In recent years, ailments such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain and chronic fatigue seem to be increasing. That’s why more and more people are seeking treatments to alleviate these conditions. Also, many people don’t want to rely on prescription medicines and prefer a natural alternative to ease their symptoms. One of these natural alternatives is kratom.
Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa is a tree from the coffee family that grows wild in the rainforest of many South Asian countries. People from these regions have used its leaves for centuries to treat many diseases and as a way to get an extra-boost of energy to get through long working days.
Recently, kratom has become popular in Western countries thanks to its many properties. Depending on the dosage Kratom’s leaves have energizing, calming, pain relieving, relaxing or sedating effects. There are many kratom users that report how kratom has helped them get a better life, however, there are still many people who buy kratom powder and don’t know how to use it. Although there are a few methods to consume kratom powder (that we’ll see at the end of this post), brewing it into a tea is one of the most popular. In this article, we’ll explore 5 ways to make kratom tea with kratom powder.
Kratom Tea: Dosage and Effects
As we mentioned above, kratom’s leaves have different effects depending on the dose that you take. Typically, people use kratom to seek one of the following effects:
- Pain relief
- Energizing and stimulating
- Calming and relaxing
Also, many people use kratom to ease the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
So, before preparing your tea, you need to know your kratom dosage. Although there is no general kratom dose, as every individual is different, if you are new to kratom, it is important to start on a lower dose and see how your body reacts to it. If you don’t experience any undesired effects, you can start increasing your dose until you reach the effect that you are seeking.
Generally speaking, the common kratom doses would be:
- Starting dose: 1-3 gr.
- Low dose: 2-4 gr. to feel its energizing and stimulating effects
- Moderate dose: 4-5 gr. This dose is both stimulant and pain relieving
- High dose: 4-8 gr. will have sedating properties.
If you are not an experienced kratom user, it is advisable not to take high kratom doses, as you may experience unpleasant side effects.
Finally, consider that when using enhanced kratom or kratom extracts you’ll need to lower your dose, as extracts are much more powerful than plain kratom. The reason for this is that the concentration of alkaloids is much higher than in regular kratom. So, always start with a low dose and start increasing just as you would do with regular kratom.
5 Ways to Make Kratom Tea with Kratom Powder
Making kratom tea is easy if you know how to prepare it. Although some people don’t like kratom’s taste, brewing kratom is one of the most convenient ways of consumption. Also, you can enjoy your kratom tea hot or cold. In fact, many people prefer to take it when is a bit chilled. Also, if you don’t like kratom’s bitter taste, you can use a sweetener to mask the flavor a bit.
Below, we’ll explain how to prepare your kratom tea with kratom powder using 5 simple methods:
How to Make Kratom Tea with Kratom Powder
Probably, the easiest and most popular way to prepare kratom tea is by brewing your kratom powder directly in water. To do this, pour a cup or two of water into a saucepan. Allow the water to boil and add your kratom dosage stirring all up to avoid the kratom powder from forming clumps. Then, lower the heat and let the water simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Some people let the water simmer for up to 30 minutes. This is no problem, as kratom’s alkaloids endure the heat well. Finally, remove your kratom tea from the heat and pour your tea into a mug through a strain to get rid of any residual powder.
How to Make Kratom Tea with Empty Teabags
If you don’t want to brew your kratom powder directly in the water, you can use empty tea bags and fill them up with your kratom dose. But sometimes this is not convenient, as the empty tea bags that you can find in the market are too small for this purpose. If that is the case, you can use as many teabags as you need until you reach your dose.
You can find empty teabags easily in the market, or you can empty the teabags that you have at home and fill them up with your kratom powder.
How to Make Kratom Teabags with Coffee Filters
You can also make your own kratom teabags using coffee filters. You’ll only need:
- Coffee filters
- Baker’s string
- A stapler
First of all, you’ll need to cut your coffee filter into a rectangle and place your kratom dose in the middle. Cut a large enough rectangle to be able to hold all your kratom powder dose. Take into account that you’ll need to fold it later. Then, fold the sides of the rectangle over into the middle. And then, set your finger in the center and fold the two sides up into each other. Fold the top down and put a piece of baker’s twine on top and staple all together. The piece of baker’s twine will help you to insert and remove the teabag from the water.
How to Make Kratom Teabags with Muslin or Cheesecloth
Another simple way to make kratom tea bags is with muslin or cheesecloth. You’ll need to cut your muslin or cheesecloth into squares (the squares must be large enough to hold your kratom powder). We recommend that you use double pieces to prevent the powder from leaking out during brewing.
Then, place your kratom powder dose in the center of the cloth and bring the corners together. Twist the top and tie it with a piece of baker’s twine. We recommend that you use baker’s twine to tie it up, as it is intended for food use.
How to Brew Kratom Powder with a Tea Infuser
Finally, you can use a tea infuser to brew your kratom powder. This is probably the easiest way to make your kratom tea. You’ll only need a tea infuser and some empty tea bags or a piece of muslin or cheesecloth.
Introducing your kratom powder directly into the tea infuser is not a good idea, as the powder can come out through the infuser’s holes. To avoid this from happening, simply unfold one or two empty tea bags and cover the inside of the infuser with them. You can also use a piece of muslin or cheesecloth to cover the inside of the infuser. Then, you can place your kratom powder in the infuser and use it normally.
Other Ways to Take Kratom
Although taking kratom tea is one of the most common ways to take kratom powder, kratom’s bitter taste makes it unbearable to many people. But, if this is your case, don’t worry, as there are other ways to take your kratom powder without having to cope with its taste. Let’s see some of the most popular:
- Toss and wash method: This is one of the most common ways to consume kratom powder. It consists of placing your kratom dose in your mouth and wash it down with a glass of water.
- Taking kratom capsules: You can pack your kratom powder into capsules and just swallow them like any other capsules. You can even make your own kratom capsules.
- Mixing your kratom powder with sweet food: Many kratom users mix their kratom powder with applesauce or yogurt to get rid of kratom’s bitter taste. You can also try making your own kratom smoothies.
How about you? Do you use any other method to prepare kratom tea?