Thousands of people in the Western world are becoming familiar with kratom and its effects. But even though kratom is helping millions thanks to its multiple properties, its taste is still an issue for many users. In this post, we will show you two kratom iced tea recipes that will help you mask kratom taste in a very refreshing way.
Kratom Properties and Effects
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is an evergreen tree native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand or Borneo. But while kratom grows in all these countries from Southeast Asia, most of the kratom that you can buy comes from Indonesia. But before kratom makes its way to the kratom vendors and stores, the farmers pick up the best leaves from the tree and dry them before grinding and powdering them.
The alkaloids contained in the kratom leaves act on the delta and mu receptors in your body, producing different effects that range from analgesia (or pain relief) to relaxation. Actually, the scope of kratom effects includes:
- Pain relief
- Energy booster
That is why, kratom users consume this herb to combat pain, relieve anxiety and depression, fight insomnia, get an energy boost, and even to alleviate the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
But how can kratom have so many different effects? Kratom’s alkaloids (such as mitragynine or 7-hydroxymitragynine) are very peculiar: at low doses, they promote euphoric and energizing effects. But at high doses, kratom effects are more relaxing (and they can even be sedative if the doses are too high).
How to Take Kratom
Most users consume kratom in tea. When heating the kratom powder, you are also removing the contaminants that it may contain. But kratom tea does not taste good at all. And that is one of the reasons why kratom users seek for other consumption methods.
Another common way of consuming kratom is by using the toss and wash method. The toss and wash method allows a very fast onset, so you’ll feel the effects very quickly. However, tossing and washing kratom can be a bit difficult for newbies.
Kratom capsules are a very convenient way of taking kratom. But capsules are more expensive than kratom powder. Luckily for you, you can make your own kratom capsules. The process can be a bit clumsy, though, which is why we recommend you use a capsule filling machine.
Because kratom taste can be very unpleasant, many kratom users opt for adding kratom to smoothies, applesauce, yogurt or juices. You can even use kratom powder to make kratom soup!
Kratom Iced Tea Recipes
People don’t like kratom taste. That is a fact. Kratom bitter earthy taste is far from nice and taking a kratom tea is not a pleasant experience for many users. Fortunately, you can give your kratom tea a better taste thanks to these kratom iced tea recipes. They are very easy and will allow you to enjoy your kratom in hot summer days.
For these recipes, you can use your favorite kratom tea recipe. All the recipes are for one serving, so you just need to boil one or two cups of water and add your kratom dosage when the water starts boiling. Then, lower the water heat, stir occasionally, and let the water simmer for 15-20 minutes. Finally, let the water and the kratom brew for 2-3 minutes and strain the tea using a fine strainer or a muslin.
Kratom and Melon Iced tea
This iced tea is both refreshing and light and is ideal to finish your breakfast on a hot day. The ginger will help you protect your stomach and you can substitute the honey for sugar. Also, if you don’t like the creamy texture and prefer a more liquid one, you can use a juicer instead of the blender.
- Your kratom dose
- 1 cup of water
- ½ cup melon
- ½ inch fresh ginger root
- Honey or sugar
- Peel the ginger and cut it into thin slices
- Make the kratom tea adding the ginger slices
- As soon as you have strained the tea, pour the honey
- Place the melon in a blender. If you are using sugar instead of honey, add the sugar to the blender, too
- Blend the melon until you get a smooth puree. You can use a sieve to strain it if it is not fine enough
- Add ice to the glass and pour the tea
- Place the melon puree in the glass and stir well
- Serve immediately
Kratom and Pineapple Iced Tea
This kratom iced tea is not only a very nice way of masking your kratom tea. Pineapple will also give you a boost of vitamin C. And it will even help you lose weight! And again, you can use the juicer if you prefer a more liquid texture.
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- 2 pineapple slices
- Honey or sugar
- When the boiling starts, add the cinnamon and wait for 2 minutes
- Add the kratom to the water and make a kratom tea
- Peel the pineapple slices, chop them and place the pieces in the blender
- Blend the pineapple until you get a puree-like texture
- Pour the tea and the juice in the glass
- Add the sugar or the honey
- Add some ice to cool it off
Kratom Dosage and Side Effects
When using kratom, you should take certain precautions and be cautious with your dose in order to avoid side effects. The side effects of kratom include:
There are some things you can to avoid some of these side effects. Drink plenty of water to fight kratom dehydration. Also, eat fiber-rich foods to avoid constipation and start using fiber supplements as soon as you notice the first symptoms. If you are prone to digestive issues or nausea, avoid consuming kratom on an empty stomach and combine your kratom with ginger or chamomile.
Nevertheless, the best way to avoid these unpleasant side effects is by being cautious with the dose. You can use the following guide as a reference:
- Low doses: 2-4 grams
- Moderate doses: 4-5 grams
- High doses: 5-8 grams
Doses higher than 8 grams are very high and you should avoid them.
So, if you want to try kratom iced tea, you should always watch your dosage. If you know any other recipes that you want to share with us, feel free to do so in the comments box below!