The kratom plant has long been used for pain relief and to mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the herb can also boost energy levels. Many users of the herb opt to make a tea with it, since drinking hot liquids can amplify its stimulant effects. Using this form of consumption can result in the effects of kratom last longer than if the herb was consumed as powder or capsules.
Kratom is a plant in the coffee family, Mitragyna speciosa, that has been used for centuries for both medicinal and recreational purposes. The plant’s active compounds can act as a stimulant and analgesic, with the exact mechanism still under investigation. Kratom is available as a raw leaf, dried or pressed into a powder, or as a concentrated extract in pill or liquid form. It can be consumed orally in the form of a tea, tincture, or capsules and is sold at kratom shops and in some gas stations and paraphernalia stores in the United States.
Whether you prefer a soothing cup of tea or a stimulating brew, the process for making kratom tea is simple and requires very few ingredients. Simply bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, squeeze in some lemon juice, and add your kratom powder. After reducing the heat and allowing the tea to steep for 15 minutes, you can enjoy the benefits of this herbal concoction.
Although there is no FDA approval for kratom, it has been used as an alternative to opioids for pain relief and to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), and bipolar disorder. It is also reported to provide euphoria and increased sexual drive in some people. The lack of regulation and quality control in the kratom industry results in highly variable concentrations of the plant’s putative active compounds, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, which are believed to trigger a variety of kratom’s known effects.