Oblate Discs: How Can You Use It To Take Kratom?
Oblate Discs: It might sound like something related to human anatomy. But they are nothing more than gelatinized starch pouches! These starch discs are known as Japanese edible films owing to their origin.
The oblate discs/pouches are used in various ways- from candy making to making bitter herbs more palatable. Nowadays, these are more commonly used for consuming Kratom.
Kratom has very bitter alkaloids. And even so, there are pills on the market, and the oblate discs perform better! They have a barrier effect like a pill but allow for more powder consumption!
Let’s discuss these fascinating discs some more!
Origin of Oblate Discs
The Dutch were the first recorded people to use Oblate discs. These discs were nothing more than just hardened clumps of bread or rice. But that changed over time. In the 1800s, when the Dutch and the Japanese were trading, the Dutch also passed over the knowledge of Oblates.
Interestingly, the modern variations of these popular discs now come from a doctor in Mie Prefecture, Japan, Masataro Kobayashi, who, in 1902, made these discs from starch and agar. What’s fascinating is that he discovered these by complete accident! However, his version of the discs became the commercialized version used today.
Making of Oblate Discs
The commercial method of producing oblate discs uses a mixture of starch and water, which is then shaped into circular patches and dried onto racks. As mentioned before, this starch-water combination is known as Japanese edible film, which is entirely safe for consumption. Vegetable starch, especially from potatoes and rice, is used and usually has no taste.
For-profit and to make a name in the market, most companies add specific other components to their mixtures to obtain better discs. But doing so might cause the starch to take longer to break down.
- It can prolong the time it takes for the herb to take effect!
- The best oblate discs are the ones that are prepared only from starch and laid super thin!
- The thinner they are, the easier they’ll break open after consumption.
Usually, if the discs are used in candy manufacture, they should be thicker (About 40µm). The ones used for wrapping pharmaceutical powders and drugs are typically around 10-20µm thick.
Although Kratom pills and capsules have been widely taken from their usage because of better transportation and storage, oblates remain undefeated. Because when it comes to filling and swallowing large amounts of powder, oblates are the best choice!
How to Use Oblate Discs to Take Kratom?
The most crucial step before one can start taking Kratom is to ensure that the Kratom is of good quality. A credible store is a great start. Once you have your Kratom, the second step is to measure a proper dose.
Remember! The dosage for taking Kratom is essential.
Now that you have your Kratom ready, the next steps are as follows:
- Lay out an oblate disc on a flat surface.
- Spoon or measure out the proper dose of Kratom onto the disc. Ensure that the powder is scattered within the center and doesn’t overfill to the point of spilling.
- Once the powder is placed, fold over the edges of the disc onto itself. This process can be repeated till the disc encloses the powder completely.
- A small quantity of water can be applied to the edges as a sealant to prevent the powder from spilling.
- Once you have your oblate pouch full of powder, you can use a spoon or your hand for consumption.
Kratom users, at times, drop the entire pouch into the water to ensure that it encloses the powder properly. Dropping the disc into the water can become an issue as Kratom is readily absorbed right after consumption.
A user can fold the oblate disc in several ways, but some of the more commonly preferred methods include the following:
- Burrito Fold: This involves folding the disc’s edges inwards from either side.
- Teardrop Fold: consists in folding the disc into a teardrop shape, i.e., a sac-like shape.
Oblate Disc Vs. Toss and Wash
The Toss and Wash method is a tried-and-true method that is most popular with Kratom users. It enables a person to consume large amounts of Kratom with ease. It is also instantaneous in action. The Toss and Wash method is also convenient as it requires no preparation for consumption.
On the other hand, oblate discs help mask the bitter alkaloidal taste of Kratom, allowing for easier swallowing. The dose is also more controlled than in a Toss and Wash, which most people see as a drawback. The primary thing to think about in the Oblate Disc method is buying the discs for the store and preparing your Kratom onto them. The discs can also accumulate moisture and break down, so storage can become an issue.
Is It a Safe Approach?
The Oblate discs have wildly succeeded within the Kratom community and have easily replaced traditional consumption methods. Pills and Powders usually have their ways of use which people still prefer. Most people still prefer to Toss and Wash their Kratom, while others find swallowing pills much more accessible. Everyone has their preference.
For a beginner at Oblate Discs, starting with a low dose of Kratom on their disc is highly recommended. The low amount is to ensure that they get used to the feeling and method of it. It is also suggested that a user should take an oblate disc should be taken on a full or partially full stomach. But to answer the question. Yes, it is safe to use oblate discs for Kratom.
These Japanese discs of goodness have taken the world of Kratom by storm. And rightfully so! From a long-standing history of being used in candy to pharmaceuticals, the oblate disc is an invention worthy of a try.
They serve as a perfect middle ground between the Toss and Wash method and Kratom Pills. They are easy to consume and more palatable.
The best way to judge these discs would be to try them yourselves. Although, there is the issue of finding vendors that sell the discs. The prices are usually affordable. Affordability makes it more worthwhile to try it out!