Kratom tea is used by many people for various purposes. In small doses, it adds energy and stimulates, and in slightly larger doses it is used as a pain reliever. It can also be taken to help with anxiety, and also to help with poor sleep patterns.
What is Kratom tea used for? This interesting natural substance comes from a plant that grows in Thailand, Bali, and the surrounding areas. It has certain properties that make it a popular alternative to, for example, CBD or cannabis.
Although not approved for use by the FDA, Kratom is nevertheless legal in most of the USA. Research into the effects of Kratom is ongoing. What we do know is that it is an opiate substance. As such, it is important to understand the different effects various dosages produce.
It is also vital that new users start with a small dosage – a single gram or no more than two – and work up until they achieve the desired effect. In the following article, we want to talk about Kratom tea, and whether it is the best way to ingest the substance.
How to Use Kratom Tea
So, back to the question what is Kratom Tea good for? Some users take it as a recreational substance, others for medical reasons, and some as a ‘pick me up’ or stimulant.
Kratom tea is just one method of taking it. Others include chewing the leaves and adding it as a supplement in powder form. The tea method is traditional in the eastern countries where it is native.
The tea is drunk as you would normal tea. However, as Kratom tea has quite a bitter taste, many users add a sweetener, such as honey. Tea can be made from dried leaves or from powder. We’ll run through a brief description of how to make Kratom tea later, but first, we want to talk about the different effects of dosages.
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Kratom Dosage Information
Kratom is unusual in that it can provide wildly different effects depending upon the dosage. If you are making Kratom for pain tea, for example, the recommended dosage is between 4 and 8 grams.
If you want it as a stimulant, the recommended dose is 2 to 4 grams. Anything higher than 8 grams may induce psychoactive effects.
But there are other factors that influence how Kratom tea affects the individual. Body weight, for example, is a factor, as is the age and health of the person. Lifestyle and other daily aspects will also exert an influence.
As a guide, here are a couple of figures that might help:
- As a stimulant, add 0.025grams of Kratom leaves per pound of body weight to your tea.
- For pain relief or as a sedative the figure is 0.04grams per pound.
These are not strict but make for a good starting point. Newcomers should always begin with a low dosage and increase it slowly.
So that we can reach a conclusion we want to talk about the best strain of Kratom for making tea.
Different Strains of Kratom for Tea
When we are considering which strain makes the best Kratom tea we need to consider what the user is taking Kratom for.
There are, in fact, over 50 strains of Kratom. They are classified by the color of the veins in the leaves. These can be red, green, or white.
Red Vein Kratom can be found widely across South-East Asia. There are around 20 different red vein strains. This type of Kratom is often used to make tea.
Red Vein Kratoms are among the more powerful. They are also fast-acting. These strains are the most popular for sleep disorders and pain relief, and not – apart from Red Hulu and Red Maeng Da which are among the strongest of all – are not often used as a stimulant.
Green Vein Kratom is also used to make tea. These varieties are considered ‘in the middle’ when it comes to their strength and effect. Green vein Kratoms are not known as sedatives – although there are a couple of exceptions – but are excellent for energy boosts. Green Borneo Kratom, for example, is also an excellent anti-anxiety treatment.
Experts will often suggest Green Vein varieties for beginners as they are less potent than red.
White Vein Kratom is the ideal energy booster drank as tea in the morning. These strains are also excellent for users who want to overcome social anxiety, as they induce a feeling of positivity and a clear head.
You may also find Yellow Vein Kratom. This does not grow in the wild but is a form of White vein that has undergone a unique processing method. This form of Kratom is very potent and known to induce euphoria.
How to Make Kratom Tea with Crushed Leaf
The number of leaves that go into Kratom tea will be determined by the user. As we said earlier, there are many factors that influence this decision. For these instructions, we are assuming a 4-gram dose. Here’s how it is done:
- Boil water in a saucepan or a kettle. If you use a kettle, transfer it to another container for processing.
- Add the 4 grams of crushed Kratom leaves to the water.
- For full strength allow the mixture to steep for 15 minutes, less if you want a milder drink.
- Use a cheesecloth or fine strainer to separate the leaves from the water.
- Your Kratom tea is ready to drink although you may wish to sweeten it with honey.
Once you find your desired strength you will begin to see why Kratom tea is becoming more popular in the USA and elsewhere.
Kratom tea is excellent for pain relief, especially if you choose the most relevant strain. It is also a stimulant which is why many people enjoy a cup before they head off to work. Always take care when using Kratom and remember it has opiate properties so should be treated carefully.