Introduction to Kratom Tea
For centuries, Asians have turned to Kratom tea to strengthen their bodies, sharpen their minds, and calm their nerves.
Kratom – called in these cultures as biak, ketum or kakuam, ithang and thom – is a type of evergreen tree that falls under the coffee family. It has effects similar to opioids. It can relieve pain, increase energy levels, reduce anxiety and nervousness, and increase focus and concentration. In fact, its key compound — mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxymitragynine – is said to be 13 times more powerful than morphine.
In higher doses, it can induce euphoria and hallucinations — but a hot cup of Kratom tea wouldn’t be that risky or dangerous. In fact, many people say that it’s one of the most soothing and relaxing teas you can ever drink. Her is everything you need to know about the benefits of Kratom tea and how to prepare it at home.
BENEFITS OF KRATOM TEA
Kratom tea offers numerous health benefits. Here are some of the reasons why people drink it regularly.
- GET AN INSTANT ENERGY AND MOOD BOOST
Even if you’re not a morning person, Kratom tea will kick you out of the slumps and make you feel instantly energized and more positive. You don’t feel jittery or nervous (in fact, Kratom has calming effects) so it’s a good alternative to coffee if you’re already prone to anxiety and overstimulation. And if you need to be at your best today – maybe because you have a test or a big date – Kratom tea will heighten your senses and make you extra alert.
- SOOTHE AN UPSET STOMACH
Instead of popping a pill, take the natural route and soothe your stomach with Kratom tea. It can help relieve any bloated or gassy feeling, reduce the pain from cramps, and relieve indigestion and constipation.
If you’re prone to stomach problems, regularly taking Kratom tea after meals can help improve your digestion. Some even say that it boosts metabolism, so you’re able to burn your calories more efficiently.
- RELIEVE DISCOMFORT AND PAIN
Kratom is a natural painkiller and can help you deal with muscle pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, and other body aches and pains. While you will need higher dosages of Kratom – best taken in pill form – to manage higher levels of pain, a cup of Kratom tea will be enough to relieve mild to moderate discomfort.
- GLOWING SKIN
Southeast Asians believed that Kratom tea was like a beauty drink that promoted circulation and helped keep skin glowing and radiant. While you can’t expect to get rosy cheeks and dewy complexions overnight – especially if you don’t really take care of your skin with a good skincare routine and proper diet – the fact that it contributes to looking younger and better is a big plus!
- ALLEVIATES ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
If you’re feeling bad, don’t reach for alcohol to drown your sorrows in drink. Instead, pour yourself a cup of Kratom tea. It interacts with your brain’s opiate receptors to release happy hormones that make you happier and calmer.
HOW TO MAKE KRATOM TEA
There are different ways of making tea. The traditional method involves steeping dried Kratom leaves in boiling water for 20 to 30 minutes. The liquid is then strained and then poured into a pot or cup.
The more modern (and more convenient) way of making Kratom tea is to just mix the Kratom powder with water and simmer on the stove for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Steeping dried tea leaves generally leads to stronger concentrations and more potent benefits, while mixing powder and water gives a more delicate flavor. In general, the color of the liquid will tell you how intense the effects and the taste will be. Adjust to your personal preference and needs.
WHAT KRATOM STRAINS ARE GOOD FOR MAKING TEA?
Kratom comes in many strains, although some people prefer to use the Red Bali because it tends to have a better relaxing effect. If you prefer to have a heightened energizing effect, try the White Vein Kratom. However, any Kratom variety can be used to make tea.
WHY IS KRATOM TEA A GOOD WAY OF TAKING KRATOM?
Kratom is sold in many forms: powder, dried leaves, and liquid extracts. It is sometimes chewed or rolled into cigarettes, or taken as capsules. However, the natural Kratom alkaloids – the compounds that interact with our brain to relieve pain and induce calm and greater concentration – are more effective when they are exposed to heat. The chemical composition of these alkaloids are also stable enough that they aren’t damaged at high temperatures.
People who take Kratom tea also say that the brewing seems to heighten Kratom’s stimulating and invigorating effects. It wakes them up even better than a cup of coffee because they don’t experience the caffeine jitters. Instead, they just notice their mind is more alert, and they don’t feel as tired or sluggish. (Fun fact: Asian farmers used to bring Kratom with them to the fields so they would have enough energy for a full day of heavy labor.)
Another reason why Kratom tea is a good way of taking in this natural supplement is that it is easy and foolproof. Even if you’re new to Kratom, you can easily control your intake and dosage and prepare it quickly. Tea is also easy to serve to those who are very sick and taking Kratom to relieve discomfort, but bear in mind that Kratom capsules tend to be more effective at pain management.
Furthermore, the body absorbs Kratom faster when it is taken in liquid form. That may be because it is easily digested and absorbed. Some even say that after minutes of taking Kratom tea, they already feel that their mood is much better.
Interestingly, people say that Kratom tea also has fewer side effects than when it is ingested as a powder. They report less shaking and jerking movements – which is rare, but still uncomfortable when it happens to you. If you have experienced these so-called Kratom wobbles, you may want to consider using it as a tea instead of in other forms.
WHAT’S THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF KRATOM TEA I SHOULD DRINK A DAY?
It’s best to moderate your kratom tea intake to prevent side effects like nausea, dry mouth, or increased heart rate. So if you are taking Kratom in other forms – such as pills or powders – adjust the number of cups of Kratom tea you drink. And as always, listen to your body. If you are experiencing discomfort, adjust your dose or stop Kratom at least for a few days.
Here are some recommended dosages that you can start with:
- Subtle effects: 2 grams
- Mildly stimulating: 3 grams
- Moderately stimulating or pain-relieving: 4 grams
- Strong pain-relieving or sedative effect: 5 grams
If this is your first time to take Kratom tea, start with the lowest possible dose and increase it gradually as you get to know it effects on your body.
IS KRATOM TEA DANGEROUS?
You may have heard reports of people becoming critically ill or even dying after taking Kratom tea. However, in most of these cases, Kratom was combined with other opioids, illegal drugs, and alcohol. Often, the Kratom levels in their body were much higher than average – showing that they were not following the recommended dosage and were abusing the drug. Anything (even over the counter medicines or prescription medicine) can lead to organ damage and death when abused.