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Kratom is a versatile plant with many varieties and forms of consuming it. The popular ways of consuming kratom are taking capsules, boiling tea using dried powder, and tossing and washing it. Its leaves can also be used to make tea.
Being one of the easiest methods of enjoying red kratom, you don’t need special equipment or experience. This guide allows you to make kratom tea at home and enjoy its benefits while cutting costs.
Read on to learn how to prepare kratom tea with fresh leaves.
How To Make Kratom Tea Using Fresh Leaves
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- Kratom leaves
- An acid lime, lemon, or apple cider vinegar
- Sweetener (sugar or honey)
- Coffee filter
- Water (depending on the amount of tea you are making)
- A pot
- Dry your fresh leaves.
- Boil the water in a pot.
- Crush your dried leaves and add them to the water.
- Add some lemon juice or acid to your mixture.
- Keep heating and stir vigorously for about 30 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a cup to filter out the kratom leaves.
- Add the sweetener of your choice, and your tea is ready to drink.
Drying kratom leaves is important because it’s a form of curing. This helps increase the concentration of 7-OH-mitragynine by oxidizing mitragynine, making the kratom more potent.
Tips For Making Kratom Tea
Even though making kratom tea is easy, there are some tips that you should know to make your tea even better.
Add an acid
Kratom’s alkaloids mitragynine and 7-OH-mitragynine alkaloids are insoluble in water, which means that your steep time will be longer. The more you steep your tea, the more it becomes bitter. You can add lemon or a relevant acid to your mixture to make your work easier since acid increases the solubility of the alkaloids in water and reduces your steep time.
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Use a Sweetener
Most people find the bitter taste of kratom leaves unbearable. But this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the benefits of kratom. You can add a sweetener or a flavor ingredient to your tea to mask this bitter taste and enjoy your tea. The sweetener can be honey, sugar, maple syrup, or agave juice.
Dilute The Taste
One of the simplest ways of reducing the bitterness of kratom is by using more water than recommended. High concentrations make it difficult to drink tea comfortably. But you can just add more water to your tea to dilute the bitter taste so that you can enjoy your tea.
Get advice from an expert
It is best that before you make and consume kratom tea, you seek the guidance of an expert. An expert will help you know trustworthy vendors and help you include kratom into your routine in a way that won’t cause any problems.
How Much Kratom Leaves Should You Use?
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Before making your herbal kratom tea, you must know your proper dosage. Kratom strain differs in strength; so, use the leaves with caution. Certain factors, such as your body chemistry and kratom potency, determine the number of dried leaves you need for your kratom tea.
It’s difficult to determine how much kratom you should use from the start since there is no guideline on dosing. For this reason, experts recommend starting with a small dose and adjusting based on how the effects react with your body.
Benefits of Consuming Kratom as a Tea
There are several ways of consuming kratom, so why should you opt for kratom tea over other options?
Better taste: kratom has a very unpleasant taste, discouraging most people from consuming it. But if you make kratom tea, you can use different sweeteners and ingredients that will enhance the flavor. Some of the elements you can mix with kratom are licorice roots, apple cider vinegar, lemon, lime, and stevia.
Easy to make: brewing kratom tea takes time compared to other methods, but the process is easy. You just put your kratom leaves in a saucepan on the stove, turn it down to low heat, and wait for a few minutes. You can also brew your tea in large quantities and store it for future use.
You’re unlikely to experience digestive issues: Kratom is a thick, insoluble fiber. The human body’s design doesn’t allow it to digest large amounts of grounded leaves. So when you chew too much of it, you will experience side effects like bloating, gas, and constipation. Boiling and straining kratom leaves helps avoid these effects because you consume liquid rather than leaves.
Fast-acting: kratom will kick in faster when taken in liquid form. When you chew it or eat edibles, it undergoes digestion slowing the absorption.
There are several methods of consuming kratom, but brewing kratom is the best option. Brewing kratom tea releases the active ingredients, making it biocompatible, and the body quickly absorbs these chemicals. Also, you can easily adjust your flavors as you would with other drinks.