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How to Make Kratom Tea: Super Easy. Super Strong!

In our last post we took a look at crushed leaf kratom and why it’s so friggin’ awesome. A small section of that post was dedicated to kratom tea, one of crushed leaf’s most popular uses. Well this time around we’re gonna set our focus on crushed leaf kratom tea, how to make it, and how to make it good and strong. Made right, this potent concoction can optimize the delivery of the plant’s effects and possibly balance out any existing tolerance issues.

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For this particular project we’re gonna be making Yellow Malay tea – that’s Green Malay plus White Malay. Sounds yummy, right? Here’s what we need:

  • Crushed Green Malay (1 ounce)
  • Crushed White Malay (1 ounce)
  • Coffee Maker
  • Coffee Filter (just 1)
  • Water (8 to 10 cups)
  • Sprucer Uppers

So here’s what we need to do:

Step1: Put the water in your coffee maker. This recipe calls for 10 cups of water, which is what my standard coffee maker takes. Feel free to adjust the leaf content according to how much water your machine holds. Hopefully there’s not too big a drop off because the amount of kratom is vital, as we’ll get into later.

Step 2: Put your crushed leaf kratom in the coffee filter. I normally just fill up the filter basket until it’s damn near spilling over, but we need to be precise for instructional purposes. Plus two ounces almost fills it to the brim, so we’re good there.

Step 3: Hit the damn button.

Step 4: Wait … (tick tock)

Step 5: When your tea is done brewing, let it cool a bit, pour it in a cup, and spruce it up how you see fit. Kratom leaf is pretty bitter, not necessarily tasty – unless you’re a weirdo like me – and kratom tea is no exception. Luckily you have a wealth of options here. I personally like to add a little honey and lemon juice. You can also throw a few tea bags in the filter with your leaf or if you’ve got it on hand, some Blue Lotus leaves, which have a hint of natural sweetness to them. Spruce it up just right and kratom tea can be rather tasty. Seriously.

Step 6: Repeat. The cool thing about making kratom tea this way is that you can re-use your leaves. Although the first batch should come out strong enough, we are barely scratching the surface. Your batches should become progressively stronger as you make second, third, and fourth batches. This is easily accomplished as you mix up (stir) your leaves and position them for further alkaloid extraction. I normally stop at four – because the tea gets to be a bit much after a while – but I’ve made as many as five batches of tea using this technique.

Step 7: Store your kratom tea. Without preservatives, each batch of tea should last about five to seven days in the fridge. If you’re not going to consume immediately, make sure you have a plan for storage mapped out. Freezing is also an option. Just something to keep in mind.

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Our Yellow Malay tea came out awesome by the way … in case you were wondering.

Additional Ramblings …

By now you may be thinking … “Two ounces of crushed leaf? Damn Krampus, that’s overkill. Wasteful. I can’t afford that.” Not so fast kratomites. Let’s break it down with some simple ghetto math.

Our last post revealed that crushed leaf kratom is very affordable – generally a couple dollars cheaper than powder at least. Now let’s say your favorite vendor retails crushed leaf for $7 an ounce. Maybe even cheaper if you catch him running a sale at say … $5 an ounce.

If you stretch out that leaf to maximize the alkaloid content, the two ounces we put in is gonna yield five batches of potent tea altogether. Even if you feel the need to consume an entire pot in 24 hours, you’ll have enough to last five days. Possibly longer if you’re supplementing with powder, resin, tinctures, or whatever else you might have on hand. Add it all up and it works out to a $14 investment with an immeasurable return. Not bad considering the results and relief you’re gonna get from this little experiment.

Making kratom tea is a lot like making an extract. Technically that’s what you’re doing. In brewing up our tea in our coffee maker, we are essentially extracting the alkaloids from the leaf using a simple combination of water and gentle heat. With any extract project, you put a lot in and usually only get a little in return. For instance, 100 grams of kratom leaf will probably only yield a couple grams of resin or powder extract. But the end product is gonna be strong enough to say a little goes a long way. So if you look at it like this, using two ounces of crushed leaf to make kratom tea is not only cost effective, it makes practical sense. Promise. The moral of the story is … don’t skimp on the leaf!!

Respect Crushed Leaf Kratom Tea!

If you follow this tek even close to the letter you’re gonna end up with some very strong kratom tea on your hands. And if you over-indulge, you may regret it. Not to be too dramatic, but like any extract, too much can result in a situation where you wake up feeling sluggish and a little anxious … until you get that next dose of kratom. I guess that’s what they call a mild case of withdrawal symptoms. You could also end up boosting your tolerance, which very may well defeat the purpose of what you’re trying to accomplish in the first place. Not the biggest deal, but you know … just a word to the wise!

Top 5 Kratom Dosing Methods

So those free kratom samples you’ve been waiting on finally showed up. You’re friggin’ stoked!  Ecstatic! Ready to try this amazing herb you’ve heard so many good things about. But how do I use it? This is the first question many kratom newbies have. Don’t worry. We’ve got ya covered with Krampus Kratom’s countdown of the top 5 dosing methods.

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5. Kratom Tea

If you’re new to the game, kratom tea is a great place to start. After all, it’s where I started – and failed miserably, I might add. The goal is to simply extract the alkaloids using scalding hot water as your solvent. This video can probably show you better than I can explain it. Many people swear by kratom tea and when examining the advantages, it’s easy to see why.

Pros

  • It’s easy. If you follow a few steps like those listed in the video above, then you can make kratom tea.
  • It’s efficient. A good recipe and sound brewing techniques will allow you to get a lot of mileage out of kratom tea.

Cons

  • It’s not tasty. Drizzle in all the honey and sugar you want, kratom tea will likely still challenge your taste buds.
  • It’s not foolproof. While kratom tea is generally easy to make, it also seems to be the most hit or miss of all dosing methods and may take some practice.

4. Kratom Drink

Word on the streets is that kratom tastes awful. I disagree, but that’s me. To make the taste more palatable, many users resort to integrating their powder into a drink of some sort. Everything from OJ to kratom smoothies are fair game. Use your imagination and you might be able to come up with something that hits the spot and doesn’t taste half bad.

Pros

  • It works fast. Whether it’s a blended smoothie or OJ concoction, mixing the herb in a drink allows you to absorb the goodies directly, resulting in a relatively faster onset that often packs a stronger punch than tea.
  • It tastes better. With the right ingredients, this method works pretty well at masking the earthy taste many people have a hard time stomaching.

Cons

  • It’s tricky. Getting your dosing right can be tough with this method. Failing to optimally proportion your liquid with your powder could result in a case of too little, or too much as far as impact goes.
  • It’s gritty. No matter how hot or how wet it gets (settle down pervs), kratom powder will not dissolve. This can make for some horrifically gritty situations when going the drink route.

3. Capsules

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Capsules offer a simple and straightforward way to dose kratom. While the need for your stomach to break down the gel cap material in addition to the powder causes the onset to be a bit slower than other methods, this was my ROA for at least a year so I can vouch for its effectiveness. “00” sized capsules are perfect for the task at hand.

Pros

  • It’s simple. An easy peasy alternative to swallowing raw, gritty powder.
  • It’s well balanced. Capsules tend to create a smoother, less overwhelming effect that tones down stronger strains.

Cons

  • It’s lacking. Processing the gel caps not only lengthens the time to take effect, it seems to reduce the impact altogether, making this technique less effective than other methods.
  • It’s a job. Preparing capsules can be tedious and time consuming – even with a capsule machine. Swallowing big ass capsules can be a challenge, especially when you’re dosing in the 8 to 10 gram neighborhood.

2. Chewing

In Thailand, Indonesia, and other places where kratom grows naturally, the natives get down by chewing the fresh leaf straight off the tree. Place a nice-sized ball in your mouth and let it sit in a corner while slowly absorbing the juices sublingual style. I’m sure fresh leaves are preferred, but some quality dry leaf will work wonders as well. Tingle for wondrous tingle, this may very well be the most effective way to consume kratom. The results are flat out incredible!

Pros

  • It’s awesome! Chewing kratom is superbly effective with near instant results.
  • It’s the traditional way. This method equals undeniable coolness that comes from dosing like the natives and bonding with the plant on an intimate level. (there’s levels to this!)

Cons

  • It’s addictive! Chewing kratom is extremely pleasurable and you may feel the urge to chew more than you normally would dose.
  • It’s kinda gross. You’re chewing leaves and stems people. If you think kratom tastes offensive in a tea, just wait to you get a load of this method.
  • It guarantees “kratom mouth”. You’ll spend an extra five minutes mouth washing, brushing and flossing after chomping down on leaf like a cow.

1. Toss and Wash

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Finally … toss and wash, another method reserved for the hardest of hardcore kratom enthusiasts. This method is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – open your mouth, toss in a scoop or two of powder, wash it by taking a sip of your beverage, swish swish swish, and swallow. Walla! Toss and wash is one of those methods you either love or hate – and you may still prefer it while loathing it at the same time. There’s very little in between with this one.

Pros

  • It’s surefire. If this one doesn’t produce astounding results, you’ve got weak kratom or tolerance issues. In terms of effects, it’s a “toss” up between this method and chewing. (pun planned)
  • It’s efficient. Like kratom tea, T&W is efficient but in a different way. The results are near instant and very pronounced, so you can significantly reduce your dosing amount once you find your sweet spot.

Cons

  • It’s foul tasting. If you have a tough time processing the taste of kratom, prepare to struggle. It’s an acquired taste to say the least.
  • It’s tough to swallow. Toss and wash is an art form, one that takes time to perfect. Powder lodged in your throat. Missing your mouth and spilling shit everywhere. Doesn’t always go smooth for even the veterans.

There is no right or wrong way to dose kratom. As you can see, there are several methods, each with its own set of pros and cons. Everyone has their favorite. The only question is, which method will you start with?