Kratom tea is a therapeutic beverage made from the leaves of the kratom plant, which is native to Southeast Asia. Kratom has a long history of use in the region as both a sedative and stimulant, with different veins known to have markedly different effects. Manual laborers in the region have long used kratom for its energizing properties, to aid them in the taxing conditions of the jungle.
Kratom is classically consumed by chewing the leaves, although this method is notorious for being arduous and leaving a bitter taste in the mouth. As kratom has become more prevalent in the West, new ways to enjoy the plant have emerged, that are more in keeping with Western traditions.
One of those in kratom tea. Low doses of white, green and a handful of red vein strains work as mild stimulants. Meanwhile, larger doses, particularly of green and red vein strains, provide more sedative and relaxing effects. Kratom tea is often taken as an alternative to prescription opioid-based painkillers, which are known to be highly addictive. Kratom is an all-natural solution to pain, unlike the synthetic opioids that dominate the pharmaceutical market nowadays. As such, the health risks to taking kratom are fewer than those from taking opioids.
In addition to its pain-relieving properties, kratom is also being used as a natural remedy for stress, anxiety, depression and low energy. It’s not unheard of to hear about kratom being used in the bedroom either, in order to enhance sexual performance and pleasure!
In this guide to kratom tea, we’ll discuss the general effects of red, green and white vein strains and show you how to prepare and enjoy kratom tea. We’ll also look at how to use kratom tea safely, and any potential side effects. We’ll also discuss the plant’s legal status, and how to ensure you only buy authentic and high-quality kratom tea.
Different types of kratom
Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is a versatile plant with contrasting effects, depending on the type. Dosage determines the kratom experience you’ll get to some extent, but the vein of a strain is also key.
Red Bali kratom tea is ideal when suffering from chronic pain, and are looking for potent relaxing effects, without feeling intoxicated. Red strains are renowned for being extra calming and soothing. Red Bali tends to outshine the others, although you can also expect excellent relief from Red Borneo kratom and Red Indo strains.
Red Maeng Da is kind of unusual, in that low dosages have a stimulating effect – this goes against the grain for red strains. However, the blend of pain relief and stimulation could make it a good daytime strain, which isn’t the case with most reds.
Most red strains are very sedating, which makes this form of kratom tea best for evening consumption. At this time of day, you can afford to fully relax and take your mind off everything. That said, many find that it’s best to take red vein kratom when all tasks for the day are complete. Then you can fully chill out and enjoy the positive effects of kratom, without any nagging worries.
White kratom tea is a fantastic option if you require a real energy or mood boost to get your day underway. The likes of White Bali kratom and White Maeng Da kratom work a treat for blasting away fatigue, low motivation, and anything else holding you back. In a sense, white strains are akin to an amped-up version of coffee, which is understandable given kratom is part of the coffee family!
For stamina, increased concentration and higher energy levels, white vein kratom tea has its best effects earlier in the day. In the evenings, such a mental and physical buzz may make it harder to relax and get to sleep. Indeed, that’s exactly what happens if you drink coffee or fizzy drinks before bed! White Borneo kratom is another brilliant energizing strain you should definitely try to experience.
Green strains are like a hybrid, and mix together the stimulation of white kratom and the sedation of red kratom to offer more balanced effects. For instance, a Green Malay kratom tea will perk up your concentration levels, but won’t leave you feeling on edge or anxious. Just the same, such a beverage will ease your pain symptoms effectively, without leaving you completely locked to the sofa!
Therefore, green kratom tea is perfect for anytime of day, and the most cost-efficient form of kratom if you only want to purchase one product. Green Bali kratom, Green Maeng Da and other infused teas will help with getting your day started, and also with bringing it to a close!
Most kratom strains take their name from the place they originate – for example, we have Bali and Indo strains, both from Indonesia, and Thai strains from Thailand. Maeng Da is a little different, as it doesn’t hail from any specific location.
Maeng Da happens to be incredibly popular in the kratom community, for having such high potency. Maeng Da effectively just means ‘high strength’, and means ‘pimp grade’ in Thai. Maeng Da kratom tends to have a combination of strains, which strengthen the effects. Sometimes, red and white strains are blended, hence why low dosages of Red Maeng Da are stimulating.
But if you’re searching for the strongest kratom, as so many people are, Maeng Da is the strain to look for!
How to make kratom tea
Kratom’s naturally strong, bitter flavor is not pleasant to everyone, hence why many prefer mixing kratom powder with a regular green tea, to improve the taste. Adding a sweetener, such as sugar, honey or lemon also helps to blunt the bitterness and make drinking kratom tea a much more enjoyable experience.
When making your brew, it’s imperative to just simmer the tea, and not boil it. While this takes longer, it protects the beneficial alkaloids in the powder (i.e. mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine). If these chemicals are burned off, then the tea would lose all its therapeutic effects. The longer the tea is left boiling, the more the alkaloids are degraded.
That’s why some people like to brew their tea with all the other ingredients first, before adding the kratom powder in at the end. This is a much better alternative if you don’t want to spend time watching the tea to ensure it doesn’t boil over. However, you choose to prepare, wait a couple of minutes after boiling before consuming. This will bring the brew down to a drinkable and desirable temperature.
Kratom tea bags
Kratom tea bags are the easiest way to drink kratom tea. These are no different to regular tea bags! Simply place a bag in a cup of hot water, wait a few minutes for the beverage to become infused with kratom alkaloids, and enjoy! Kratom tea bags are sold in a variety of strains and dosages.
Staying safe with kratom tea
We don’t have a ton of studies on kratom yet, but there is some evidence that very large doses and misuse of products can have some bad side effects. With this in mind, only use an amount that you feel comfortable with, and keep dosages low when you first start taking kratom.
Keeping your kratom tea dose to 2 grams of powder or below is recommended, whether you’re using kratom to relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, or low mood. A 2-gram dose is good for getting mild, but not overwhelming kratom effects. After becoming acquainted with this dose, you can steadily increase the quantity taken.
Increasing in incremental amounts of 0.5 or 1 gram is the best way to enjoy kratom responsibly. Hardened, long-time users, who are familiar with all of kratom’s effects – both positive and negative – may eventually be happy taking doses of 10 grams or above.
However, your preferred dosage may be considerably below 10 grams, which is why you should initially only put small servings of powder in your tea. There’s no rush – it’s better to start small and have a list of good kratom experiences, rather than an off-putting bad one. And one more tip: never take a higher kratom dose than your body can tolerate.
Kratom tea effects
This section will list the positive effects of kratom tea, and also the negative side effects you need to be wary of. The exact effects you get from a powder-infused tea will depend on the strength of the dose. Kratom is a biphasic substance, with low and high-dose effects often polar opposites. This isn’t the case with all strains, but in general, anticipate stimulation from small doses and sedation from higher strengths.
Kratom abuse can throw up some nastier side effects, which go beyond the mildly negative ones that come from just slightly exceeding your ideal dose. We’ll talk about those further down.
Exploring the benefits of kratom tea
Chronic pain relief: This is by far the most common reason for taking any kratom product. The plant’s alkaloids produce a similar, albeit less potent (and therefore less addictive) analgesic effect to alkaloids.
Kratom-infused tea is used to combat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, neuropathic pain like multiple sclerosis, headaches, migraines and more.
Better sleep quality: The powerful sedative effects make kratom an ideal natural sleep remedy. The soothing red vein strains are best-suited for sleep, because of the stronger relaxing effects.
Kratom may potentially help with insomnia and other sleep disorders. Not to mention, a good night’s sleep is the perfect tonic for eliminating daytime fatigue.
Pure relaxation: A high dose of kratom tea will deliver a delightful relaxing effect, with perhaps even a dash of euphoria thrown in for good measure. Seasoned kratom users will be comfortable with the deeply calming properties of a bigger dose, which is just right for tackling physical and mental uneasiness.
Increased energy and focus: Small quantities of white, green and some red kratom strains are mentally and physically stimulating. This is beneficial for laborers, and also office workers who struggle with poor concentration and alertness.
Exploring the downsides of kratom tea
According to Mayo Clinic, there are several potential health risks from taking kratom products. It’s important to understand that kratom – and other substances – affect people differently, so the positives and negatives aren’t applicable to everyone.
However, kratom use has been associated with weight loss, dry mouth, nausea and vomiting, muscle pains and liver damage. Some have experienced hallucinations and delusions, dizziness and drowsiness from taking kratom. There are also risks of slowed breathing and seizures.
These possible downsides just reinforce why it’s so critical to consume kratom responsibly, and to closely monitor any changes in effects from increased dosages.
Is kratom tea legal?
Yes, kratom tea – and other kratom products – are federally legal in the United States. However, a handful of states have banned kratom in recent times, including Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved kratom for medicinal use, as of October 2019. In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its intention to make kratom a Schedule 1 substance – the most tightly-controlled drug classification in the Controlled Substances Act. However, following a huge backlash from kratom users, and many politicians in Congress, these plans were stalled.
Kratom will remain legal for the foreseeable future. But with more research now being conducted on kratom, the potential for law changes and prohibition later down the line cannot be ruled out.
Kratom tea is an all-natural, therapeutic beverage that may help with numerous physical and psychological health issues. Tea is a convenient way of taking kratom, and can easily be mixed with sweeteners if you find it too bitter.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of how kratom effects change depending on strain, vein and dose. Furthermore, we hope our breakdown of the positive and negative effects, and how to consume safely, has made you more comfortable about trying kratom, if you haven’t already!