Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical tree species native to Southeast Asia. It plays a prominent role in ethnomedicine, particularly in Thailand, where the raw leaves of the tree are traditionally used in a manner similar to the way people in the West use coffee — to boost energy levels. Thai farmers and laborers have long used kratom to help them endure the hard labor their work requires. Tea drinkers in the West can use kratom to get a caffeine-free boost of energy in the morning, after lunch or whenever they need it.
What Are Kratom’s Properties?
If you’re hoping to use kratom for its energy-boosting properties, you’ll need to be careful with the dosage. At smaller doses, kratom indeed has a stimulant effect. At larger doses, however, it can have a sedative and analgesic effect. Though, many people take advantage of kratom’s analgesic properties in order to manage chronic pain.
In addition to increasing alertness and physical energy levels, low to moderate doses of kratom can make you feel more sociable, friendly and talkative. You’ll find it easier to focus your attention and concentration. If you’ve never used kratom before, you’ll be more sensitive to its effects. Some experienced kratom users mix tinctures, extracts or resins into hot water or tea to make a stimulating kratom beverage. Extracts, resins and tinctures are concentrated and therefore more potent than the dried or powdered leaves, so if you’re just starting out, it’s a good idea to stick to making tea from dried leaves. Buy dried kratom leaves from a reputable online shop, so you know you’re getting a quality product.
How Is Kratom Used?
Traditionally, kratom has been used in Southeast Asia to boost physical and mental energy and concentration. Traditional use of the herb has also encompassed occasional treatment for sexual difficulties, opiate addiction and diarrhea. In Southeast Asia, the leaves of the kratom plant are most often chewed fresh, but in the West most people make a tea or tincture out of the leaves and drink it. Powdered leaves are also sometimes added to apple sauce or fruit juice.
How Do You to Make Kratom Tea?
In order to use kratom tea to boost your energy, you’ll want to start with a low dose of two to six grams of dried leaves. Again, if you’ve never used kratom before, you’ll be more sensitive to its effects — start with the lowest possible dose. Add the dried leaves to a cup of water and boil gently for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid and put it aside.
Next, put the same leaves into another cup of fresh water and boil it for 15 minutes. Strain out the leaves and combine both cups of boiled water. You can continue to boil the water until it’s reduced to a smaller volume — some people even reduce their kratom tea to a syrupy consistency. If you’re feeling impatient, you can drink the two cups of kratom tea without reducing them. Kratom’s effects last about six hours. You won’t experience any sort of crash when the effects wear off and most people find that they feel less jittery when they use kratom tea for an energy boost, as compared to black tea or coffee.
If you want to make a larger quantity of tea, simply increase the amount of dried kratom and the volume of water. You can store your already-brewed kratom tea in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Can You Add Sugar to Kratom Tea?
Many people who use kratom tea for its energy boosting properties find that it has a somewhat bitter taste. You can add sugar, honey or lemon juice to kratom tea to improve the flavor. Another way to improve the taste of kratom tea is to brew it with other flavorful herbs or dried tea leaves. If you’re looking for a caffeine-free energy boost, you may want to use decaffeinated black tea or another herbal tea of your choice.
If you’re looking for a quick energy boost in the morning or in the middle of the day, tea made from the leaves of the kratom plant could be a great caffeine-free option. This plant has an extensive history of use for its long-lasting energy-boosting properties, and with no crash or jitters, it’s a wonder there isn’t more hype.
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