Kratom tea is made from the leaves of the kratom tree, which is native to several Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. The tea is crushed from the kratom leaves themselves. Kratom tea can act as a stimulant in low doses, but can also have some serious side effects in larger doses. The legality of kratom is also an issue of concern in several countries including the US, Canada, Australia and several countries in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia.
Kratom has been marketed in some countries as natural medicine or as an herbal supplement, and can be found in natural health stores and in online markets. It can also be made at home, with various recipe variations. Making kratom tea, however, is not for the impatient. Brewing kratom tea can take anywhere from 10-15 minutes up to an hour or more, depending on the recipe and the way it is made.
Kratom tea can have some positive effects. It can act as a mild stimulant in smaller doses. Some possible benefits include lowered irritability, reduced muscle pain, lowered abdominal pain and improved mood and arousal. It can act as somewhat of a euphoric stimulant. People using kratom tea have experienced better moods and improved relaxation at times. Some users find a somewhat ritualistic nature to drinking kratom tea, not unlike those who frequent coffee shops on a daily or weekly basis. Other ingredients such as honey, sugar or artificial sweeteners can be added to improve the tea’s taste, as some consider the kratom leaf taste itself to be rather bitter.
In larger doses, however, kratom tea can be dangerous. Some of the known side effects include increased anxiety, nausea, increased heart rate and constipation. Kratom can also cause slowed breathing, coma and even death. Large doses of kratom can act as an opioid, and can be very addictive in nature. It can be even worse when mixed with alcohol or other drugs. Kratom users can also suffer serious side effects when going through withdrawals. Kratom overdose is also becoming more and more common worldwide. Kratom is currently unregulated and is not legal in all countries, so it may be a while before all of the benefits and side effects are known to the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
Kratom tea has been linked to several serious health cases and emergency room visits around the world. While the short-term effects may be good, the overall long-term prognosis for people using kratom on a regular basis may be very harmful to one’s health. More medical research and testing is still being conducted to determine all of the effects of kratom to humans.