Get Pickled on Kratom: Why Pickle Juice is the Perfect Potentiator

April 27, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Strains, Kratom Tea

The other day we walked you through why the turmeric kratom combo is a terrific way to potentiate kratom’s outstanding effects. Then it dawned on me that not everyone is big on stacking herbal supplements.

After all, kratom powder can be difficult enough to choke down using the old toss and wash method. A lot of people aren’t about to add more powder to their kratom cocktail.

Nevertheless, newcomers to the kratom space often ask, “How can I increase my Kratom?”

The answer is right in your refrigerator. And with that in mind, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about kratom’s quickest potentiator.


If you’re the impatient type that so many of us can be, you might find yourself in a pickle when it comes to getting your kratom tea to kick in. Maybe you forgot to skip breakfast before burning some Green Indo and now it’s taking forever to kick in.

When you find yourself in a pickle…reach for a pickle. A jar of pickle juice, to be more precise.

Despite pickle juice’s insanely high salt content, the murky yellow-green fluid actually possesses some awesome health benefits. A few shots of pickle juice can offset the hangover associated with alcohol dehydration.

Additionally, it serves as an herbal remedy when you suffer a particularly severe sunburn. If you’re in a pinch and you’ve run out of aloe vera or other household ointments, pickle juice can act as a salve. Just dip a cotton ball in the jar and dab it on your skin for cooling relief.

Doctors have also pointed to pickle juice’s value as blood sugar regulator. One study suggests that it aids in the reduction of blood sugar spikes after a meal.

Of particular interest to our more athletic kratomites should be pickle juice’s assistance in the area of exercise enhancement. Many among us have found that it acts as a viable DIY pre-workout formula when an ounce of the juice is combined with distilled water.

But I digress.

These are just some of the many potential benefits that pickle juice can unlock. Naturally, these are all well and good, but you didn’t come here for a health and wellness lecture. You came here to get your kratom on and that’s exactly what pickle juice can do.


Perhaps you’ve heard about grapefruit juice and kratom, cinnamon and kratom or magnesium and kratom. These have all been used in tandem with kratom powder to potentiate kratom’s effects.

What might surprise you is that pickle juice has become an increasingly popular option in the kratom community. Because of pickle juice’s natural acidity, it makes for a bolder experience.

Acidic juices like pickle juice, grapefruit juice or orange juice help your body absorb kratom more efficiently. The tyramine in pickle juice aids in this absorption.

Like kratom, pickle juice contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which have made it a must-have remedy among sports figures and athletes of all stripes.


I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again—everyone is different. Results will vary widely depending upon several mitigating factors. These factors include your body type, diet, etc. Pickle juice works best as a kratom potentiator on an otherwise empty stomach.

Users can generally take 2-4 teaspoons of pickle juice with their kratom tea to potentiate general effects.

Mix your kratom powder with pickle juice then set in the freezer for 30 minutes. After a half hour, remove from the freezer and set your glass down atop a paper towel or dish rag. Let thaw until it has fully melted then chug until your heart’s content.

Freezing your kratom mixture is an especially effective way to potentiate kratom’s effects. The freezing process breaks down the cell walls of the kratom leaves, enabling a larger amount of alkaloids to become bioavailable.


If you’re one of those people with an aversion to pickles, the prospect of drinking pickle juice straight might turn your stomach. Luckily for you, this isn’t the only choice you’ve got. There are a host of different potentiators out there and not all of them are so sour. In fact, many of them are quite sweet.

As with the turmeric kratom combo, cinnamon and kratom can be a delicious little treat for spicing up your speciosa experience. Cinnamon powder increases the potency of kratom by agitating receptors in your brain which amplify kratom’s analgesic and mood-lifting properties.

Cinnamon is often favored by those burning kratom because it effectively negates the notoriously bitter taste of raw kratom powder. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder will serve as an adequate agitator. Some users prefer to combine their cinnamon powder with cayenne pepper to really kick things up a notch.

Powdered cayenne pepper can aid in the production of saliva which assists in the digestion of kratom. A small amount of cayenne pepper goes a long way, a ½ a teaspoon, to be exact. Gradually add more to taste.

Grapefruit juice is another good choice for those who want to unleash the anxiolytic properties innate in kratom. White grapefruit juice propels the enzyme function behind the metabolism of kratom’s indole alkaloids.


Always consider how much kratom powder you intend to burn prior to working out the proper dosage of an agitator. Kratom potentiators should always be taken at a well-balanced level. This will help you to save money on kratom because you will be able to use a smaller amount of kratom powder since the potentiator will intensify the kratom’s effects.

Here is a general guide to dosing with potentiators.

  • Low dose—2-3 grams kratom powder, 2 teaspoons pickle juice
  • Moderate dose—3-4 grams kratom powder, 3-4 teaspoons pickle juice
  • High dose—4-6 grams kratom powder, 4-5 teaspoons pickle juice


Always consider what kind of kratom strain you will be burning. If you’re dealing with a stronger strain, such as Red Bali or White Maeng Da, you’ll want to use a smaller amount of kratom powder with your agitator. Use the above guide to determine the levels that are appropriate for your mixture.

Keep in mind that everyone reacts differently to these mixtures. If you suffer from acid reflux or stomach issues, you may want to avoid mixing kratom with citrus juices or other acidic combinations.


Pickle juice might be a perfect choice for you…or it could make for a sour stomach. In any event, there is a plethora of choices out there for potentiating kratom’s effects. Shop around and see what’s right for you. Happy Kbombing, kids! ; )

Bob Freville
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