The kratom tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia and is largely grown in the tropical conditions of Indonesia. Indigenous cultures chewed kratom leaves. But in the western world, they are sun-dried, and broken into smaller pieces or crushed into a very fine powder. You can also brew kratom tea from the powder or dried leaves.
Brewing kratom tea releases alkaloids faster than chewing on fresh kratom leaves. This means that you benefit from faster absorption of the alkaloids into your bloodstream. And, ultimately, you’ll enjoy a quicker onset of effects.
If you’re curious about kratom tea and want to experience some of its associated benefits, then you’re in the right place. We’re going to take you through the various recipes for preparing kratom tea. We’ll also throw in some important information that you need to know about kratom tea.
Despite its close resemblance to coffee, kratom does not contain any caffeine concentrations. They are however rich in alkaloids. Two of the primary alkaloids include:
Brewing kratom tea involves steeping kratom powder or kratom leaves in hot water. This process activates the plant’s mitragynine alkaloid, known for inducing its energizing effects and bitter taste. Kratom tea mellows down a bit after cooling, so some devoted kratom drinkers tend to drink it when cold.
Kratom tea has multiple benefits:
In general, green and white kratom strains give off energizing and mood-uplifting effects. That’s why they are used by fitness enthusiasts to kick-start their workout sessions. You can also use them ahead of a busy day. The red kratom strain on the other hand is sedating and is perfect for a lazy evening or before going to bed.
Of course, brewing kratom tea is simple. But there are a few tips to keep in mind to help you prepare a strong brew.
Do not use boiling water when preparing kratom tea. This is because there’s a higher chance the alkaloids might break down under intense heat. Alkaloids are the active compounds in kratom responsible for the beneficial health effects. When they’re broken down, you won’t experience the effects expected from kratom tea.
So in order to experience the desired effects, you should use boiled water that has cooled slightly or heated water that’s below the boiling point.
Just like traditional tea, kratom tea is versatile and can serve different purposes at different times of the day. It all boils down to understanding the purpose of your tea, which influences your choice of kratom strain.
The kratom alkaloids are quite stable but may deteriorate when exposed to intense heat for a prolonged period. When this happens, you end up with less-potent kratom tea.
The trick is to add an acidic ingredient like apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to help thwart the reaction that disintegrates the alkaloid compounds. An acidic ingredient also adds a stimulating punch to your tea.
Kratom veins have a bitter taste. They can be rather unpalatable, especially when you use less water per dose. So you should add more water to dilute the sour taste. Of course, the amount of water you use to brew your kratom tea depends on your dosage. That said, one to four cups per dose is a perfect middle ground.
Alternatively, you can add natural sweeteners like honey, agave juice, or sugar. You can also add flavorings such as cinnamon, citrus zest, or ginger to disguise the bitter flavor.
A common way to brew kratom tea is by using fine K=kratom powder (ground kratom leaves).
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If you prefer clear kratom tea without leftover powder residue, you can use crushed leaves as an alternative.
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If you don’t like hot beverages, try kratom iced tea, especially on a hot sunny day.
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As previously stated, the addition of acids in your kratom tea helps to safeguard the alkaloids’ composition so that they don’t deteriorate or disintegrate in hot water conditions. This helps maintain the potency of the alkaloids. Apple cider vinegar and lemon or lime juice can help you with this.
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Preparing kratom Sun tea is a viable alternative if you want to create a large batch for serving many people or storing and drinking for the entire week. Instead of using a stovetop, this brewing method uses UV light to brew kratom tea. The sun tea method produces kratom tea with a more mellow or weaker flavor.
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When brewed into tea, a small dose of kratom powder or crushed kratom leaves kickstarts the effects in about 10 to 15 minutes. Higher doses result in prolonged effects that may last for several hours. The effects usually peak off between 1 ½ and 2 ½ hours after drinking the tea.
That said, it would take a day for your system to get rid of half the kratom you ingest. And for your system to be completely flushed out, it may take five days. Of course, this depends to some extent on your body’s metabolism.
The popularity of kratom tea seems to be growing rapidly as more and more people learn about its effects. Kratom tea generally has energizing effects when consumed in small doses. However, higher servings may result in side effects, such as appetite loss, nausea, dehydration, and insomnia.
When brewing kratom tea, you can use crushed kratom leaves or powder in your recipe. You should however note that kratom tea is bitter. To mask the bitter taste, you can use natural sweeteners like honey, sugar, and agave juice. That said, you may experience nausea or stomach upset if you’re drinking kratom tea for the first time. So you should start out with small doses and see how your body reacts before scaling up your dosage.