For centuries residents of SE Asia have been enjoying the slightly bitter, alkaloid-laden teas formulated from the foliage of the Mitragynine speciosa. The tea is favored for its medicinal perks, as a way to relax after a long day, as a social beverage when company visits, and also as a festival beverage. Drinking Kratom tea is remarkably refreshing and fulfilling. If you would like to learn how to make kratom tea, please continue reading to learn more.

What is Kratom Tea?

In a nutshell, kratom tea is no different than any other herbal tea. It is a beverage served either cold or hot that is created using kratom. Kratom is obtained from the foliage of the Mitragyna tree.

The Lush Tropical Mitgragyna Tree

The lovely, big-leafed Mitragyna speciosa tree is a showy specimen that flourishes in the hot tropics. It is a member of the coffee family. The tree’s aggressive growth nature has made it illegal to grow in the United States and other parts of the world. Once established, grows with extraordinarily little care. The tree can easily reach a height of 80 feet with a similar canopy width. It will overtake an area with its ample growth and push out other species.

You’ll find Mitragyna trees flourishing in exotic locations like Bali, Borneo, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Historically, locals would grab the tree’s foliage to chew for an instant energy boost. The leaves are harvested, dried, cured, and pounded to create tea and powders.

Learning How to Make Kratom Tea

In the United States, people do not have access to the raw foliage of the tree so making tea the traditional way is rare. Kratom users typically ingest the alkaloids of kratom either via powder or capsule. Extracts have also increased in popularity. However, a true kratom lover always longs for tea. Luckily, we can show you how to make kratom tea with what you have available! There is no reason why you can’t enjoy the beverage just like generations have done in SE Asia. It just takes a little ingenuity and ‘MacGyver’s’ to conquer the problem.

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Making the Perfect Cup

Kratom is an herb so kratom tea is simply herbal tea. Although the Mitragynine tree is related to the coffee tree, it should be noted that the tea contains absolutely no caffeine. Yes, kratom boosts your energy substantially but one of the best things about the herb is that it does not cause a racing heart and shaking like caffeine. Instead, it’s like a slow burn.

You just feel improved energy without any of the nasty side effects caused by caffeine. Many users love using kratom tea in the morning in place of coffee. They instantly feel like they can conquer the world and don’t have a mid-day slump like they do with caffeine. Kratom tea is also a great replacement for harmful energy drinks. Workout enthusiasts will use energizing beverage before hitting the gym for the fast energy perk.

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The foliage of the Mitragyna speciosa tree

The leaves of the Mitragyna speciosa tree are loaded with alkaloids. In fact, there are up to 40 different chemical alkaloids found in the tree’s foliage. However, the main compounds that you hear the most about are Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine which occur in the most abundant within the tree’s foliage. They act as the active components that bind with the body’s mu receptors to spur the release of dopamine and serotonin throughout your system.

Learning How to Make Kratom Tea

As mentioned, the majority of herb users choose kratom powder because it’s widely available and affordable. You can choose from a wide array of strains which is a huge perk because who doesn’t like diversity. However, ingesting the powder is a bit tricky. You can create a huge mess by filling capsules with a pre-measured amount or you can opt for the messy toss and wash method. With the toss and wash method, you place a spoonful of the bitter, chalky powder in your mouth and wash it down with water.

If you aren’t a pro at this method, then you are probably going to cough and sputter the first few times that you try it. Let me give you fair warning, the powder tastes nasty. It is bitter and dry. If you accidentally inhale when you are holding it in your mouth, then it’s like giving a dose of baby powder right in the face. The toss and wash method takes trial and error to master. Even the pros of this method do not favor the flavor, but they do like the effects of the herb.

An easier way to ingest kratom powder is as a tea! Kratom tea can easily be created using simple kratom powder. Basically, all you do is mix kratom powder in water and add a sweetener such as granulated sugar or honey.

Kratom Tea Options

When you think of tea, you probably envision tea bags filled with dried leaf pieces. In SE Asia this is the way kratom tea is sold (and as loose tea) but in the U.S. it’s hard to obtain pieces of kratom leaves so you have to improvise. You can purchase tea bags and fill them with kratom powder too steep in hot water to create tea. They are remarkably easy, and the tea bag helps filter out the grit of the kratom powder, so you enjoy a smoother beverage.

Using Kratom Powder

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Powder for Tea

Honestly, the easiest way to enjoy the beverage is to simply mix the powder with water. Use hot water to dissolve the powder so it’s not chalky or sandy. Some people even brew the tea overnight. However, usually covering the kratom powder for five to 10 minutes will suffice to create the beverage. You can use a strainer to strain out any excess powder to create a wonderfully smooth beverage. A coffee filter or cheesecloth works well to strain the powder from the tea.

Flavoring Your Simple Kratom Tea

Add honey or pure cane sugar to sweeten the slightly bitter flavor of the kratom tea. You can even add a bit of lemon or combine the tea with one of your favorite tea bags to create a yummy beverage Use mint or chamomile tea to accentuate the flavor of the kratom tea.

Hot Tea vs. Iced Kratom Tea

Okay, in the south, people love their sweet cold tea. You don’t have to serve kratom tea hot. In fact, you can make the tea and then refrigerate the beverage to enjoy later once it has chilled. Add sugar and lemon to create a refreshing beverage that you can easily serve on the rocks.

Place a wedge of lemon or a sprig of mint in the drink to finish it off.

Boiling Tea and the Alkaloids

Many tea drinkers worry that boiling kratom powder might somehow alter or render the alkaloid found in the tree’s plant fiber ineffective. However, this is simply not the case. The alkaloids will remain every bit as effective whether served cold or boiled.

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