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What Does Kratom Smell Like? What to Expect

what does kratom smell like?

The smell of kratom can say a lot about the quality and overall experience. It often smells earthy and has a pleasant aroma, but sometimes it doesn’t have such a nice smell. I’ll be answering all of your questions, including the ones about kratom body odor as well as things to look out for. 

Kratom often smells like green tea or has an earthy aroma. Kratom can sometimes cause bad breath due to a dry mouth. If kratom has a foul smell or has a strong scent, it might not be a good batch. The smell of kratom will ultimately depend on the kratom strain, the quality, and where it was purchased from. 

Let’s get right into the questions!

What Does Kratom Powder Smell Like?

The smell of your kratom powder is going to vary depending on the quality and strain. Typically, kratom smells like a strong green tea or even matcha. Certain strains have a really earthy and fresh smell. Sometimes, people describe the smell of kratom powder as pungent. 

I’ve noticed that a lot of the red strains I’ve tried, such as Red Dragon Kratom, remind me a lot of my matcha powder. I sometimes find that it even tastes like it too, but more of a bitter version. 

Green kratom strains typically have a stronger aroma. I’ve noticed that my Green Maeng Da and Green Malay Kratom are like a stronger, herbal scent that also slightly resembles green tea. It’s a lot earthier than the red strains, at least, the ones I’ve had.   

What Does Kratom Smell Like When Smoked?

Although it’s not as common to smoke kratom, there are users who want to do so in order to have it hit harder or quicker. This wouldn’t be my go-to method of consumption since high temperatures kill the alkaloids, but I can see why users would be curious. 

One person described that they couldn’t handle smoking kratom because of the awful and musty smell. They compared the smell of burning kratom to that of a skunk! It’s definitely not the best way to enjoy your kratom. 

Does Kratom Make You Smell?

There’s been an ongoing debate on whether or kratom causes, or is related to, body odor. Many users describe smelling “funky” or like the kratom powder mixed with sweat. Just to be clear, they mentioned they didn’t smell like that until they started using lots of kratom. 

Is this true? It could be related to the kratom, but there really isn’t any evidence to suggest this. A majority of people who use kratom don’t describe this strange phenomenon. 

I guess it could be possible, especially since your pores are known to excrete certain smells based on what you consume. Foods and beverages like alcohol and garlic are a good example of this.

One user describes having body odor from detoxing from kratom. She wasn’t the only one. A few others spoke out saying the same thing! 

If you’re worried about kratom giving you bad body odor, don’t stress about it. It’s really not that common and there’s no actual proof.

Does Kratom Make Your Urine Smell?

It’s possible for kratom to make your urine smell. It could be because high doses of kratom can cause a high enough concentration to remain in your body. 

Have you ever smelled coffee in your pee? It’s pretty common and is caused because of high concentrations as well. Kratom might have the same effect on your urine. If you do notice your urine smelling like kratom, don’t be alarmed. It’s pretty normal. 

Does Kratom Cause Bad Breath?

Some kratom users really do experience having bad breath from kratom. Here’s why. 

One of the side effects of kratom is having dry mouth. This can be due to dehydration from kratom. As you might already know, a dry mouth is usually accompanied by bad breath. 

An online user on Reddit described that his wife and kids noticed his breath smelling. He noticed it after he started consuming kratom. It’s likely he was experiencing dry mouth. 

Another way your kratom can make your breath smell like kratom itself is by using the “toss and wash method”. This is when you directly put kratom powder in your mouth and wash it down with water. Wet kratom powder can stick to your teeth and the roof of your mouth. I’ve experienced having kratom stuck around my teeth after doing this method. Of course, this can a possible explanation for kratom breath.

Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water, along with having good oral hygiene, can prevent kratom from giving you a dry mouth and bad breath.

If Your Kratom Smells Like This, It Might Not Be Good

There are some signs that your kratom might not be so fresh or great. One way to determine this is by smelling your kratom powder.

I remember I bought a bad batch of kratom one time. It smelled funky and weird. It basically smelled as though it were fermenting. The smell was accompanied by a terrible taste of kratom. An online Reddit user had a similar experience to mine, except it made them puke!

Another Redditor described one bad batch of kratom as smelling like “wet dirt” and tasting like it too. It also left a weird aftertaste. They didn’t throw up or anything, but it wasn’t the best kratom they had. 

The reason kratom might smell bad is because of moisture getting trapped inside the container or bag. Another reason is the way it’s stored and dried out in the drying process of the leaves. 

Usually, it’s not that harmful to take a batch of kratom that smells a bit strange. The worst thing that might happen is that it’ll ruin your kratom experience. 

But, if you really notice a very odd smell, your best bet is to throw it away and contact the vendor. They’re usually more than willing to send you a new one and they might investigate the cause of the bad-smelling kratom.

Hi there, I'm Phillip co-owner of Kratom Krush. I began using kratom a few years ago to ease my anxiety. Ever since then, I've been experimenting with a wide variety of strains to compare their effects and get the most from this awesome plant. This is the site where I share everything I've learned.


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