Although there are many ways to using Kratom, one of the most effective and popular is Kratom tea. Consuming Kratom in tea form offers different advantages and disadvantages in comparison to other preparations such as in resin form or fresh leaves.
Aside from chewing the actual leaves, Kratom tea is one of the most common means of preparing Kratom in Southeast Asia.
There are different pros and cons of using tea, including various recipes that makes drinking Kratom more enjoyable.
How to Make Kratom Tea
Taking Kratom leaves in the form of tea has become one of the most desired and common ways because, aside from tasting better, the kratom retains its medicinal properties without being toxic or acidic.
Different Ways of Making Kratom Tea
The process of making Kratom tea is straightforward and can be done by any novice. The traditional way of making Kratom tea was to put the desired dosage and just allow the leaves steep in boiling water for about 20 minutes. The leaves are then strained, and the residual water is taken as a tea.
On the other hand, the modern way of preparing the tea is to mix the Kratom powder and water in a pot. Allow it to steep on a simmering water for about 10 to 12 minutes. After that, the mixture is strained, and the remaining water is drunk.
The manner of preparing Kratom tea still boils down to personal preferences. Some people love to steep it longer for an incredibly strong tea while others prefer a mild taste. Be mindful of the color of the tea – the darker it becomes, the more intense the flavor.
Step-By-Step Instructions for Making Kratom Tea
Below is a simple and easy guide to making your own Kratom tea.
You will need:
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- Kratom powder
- In a standard kettle, bring 1 ½ cup of water to a soft boil.
- Put pre-measured Kratom powder directly to a simmering water.
- Lower the heat and allow the Kratom mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Be sure to check the tea’s color. While it turns to yellow or deep orange color, remove the kettle from heat.
- Place a strainer or cheesecloth over a mug and pour the liquid.
- Discard the residue collected by the filter. Or, you can still save it for future use.
To conceal the bitter taste, you can flavor the tea with sugar, honey, stevia or cinnamon. Cold tea? Place it in the fridge or pour drink over ice. To protect the alkaloids of Kratom, slice a lime or lemon in half and add it to the water before heating. The lemon’s acidity will prevent the destruction of alkaloids during the heating process. It also adds citrusy flavor to your tea.
Sip the tea slowly and enjoy it. It usually takes 30 minutes before you’ll notice the effect. This tea recipe is only the basic one, but once you have mastered it, you can experiment and apply your techniques for brewing the perfect tea.
Are There Any Downsides to Using Kratom Tea?
Yes. There are a few drawbacks to using Kratom tea. The common problem is that brewing it longer than two minutes can make the tea acidic and bitter, making it difficult for users to swallow. Besides, some Kratom strains are naturally bitter, making the result bitter. You can avoid this by using a strain that is generally less bitter or has a sweeter taste.
Another downside is the slightly diminished sedating effect of Kratom powder. This is somewhat common in tea form as compared to powder form. But despite these common minor problems, consumption of Kratom in tea form continues to be beneficial and effective, not to mention cost-effective and practical for most people.
Kratom tea tends to be much cheaper than buying Kratom extract in powdered form. Additionally, the ease of use and preparation is another advantage since almost anyone can prepare it.
Kratom Tea Dosage
The amount of Kratom powder you’ll add to make a tea depends on the effect you desired, your body weights, metabolism and tolerance. However, for first-timers, it is essential to be cautious.
The following are the suggested quantities of Kratom powder for making tea and the effects:
- Threshold (effect is subtle yet apparent) – 2 – 3 grams
- Mild (effect is stimulant-like) – 3 – 4 grams
- Moderate (effect can be sedative/analgesic or stimulant-like) – 4 – 5 grams
- Strong (Sedative/Analgesic/Euphoric effect) – 6 – 10 grams