Kratom tea is the latest craze in the kratom world. It’s a new and effective way to consume kratom, by boiling it’s leaves or powder in water. This boiling process infuses the water with mitragynine, which is one of the main chemical components of kratom, which is slated to have effects similar to that of opioid withdrawal aids such as morphine or codeine.
Before we learn about kratom tea, it might be useful to get an idea of what kratom is and how it can help you.
What is kratom?
Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is a tree grown exclusively in certain Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar, Borneo, Indonesia, and Thailand. The leaves of the kratom tree are one of the most sought-after supplements and have been used by the locals for centuries as everything from pain relievers to anxiety-reducing medication and so much more.
Kratom is found high in trees, which can grow up to 20’ high. It is harvested by picking the leaves from the stems and is most commonly ground into a fine powder afterward. This powder is either left as-is or is sold in capsule form.
There are several different strains of kratom, but here are three of the most popular types:
Green kratom is often the go-to for new users to kratom – it shares that with its cousin, white kratom. Green kratom leaves are picked when they are fairly ripe, but not too ripe, hence the green coloration. They are then either ground into a powder or encapsulated. Green kratom is known for its stimulating effects, and is often used as a tea-based substitute for coffee in the mornings. In larger doses, green kratom has the opposite effect, but it’s better in small doses and has been shown to alleviate pain and aches, and morning drowsiness.
Red kratom is the polar opposite of green kratom. If green kratom is the morning pick-me-up, red kratom is the thing that shuts you down at night. In small doses, it is a light sedative. However, in larger doses, it has been shown to alleviate pain for certain periods of time. Red kratom effectiveness is best in smaller doses, as anything above five grams can lead to unwelcome side effects.
White kratom is another beginner’s favourite. It has properties that mirror both green and red kratom, which is why it is a favourite to take twice a day, the first pill in the morning, the next in the evening. White kratom contains an interesting balance of mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine, offering users both the pick-me-up that they’re after in the morning, and the wind down at night.
What’s different about kratom tea?
One of the main differences that separates kratom tea from other methods of taking kratom is simply that it is a much nicer, easier way to ingest kratom. It can be made at your leisure and can actually make your kratom (powder) last longer, as you can get multiple cups out of a low dose.
Kratom tea is different from the traditional gestational method of taking kratom, because of how much of the kratom powder or leaves are infused into the water. Kratom tea typically contains more than 40 active components, including mitragynine and 7-Hydroxymitragynine. The releasing of the stimulating effects of kratom into a tea form makes it a much easier pill to swallow than taking kratom raw. Kratom’s taste when raw as a powder or in a capsule can be quite bitter, so the addition of a sweetener such as honey or sugar is really recommended.
As with any kratom ingesting, lower doses are said to have a stimulant effect, whilst higher doses of kratom tend to induce a sleepiness in the user.
Where do I buy kratom tea?
Ready-made kratom tea is difficult to find outside of the Southeast Asian nations where kratom is grown, but generally, you can buy kratom in a powdered form online and then use something similar to a coffee filter to create a ‘pour over’ tea. Another option is to buy kratom as a liquid form – red and green kratom are sometimes sold in this fashion – and put that into the tea, using a syringe.
If you’re not sure if kratom tea or kratom itself is right for you, get in touch with us. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to set you up with what type of kratom is right for you and your ailments, in what dosage, in what form, and whether or not you should consider creating a kratom tea cocktail.