Kratom enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite herb in more ways than one. The most common forms of using powdered leaf include ‘toss and wash,’ capsules, and tea preparation. When selecting their preferred method, kratom users consider several factors, such as taste, convenience, and potency.
In my many years of studying and using this amazing botanical, I’ve found taking kratom tea delightful and super-effective. Besides, I believe I’m not the only one, and that’s why I’m writing this blog.
I’ve got the impression that a warm cup of kratom tea sets the scene for the bliss you’re about to experience. However, consumers who prioritize potency can’t help but wonder whether a warm kratom beverage packs as significant a punch as taking kratom powder in the form of capsules or ‘toss and wash.’
We’ve scoured the internet for resources and collected anecdotal evidence to help you find an answer to the question of whether kratom is strong as a tea. Stay close. This will be interesting.
What is Kratom Tea?
Kratom tea is a brew made from the leaves of a Mitragyna Speciosa tree indigenous to Southeast Asia. This region has very fertile soil and plenty of sunlight, which favors the plant and its final yield. As a result, kratom trees growing in these regions are packed with alkaloids and flavonoids, making the kratom quite flavorful and potent.
The kratom tree has two widely known compounds, namely Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. Besides, it has other active ingredients (there are 25 known kratom alkaloids), which bring about the kratom effects we all appreciate. Although the composition of kratom ingredients in plant varieties is similar, their concentration might not be identical.
As such, kratom farmers have devised a way to categorize kratom varieties with similar active ingredients concentrations. As such, you’ll come across the following kratom strains in the market.
- Green vein kratom
- Red vein kratom
- White vein kratom
Traditionally, kratom users would dry kratom leaves and crush them to make tea after mixing with warm/hot water. However, as you’d expect, that method isn’t as effective as using finely ground kratom powder to make the drink.
Kratom tea is an absolute fan-favorite in the kratom community. Understandably so, people from various cultures have enjoyed tea sessions for epochs. Ask the Brits :).
You’ll love to know that there are several ways of preparing kratom tea, although none of them affects its potency or its perceived effects on your body.
Want to Make Kratom Tea? Here’s What You Must Know
The first and most crucial step when making kratom tea is picking a strain. Do you prefer White Maeng Da or Red Bali? Once you’re settled on the variety, you can begin making your tea. But first, let’s remove a few misconceptions from the way.
When doing my usual rounds in kratom subreddits, I couldn’t help but notice the level of greenness with kratom users, especially regarding kratom alkaloids and heat. For instance, one question I came across was, “Does high heat, like boiling water, kill kratom alkaloids?”
Here’s what you should know. For starters, alkaloids are chemical compounds and not living ingredients like proteins. As such, they can’t die. However, the Reddit user wanted to know whether high temperatures could result in kratom alkaloids’ molecular degradation.
Contrary to popular opinion, Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine are not denatured at boiling water temperatures. Unlike the majority of plant-based alkaloids, the most active kratom alkaloids are stable at high temperatures. This means that kratom powder may not lose its potency when mixed with hot water.
Nonetheless, if you want to retain as much of your kratom’s natural alkaloid content, you mustn’t let the powder roll in a boil with the tea water. Instead, please bring it to a simmer and turn off the heat. Alternatively, you can add hot water to your kratom or let the hot water in your teapot cool down for a bit before adding the powder.
Another crucial note is that, like any tea, the longer you boil it or allow it to seep, the stronger its effects and flavor will be. Kratom has a tangy taste, and its flavor continues to deepen the longer you leave it submerged in hot water.
Again, you must observe the tea’s color as the darker it becomes, the more intense its flavor and potency become.
Unfortunately, you cannot make a lot of kratom tea to last you a week or two as the brew can only last for five days when refrigerated without losing its potency. Although adding alcohol to the brew can preserve it without affecting its alcohol content, you’ll have an entirely different recipe on your hands.
Different Approaches to Making Kratom Tea
Making kratom tea is a straightforward process that you can complete without much strife. Despite being an effortless process, it’s best that you set aside some time to prepare your drink (avoid rushing through the process).
I’ve found 15 minutes to be sufficient time to prepare the tea, and within 30 minutes, after you started, you can be enjoying some of the initial effects of drinking kratom tea. Taking your time will ensure that your beverage tastes great and has the best impact.
However, the approach you use ultimately boils down to personal preference. While some people prefer to let the tea soak for long, for a powerful taste, others prefer a mild taste.
Boiling pot method
This approach was the most prevalent way of brewing kratom tea, but then times keep changing. But since it came first, let’s give it precedence.
The boiling pot method is an excellent option if you’re looking to make a lot of tea from large batches of kratom. If you’re hosting a kratom tea party, this method is great. If you want to save some tea later, remember that you can only store it in the refrigerator for five days max.
If you opt for this method, you’ll require a kratom powder of your choice, a boiling pot, clean water, and a strainer. If you’re brewing your tea from dried kratom leaves, a small mesh strainer should serve you well. However, if you’re using kratom powder, a cheesecloth is your best option.
Start by adding the desired amount of water into your pot and bring to a gentle boil. You’ll decide the amount of water to use depending on how much tea you want to make, which you’ll estimate based on your desired serving size.
Subsequently, reduce the heat and add your desired amount of kratom powder to the hot water and allow the mixture to simmer for up to 20 minutes.
Once the mixture’s seethed, pour the contents through the cheesecloth into a jug or kettle. Now, you can either serve it or store it. Alternatively, allow the powder residue to settle at the bottom before pouring.
A quick tip to help you get the most bang out of your buck.
- If you were using loose leaf, do not discard the leaves after straining. Depending on the duration of your first seep, they might have another one or two good strains before losing potency.
If you’re like me and prefer simple processes that require little effort to carry out, you’ll love this method. However, it would help if you did some little prep work in advance.
Apart from water and kratom powder of your liking, you’ll need a teapot or your preferred vessel for boiling water and some tea bags. The teabags can either be opened or empty, although tea balls work well too!
Ideally, get some empty teabags. But if you don’t have some, you can grab some tea bags and empty them. Tea balls, on the other hand, work well if you’re using loose leaves.
Add your desired amount of powder into the tea bags, and place the bags directly in the teapot. If you want to babysit the bags to avoid ‘boil damage,’ be my guest, but there’s no point. Alternatively, place the teabags in your mug or thermos.
Once the kettle whistles, turn off the heat and leave the tea to seethe for a while – the steeping time depends on the taste you desire, not to mention your level of patience.
Sun Tea Recipe
When it comes to this method, yours is to allow your kratom loose leaves or powder to soak in cold water under the sunlight. You’ll love to know that leaves will always release flavor when wet, despite the temperature.
However, you should expect the sun tea method to take a little more time than the other two approaches discussed above – cold water takes longer to infuse than hot water.
Additionally, although the dynamics change with varying temperatures, you’ll be pleased to know that one method doesn’t create more flavor than the other.
Making sun tea is an effortless yet exciting way to prepare kratom tea from large batches. Besides, it gives you that memorable DIY experience.
Nonetheless, since this technique exposes kratom to a lot of sunlight, your sun tea might not be as potent as the one you’d make with some heat. Why? The sun’s UV rays can cause the batch’s alkaloid content to weaken.
Add the premeasured kratom powder to some cold water in a jug or a container. You can also opt for kratom tea bags instead of allowing the kratom powder to swim freely to strain it out later.
In my experience, this method of preparing kratom tea works best with kratom leaves.
Again, this approach might not be the ideal way to prepare kratom tea as it heavily relies on sunlight to work well – it’s perfect for the summer!
Anyway, find a sunny spot where you can place your container and leave it to bask in the sun for at least an hour, up to five hours.
Which Is the Best Way to Enjoy Kratom Tea?
Kratom, in whatever form, apart from capsules, is somewhat of an acquired taste. Unless you’re new to kratom, you’re already acquainted with its piquant flavor and perhaps wish it could better.
Luckily, there are several ways to make your favorite kratom beverage more refreshing and probably even more potent.
Check out these methods.
Add lemon or orange for extra refreshment
The nitrogen present in kratom alkaloids tends to degenerate when subjected to high temperatures over a while. This affects the flavor and potency of your kratom tea. As such, if you’re concerned that the heating process might affect your tea’s strength, you can slice a lemon in half and add it to the tea before heating. Lemon’s acidity will safeguard the alkaloids’ integrity and add a citrusy flavor to your drink.
What’s more, you can also add an acidic ingredient such as apple cider or vinegar; it will delay the chemical ingredients’ degeneration in your beverage and add refreshing zest to your brew.
Add sweeteners & extra flavorings to mask the bitter taste
Contrary to popular opinion in the kratom community, you can actually sip a cup of kratom tea over a lovely conversation instead of chugging it. All you have to do is find a way to mask the bitter taste, allowing you to enjoy the wide range of benefits without frowning.
Plus, it would be such a waste if you did away with kratom solely because it has a strong flavor. So, to mask the unpleasant taste, you can add a sweetener of your choice. We recommend that you try adding honey, agave juice, or stevia to make your tea more palatable.
Besides, you can also add extra flavoring to your herbal brew, making your tea session more of a hangout than a therapy meeting. Some flavors that come to mind include ginger, citrus zest, or cinnamon.
If you want to take it a notch higher, you can add a decorative and safeguard garnish – slice up some lemons and lime circles. And if you’re a fan of cold drinks, feel free to add some ice cubes into the jug.
3 Tips to Enhance the Strength of Your Kratom Tea
Kratom tea is a refreshing beverage, but don’t forget that kratom has a vast array of effects on the body, including stimulation and sedation. As such, you want to ensure that your kratom tea is at full strength for you to enjoy the full spectrum of effects.
Here are three tips that will ensure your kratom tea remains potent.
1. Don’t keep it for too long
Today’s busy lifestyle necessitates efficiency. As such, we understand that you might be tempted to brew and refrigerate kratom tea that will last you a fortnight or so.
Unfortunately, kratom tea can be kept cold for up to five days, after which it begins losing its potency, and it won’t taste great either (And I know it didn’t taste great before).
If you want to remain efficient and prevent your kratom tea from losing significant quality, plan for small, five-day batches.
2. Add some citrus juice
I’ve come across some internet posts claiming that adding lemon or lime juice to kratom might damage the alkaloids. That’s a fallacy.
For starters, the citric acid is too weak. If it were sulfuric acid, it would damage the alkaloids by causing dehydrating action. However, one potential upside of citric acid is that it may help extract kratom alkaloids or make them more soluble.
However, more studies are underway to confirm how citrus juice boosts or safeguards the potency of kratom.
3. Keep an eye on the brew time
The longer you brew your kratom tea, the more flavorful and potent it will be. As such, you can increase or decrease the brewing time according to your desired taste. Making these minor adjustments will allow you to find the perfect brew time for the kratom strength that befits your needs.
Effects of Drinking Kratom Tea
Kratom has gained a worldwide appreciation for its potential therapeutic effects, thanks to its broad alkaloid profile.
7-hydroxymitragynine and Mitragynine are the most active and most concentrated ingredients. However, they collaborate with more than 20 other active compounds to cause an effect similar to taking opiates.
Luckily, unless you abuse kratom tea, you don’t incur the risk of addiction, as is the case with opioid drugs.
The following indicators will paint you an image of the spectrum of effects you’ll experience from taking different amounts of kratom powder in your tea.
- Five grams of kratom powder will stimulate your Central Nervous System (CNS) for about three hours. Consequently, you’ll be able to concentrate on mundane jobs or undertakings that require mental stress. Besides, you’ll experience a surge of energy and a vivid improvement in mood. At this dosage, your kratom drink can be used to eliminate barriers before demanding gigs like a public address. If you’d like to prolong the effects, you can have another cup of kratom tea within four hours, when the first serving effects are dwindling.
- Ten to fifteen grams in your tea can help soothe painful sensations, relieve stress after a long day, or enhance sleep. While kratom tea’s pain-numbing effects aren’t as pronounced as opium or morphine, it can help with day-to-day spasms. Also, this dosage can help you cope with diarrhea and coughs. Finally, if you’re battling withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, opioids, or alcohol, the tea can ease your struggle.
- Tea containing more than fifteen grams of kratom powder may not be ideal for first-timers, or not at all even! If you drink a cup of this tea in one go, you might experience a powerful calming effect, and small-bodied individuals and first-timers might even faint. What’s more, such high doses depress the nervous system so much to the extent of slowing down your breathing. Experts posit that it might lead to tachycardia, which is why we strongly advise against taking more than 15 grams of the herb per day.
Is Kratom Tea Safe?
Yes. It is relatively safe unless abused.
Natural kratom is derived from the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen plant belonging to the coffee family. Its leaves have been used for epochs as a herbal supplement in traditional medicine.
You must note that kratom is not a drug. It is not an opiate. And it is not a synthetic substance.
Naturally occurring kratom is a safe herbal supplement that acts as a partial mu-opioid receptor. Yes. It is not an opiate but binds to the same brain receptor sites as opiates. Interestingly, coffee, chocolate, workout, and even human breast milk target these receptors similarly.
Anecdotal reports indicate that it is useful for soothing pain, providing a temporary energy boost, and elevating mood.
What’s more, a thorough analysis by a renowned doctor, Jack Henningfield, Ph.D., indicates that kratom’s potential for abuse and dependence doesn’t exceed that of prevalent and unscheduled substances guarana, kola nut, nutmeg, hops, chamomile, or St. John’s Wort.
So, Is Kratom Tea Stronger Than Powder?
Yes. And significantly so.
Kratom tea is an extract like kratom resins or liquid tinctures. As such, taking this beverage will give you a potent dose of your favorite kratom strain as opposed to taking kratom powder or capsules. Nonetheless, it is not as concentrated as other types of kratom extracts. But if it’s left to steep for longer, it becomes stronger.
Again, it is one of the simplest forms of kratom extract – yours is to steep the kratom leaves or powder in water to make some herbal tea. Its straightforwardness in preparation makes this kratom extract the most accessible option for those who’d like to experience more substantial kratom effects.
What’s more, you can easily enhance your tea’s flavor by adding sweeteners and other flavors, making it more refreshing.
The tug of war between kratom tea and powder will endure, but kratom tea will always win. Have you considered the fact that the body will readily absorb a liquid than a powder?
Secondly, there’s the issue that hot water denatures kratom alkaloids, and that’s not entirely true. Over–boiling your tea is what you should avoid. But at average boiling temperatures (100 degrees Celsius or 212 degrees Fahrenheit), kratom’s alkaloids remain intact.
I often hear some kratom community members advise that you should let the hot water cool for a few minutes before adding your powder to avoid deactivating the kratom. But I beg to differ. Feel free to use hot or warm water as the temperature only affects the speed at which the alkaloids are extracted from the powder and not its flavor or potency.
The most important consideration is to avoid over-boiling your tea. Personal experience dictates this to be true. Little to no boiling of your kratom tea results in a beverage that packs a significant punch. The thing is, while you need to achieve boiling temperatures, you should not leave your kratom to cook for extended periods.
Pros and Cons of Kratom Tea
- Faster onset
- More potent
- Happier tummies
- Ritualistic vibe
- Unappealing taste
Where Can I Source High-Quality Kratom to Make Strong Tea?
Initially, you could source kratom from your local natural food store as a dried herb. However, due to the host of misconceptions surrounding the herb, you might find that your local herb stores no longer stock this herb.
With that said, the best option for you to purchase high-quality kratom is through online vendors that specialize in selling kratom. When it comes to buying this herb, we all love, online stores present kratom enthusiasts with a myriad of options.
As such, the stiff competition from online kratom vendors will help you get the best deal possible. Nonetheless, you must note that the FDA doesn’t monitor the purity of the herb being sold by different vendors.
With that in mind, it is upon you, the user, to ensure that you source your kratom from genuine and reliable suppliers. By doing so, you’ll reduce the possibility of buying kratom that has been laced with other drugs like hydrocodone, as it has been noted in various cases.
We are your one-stop-shop for high-quality kratom of all varieties that will see you make some potent kratom tea you can enjoy with friends or ahead of a tasking day.