-ground between the toss and wash and kratom capsules!
In short, oblate discs are absolutely worth a try.
When compared with kratom capsules, oblate discs’ only meaningful downside is that they don’t store well. Oblate discs are more sensitive to moisture than capsules and tend to break down much more rapidly if exposed to even small amounts of moisture.
As such, oblate discs are ideal for users who plan to take their dose immediately after creating the disc pouch (see above for techniques).
However, if you’re looking for a DIY solution for convenient dosing that will keep for later use, consider DIY kratom capsules. Our kratom capsule filling machine is just the trick, and you’ll be creating perfect, storable, and ultra-convenient kratom capsules in no time!