Kratom tea is one of the most popular ways to use kratom, but what exactly is it, and more importantly, is it safe? In this kratom guide, I will use my personal experience and tons of research to help you make an educated decision about whether kratom tea is right for you.
Kratom Tea is a beverage made with the crushed leaves of kratom, a plant also known as Mitragyna Speciosa. It is very effective for absorbing kratom’s alkaloids, which are known for producing a wide range of benefits such as a decrease in pain, anxiety, or depression, and improved sleep and mood.
Many kratom effects depend on how you make its tea, as well as the size of your dose. You’ll want to know which kratom tea recipe and dose is best for you to avoid any unwanted side effects.
What is Kratom Tea?
Kratom tea is a natural tea made from kratom, a plant originating in Southeast Asia commonly used for medicinal purposes. It can be prepared with both kratom powder or kratom leaves.
Most people use powder rather than leaves to prepare kratom tea.
Kratom powder makes it easier for you to calculate an exact dose with every use, while leaves do not. I can tell you from multiple experiences while testing various strains and doses that accidentally consuming too much kratom can produce very unpleasant headaches.
Furthermore, it’s very difficult to get ahold of leaves due to international laws. Take my word for it, you’re better off using powder.
There are various ways to make kratom tea. You can simmer it, use natural sunlight, or place it in the fridge. You can also prepare it as a hot or cold beverage.
We’ll go over the most popular kratom tea recipes later in this post.
Kratom Tea Effects
Kratom tea produces a wide range of amazing effects. But why? The answer lies in two alkaloids, Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Both of these alkaloids are responsible for katom’s opioid like effects.
Mitragynine is more abundant in the plant, but 7-hydroxymitragynine is more potent and is known for it’s powerful pain relief properties.
The two alkaloids work together to produce the following benefits:
- Anxiety, Stress, and Depression Relief
- Pain Relief
- Improved Sleep
- Mood Boost
- Increased Focus and Energy
Kratom Colors and Strains
Kratom comes in four colors; red, white, green, and yellow. These four colors branch off into different strains such as Green Maeng Da, Red Borneo, or White Sumatra.
It is not uncommon for the same strain to be offered in various colors. For example, Green Maeng Da, Red Maeng Da, or White Meang Da.
Each color is known for producing its own set of effects:
|Strain||Pain Relief||Sedation||Anxiety Relief||Stimulating||Mood Boost||Increased Focused|
|Red Vein Kratom||x||x||x|
|White Vein Kratom||x||x||x|
|Green Vein Kratom||x||x||x||x||x|
|Yellow Vein Kratom||x||x||x||x||x|
However, within each color, each strain will vary in potency. For example, even though Green Maeng Da and Green Elephant are both green strains and produce similar effects, Green Maeng Da will produce much more potent effects. It’s high potency is due to the higher concentration of alkaloids it possesses.
The effects you experience from your kratom tea is going to largely depend on which color you use as well as the strain. Unfortunately, there are so many strains and colors that going over each one would make this article too lengthy.
Do not worry! I won’t leave you empty-handed. I have taken into account many customer testimonials regarding the potency of various strains as well as personally tested almost every strain you can think of.
Therefore, I’ve concluded the following strains to be the best according to their respective effect.
- Anxiety, Depression, or Stress Relief: Red Bali for night time use. White Thai for daytime use.
- Pain Relief: Red Bali
- Improved Sleep: Red Bali or Red Maeng Da (RMD produces a gradual mood boost)
- Mood Boost: White Thai
- Increased Focus and Energy: White Thai
As you can see some strains clearly dominate certain effects. That’s not to say other strains are no good.
Some people may find other strains to be more beneficial than the ones I’ve mentioned above. However, I have found these strains to be the most effective for the majority of people.
Kratom Tea: How Long Are the Effects?
Because kratom tea is a liquid, your digestive system will absorb the alkaloids relatively fast. You can expect to feel the initial effects in about 15-20 minutes (with the exception of sedation). The initial sedative effects take about 2-3 hours.
The overall kratom tea effects last for a total of about 3-5 hours.
So, if you drink your tea for pain relief at 3:00 pm you will feel the initial effects around 3:15ish and the pain relief will last up to 6:15 to 8:15pm that same day. Not too shabby if you ask me.
One other factor to keep in mind regarding the effects of kratom tea is the size of your dose. For example, larger doses tend to be more sedative, which is perfect for red strains while smaller doses are more energizing and great for white strains.
Dose is very important for obtaining your desired effects, so we will cover that topic in the next section.
Finding your kratom tea dose is crucial. Under dose and you will feel nothing. Overdose, and you may experience some very unwanted side effects. (More on side effects later).
As mentioned before, smaller doses tend to be more energizing while larger doses are more common for sedation. Unfortunately, there are many sites recommending universal doses.
While this may work for many people, it’s not guaranteed that it will work for you. Factors such as the following will impact the way you experience kratom tea:
- Food in your system
Experimenting is the best way to find your perfect dose size.
If you’ve never used kratom, begin with the lowest recommended dose for that effect.
However, if you do have at least 3 or 4 days to experiment I would highly suggest it. It’s a very simple process but it guarantees finding your perfect dose.
While experimenting with dose size do not drink kratom tea twice in the same day, or any other form of kratom. Doing so will interfere with the experiment because the second time you use kratom it will produce inferior effects and rapidly increase your tolerance.
I go as far as instructing people not to drink kratom tea everyday. Only use it when you need it in order to maintain its effectiveness.
How to Make Kratom Tea
There are various ways to make kratom tea. However, not all forms are created equal. Some methods of making kratom tea produce stronger effects than others.
The potency of your kratom tea highly depends on the extraction process of the alkaloids. For example, some people like to boil kratom powder, but I highly advise against it because extremely hot temperatures are known to destroy alkaloids.
Other forms of preparing tea are not very convenient but extract a higher percentage of alkaloids. We’ll go over some of the most common ways to prepare tea as well as their pros and cons so you can decide which form of kratom tea is best for you.
Simmering Kratom Tea
As I previously mentioned, boiling water destroys kratom’s powder. That doesn’t mean you can’t have yourself a warm cup of tea. The trick here is to simmer your kratom powder.
Simmering kratom at 170 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit extracts the alkaloids in the powder without destroying them. From my experience, this is the best way to make kratom tea with regard to potency.
Here’s how it’s done:
- Thoroughly mix kratom powder with 1 cup of squeezed lemon juice
- Simmer for 20 minutes at 170 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit
- Add one cup of water and stir again
- Simmer for another 20 minutes
- Use filter paper to filter out the kratom powder.
- Optional: Add a sweetener such as honey or maple syrup and enjoy!
I’d like to point out that if you don’t mind drinking kratom powder with your tea you will obtain slightly more potent effects. That goes for any form of kratom tea.
Kratom Sun Tea
Kratom Sun Tea is great for making large batches of kratom tea. However, it produces the weakest results.
Because this method requires using the sun as your extraction process, many of the alkaloids will be damaged by UV rays. I honestly only recommend making sun tea for large gatherings and social events.
To make kratom sun tea, follow the directions below:
- Fill a clear gallon container or jug with water and sliced lemons
- Add kratom powder and mix thoroughly
- Place your container in a warm sunny place for at least 5 hours
- Transfer your kratom tea into another container while filtering out the kratom powder
- Add sweetener and enjoy it!
You can leave your container in the sun for longer than five hours. This will extract more alkaloids from the powder. However, I’ve found five hours to be sufficient.
Kratom Iced Tea
Some days are just too hot for warm beverages. Nothing beats the heat like a delicious ice-cold kratom ice tea. You cool down AND enjoy its amazing benefits.
Kratom iced tea is slightly more potent than sun tea but not as potent as simmering. Unfortunately, it takes quite a while to prepare iced tea because the cold temperature is not ideal for extracting alkaloids (or any other substances for that matter).
But, if you have the patience and enjoy cold beverages, this is how you make kratom iced tea:
- Add kratom powder to a container or jug
- Fill the container with water and shake or stir
- Secure the lid on the container
- Place the container in the fridge for 8 to 12 hours.
- Shake the container every now and then to continue mixing the powder
- Filter your kratom with filter paper as you transfer the tea from your container into another jug or container.
- Optional: Add a sweetener and ice and enjoy it!
As you can see, making iced tea can take quite a while. I do something a little bit different that takes less time and guarantees stronger results. Even stronger results than simmering.
I fill a cup with cold water, add kratom powder, and drink. It’s that simple. I don’t filter the powder nor do I place my cup in the fridge.
Drinking the powder with my beverage provides much stronger effects because the alkaloids are preserved and absorbed much faster. One thing you wanna keep in mind is that powder will slowly start to settle at the bottom of your cup.
If you take this approach, you’re going to want to keep a spoon, butter knife, or something to continuously stir your drink to avoid the powder settling at the bottom. Believe me, it’s worth it.
How to Boost Kratom Tea Effects
Kratom’s effects can be amazing, especially when you’ve begun to use kratom. But what if I told you there was a way to increase the effects of your kratom tea?
What if there was a way to boost the euphorias, the pain relief, or the depression relief. Luckily for us, there are a wide variety of natural ingredients we can use to do just that.
Black Pepper and Turmeric
I group both those of these ingredients because you cannot use one without the other to boost kratom tea effects. Black pepper is known to increase the bioavailability of Curcumin, a compound in turmeric, by over 2000%.
The increase is Curcumin reduces your tolerance and allows you to continue experiencing kratom’s amazing benefits as if it were your first time.
The key to using turmeric and black pepper is to take them at least an hour before drinking your kratom tea. If you consume them along with your tea, they won’t provide the same boosting effects.
Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruit, or Other Citric Fruit
Citric fruit is the most popular kratom potentiator. The citric acid in these fruits helps to extract the alkaloids from the kratom powder.
They’re also much more convenient to use than other potentiators. Simply add them to your kratom tea during the extraction process.
For example, add orange juice to your kratom tea while you’re simmering water or to your container before placing it in the fridge. A ratio of 50/50 water to citric juice is enough.
Magnesium is a supplement you can use to maintain a low kratom tolerance. However, if you’re going to use magnesium, you have to use it on a daily basis otherwise it will have no effect.
Keep in mind magnesium may cause you to poop more than usual, which will dehydrate your body. Be sure to drink plenty of water when using magnesium.
Chamomile tea is used as a relaxant similar to kratom red strains. Because chamomile is offered in powdered form, you can infuse both kratom and chamomile powder while preparing your tea.
Doing so will potentiate kratom’s relaxation effects. However, I advise against using chamomile with white kratom strains because you may cancel out the stimulating effects.
Kratom Tea Side Effects
We can’t have an honest post regarding kratom tea without going over negative side effects. So here it goes. Kratom tea (or kratom in any general form) is known to produce short term and longterm side effects if abused.
Consuming more than your ideal dose may lead to the following short term side effects:
- Dehydration (less likely with kratom tea)
Short term side effects can be avoided by consuming your ideal dose and gradually increasing it throughout the course of a few weeks. This is why I previously emphasized taking the time to experiment to find your perfect dose.
The most common of these side effects are nausea and headaches. From my experience and the testimonials of others, they last about an hour and go away on their own.
Consuming kratom for an extended period of time (i.e. years) may lead to longterm side effects such as:
- Liver damage
- Weight loss
These long-term effects can easily be avoided by only consuming kratom when you need it. However, if you need to consume every day to manage pain or anxiety relief, you can avoid longterm effects by cycling your kratom use.
For example, if you’re drinking kratom tea for three months, take a break for two months. This will not only lower your tolerance but it will allow your body to recuperate.
As you can see, drinking kratom tea can produce negative side effects. However, they can be easily avoided if you use kratom responsibly.
Is Kratom Tea Legal
If you’re wondering whether you’re breaking the law every time you drink your kratom tea, wonder no more. Due to federal and state laws, the legality of kratom can be a bit confusing, but we’re going to clear that up for once and for all.
According to federal law, kratom is legal. However, there are certain states, counties, and cities that outlawed it.
Kratom is illegal in the following locations:
- San Diego, California
- Sarasota County, Florida
- Illinois with the exception of Jerseyville
The DEA has tried multiple times to outlaw kratom. Luckily for us, they’ve failed every time. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t try again.
Let’s educate ourselves and others and use kratom responsibly so the DEA won’t have any further reasons for attempting to ban our beloved plant.
Kratom Tea vs Pills
I get this question a lot from kratom tea users. Which is better, kratom tea or pills, also known as capsules? The answer is…it depends. It depends what you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for potency, kratom pills are stronger. Kratom pills retain all of the alkaloids when they are encapsulated. Hence, they are more likely to pack a bigger punch.
There are no doubt capsules are more convenient than kratom tea. You can avoid the powdery messes, accidental spills, and preparation process. All you need is water and capsules. Simple and effective.
- Time of Initial Effects
So far, kratom pills have dominated this face-off. Let’s make one last comparison. Because kratom tea is in liquid form, you’ll begin to feel the effects in about fifteen to twenty minutes. Kratom capsules don’t produce initial effects for about thirty to forty-five minutes.
But wait! You have to keep in mind how long it takes to prepare your tea. Some teas take up to 8 hours to prepare. The shortest method, simmering, takes 40 minutes. With that in mind, kratom pills produce effects faster than kratom tea.
Kratom tea tends to have a very bitter, earthy flavor that has been described as very similar to matcha. Kratom pills are flavorless. With regards to taste, deciding which is better is completely up to what you prefer.
Kratom Tea vs Powder
You may be wondering which is better, kratom tea, or directly consuming kratom powder, also known as the toss and wash method. Let’s take a look at both.
Just like kratom pills, kratom powder retains all of its alkaloids. This allows for more powerful effects. Unfortunately, kratom tea loses many of its alkaloids during the preparation process.
Unless you enjoy a mouthful of extremely bitter powder, you’re probably better off drinking kratom tea. You can add various juices and sweeteners to kratom tea to dilute the bitterness.
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to reduce the bitter taste of the powder. Drinking it with cold water helps a bit, but doesn’t make much of a difference.
Using the toss and wash method is quick and easy. Simply take a spoonful of powder containing your ideal dose, drink water, swirl it in your mouth, and swallow.
The powder is, without a doubt, more convenient than preparing kratom tea.
- Time of Initial Effects
You should begin to feel the initial effects of both kratom tea and powder at about the same time, fifteen to twenty minutes. But as I previously mentioned, you have to consider the preparation time for tea.
With preparation time taken into account, the initial effects of kratom powder take less time than kratom tea.
Best Kratom Tea
Surely by now, you may be wondering which kratom tea is the best from each color strain. Fortunately, I’ve provided a brief description below stating the specific strain and best qualities of that strain for a red, green, white, and yellow tea. Here we go!
- Red Bali Kratom Tea
Known as the king of red strains, Red Bali is potent and effective. It produces massive pain and anxiety relief followed by intense sedation. Those who suffer from chronic pain and therefore lack of sleep can highly benefit from a Red Bali tea.
- Green Malay Kratom Tea
Green Malay is known for its anxiety and pain relief, increase energy, and mood boost (euphoric). Although not as potent as a Red Bali tea with regards to pain relief, Green Malay tea is still at the top for its analgesic effects. This tea is perfect for those who wish to increase their productivity while simultaneously reducing pain and anxiety.
- Yellow Vietnam Kratom Tea
Similar to Green Malay, although not as euphoric, Yellow Vietnam tea is used for increasing energy, improving focus, and relieving pain and anxiety. Yellow Vietnam tea is perfect for getting things done and hence, ideal for daytime use.
- White Thai Kratom Tea
White Thai Tea can be used to replace your daily cup of joe. White Thai produces potent euphorias, energy boosts, increase concentration, and focus. It’s ideal for getting the day started early in the morning with a surge of optimism and alleviating the (emotional) pain of dreadful tasks.