Most kratom users consume the plant via "tossing and washing," which involves swallowing raw kratom powder. But kratom's bitter taste can make this method unpleasant.
Thankfully, there are other, more enjoyable ways to take kratom. One of the most popular methods involves brewing kratom tea. And aside from being refreshing, kratom tea actually has some notable advantages over kratom powder.
For starters, brewing kratom tea with lemon and sweetener can reduce the plant's natural bitterness. (Cinosi et al., 2015, pg4) The process of preparing kratom tea also involves straining and discarding kratom plant matter before consumption. As a result, consuming kratom tea can cause less stomach discomfort compared to kratom powder.
In this post, we'll give you a quick run-down on how to make a batch of kratom tea for yourself with a recipe shared by kratom community member NerdsTakeOnTheWorld, or DrewTurner.
Let's get started!
Kratom tea isn't just delicious — it's also fairly easy to make! But before you get started, you'll want to ensure that you have the following ingredients and tools.
Most readers will already have most of these ingredients and components at home. If you're missing any of the following items, make a note of it before you start so you won't have to interrupt or pause during the brewing process.
2.5 to 5 grams of your favourite kratom strain (leaves or powder)
3 tbsp freshly squeezed or bottled lemon/lime juice (not lemonade or limeade)
3 cups of water
Filtering system (nut milk bag, fine mesh tea filter)
Large-sized pitcher or bottle
Kettle or medium-to-large stovetop pot
These ingredients primarily serve to make the kratom tea taste better. As a result, you can customize them according to your taste. For your first batch of tea, we strongly recommend not straying too far from the recipe. This is because kratom's distinctive bitter taste can have strange interactions with other flavours.
Sweetener: Honey (pasteurized or unpasteurized), sugar, etc. to taste
Ginger: 1/2 cup freshly grated ginger or 1-2 tbsp powdered ginger
Brewing kratom tea isn't a quick process. All-in-all, you can expect it to take about an hour. Hopefully, you'll find that the results are well worth the time investment!
Add your fresh kratom powder or crushed leaves of choice to either your stovetop pot or kettle
Pour in your 3 tablespoons of lemon/lime juice
Swish around the contents of the pot/kettle to allow them to mix
Let the kratom mixture "soak" for 20 minutes to absorb the lemon/lime juice
Once the kratom mixture has soaked for 20 minutes, it's time to start brewing!
Add 3 cups of water and cover the pot or kettle
Bring the kratom mixture to a light simmer at low-to-medium heat. Continue to simmer for 20 minutes with the lid in place. Be sure to periodically check the pot/kettle to prevent your tea mixture from boiling. High heat can destroy the alkaloids that are responsible for kratom's effects (Basiliere and Kerrigan, 2020)
After simmering your kratom tea for 20 minutes, remove your kettle or pot from the heat and set it aside
Using a fine-mesh strainer or nut milk bag, set up your pitcher so that you can safely pour the contents of your kratom tea into it without allowing any kratom sediment to pass through. If you're in a pinch and don't have a strainer/filtration device, you can use coffee filters. However, this method is slower and therefore not recommended
Slowly pour your freshly-brewed kratom tea into the pitcher
After filtering your kratom tea, it should have a gold/bronze colour. If the tea looks murky or green/brown, you may have to repeat the filtration process to remove any remaining kratom sediment
Serve your kratom tea hot or allow it to cool in your refrigerator if you intend to enjoy it later. Nausea, dizziness, and other symptoms may occur at high doses. (Cinosi et al., 2015, pg8) Consume a small portion first (1 8oz cup) and wait at least an hour to assess your tolerance before drinking more.
Brewing kratom tea can be an effective way to mask kratom's bitter taste or shake up your kratom routine.
If you decide to give this recipe a shot, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Wondering what type of kratom will work best for you? Check out our other blog posts for more information!