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For hundreds of years, natives of Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand or Malaysia have turned to the leaves an evergreen tree called Kratom in order to boost energy, aid in relaxation, and manage a balanced mood. One of the most traditional ways they consumed this incredible plant was brewing it into tea.
Fast forward to today. Not only is Kratom exploding in popularity throughout the world, so too is Kratom tea. Many Kratom enthusiasts prefer turning crushed Kratom leaves into a brew – as it offers clear benefits you can’t find in any other method of ingestion. If you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes into the waters of Kratom tea, then this article is for you. We’re going to talk about all things Kratom tea – its effects, benefits, how to make it, best recipes, and the best Kratom tea resources online. Let’s dive in.
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Kratom Tea Effects
Here are some of the benefits many experiences after sipping a warm cup of Kratom tea. Although medical research with Kratom is limited, there have been a number of studies examining its effects. Each benefit we include contains a peer-reviewed paper verifying its effect with lab rats.
Minor Pain Relief – In a 2016 study, mice were injected the psychoactive compounds contained in Kratom. Through various tests, the mice showed numbness to pain, without addictive behaviors.1
Boost Energy – Kratom has traditionally been used throughout Southeast Asia by laborers. By chewing on dried Kratom leaves, this gave them a caffeine-like energy boost in order to combat work fatigue.2
Addiction Recovery – Scientific reports show that the self-treatment of Kratom has been effective in combating addiction to substances such as opioids.3
Increased Relaxation – A study by Prince of Songkla University in Thailand showed that lab rats injected with Kratom’s active compound Mitragynine showed increased relaxation in their neuromuscular junctions.4
Manage Mood – In a study by Universiti Putra Malaysia, mice were injected with the psychoactive compound in Kratom called Mitragynine. A series of tests showed the mice exerted antidepressant effects.5
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— Alexis Commerford (@AlxsCharisse) November 28, 2017
Why Kratom Tea?
What is it about Kratom tea that makes it so appealing? After all, Kratom powder is known for its bitter, mud-tasting qualities. Why on Earth would you want to slowly sip on something that tastes so foul? The truth is Kratom tea offers clear advantages you simply can’t find in any other method of ingestion. Here are some of those very advantages are:
Combats Abdominal Pain – One of the more common negative side effects of Kratom is that of abdominal pain. There isn’t yet scientific studies to confirm this, but anecdotal evidence has shown that Kratom tea can help prevent Kratom induced abdominal pain. To read first-hand accounts of this finding, check out this thread on the Kratom Sub-Reddit.
Better Taste – Users of crushed leaf Kratom tea often claim the drink isn’t nearly as foul as consuming fine powdered Kratom. This is especially true if you add other flavors to your tea such as honey, lemon, or stevia.
Ritualistic – Like coffee, there is a ritualistic aspect of preparing and drinking Kratom many find strangely satisfying. The repeated process of brewing your tea, settling into your environment, and easing into a Kratom session can immediately put you into a deeply relaxing state – even before the Kratom starts to kick in. Over time, you begin looking forward to this ritual, as tea preparation can become your favorite part of the day/week.
Sipping > Chugging – For some, the mere thought of chugging Kratom powder through methods like “toss and wash” is enough to send them running to the toilet. Kratom tea is a gentler method to ingest the plant. You’re able to take your time, slowly slip your warm mug of Kratom tea, and ramp into your Kratom session.
Potentiator – A popular method to add flavor to tea is adding a splash of lemon or lime. Luckily, the acid in lime/lemon juice is a well-known potentiator to Kratom. The alkaloids in Kratom are soluble in certain citric acids, allowing a greater portion of them to be absorbed by the body. In addition, citric acids inhibit certain enzymes that metabolize the psychoactive components of Kratom. This leads to a stronger, longer lasting experience.
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— Glenda Mangold-Grider (@DefinitelyGlen5) November 25, 2017
Downsides of Kratom Tea
Although there are clear benefits of Kratom Tea, these method does come with a few clear disadvantages. Here are some of the downsides of this method:
Time-Consuming – One of the most common methods for consuming Kratom is called the “toss and wash method”, which involves “tossing” raw Kratom powder in your mouth, and “washing” it down with your favorite liquid such as water or juice. The upside of this method is how quickly it takes to consume the powder.
This is quite the opposite with Kratom tea.Although there are a number of benefits with tea, one of the most common complaints is how long it takes to prepare. Depending on your method, Kratom tea can takes 15 minutes (on the low end), all the way to an hour or more (on the high end).
Taste – Another benefit of the “toss and wash” method is if you can pull it off correctly, you can swallow your Kratom powder without having to taste its bitter-tasting quality. Again, this is very much different with Kratom tea. If you prepare your Kratom without sweeteners, you’re left with a foul tasting concoction that you have to drink, sip by sip. But this can be offset with certain Kratom tea recipes (which we cover down below)
How To Make Kratom Tea
Now that you know some of the upsides, downsides, and effects of Kratom tea, let’s get into actually making it. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Kratom (both crushed or powdered leaf will work)
- Digital measuring scale
- French press
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Sweetener (optional)
- Measure your preferred Kratom dosage using a digital scale. If you don’t know how much Kratom to take, refer to chapter 4 (on dosages) of our free eBook called Leveling Up Your Life With Kratom. Get it here.
- Add your Kratom powder, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and a cups worth of hot water into the French Press
- Let it steep for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
- (optional step) Some Kratom connoisseurs prefer to wash their Kratom a second time to extract even more alkaloids from the powder. Pour your Kratom tea into a mug. Then add in ½ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and your Kratom tea back into your french press. Let it steep for 5-10 additional minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add your favorite sweeteners such as raw honey or stevia
Here are other resources on making Kratom tea:
Kratom Tea Recipes:
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Should You Use Crushed or Powdered Kratom Leaf?
There’s a misconception online that you need to use crushed Kratom leaf in order to brew tea. This is not true. Both types of Kratom leaves will work fine with Kratom tea. The benefit of using crushed leaf powder is how easy it can be to strain, which makes it a popular choice for tea drinkers. But both types of Kratom will yield your desired effect.
Where To Buy Kratom Tea
Most companies online will sell Kratom powder, which you can then use to make tea at home. You can purchase world-class Kratom from our partner store Top Extracts, as we source our powder from the most skilled Kratom farmers in Indonesia.
There aren’t many companies that sell pre-made tea bags containing Kratom online, but there are a few if you search hard enough. Before you begin your tea search, be sure to read this article (Where to buy Kratom?) which contains a number of things to look out for in a quality vendor. The Kratom industry is a massive marketplace that has a wide spectrum of quality in its vendors – from world-class Kratom connoisseurs to get-rich-quick charlatans.
- Váradi, András, et al. “Mitragynine/Corynantheidine pseudoindoxyls as opioid analgesics with mu agonism and delta antagonism, which do not recruit β-Arrestin-2.” Journal of medicinal chemistry 59.18 (2016): 8381-8397.
- Suwanlert, Sangun. “A study of kratom eaters in Thailand.” Bulletin on narcotics
- Chittrakarn, Somsmorn, et al. “The neuromuscular blockade produced by pure alkaloids, mitragynine and methanol extract of kratom leaves (Mitragyna speciosa Korth.)” Journal of ethnopharmacology 129.3 (2010): 344-349.
- Idayu, N. Farah, et al. “Antidepressant-like effect of mitragynine isolated from Mitragyna speciosa Korth in mice model of depression.” Phytomedicine 18.5 (2011): 402-407.
- Parthasarathy, Suhanya, et al. “Evaluation of antioxidant and antibacterial activities of aqueous, methanolic and alkaloid extracts from Mitragyna speciosa (Rubiaceae family) leaves.” Molecules 14.10 (2009): 3964-3974.