Kratom Tea: What is It and Where Users Can Get It?
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What Is Kratom Tea?
Kratom tea has been used in Southeast Asia for many centuries for medicinal purposes. Nowadays it is known as natural remedy that can be used as a substitution for opioid-based painkillers. Tea is the the most widespread option to consume Kratom because potent alkaloids heated in hot water are sooner released and absorbed into the bloodstream.
How to Brew Kratom Tea?
What is needed:
- A kettle
- A strainer
- A mug
- Kratom powder
- A stove, or another source of heat
- A lemon
- Sugar, honey, stevia, cinnamon or other spices
The following recipe is known to brew the kratom tea:
- The first step is optional: a lemon juice can be added to the water. Use a fruit, instead of ready-made lemon juice.
- Boil the water in the kettle.
- Add kratom powder to the boiling water.
- Decrease the heat to let the substance simmer. Do that for at least 10 minutes.
- Look at the color of the tea. Is it yellow or dark orange yet? If not, simmer it a bit until it gets that color. When it does, remove the kettle from the stove (or the heat source).
- Put a strainer on the top of the mug and pour the mixture through it.
- Throw out the mixture that is left in the filter, or save it for a next brew, but it will have much weaker effects.
- If the taste is not fancy, add some flavor to it, for example, even add a spoon of sugar, honey or stevia to sweeten it.
For warm summer days, Krattom ice tea is a possible option. Just put it in the fridge for about one hour and let it cool there.
Why do people drink kratom tea?
People drink kratom tea to benefit from its medicinal properties. Taken in small amounts, kratom can act as a stimulant by increasing a person’s concentration, sociability, and libido. In larger amounts, kratom can act as a sedative, producing feelings of relaxation and pain reduction. Kratom tea is also used to help people detox from opiates.
Words of Caution
Figure out the safe dose: The ingested amount will affect how the user will feel after drinking the tea. A tolerance to kratom is an important factor to notice. Lower doses are recommended for user’s safety.
- 1 gram gives mild effects.
- 2-3 grams have mild to moderate effects.
- 5 grams is the standard dosage most users. Do not start with that dose.
- 10 grams lead to intense results.
- 15 grams or more should never be taken.
What Are Effects of Kratom Tea?
Kratom effects will start to appear in about half an hour after the intake. Here is what users usually expect of drinking kratom tea:
- Pain reduction. It can be an alternative to tough prescription pain relievers. It is especially interesting to replace opioid painkillers, which are much more addictive. People use it to relieve headaches, muscle or vascular pain, arthritic pain or even chronic pain in general.
- Relaxation. Larger doses can have a sedative or even anxiolytic effects. It relieves physical tension and calms down.
- Sleep improvement. People with insomnia find it helpful to drink a kratom tea before going to sleep. Their minds are more at ease, and they have better chances to fall asleep. As a result, they feel fresher the next day.
- Stimulation. A small amount of kratom can replace coffee. Some people with high blood pressure like to take it as their safer morning booster, as Kratom does not increase heart rate like coffee does.
- Concentration. Some Kratom consumers use it to enhance their focus.
- Mood enhancement. Some people prefer to drink a tea per day as an herbal alternative to antidepressants. Users that they feel uplifted and content after a small amount of powder. Larger doses might even induce euphoria.
- Sociability. Some individuals prone to anxiety in social situations report that they enjoy Kratom tea when exposed to large amounts of people. A relaxed and focus state of mind is helpful to eliminate anxiety when talking to others.
- Libido booster. Many users report an increased quality of their sexuality after drinking that plant. Even in tiny doses, Kratom enhances sensations, including arousal for over ten hours.
- Opiate detox. Some opiate addicts use Kratom to help themselves in their detox or cut down phase. Kratom contributes to relieve withdrawal symptoms of opioids, which significantly increases chances of success during detox and decreases the risk of giving in to cravings.
- Overall health. Kratom is a traditional medicinal herb in Southeast Asia in use since centuries. Some of the purposes include lowering blood pressure, control blood sugar levels, and have antibacterial and antioxidant Of course, these are limited and cannot be efficient without a change to a lifestyle
While the dosage influences the experienced intensity, the type of kratom extract decides of the effects that one will experience.Red Bali is known for its sedative properties.Sumatra or Vietnam strains provide energizing effects.
What are the side effects of using kratom?
Side effects of using kratom include:
- Dry mouth
- Blurry vision
- Upset stomach
- Difficulty focusing
- A “hangover” the next day
Side Effects of Kratom Tea
Just like any active substance, herbal remedies are not coming without adverse side effects. It depends on the amount and the type of plant. High doses can lead to unpleasant sensations such as:
- Dry mouth
- Blurry vision
- A headache and dizziness
- Upset stomach
- Difficulty to focus
- A hangover the next day
If some of them are experienced, follow these steps:
- Drink water with squeezed lemons. Evenly distribute 2-3 liters per day.
- Stop using other depressants or stimulants (alcohol, coffee, and cigarettes as well) until these symptoms fade.
- Have a good long sleep.
- Stop using Kratom for up to a week.
How much kratom is considered to be a regular dose?
A dose of 5 grams is considered to be a “normal” dose of kratom. However, beginning users should start with a lower dose. One gram will produce very mild effects, whereas 2-3 grams produces mild to moderate effects. Ingesting 10 grams of kratom can lead to intense results. Doses of 15 grams are only for experienced users.
Where Can People Buy Kratom Tea?
Kratom is considered as unregulated alternative medicine and is therefore not on sale in pharmacies or drug stores.
Local Head Shop
These somewhat controversial stores sell pipes, music and various kinds of supplements. Because the products they sell are often not regulated, police officers regularly investigate them. Kratom is also being sold in these stores and therefore gets often stigmatized or even confiscated. For these reasons, Kratom is hard to find there. It comes either in hidden packages, where it is one of many ingredients of unspecified mixtures. No one never knows what is inside, and ingredients could be toxic.
Can Kratom Be Found in Herb Stores?
That is not very likely. Kratom is not a mainstream product and still has a rather negative reputation. It is not as easily available as other vitamin pills or groceries. For that reason, stores that specialize in vitamins and herbs often don’t take the risk to sell Kratom. Often the reason is simply not to get in trouble with law enforcement. Because of the same reasons users are not advised to purchase Kratom, until they are sure that it is completely legal in their state.
One of the ways to purchase Kratom is online. Online community of Kratom users shares the information about possibilities to buy Kratom in different regions.
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