If you’ve ever made tea with a simple tea bag (and even if you haven’t!) you can make kratom tea. It’s one of the easiest and most efficient ways of consuming kratom, especially crushed leaf kratom or powdered kratom leaf. You can use a variety of tea brewing equipment but at the end of the day you’ll need a way to heat water to the boiling point, a way to steep the tea, and a way to stain the kratom back out to avoid a gritty drink.
Be aware that it can take a large amount of kratom leaf to make a good, strong tea. An average amount to use is about 15 grams, 25 grams is considered a really strong dose, but of course you know your own unique physiology the best and only you can determine the right dosage to meet your needs. I personally use 7-10g at a time for brewing tea. Due to the amount you’ll need, you’ll probably want to conserve making teas for large batches of kratom.
The goal when making a kratom tea is to get the alkaloids to release into the water and this occurs during the boiling process. You might have made tea before by boiling water, then pouring the boiled water over your herbs, and allowing it to steep for a few minutes. That works great for green teas and the like, but kratom requires a more intense method if you want to get the full effects.
A tea ball
Bring your water to boiling â€“ I like to use a pot or a large tea kettle, and I have a different method for each. Once the water is boiling in the pot, you can just dump the measured kratom leaf into the water. Don’t let the water boil too strongly, you want to aim for a soft, gentle boil. Turn the heat down and be patient â€“ but not too patient! About 15 minutes will get your tea to a yellow or dark orange color and that’s how you know it’s done. Take the pot off and allow it to cool for a few moments, then pour the tea through a strainer or sieve to remove the gritty loose kratom leaf, or if you’re truly daring leave it in there and enjoy the added kratom boost.
You don’t have to immediately throw the leaves away if you don’t want to â€“ some people enjoy making a second batch of tea with the same leaf, but it will be milder than the first. Alternatively, if you’re using a tea kettle to keep your water boiling, you could load up a tea ball or tea nest with kratom and place it in the boiling kettle. Using one of these allows you to avoid the straining step, and you don’t have to worry about stirring the pot to keep the kratom from sticking to the sides of the pot. It also makes it super easy to brew a second batch.
An even better (a.k.a. easier) alternative is to get a moka pot which can be especially useful when brewing a tea from powdered kratom leaf. Moka pots have three chambers â€“ the bottom chamber is filled with water which, when heated, builds up pressure from the steam which forces the boiling water up and through the middle chamber which contains the powdered kratom. The pressure becomes high enough to force the water through the kratom, and up into the top chamber where the tea collects. Follow the instructions that came with your moka pot when brewing kratom tea, but be sure to brew it for 15-30 minutes.
If your tea is too bitter, additives like honey, milk, cinnamon, sugar, and other flavorings can be added to make the flavor more palpable. Some people report that kratom teas are milder than capsules or performing a simple toss and wash, but others find that the teas suit their needs. If you’d like to share your experience brewing kratom teas, or have a recipe or method to share, please leave a comment!