Kratom TeaWhile many people like the “toss and wash” method of kratom consumption, making it into a tea is a much more pleasant experience for many. The taste can be pretty bitter, but with the right preparation it’s comparable to an extremely potent green tea flavor.

Start by measuring out between 1 teaspoon of powdered leaf. Using an extract is not recommended, as the hot water may break down some of the alkaloids, there’s no added benefit, and it’s more expensive. Boil 2-4 cups of water. The more water you use, the less strong the flavor, but as long as you drink it all the effects will be exactly the same.

Put the kratom powder into a large cup or container with a pour lip, and pour the boiling water on top. Stir until it is thoroughly mixed. Be sure there aren’t any clumps of dry powder. I highly recommend adding sugar, artificial sweeter, or honey (honey works the best to cut the bitterness), and stir. If using artificial sweetener, 2 packets is a good starting amount. Let sit until cool (at least 15 minutes), stirring occasionally.

Once cooled, allow the powder to settle to the bottom. Pour the tea into a drinking cup, and enjoy! At this point you can add more sweetener to taste, or add water or ice cubes to dilute the flavor. As long as you drink all of the liquid, the effects will be the same.

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  1. Assmann

    Big Tip as a Thai using powder you can find in smart shops (Amsterdam). In Thailand we always make the tea fresh with leaves, then we cool it and mix a little cough syrup into to sweeten it. However since I am not so eager to use cough syrup I can suggest to find some lingonberry syrup or any berry syrup. Basically I just boil some water, add the powder to cup around 2.5g per cup. Add the syrup and mix while pouring in the hot water. This was actually very drinkable and if not sweet enough just add a little more!

  2. dickiet

    Kratom is a sort of cure all when you learn the right dose and what is perfect for you. Yes, it is addictive. So is coffee, Pepsi, cigarettes, etc. It certainly beats the heck out of using smack, sickly sweet subs, or methadone. Give yourself a break from all the chemicals and take a spoon.It will have you doing pushups. God man! Nature beats a lab any day of the week.

  3. OpioidAnonymous

    I saw a lot of comments about weening from other opioid. I started on pain killer then heroin for about 2 years then methadone (maintenance clinic) for 5 years. In my opinion ( just an opinion btw), if you currently have an opioid addiction/dependence you should join a methadone/suboxone clinic; I recommend methadone. If you think you can control your taper on your own you are very likely mistaken. I got to my stable dose after a few months of methadone(80mg per day). After about 2 years I began a taper which was -10% of dose every week then -10% every two weeks once below 20mg. It takes a long time but it’s worth it as there are almost no withdrawals until the end and by then it’s manageable. Switching to Kratom is just one addiction to another. Kratom is also very expensive whereas clinic accept most insurance. Kratom is great for reducing occasional cravings post completion of opioid maintenance. Currently I find my self using Kratom too often but the withdraw is very light and and a normal dose of Imodium will subside any withdrawals. Kratom is great for curbing OCCASIONAL cravings but should be used in moderation with self control.

    1. Adam

      Kratom is extremely cheap you can get a kilo for under $100.. not sure where you are getting your Kratom from but Kratom would be worlds better than methadone or suboxone…

  4. Doolittle

    Hi Guys!
    I’m new to Kratom. I have one basic quick question–How many teaspoons of Red Bali Crushed Leaf Kratom per cup of Water should I use in making Tea? I was using 1 teaspoon per cup of water in my Coffee Maker. Bitter as Hell, but some honey & French Vanilla Creamer made it palatable. However, if I have the mix correct, 1 per 1, then how many cups of the Tea do I have to drink??? I do NOT want to drink too much, but I am using the tea to help manage my chronic neck and back PAIN!
    Thanks In Advance For Your Help Guys & Gals!
    Doolittle

    1. dickiet

      Anyone that thinks that a strongly physically addictive chemical is a wiser idea than a one hundred percent natural plant is likely mistaken in my book. Of course kratom is slightly addictive. Anyone that has dabbled in opiates and is using kratom likely has an addictive personality anyway. But I have found kratom to be cheap, the withdrawals light, and the taper extraordinarily easy. That’s me. But I suspect that this is the likely the norm. I have friends that stop regularly and he also says it’s not that deep at all. I am about 3 teaspoons a day for two years.

  5. Rose

    Yes. Taper by slowly decreasing opoids while the kratom will keep withdrawl symptoms at bay. Once you stop the opoids completely start tapering down the kratom. It can be addictive too though not nearly as bad as opiates.

  6. Tea drinker

    Make a tea. Don’t eat this fowl tasting powder. I use hot water out of my tap so it’s not hot enough to damage chemicals we need but it releases sufficient amounts of the happiness from the powder. I then use a filter that’s cloth and I got it from a Chinese supermarket. So I stir the powder in the hot water off and on for 15 mins then I pour the mix thru the filter and squeeze the filter and powder to get the last drops.
    I get the effects expected for energy, euphoria and pain management. I’ve been doing this as a supplement to an opioid pain management program and it’s allowed me to stay on the same opiate doses for 4 years now. My kratom need s have increased….I’ll make the tea with 25 grams these days. Could not imagine eating that much powder though. I wind up with a nasty tasting 12 onuce or so glass that I hit with four sweet n lows to make it drinkable. Works for me. I’ve found a good seler on line that tests each batch. And visits the farms he buys from periodically so I feel I got the best defense I’m going to get from someone cutting it with fentynal or from poisons etc. That’s it and all I want from my pain management is the be made as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.

    1. Boobert

      So you are on a MAT and take kratom? I am on 160mg of methadone, have been on that for over a year, and want to try kratom. Would there be any use for it for me?

      1. Goathead

        Kratom may take the edge off, but it won’t do what methadone will.

      2. Jeff

        I was ok 80 mg of methadone for 3 years. Got sick of the side effects. Especially the sweating. I weened down on the methadone by cutting does by 50% every 3 days. 80 – 40 – 20 – 10 – 5 – 2.5 — At 2.5 I stopped. I was tired and felt depressed but no bad withdrawls for a month or so. I still wasn’t happy so I tried Kratom and I have zero craving for opiates now.

      3. Mike

        I quit herion by taking kratom affects are very similar

        1. Brittany

          Not that similar. Which kind are you taking?

      4. Joe

        I got off of 40mg methadone per day over a 2 week period and just stopped the methadone. Yes pain went up as I did t take it for addiction. Heroin addicts I have met used kratom as well to stop withdrawals. This is what I did and after 8 mos it now helps with pain. I take about 8 000 capsules per day but using a keurig will do the BEST as one can simply add real tea to it and sugar. Voise!

      5. Rose

        Yes. Taper by slowly decreasing opoids while the kratom will keep withdrawl symptoms at bay. Once you stop the opoids completely start tapering down the kratom. It can be addictive too though not nearly as bad as opiates.

      6. Brittany

        Methadone is strong. I think it would be best to switch to suboxone first (if possible), then taper down off of the suboxone and then start kratom. That’s what I’m doing and its working great!

  7. Jesse

    I just started red kratom yesterday and felt relief ( have crohns disease and some knee pain ). Also is helping me cut down smoking cigarettes and gives energy and helps focus. Thought it was mumbo jumbo but just dont take to much or too often if you have an addictive personality. Have seen people who abused it just like anything else can be abused and the side effects gave them headaches

    1. Willard H

      Im a hefty boy who started jogging again at 300 lbs. To compensate for the massive impact and wear on my legs i took white buntok or borneo before my run so i would forget i had legs. Now im 260 and trail running like i was in the air force again. Stick with it responsibly and it manages all kinds of pain pretty well it seems.

  8. Chris

    Guys easiest and very effective way of doing….just use a tea maker…or coffee maker if you don’t have one….same thing basically. I run the water through mine twice… Instant effect, easy cleanup… You’re welcome!

    1. Traci Bryson

      Does this really help Chronic pain?

      1. Jane

        ABSOLUTELY. Stand by it and mmy word

      2. Andrea

        YES!! I used to take 4 ibuprofen liquigels 3 or 4 times a day & I had gastric bypass so not supposed to take nsaids at all. I would take 4 of them before I even got out of bed because of my spine. Now, I use kratom – I’ve been using the capsules but it’s getting pretty expensive. I ended up here because I’m thinking making tea might be easier for me. Most days, I don’t even have to take any ibuprofen.

        1. Blaine.D....

          Just buy a “00” capsule maker and a bag of “00” capsules 1000ct for like $15!? Capsule maker between $20-$25 all for sale on line, that means unlimited capsules 24ct at a time and takes maybe 10min, thats what I do anyway!? Good luck🙂!!!!

    2. Vanessa

      Yes thank you!

  9. Max

    What is best Kratom and mix for arthritis. I have it bad in my back, makes getting up and doing anything extremely tough. Thanks for advice.

    1. Jason

      I’ve heard Red Horn or Red Borneo are both great for pain relief and help with sleeping.

      1. Julie

        Red Horned does nothing for my pain. Everything else from the same order has worked great. I still have others to try, but haven’t found “the one” yet for after shoulder surgery pain

        1. Blaine.D....

          Try red indo, red bornio, or red Thai, I take white maeng da which isn’t in the same realm as red’s, but if you need energy and focus as I do to help cope with my A.D.H.D. its white JONG KONG, HULU KAPUAS, OR MAENG DA!!!! Good luck🙂!!!!

    2. Nick

      Personally I find that red bali helps me most

  10. William F

    Cold turkeying 180mg methadone, 1 week in and I literally am too weak from not eating for a week to go make a cup of kratom tea… Guess I’ll get up and do it now. Doesn’t seem to make anything better though, maybe a little less cold and sweaty but much the same otherwise.

    1. BeeVan

      Maybe you need to use a little more. I’d go little by little upping the amount powder so get right strength. Everyone is different and depending on use. Since yours is opiate dependency you may need more. I myself can not relate but know MANY people that used this to try help with this and are amazed. It works great for my mild pain relief and sluggishness. But like other comments say you can over use and become overly dependent. I hope my comment helps you. I know it’s been awhile since you posted

  11. Dazel77

    I have found the microwave to be my best friend. I mix about 10 to 18 grams depending on strain, then 6 or so squirts of lemon juice then add a bit of grapefruit juice. When you shake, there is so much air, but put in the microwave just to warm/heat, and don’t boil. All air is gone, and it’s super concentrated. I have noticed a significant difference to just shaking and waiting. I also have not found the microwave to harm the alkaloids based from personal results.

    1. Brittney

      Your way works great! Microwave is definitely best. Strained it and it was good. Thanks for the advice!

    2. Billc

      Are you adding water or just the juices and if so how much water?

  12. Anabelle

    I meant capping*

  13. Lori

    Do caps affect your liver like a scoop in a drink vs tea?

    1. LeeAnne Williams

      Lori use veg caps..

  14. Francis

    I use 1/2 tablespoon of white meang da. Use spring globe mixer in shaker cup. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Microwave on high for 30 seconds only. Let stand overnight so that powder settles to the bottom. Use a Melitta pour over filter holder to strain out the powder. Mix with honey, sugar, to taste or just drink straight it doesn’t matter. Tastes like a different strain of coffee. Takes almost a full hour to feel full affects. Mild euphoria and reduced pain

  15. Ben

    Uhh, pro tip – do not use boiling water (Use hot water, but no bubbling/boiling water) at all. EVER. Boiling water will kill all of the alkaloids very quickly, making it nothing more than bitter tasting, non-beneficial, tea. Be sure that if you must boil water, do NOT add the kratom until it has completely stopped bubbling, and is still hot, but like I said, not hot enough to boil! This is super important!

  16. Isaac Caspersen

    Doesn’t heat break down some of the alkoloids?

  17. I’ve tried making kratom tea (strained) 50 different ways & not a single one has ANY effect. I’m convinced this plant has to be boiled for like 2 hours to release the active alkaloids or something because even when I use massive amounts of powder, lemon juice & varying temperatures/times, it produces no effect unless I leave the sludge in. And the sludge gives me gastritis/esophagitis.

    When I say “massive amounts,” I’m talking several ounces of kratom to make one batch of tea. And it does nothing. Meanwhile, one plastic spoonful of the powder in some cold water lasts all day & has moderate opiate-like effects. I’m convinced people are getting placebo effects from this strained tea.

    1. Herbert Wump

      this isn’t an answer to all your problems but try capping it! Fixes the throat problem for me at least. 000 caps are cheap and it’s a decent way to regulate dose

      1. Darla

        What do you mean by capping it?

        1. Anabelle

          Calling is taking the kratom pills/capsules

    2. Misty D

      Hi Bummbed…i have gastritis as well and your right That sludge or big amounts I mean dark green in color. Only works and I have to drink it 3 times a day. Way to much. 12 oz cups.idk what to do im making way to much tea. While I take the full powder taw I’m good. May be it’s our stomachs? Damage? Or to much stomach acid? Weird…

    3. nightmarebrain

      i feel you, i got MASSIVE nateral tolerance, first kratom use was 45G, need 45-60G even if i decide to do it only once or twice a month.

  18. kendell clark

    I’ve left comments on some other websites, so some of you may have seen them there. Got some very nice answers but also some of the worst answers I’ve ever seen. I’m fighting the urge to go back on the tramadol. Not prescribed tramadol either, but from anonamousPharmacyRUs, at extortionist pricing. Not because kratom doesn’t work, becase it does, but because of the amount of capsules I have to take. I can’t stomach the powder. Doesn’t make me sick, but it’s like tea with a very bitter element to it. Have made tea and like otheres hear, just tea with no effects whatsoever. Kratom powder is cheaper than capsules but capsules are easier for me to take. Local smoke shop prices are better than online prices and don’t suffer from the headaches of credit card processers disappearing. Plus, the lady that owns it will buy particular strains or large amounts of capsules if you ask her to. My issue with kratom is that I want a consistent dose that I don’t have to vary depending on the pain. If I can find that, my capsules will last an entire month with just one purchase. 300 capsules should last me an entire month. Instead, I had to purchase a bottle of 250 capsules last week to make the 50 or so caps I had left last me until next month, when I plan to buy a thousand red maeng da capsules. That I can’t go through in a month even if I took 30 a day, which I haven’t done, yet. Most I’ve ever taken is 8 capsules at a time. I would also like to take kratom just once a day. If possible. That will also help to stretch the caps. But my pain doesn’t cooperate. I’ve never been on methadone, and after reading some of the comments hear, will never be. Tram was my demon. Aweful stuff. Should never have been put on the market. I wish kratom came in pills or chewables, but that’s mostly a convenience thing. The capsules have a taste of their own, although not a bad one. Kind of vinagery. Have noticed no difference between capsules and powder as far as effects go. No withdrawal from kratom when stopping except a mild, gee I’d love some kratom. I don’t consider that withdrawal although it’s possible it is. And whoever keeps saying kratom is a drug, you’re absolutely right. So is coffee. So is coca cola, most teas, and a lot of other substances you consume on a daily basis. Your point? If it’s a choice between taking kratom, which I can buy legally and with no lectures accusations from anyone or taking tramadol, in order to get I have to either pay ridiculous prices from pharmacies I’d rather not know anything about, hopint the D E A doesn’t come knocking on my door each order, or begging my unsympothetic doctor who has said numerous times that I wouldn’t hurt if I just lost weight, I am not kidding, or try tylenol it works great, I’ll pick kratom. I did relapse. Once. I don’t deny it. I won’t relapse again. See my above comment if you’re interested. Tramadol made me feel psychotic. I wanted to murder people. Then cry into my coke until I died from the depression. Ended up in the E R twice due to tramadol, once because I felt so exhausted I couldn’t function, would’ve killed for 8 hours of uninterrupted, no itching or rls sleep, and once because the 200mg pills I was ordering from god knows what country and then halving to get my 100mg dose, caused a ceisure. Mom called 9 1 1 and I woke up halfway to the hospital with no idea where I was or how I got there. That, along with my horrible overdraw counts and the one lone I took out to get tramadol, was finally enough to convince me enough was enough.

    1. Howard

      I dont know if this is the best method but I bring a few cups of water to a boil then bring down to a low simmer. I add a little lemon juice and about a tablespoon of kratom and let it simmer for about 50 minutes. Then I strain with a bandana into a container. Mixed results but sometimes it’s just as effective as Toss n Wash or stronger

    2. Joseph

      Tea is the way to go…no doubt….consuming capsules or tossing it is waisting it. I have 32 oz thermos, i put 2 heaping teaspoons in, boiling water in, and close it up……shake it, 15 minutes later it settled, pour a glass……the effects are IMMEDIATE….No f#&king around. Period…onl y way to go….If you don’t feel any effects, you’re doing it wrong or your kratom sucks.

    3. Cameron

      You need to make your own capsules Kratom. Look up DIY capsule Kratom.

      I use Powder and have for over 10+ years. You can also use oblete disks (rice disks) to parachute it, almost like wrapping paper towel around your dose and swallowing it down but the main difference is the rice paper is edible and dissolves so it’s way better.

      Powder is east for me to take and i mix it in lots of water, the more water you drink the better because Kratom dehydrates you.

      Kratom only forms dependancy not addiction so i wouldn’t recommend drugs like Tramadol that recruit beta arrestin that can kill you from respiratory depression or form horrible addictions.

  19. kendell clark

    Finally, someone after my own heart. Tramadol. Weakest of the effective opioids with some nasty anti depressive action. Great when you’re on it, but when it runs out … hold on. I’ve been on kratom capsules for about two years or so. Went back to tramadol once about six months ago because of one pill versus multiple capsules, but went back to kratom, hopefully permanently, about a month ago. The grey market prices for tramadol have gotten ridiculous. I take anywhere from 4 500mg capsules, minimum, to 6, on moderate pain days, to 8, on bad pain days, and I even took 10 once on an excruciating day. No withdrawals whatsoever. I did decide to torture myself slightly and wait until the wd’s started for tram before taking kratom. Symptoms went away. Took it for scoliosis pain. Kratom’s pain killing effects are a lot stronger than any dose of tram ever was. It also helps my mood, which can be volotile while going through tram withdrawals. I also started vaping in order to help curb the pain, this was while I was back on the tram, and want to quit that. Nicotine is just as bad as tram as far as withdrawal goes, although if I’m being honest, it’s not the same symptoms, just a low level, gee, if I only had some vape juice … Does anyone know if kratom affects nicotinic receptors? If not, is there a natural substance I can take to get off of that? Yes nicotine is legal and I can buy it at my smoke shop, but the vape machines you use to puff the stuff are expensive, fragile, prone to failure and not easy to use unless you can see. Oh filling them isn’t a problem, but when they malfunction … anyway, enough rambling from me. I invite anyone struggling with tramadol who wants help, not rehab but just help sticking to kratom, including myself, to email me or comment hear. I’m not a troll, although my comments are long. Email me at coffeeking ms at gmail if you want to, no pressure. I’ve never been to drug rehab, never will, and will quit this crap on my own terms. I wish tramadol had never been approved. It’s a very weak opiate, with a nasty combination of serotonin and adrenaline inhibition. All three of those together produce some truly frightening withdrawal symptoms. I took it to kill pain. Nothing more. No high, no buzz, no, oh my god that feels good. Just absence of pain. And I paid for it, literally, when my prescribed meds ran out.

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