While kratom is often purchased in powder form, it can sometimes be obtained in its natural leaf form. Of course, the leaves can be made into a powder through boiling — but that isn’t necessary!
The fact is, kratom doesn’t need to be powdered to be enjoyed. For hundreds of years, kratom leaves have been used by Asian cultures to make tea. And the very same way kratom tea was prepared centuries ago is still effective today!
What you will need:
- Dried kratom leaves
- Tea kettle or pot
- Tea infuser or strainer
- Heat source
- …That’s it!
Simple, right? And if you’ve ever made tea before, you can probably guess what to do. In fact, the only difficult part is deciding just how much kratom to use.
While results will vary depending on kratom strain and user tolerance, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind:
- 1 to 3 grams offers a “beginner’s” dose with effects that, although prominent, will only be felt for a short time.
- 3 to 5 grams is a “moderate” dose with more pronounced and longer lasting effects, including stimulation.
- 5 to 8 grams is a “strong” dose, meant for those who are familiar with the effects of kratom. Instead of stimulation, strong doses offer more sedative effects.
- 10 or more grams is an “expert” dose only for those experienced with kratom. The tea will be extremely sedative.
Making The Tea
- Boil 10 to 12 ounces of water in a pot or kettle
- Using the above information as a guide, place the desired amount of dried kratom leaves in a tea infuser
- Once water is boiling, pour over infuser
- Let steep 10 to 15 minutes
- Remove infuser and enjoy!
Simple, right? But be aware that the tea may be bitter, especially to those not accustomed to drinking tea. To combat the bitterness, a sweetener such as sugar or honey may be added. Milk can also counteract the bitter tannins of the kratom. Also, while an increased steeping time will result in a tea with stronger effects, it will also be more bitter.
So…how do you enjoy your kratom tea? Share your recipe or tips in the comments below.